WHPS High School Math Department

Winter 2023 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. See below for additional computer science information.

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

Conard Math Course Request Form 23-24

This form is for any Conard student who would like to request a different math course other than the course that their math teacher recommended.

HALL Math Course Request Form 23-24

This form is for any Hall student who would like to request a different math course other than the course that their math teacher recommended.

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 10th -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.

Desmos: Free Graphing Calculator & Math Resources

Please note that the SAT is transitioning to a digital format and the platform will utilize Desmos' graphing calculator on the Math section.

Whats Going on in this Graph?

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

Ashley Ferrandiz, Conard Math Department Supervisor

Monique Albani-Ethier, Hall Math Department Supervisor