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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Math Team compete annually in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge, 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 in celebration of Pi Day (March 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.