Raider Family News

February, 2023

Meet the Mathematics Department

Each month we are highlighting a different department and providing exciting news about the activities occurring within that department. This month we highlight the Mathematics Department.

Math Department Information:

Number of Department Members: 11

Collective Years of Teaching/Counseling: 166

Collective Years at SBRHS: 121

Number of Post Graduate Degrees Held:

  • BA in Accounting

  • BS in Math

  • BA in Elementary Ed.

  • BA in Management

  • BA in Finance

  • BA in Secondary Ed.

  • BS in Electrical Engineering

  • Masters in Educational Leadership

  • Masters in Special Education

  • Masters in Math Teaching

  • Masters in Math

Math Department's Vision for ALL students: In the math department all students will persevere through challenging real-world problems using their critical thinking skills and using collaboration skills to work with their peers. Students will be good digital citizens by using technology such as Graphing Calculators, Desmos and Google apps to analyze, collect and present data.

Important info from the Math Department:

  • We offer a free Title 1 Spring MCAS Math After School program that runs from mid-March til mid-May to help students prepare for the Grade 10 MCAS test. This is open to all grade 10 students and information will be emailed home in mid-February.

  • We run a high school math Summer Accelerated Math Academy in the summer. It is 4 days in mid August to help students overcome learning loss and to enrich and further their skills in mathematics through fun real-world activities. This is open to all students grade 9-12, but preference is given to students entering grade 9 and 10.

  • We offer free academic support every Tuesday in the library from 2:15-3:30. Mrs. Thibault and Mrs. Rebello are the instructors. Students can get extra help, extra practice or make up missing assignments and assessments. There is a late bus for transportation.

  • We have 3 AP offerings for the 2023-24 school year. We will be offering AP Statistics (open to grades 10-12), AP Pre-Calculus (open to grades 11-12) and AP Calculus AB (open to grade 12).

  • We offer Math Applications as an elective grade 10 course for students who need additional support to prepare for MCAS math in grade 10.

  • We have a competitive Math Team that meets every Wednesday from October through March and participates in a minimum of 5 meets. If any students are interested in joining, we would love to have you. Please contact Mrs. Eldridge or Mrs. Proulx.

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Department Members:

Andrew Laurence, Mathematics Content Coordinator

Hannah Cutner

Kylie D’Ambrosio

Kerri Eldridge

Keegan LaRue

Jon Loper

Cathy Rebello

James Silva (not pictured)

Jamie Sunderland

Kristin Thibault

Christine Vertullo

Fun Facts:

  • Every summer the math department has their own cornhole tournament where there is a plaque highlighting the winners from each year.

  • Mrs. Cutner has run in 7 marathons.

  • Mr. LaRue coaches the Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track teams.

  • Mr. Laurence coaches the JV Boys Basketball team.

  • Mr. Sunderland is the captain of the Math Department faculty dodgeball, volleyball and blooper ball teams each year.

  • Mr. Laurence runs an eBay business selling sneakers, clothing, etc and has run a BRB session called Hustle 101 teaching students how to sell on eBay and other sites.

Class of 2023--Send us your future plans

SBRHS would like to celebrate your future plans. Please tell us what you plan on doing next year (college, branch of military or workforce/career path). We will celebrate these successes in various ways, including Twitter, our website, etc. as we get closer to the end of the year.

Student Form

Save the Dates--Semi Formals in March

Junior/Senior "Black & White" Semi Formal: White's of Westport: Friday, March 3, 2023--6:30-10:00 p.m. Tickets: $45 on sale next week--look for an email from Ms. Ferris.

Freshmen/Sophomore Semi Formal: White's of Westport: Friday, March 24, 2023--More information will be emailed to students as we get closer.

Congratulations Roman Raposo

Roman Raposo has been invited to participate in the MMEA Allstate Festival! He earned this honor after auditioning for the festival this past weekend. This is the culmination of two rounds of auditions and the SEMMEA Sr. District Festival.

He will now go on to represent SBRHS on March 3rd and 4th in Boston at the MMEA Allstate Festival and perform at Symphony Hall in Boston. This is a huge accomplishment for Roman and we are incredibly proud of his achievements!

Staff/Student Recognition

Each month we recognize students and staff who exemplify the skills and competencies that we value in our SBRHS Vision of the Graduate. This month's skill is Empathetic. Empathy is understanding how another person might be feeling or knowing what it is like to "walk in another's shoes". This month we ask you to recognize someone in our school community who thinks of others and tries to be there for their friends/students in the best, and also in the toughest times.

Who in our student body/staff demonstrates empathy towards others? Is there someone who goes out of their way to demonstrate empathy towards you and/or others? Please consider taking a few moments to fill out the Google Forms below--you truly make someone's day by recognizing them.

If someone who you thought was a digital citizen also demonstrates empathy towards you and others, include that person in this month's response as well. If you have not yet participated, we hope you will think about filling out the Google Form this month. Last month, we recognized students and staff members for their digital citizenship. Randomly selected, we want to honor one of the students and staff members that were recognized for this:

Student: Abigail Kettle

Staff member: Kyle Homberg

Staff Recognition Form

Student Recognition Form

Graduation Requirements Have Changed

All students are meeting with their guidance counselors at some point between January 30-February 10.

Discussion with guidance counselors regarding student choices about electives (based on student goals, preferences, etc.) will be had at this time to determine coursework for next year.

Please have these conversations at home with your family as well. This is your opportunity to plan your pathway through high school. It does not need to look exactly like anyone else’s. Attached is the 2023-24 Program of Studies.

If you are unsure of your pathway or next steps, we suggest you continue on with choosing electives from different areas based on your interests.

Nothing has changed about the amount of credits needed for graduation. Class of 2024 needs 109.5 credits (due to past changes in some semester coursework becoming full year coursework). All other classes need 112.5 credits to graduate moving forward. Again, this is not a change. (See picture below)

We are, however, removing a requirement for you to take Fine & Performing Arts & Engineering Tech. This does not mean that you CANNOT take them, it just means that you do not HAVE to take them. You need 30 credits of electives to graduate from SBRHS. But the electives you choose moving forward are your choice based on your pathway through high school and the goals that you have for your future. (See picture below)