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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics!"
 

The THS Math Department is committed to achieving mathematical competence through a robust mathematics program that stresses the skills and knowledge students need to ensure 21st century readiness to succeed in work, life and citizenship.

 
Our vision of 8-12 mathematics education is to provide a comprehensive foundation of mathematics that aligns with the MA Math Frameworks incorporating Common Core State Standards for all students.  Focus is on providing our learners access to rigorous, challenging, and high quality mathematics through the development of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem-solving applications. Effective and personalized instruction supports equitable math education through the integration and application of mathematics for use in our global society to foster our goal of post-secondary pursuits of career and college readiness.
 
This year we have adopted a new math program K-12 called Illustrative Mathematics.  We are using IM through the LearnZillion platform.  You can find the curriculum online (see below).  Each lesson directly aligns with the NCTM standards and the MA Curriculum Frameworks. 
 
 
Here is some information regarding this new math program:
 
IM Math is a problem-based core curriculum designed to address content and practice standards to foster learning for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. Students are engaged in the 8 Mathematical Practices where in a mathematics class, students should not just learn about mathematics, they should do mathematics. This can be defined as engaging in the mathematical practices:
  1. making sense of problems,
  2. reasoning abstractly and quantitatively,
  3. making arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others,
  4. modeling with mathematics,
  5. making appropriate use of tools,
  6. attending to precision in their use of language,
  7. looking for and making use of structure, and
  8. expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.
Studies have indicated that “active learning is best.”  Decades of research tells us that the traditional model of instruction is flawed. Traditional instructional methods may get short-term results with procedural skills, but students tend to forget the procedural skills and do not develop problem solving skills, deep conceptual understanding, or a mental framework for how ideas fit together. They also don’t develop strategies for tackling non-routine problems, including a propensity for engaging in productive struggle to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
 
Students learn best and retain what they learn better by solving problems. Often, mathematics instruction is shaped by the belief that if teachers tell students how to solve problems and then students practice, students will learn how to do mathematics. In order to learn mathematics, students should spend time in math class doing mathematics.
 
Students learn mathematics as a result of solving problems. Mathematical ideas are the outcomes of the problem-solving experience rather than the elements that must be taught before problem solving."
 
Students should take an active role, both individually and in groups, to see what they can figure out before having things explained to them or being told what to do. Teachers play a critical role in mediating student learning, but that role looks different than simply showing, telling, and correcting. The teacher’s role is
  • to ensure students understand the context and what is being asked
  • ask questions to advance students’ thinking in productive ways
  • help students share their work and understand others’ work through orchestrating productive discussions
  • synthesize the learning with students at the end of activities and lessons
 
CHAVES
Donna Chaves
Curriculum Supervisor Mathematics 8-12
Taunton High School
508-821-1131

THS MATH TEACHERS

ALTMANAltman, Marissa
Math 8 & Math Conn 10
GRIMESGrimes, Melissa
Special Ed Math
RAPOSORaposo, Michelle
Math 8
ANTONIAntoni, John
Math 8 & Algebra I
HATHAWAYHathaway, Liz
Special Ed Math
ROCHARocha, Joseph
Algebra I
BOURQUEBourque, Blair
Special Ed Math
HOWARDCheryl Howard
Geometry & Precalculus
SCIMONELLIScimonelli, Don (leave)
Algebra I & 21st Century
CHAPERONChaperon, Toby
Special Ed Math
HOWARDLampert, Jessica
Math 8
SUBKupiec, Kraig
(covering for Don Scimonelli)
Algebra I & 21st Century
COUTURECouture, Chantal
Geometry & Integrated Math
LANELane, Patrick
Math 8
SHEPARDShepard, Andrea (leave)
Special Ed Math
 
CULLIVANCullivan, Brian (leave)
Geometry
MACDOUGALL
MacDougall, Mary
Math 8
 
Pilling, Kasey
(covering for Andrea Shepard)
Special Ed Math
 
 
DERMODYCDermody, Caitlin
Math 8 & APCS 
MCKEE
McKee, Maeghan
Algebra I, II & Geometry
SULLIVANCSullivan, Christopher
Algebra I & Geometry
DERMODYLDermody, Lisa
Math 8
MENARDMenard, Tracy
Math Conn, Algebra II & Calculus
SWEENEYSweeney, Kristen
Math 8 & Algebra II
DESJEUNESDesjeunes, Katelynn
Geometry & Integrated Math I
MONIZ
Moniz, Jake
Math 8
TORRES
Torres, Christel
Statistics & 21st Century
DOHERTYDoherty, Sarah
Algebra II & Integrated Math
MURPHYMurphy, Allison
Algebra II & Precalculus
 
 
 
 
 
Araujo, Austin
Math 8
 
 
Joan Dyer
Dyer, Joan
Algebra II & Programming
QUINNKQuinn, Karen
Algebra I & Statistics
Burns, Ainsley
Geometry
FURTADOFurtado, Jessica
Special Ed Math
QUINNTQuinn, Tricia
Math Conn 10, Precalculus & AP Calculus
SAUSau, Karen
MATH DEPARTMENT
SECRETARY
 

MATH LEVELS

HONORS & ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) MATHEMATICS:

  • A PRE-AP level designed for the motivated, high-achieving learner and features a rigorous work schedule in developing sophisticated and complex learning experiences that focus on
 
MEETING AND EXCEEDING:
 
  1. MA Frameworks with Common Core;
  2. Accelerated pacing and enrichment that includes advanced theories, modeling and principles behind concepts and theorems; and
  3. Pre-AP topics and advanced problems solving techniques
 
Homework will be similar to a CP1 class but the level of difficult and pace will be more challenging and could require more time to complete. Honors students are expected to be mature, motivated, context-driven learners who can think conceptually, communicate effectively, thrive on the theoretical nature, and can work independently on self-directed learning.

COLLEGE PREP 1 MATHEMATICS (CP1):

  • An advanced college preparatory course is intended to provide a solid foundation of the frameworks, applied math practices and the corresponding theories that focus on
 
MEETING AND EXPANDING:
 
  1. MA Frameworks with Common Core standards
  2. Accelerated pacing and enrichment that includes advanced theories and principles behind concepts and theorems in each curricular content area.
 

Homework will be assigned daily. Work will be challenging and will entail additional time outside of class time to complete.


COLLEGE PREP 2 MATHEMATICS (CP2):

  • A college preparatory course is designed to provide a solid foundation of the frameworks and functional math practices that focus on
 
MEETING
 
  1. MA Frameworks with Common Core standards in each curricular content area 
  2. Remediation of prerequisite skills as needed
 
Homework will be assigned daily. Students will frequently have time in class to start assignments in order to receive in person help.
 
 

HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework is defined as tasks assigned to students that are to be completed during non-instructional and/or non-school hours. Because education is a lifelong process that extends beyond the school, it is important that students recognize that learning occurs in the home and community. Homework is one means of teaching the necessary skills of independent study and learning outside the school. The Taunton Public Schools' definition of homework is very broad to include not only written work, but also related activities such as review of class notes, textbook readings, long term assignment(s), news reporting, recreational reading, and other activities that are related to classroom work.

 

Homework counts for approximately 5% of a student's overall grade.

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Extra Help and Make-up Schedules

Math teachers schedule extra help and make-up after school a minimum of two forty-minute sessions each week. A calendar of dates is posted outside each math classroom. In addition, teachers announce the weekly schedule. In the event that a meeting conflicts with one of these sessions, the teacher will reschedule to another day when feasible. Students are encouraged to come for extra help. No sign-up is required. Sessions begin at 2:00 PM.

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CALCULATOR POLICY

Calculators will be allowed for concept development and/or enrichment. Students will be encouraged to calculate by hand in order to promote their computation skills, especially for honors and A Level classes. Calculators will not be allowed on purely computational activities and tests. Students using calculators are expected to still show work on paper to communicate the thought-process involved with the calculations. Scientific calculators and/or graphing calculators will be provided during lessons for each student as needed. 


Recommendations: Every student will be provided a scientific calculator to use during class activities when needed.  Students will be using a scientific (TI-30XS) and/or graphing calculator (TI-84 Plus C) to assist in solving problems in class, on homework, on state testing, on the PSATs, SATs, AP exams, and in college.

MCAS TUTORING - SPRING 2022

Dates to come second semester.  Tentative information below.

 
The schedule is as follows:
WEEK/DAY TUESDAYS THURSDAYS
WEEK 1
 
Number Sense MCQ Number Sense OR
WEEK 2
 
Algebra & Functions MCQ Algebra & Functions OR
WEEK 3
 
Algebra & Functions MCQ Algebra & Functions OR
WEEK 4
 
Geometry MCQ Geometry OR
WEEK 5
 
Geometry MCQ Geometry OR
WEEK 6
 
Statistics MCQ Statistics OR
WEEK 7
 
Full practice on Edulastic Full practice on Edulastic
Extra weeks if available Full practice on Edulastic Full practice on Edulastic

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MATH TEAM

The THS Mathematics Team competes in the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference of Mathematics League (SMCML). The Math Team is comprised of students of grades 8-12. Each team is made up of five students. Students practice weekly for monthly competitions. Each team has a maximum of two seniors and a minimum of one underclassman. At the end of the season, the qualifying teams go on to the State and New England Competitions.


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​The THS Math Team meets every Thursday in D203 from 2:00-3:00 PM to prepare for the monthly meets. Meets are held on Wednesdays once a month (October, November, January, February, and March).
 
 
MATH TEAM
1st place Division Champions in their
new Math Team jackets

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATH INFORMATION

MASSACHUSETTS MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK 2017:
MATH COURSES:
  • Math 8 Honors, CP1 & CP2
  • Algebra I Honors, CP1 & CP2
  • Geometry Honors, CP1 & CP2
  • Algebra II Honors, CP1 & CP2
  • Precalculus Honors & CP1
  • Algebra III CP2
  • Integrated Math I CP2
  • Statistics & Probability Honors & CP1
  • AP Statistics
  • Calculus Honors
  • AP Calculus
  • 21st Century Applications of Math
MATH ELECTIVES:
  • College Test Prep
  • Math Connections 10
COMPUTER ELECTIVES:
  • AP Computer Principles
  • Programming I CP1
  • Programming II Honors
  • AP Programming III
  • Programming IV Honors
  • Programming V Honors
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CURRICULUM:
AP TEACHERS:
  • AP CALCULUS
    • Tricia Quinn
  • AP COMPUTER PRINCIPLES
    • Caitlin Dermody
  • AP PROGRAMMING
    • Donna Chaves
  • AP STATISTICS
    • Christel Torres
MATH TEAM ADVISORS:
  • Tracy Menard
  • Allison Murphy
TESTING DATES:
  • SAT
    • Dec 4, 2021
    • Mar 12, 2022
    • May 7, 2022
    • Jun 4, 2022
  • AP CALCULUS BC
    • Mon, May 9, 2022 (AM)
  • AP COMPUTER SCIENCE
    • Wed, May 4, 2022 (PM)
  • AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
    • Mon, May 9, 2022 (PM)
  • AP STATISTICS
    • Wed, May 5, 2022 (PM)
  • MCAS 8th
    • TBA
  • MCAS 10th & 11th
    • TBA
  • FINALS A & B BLOCKS
    • Thur, Jan 20, 2022
  • FINALS C & D BLOCKS
    • Fri, Jan 21, 2022
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS (NCTM):