Welcome to Math!

by Mr. Josh Howell

Joshua Howell III

I was raised in Harlem, New York City and graduated 8th Grade from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, a parochial school taught by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament whose primary ministry was to African Americans and Native Americans throughout the U.S. Their founder, Saint Katherine Drexel, was canonized in 2000.

From there I attended Fordham Preparatory School and then on to Fordham University where I graduated with a Business Degree in Accounting.

I have an extensive corporate background in accounting/accounting systems, finance, financial analysis and internal controls having spent over 40 years working in several Fortune 500 companies.

After I retired from the business world in 2007, I was able to take advantage of one of my hidden avocations…. teaching. I worked in the Vista Unified School District as a substitute teacher and then I became employed at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School in Oceanside teaching math to the Middle School 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students since the 2014-2015 school year

My wife, Rosalind and I reside in Oceanside and are members of St. Margaret’s Parish since we moved here in 1998.


The Math Program here at St. Mary’s use a wide variety of skill practice, problem solving, and reasoning exercises which provide effective, efficient instruction for all students. Practice is paced carefully to ensure that students build skills and develop mathematical understanding. New concepts are presented using clear, student-friendly language. Vocabulary and key ideas for each lesson are clearly identified and explained. Activities, exercises, chapter problems, and problem-solving workshops throughout the courses offer students opportunities to be active and engaged in learning. The courses will be accordingly modified to accommodate both in-school and distance learning.

A synopsis of each course is as follows:

6th Grade:

  • Review of arithmetic and mathematical concepts learned in earlier grades.
  • Expand use of ratios and percentages to accommodate real-world applications.
  • Basic introduction to Geometry and Graphing.


7th Grade:

  • Review of concepts learned in 6th
  • Expanded use of decimals and percentages and their relationship to real-world situations.
  • Introduction to the use of powers and exponents.
  • Introduction to solving linear equations and inequalities.
  • Using data to create graphs for solving mathematical problems.
  • More complex geometric and volumetric calculations.

8th Grade: Introduction to Algebra I

  • More complex use of graphing linear equations for solving problems, including inequalities.
  • Use of systems of equations and inequalities for reasoning and problem-solving.
  • Identifying and factoring polynomials.
  • Introduction to the functionality of Quadratic equations.
  • Review of exponents and exponential functions.
  • Probability and data analysis.