January Math News

HCS High School Math Teachers Newsletter

Welcome back!!

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing winter break and a smooth fresh start to the new year in your classes this past week. Continuing with the district focus on developing critical thinking skills and communication skills in our students, there are several training opportunities offered this month:

  • LTF: Many of you have signed up for the Laying The Foundation (LTF) Training over the next 2 weeks which will provide specific examples of lessons that can be taught this quarter to encourage higher order thinking skills and that require students to write explanations of their reasoning.
  • Vertical Team Meeting: On January 21, the Vertical Team Meeting will focus on additional examples of strategies for encouraging reading and writing skills in our students
(Dates, locations and maps for each of these events are given below)


In addition, at the bottom of this newsletter, you will find information for accessing practice materials for the Quality Core End of Course Exams (taken by all Algebra I, Algebra 1B, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, and Precalculus students) and the ACT Aspire (taken for the first time by all 10th graders this year). All of these exams, as well as the ACT, PSAT, and SAT are increasingly requiring students to be able to read, interpret, and use critical thinking skills to solve math problems and the Aspire even requires them to write sentences explaining their thinking for some problems. Therefore, it is a good idea to expose students to samples of the types of problems they may see on these exams.

LTF Training-Geometry at Merts

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 8am-2:30pm

200 White Street Southeast

Huntsville, AL

At Merts - Community Room

LTF Training-Algebra 2/Trig at McNair

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 8am-2:30pm

3221 Mastin Lake Road Northeast

Huntsville, AL

At McNair Jr. High

LTF Training - Algebra 1 at Merts

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 8am-2:30pm

200 White Street Southeast

Huntsville, AL

At Merts - Blue Room

Vertical Team Meeting at Whitesburg P-8

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 3:30-5pm

107 Sanders Road Southwest

Huntsville, AL

At Whitesburg P-8

Other Upcoming Events:

  • March 1: 4th Vertical Team Meeting (Location TBD)
For AP Only:
  • March 5: AP Math Mock Exams at Columbia High School
  • April 9: AP Math Prep Session at Columbia High School
  • April 20: AP Reading of Mock Exams at A+ in Birmingham