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Mr. Mays - Room 34

(276) 632-7216

      Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new year of school! I'm Mr. Mays and I'll be teaching Math and Science this year here at Laurel Park Middle School. I've lived in this area most of my life and graduated from Bassett High School in 2007. From there I went to Patrick Henry Community College for a year and then decided to join the Army. I was in the Army for 8 years and loved every minute of it. In the Army, my job was a 21Y or Geospatial Engineer, which means I got to use satellite imagery to draw maps of area where missions might be carried out. After leaving the military I finished up my schooling at Longwood University where I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Teaching. I have two daughters, two dogs, and one little kitty cat. 

Class Schedule

  • Math SOLs

    Number and Number Sense

    6.1             The student will represent relationships between quantities using ratios, and will use appropriate notations, such as , a to b, and a:b.

    6.2             The student will

    1. a) represent and determine equivalencies among fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents; and
    2. b) compare and order positive rational numbers.


    6.3             The student will

    1. a) identify and represent integers;
    2. b) compare and order integers; and
    3. c) identify and describe absolute value of integers.


    6.4             The student will recognize and represent patterns with whole number exponents and perfect squares.

    Computation and Estimation

    6.5             The student will

    1. a) multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers;
    2. b) solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers; and
    3. solve multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals.

    6.6             The student will

    1. add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers;
    2. solve practical problems involving operations with integers; and
    3. simplify numerical expressions involving integers.

    Measurement and Geometry

    6.7             The student will

    1. a) derive π (pi);
    2. b) solve problems, including practical problems, involving circumference and area of a circle; and
    3. c) solve problems, including practical problems, involving area and perimeter of triangles and rectangles.


    6.8             The student will

    1. a) identify the components of the coordinate plane; and
    2. b) identify the coordinates of a point and graph ordered pairs in a coordinate plane.


    6.9             The student will determine congruence of segments, angles, and polygons.


    Probability and Statistics

    6.10           The student, given a practical situation, will

    1. a) represent data in a circle graph;
    2. b) make observations and inferences about data represented in a circle graph; and
    3. c) compare circle graphs with the same data represented in bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots.


    6.11           The student will

    1. a) represent the mean of a data set graphically as the balance point; and
    2. determine the effect on measures of center when a single value of a data set is added, removed, or changed.

    Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

    6.12           The student will

    1. represent a proportional relationship between two quantities, including those arising from practical situations;
    2. determine the unit rate of a proportional relationship and use it to find a missing value in a ratio table;
    3. determine whether a proportional relationship exists between two quantities; and
    4. make connections between and among representations of a proportional relationship between two quantities using verbal descriptions, ratio tables, and graphs.


    6.13           The student will solve one-step linear equations in one variable, including practical problems that require the solution of a one-step linear equation in one variable.


     6.14           The student will

    1. represent a practical situation with a linear inequality in one variable; and
    2. solve one-step linear inequalities in one variable, involving addition or subtraction, and graph the solution on a number line.

  • Science SOLs

    Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

    6.1             The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which

    1. observations are made involving fine discrimination between similar objects and organisms;
    2. precise and approximate measurements are recorded;
    3. scale models are used to estimate distance, volume, and quantity;
    4. hypotheses are stated in ways that identify the independent and dependent variables;
    5. a method is devised to test the validity of predictions and inferences;
    6. one variable is manipulated over time, using many repeated trials;
    7. data are collected, recorded, analyzed, and reported using metric measurements and tools;
    8. data are analyzed and communicated through graphical representation;
    9. models and simulations are designed and used to illustrate and explain phenomena and systems; and
    10. current applications are used to reinforce science concepts.


    Force, Motion, and Energy

    6.2             The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses. Key concepts include

    1. potential and kinetic energy;
    2. the role of the sun in the formation of most energy sources on Earth;
    3. nonrenewable energy sources;
    4. renewable energy sources; and
    5. energy transformations.

    6.3             The student will investigate and understand the role of solar energy in driving most natural processes within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and on Earth’s surface. Key concepts include

    1. Earth’s energy budget;
    2. the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy;
    3. the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans;
    4. cloud formation; and
    5. the role of thermal energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.



    6.4             The student will investigate and understand that all matter is made up of atoms. Key concepts include

    1. atoms consist of particles, including electrons, protons, and neutrons;
    2. atoms of a particular element are alike but are different from atoms of other elements;
    3. elements may be represented by chemical symbols;
    4. two or more atoms interact to form new substances, which are held together by electrical forces (bonds);
    5. compounds may be represented by chemical formulas;
    6. chemical equations can be used to model chemical changes; and
    7. a limited number of elements comprise the largest portion of the solid Earth, living matter, the oceans, and the atmosphere.


    6.5             The student will investigate and understand the unique properties and characteristics of water and its roles in the natural and human-made environment. Key concepts include

    1. water as the universal solvent;
    2. the properties of water in all three phases;
    3. the action of water in physical and chemical weathering;
    4. the ability of large bodies of water to store thermal energy and moderate climate;
    5. the importance of water for agriculture, power generation, and public health; and
    6. the importance of protecting and maintaining water resources.


    6.6             The student will investigate and understand the properties of air and the structure and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Key concepts include

    1. air as a mixture of gaseous elements and compounds;
    2. pressure, temperature, and humidity;
    3. atmospheric changes with altitude;
    4. natural and human-caused changes to the atmosphere and the importance of protecting and maintaining air quality;
    5. the relationship of atmospheric measures and weather conditions; and
    6. basic information from weather maps, including fronts, systems, and basic measurements.

    Living Systems

    6.7             The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Key concepts include

    1. the health of ecosystems and the abiotic factors of a watershed;
    2. the location and structure of Virginia’s regional watershed systems;
    3. divides, tributaries, river systems, and river and stream processes;
    4. wetlands;
    5. estuaries;
    6. major conservation, health, and safety issues associated with watersheds; and
    7. water monitoring and analysis using field equipment including hand-held technology.


    Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

    6.8             The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system and the interactions among the various bodies that comprise it. Key concepts include

    1. the sun, moon, Earth, other planets and their moons, dwarf planets, meteors, asteroids, and comets;
    2. relative size of and distance between planets;
    3. the role of gravity;
    4. revolution and rotation;
    5. the mechanics of day and night and the phases of the moon;
    6. the unique properties of Earth as a planet;
    7. the relationship of Earth’s tilt and the seasons;
    8. the cause of tides; and
    9. the history and technology of space exploration.


    Earth Resources

    6.9             The student will investigate and understand public policy decisions relating to the environment. Key concepts include

    1. management of renewable resources;
    2. management of nonrenewable resources;
    3. the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures; and
    4. cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies.