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. This program emphasizes the National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) processing standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections through the alignment of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics incorporating the Common Core State Standards.
Link to current MA Math Frameworks
Link to current MA Math Frameworks
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress in a math course, the quickest way to contact the math teacher is through email. Below is the list of math teachers and their email addresses. If you prefer to talk to a teacher, you are welcome to leave a message in the THS Math Office at 508-821-1131 and the teacher will get back to you at their earliest convenience.
All courses in the Mathematics department correspond to the school’s mission statement and expectations for student achievement. Special emphasis is placed on the academic expectations of: PROBLEM-SOLVING – in which students provide an organized process to develop multiple solutions based on educated reasoning; QUANTITATIVE REASONING – in which students use the language and methods of mathematic tics graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally; and EMPLOYING TECHNOLOGY – in which students demonstrate mastery of appropriate skills and concepts through the integration and application of mathematics for use in our global society.
COLLEGE PREP 2 MATHEMATICS (CP2 – formerly B) is designed to provide students working at grade level the opportunity to continue to improve mathematical skills and further develop mathematical concepts as they strive to achieve our school’s academic standards in preparation for post-secondary pursuits. This college preparatory course is designed to provide a solid foundation of the frameworks and functional math practices. Students in College Prep 2 will focus on meeting the MA Frameworks with Common Core standards in each curricular content area.
COLLEGE PREP 1 MATHEMATICS (CP1 – formerly A) is designed to provide students working at grade level the opportunity to continue to improve mathematical skills and further develop mathematical concepts as they strive to achieve our school’s academic standards in preparation for post-secondary pursuits. This advanced college preparatory course is intended to provide a solid foundation of the frameworks, applied math practices and the corresponding theories. Students in College Prep 1 will focus on meeting and expanding: 1) MA Frameworks with Common Core standards and 2) Advanced theories and principles behind concepts and theorems in each curricular content area.
HONORS & ADVANCED PLACEMENT MATHEMATICS is designed for the motivated, high-achieving learner and features a rigorous work schedule in developing sophisticated and complex learning experiences as they strive to achieve our school’s academic standards in preparation for post-secondary pursuits. Honors courses set the foundation for Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics courses specifically AP Calculus and AP Statistics. This program is for students who have an internalized work ethic and strong academic skills that include: superior algebraic and computational skills, internal drive and ability to work independently; academic accountability and responsibility; and the willingness to be proactive concerning academics. In order to prepare for challenges after high school and to achieve our school mission, students in AP/Honors Math work towards meeting and exceeding: 1) MA Frameworks with Common Core; 2) Advanced theories and principles behind concepts and theorems; and 3) Pre-AP topics and advanced problems solving techniques.
Mathematics Course Selections
AP Calculus; AP Statistics; AP Programming III
Math 8 Honors; Algebra I Honors; Geometry Honors;
Algebra II Honors; Precalculus Honors; Statistics Honors
COLLEGE PREP 1/A
Math 8 Fall CP1; Math 8 Spring CP1; Algebra I CP1; Geometry CP1; Algebra IIA; Precalculus A; Statistics CP1; Calculus CP1
COLLEGE PREP 2/B
Math 8 Fall CP2; Math 8 Spring CP2; Math Strategies; Algebra I CP2; Geometry CP2; Algebra IIB; Integrated Math I CP2; Integrated Math II CP2; Precalculus B; 21st Century Application of Math
Math Connection 10; College Test Prep
Programming I CP1; Programming II Honors; Programming IV Honors; Programming V Honors
The THS Mathematics Team competes in the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference of Mathematics League (SMCML). The league is made up of sixteen schools and is divided into three divisions. THS is in the North Division along with six other teams. Starting in the fall, all the schools in the same division meet once a month after school at alternating sites. Each school brings two teams plus alternates.
The THS Math Team is comprised of students of grades 8-12. Each team is made up of five students. Students practices weekly for the monthly competitions. Each team has a maximum of two seniors and a minimum of one underclassman. The students compete in five rounds consisting of Arithmetic, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Topics as well as a Team Round. Each player competes in three rounds plus the team round. Each round has three problems to solve in ten minutes. The topics are known beforehand and preparation is necessary. At the end of the season, the qualifying teams go on to the State and New England Competitions.
THS Math Team Advisors:
Mrs. Tracy Menard
Mr. Matthew Menard
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).
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. Below are the percent ranges for homework by each level:
College Prep 1: 10%
College Prep 2: 15%
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.
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.
WPI Invitational Math Meet
A team comprised from the THS Math Team regularly attends an annual Invitational Math Meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The contest consist of two rounds of competition. The first round is an individual competition and the second round is a team effort. Both rounds consists of interesting and challenging questions based on the secondary mathematics curriculum up to, but not including, calculus. It also includes a short program to introduce the students to WPI, as well as a talk about pursuing degrees and careers in the mathematical sciences. The highest scorer from each team is awarded a $1,000 WPI scholarship.
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Members of the THS Mathematics Team compete annually in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge is a national mathematical modeling contest for high school students sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, and as a viable and exciting profession. Scholarship prizes total $150,000. Students gain the experience of working in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians.
Pi Day Annual Competition
The Taunton High School Mathematics Department hosts the annual PIATHALON each March celebration of Pi Day. A world-wide celebration among math enthusiasts, Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14th (3/14). Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.