WHPS HS Math Summer Newsletter 2023
Summer Enrichment Assignments for Courses
Keep your skills fresh and ensure that you are ready for learning on day 1 of the new school year. The department has compiled assignments of pre-requisite skill practice for our core courses.
Please review the assignment for your course below.
Course Request for SY 2023-2024
In alignment with the WHPS mission and vision, we believe all students/families have the right to choose the course that they believe is appropriate for them (given that they have met the prerequisite requirements for the course). We also want students to be able to make informed decisions that take into account all relevant information about the math course and future pathways. This form allows us to streamline communication around these decisions and questions.
Please use the forms below if you would like to request a course that is different from your teacher recommendation. The form will be reviewed by the mathematics department supervisor who will then contact you to discuss further and/or to communicate next steps.
Summer Shopping: Calculator Recommendations
We strongly suggest that students/families purchase their own calculator for use during their math class if they can. We have classroom calculators available and can certainly loan them out for the academic year, but if it is financially feasible for students/families to purchase their own, we recommend you do this over the summer. You may be able to take advantage of the many sales during the back to school season. Students will need to have a calculator that they know how to use as an efficient tool for the PSATs and SATs as we are not able to provide them for every single student during testing.
For students entering Algebra I:
A scientific calculator is sufficient and will be useful. Teachers will use graphing calculators with students in the classroom (and some students may want to get a head start on learning these tools independently), but they are not required. We recommend any of the TI-30s (see pictures below).
For students entering Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, or Statistics
We will consistently use graphing calculators as a tool in the classroom and on homework and expect that students will have their own calculator. We understand that they are a bit more expensive and we can sign them out to students if need be, just communicate that to your teacher or the department supervisor at the start of the year.
We strongly recommend a TI-84Plus (see pictures below). Note: sometimes stores or sites will have a back to school sale for another brand. You are welcome to purchase another brand of calculator, however, our teachers are familiar with TIs, our classroom sets are TIs, and any instructions we distribute to students are set up for TIs.
Preparing for the PSAT/SAT
For students who have already taken the PSAT and/or SAT, they can and should be taking advantage of Khan Academy's personalized practice. Link your test scores from your College Board account to your Khan Academy account and you will be able to work through individualized practice to prepare you for the next test.
As a department, we are encouraging students to become more interested and aware of the many connections between the study of mathematics and computer science. We offer courses in computer science (see Program of Studies), but also encourage students to learn more throughout their years about the importance and excitement of computer science. Check out some of the links below.
Conard High School Mathematics Department
Hall High School Mathematics Department