The Maine West Math Department has a proud history of providing the best math instruction possible for students of varied math backgrounds. The department is made up of 17 teachers, 3 teacher assistants, a department chair and a department secretary. The math department has had a history of insuring algebra proficiency before allowing students to take the rest of the math curriculum. This is done through pre-entry courses during the summer, our freshman placement procedures and our looping process. Support for students needing math help can be found in extended-time algebra courses and team-taught geometry courses. The math teachers also staff a tutoring center called Tutor U. This room is open every period of the day and provides students with professional math help. Parents are encouraged to keep up with their child's grades and Tutor U. attendance through the Parent Portal. Our course teams have been transformed into Professional Learning Teams (PLTs.) This will help in our mission of using differentiated instruction (DI) and RtI procedures to provide timely help when a student starts to struggle. We follow all best practices surrounding RtI and have three rooms set aside for every period of the day to provide Tier II support for students in Algebra 1, Plane Geometry/Geometry, or Algebra 2. Students work with our TAs to solidify specific skills after being referred by our teachers and PLTs. Students exit this support when they show proficient skill levels. We are extremely excited about the achievements of our math team. They continue to finish well in their division. Bhagirath just finished the season in FIRST PLACE in the Wang Division of the NSML as our oralist. Congrats! 1st in Orals (Bhagirath Mehta and Daniel Jeong)
1st in Jr/Sr 2-Person (Bhagirath Mehta and Brett Patterson)
In the Algebra 2 Written contest, Varun Nair took 5th and Bhagirath Mehta took 2nd individually, and the team finished in 3rd.
In the Geometry Written contest, Daniel Jeong came in 5th.
We have recently started up a chapter of Mu Alpha Theta. Contact the officers with any questions. Grace Yue (president), Danica Roque (vice-president) and Vrutik Patel (treasurer) are pictured below.
The Board of Education continues to support the district’s plan to provide a TI-84 plus or a TI-30XS calculator to students who need them in particular math classes. Students who already own the appropriate device is encouraged to use their own rather than being responsible for a school-owned device. Students who choose to use a school-owned device will be given the calculator at the beginning of the year by their classroom teacher and expected to return the calculator at the end of the year. A replacement cost will be charged to students who damage or do not return their school-owned calculator.