WHPS High School Math Department

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Course Recommendations

During January, all teachers will be making and speaking to students about course recommendations for next school year. Math teachers review assessment data from semester 1 as well as standardized assessment data to make thoughtful and appropriate recommendations. Given the sequential and cumulative nature of mathematics, it is best to follow your teacher's recommendation. There can be significant challenges in choosing a course different from the one that the teacher recommends. If you are considering choosing a different course than the recommended one, we strongly suggest that you talk with your math teacher and/or department supervisor so that they can best advise on the potential challenges and impact of that choice.

Additionally, math teachers will be recommending a computer science (CS) elective in addition to a core math course. The computer science electives are a great way to expand your logic and problem solving skills. You should not plan to take a CS course in place of your math course, but it is a great supplement to your mathematics pathway. For an interactive tool that helps you choose the best CS course for you, go to this site.

For more detailed information, please review the Program of Studies on the school website and the Presentation below.

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 2021

The Math Department will be sponsoring the AMC10 and AMC12 on Thursday February 4th and Wednesday February 10th. The American Mathematics Competition is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice competitive examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

This year the competition will be proctored remotely after school on these afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30. You will sign in to a WHPS Google Meet from home, open the test in a separate tab, and complete the test according to the instructions read by the proctor. We will notify teachers of those students participating to excuse your absence from afternoon sessions if applicable.


Process for Participation:

  1. If you are interested in participating in either or both days of the competition, please sign up directly here by January 15th.

  2. Watch your WHPS email for instructions on how to a) register for access to the online test with the MAA’s platform and b) access the link for the WHPS Google Meet that you must join on the day of the test to participate.

  3. Gather the permitted materials to use during the competition: pencils/pens, scrap paper, graph paper, ruler, compass. If you need any of these materials, please let Ms. Albani-Ethier or your math teacher know prior to the week of the competition.

PSATs and Next Steps

October PSAT scores have been posted to College Board and students received their individual score reports and a copy of the test book from their counselor.

For all 9th -11th graders, there are two important ways that you can utilize your results to improve your math proficiency:

1) Go to www.khanacademy.org/sat and follow the steps to connect your Khan Academy account to your College Board account. This will link your scores to provide you with individualized practice. Make sure that you also share your SAT progress with your math teacher so that they can support you. Practice on a regular basis.

2) Using the paper report and copy of the test booklet, go through your mistakes and work to understand these problems. See your math teacher or attend the math center if there are problems you still do not understand.

Real Numbers Web Series

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Whats Going on in this Graph?

An interactive opportunity to better understand the graphs and infographics used in media

WHPS High School Mathematics Department