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Mathematics

The only Department that really counts!

The mission of the Mountain Pointe Mathematics Department is to provide students with the mathematical and critical-thinking skills needed to excel in today’s diverse society. We are committed to making mathematics purposeful for students by offering a rigorous and relevant curriculum, and we believe in utilizing appropriate technology to enhance understanding. We are committed to professional development based on educational research to provide effective and thoughtful teaching practices.


The Mountain Pointe Mathematics Department goes to great lengths to provide the finest learning environment for its students. In conjunction with the Maricopa County Community College district, we have been able to offer college credit to our high school students taking our higher level classes during the normal school day. This allows many of our students to graduate high school with a college transcript as well as a high school diploma. Under the direction of principal Bruce Kipper and department chair Dan Ray, Mountain Pointe boasts of one of the finest math departments in the state of Arizona.

Here is the Canvas link
 
2014-2015 Mathematics Department Goals

            1)  To fully implement the AZ College and Career Readiness             Standards this school year in Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and                Algebra 3-4, the Math department will spend 100% of the                    content PLC time designing all new lessons, new                                common formative assessments, new common                            summative assessments, sharing and analyzing                                formative/summative assessment data, and                                    designing interventions for struggling students.

2)  The Math department is focused on designing and utilizing Worthwhile Math Tasks for each Unit. This will be a vehicle to help the students grow as problem-solvers as well as learn the standards more effectively.

3)  The Math Department will help the students utilize 21st century skills including the use of Canvas and graphing calculators to more deeply understand Mathematical concepts and solve problems.   

4)  The Math Department will utilize learning targets to focus the teaching and learning and allow for better student and teacher assessment of the learning.

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Why Mountain Pointe Mathematics?

The curriculum offered in mathematics is the best in the state of Arizona.

We offer:
  • 3 AP courses
  • 9 courses for honors credit
  • 9 courses for community college concurrent credit 
  • Honors Computer Programming
  • Courses designed to help students pass the AIMS test that count towards the graduation requirement of 4 credits
  • The Rigor & Relevance necessary to be successful in every course taken.
Mathematics Teachers at Mountain Pointe:

Hands down, the mathematics teachers at Mountain Pointe High School are the best the Tempe Union High School District has to offer. There are currently 15 teachers in the department who are dedicated to their student’s success. 80% of the teachers have Master’s degrees or above and the remaining teachers are in the process of completing their advanced degree. 70% of our teachers are qualified to teach mathematics courses at the community college. We believe mathematics needs to be relevant to the real world as well as fun!

Did you know...

By getting one year ahead in math any student can take AP Calculus or AP Statistics their senior year at Mountain Pointe?

Mountain Pointe High School was rated #1 in the district and one of the top schools in the state by A.S.U.’s study on college readiness in mathematics?http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/01/20/20090120ready0119.html

Mountain Pointe competes in and wins many mathematics competitions?

Most advanced students can complete all three semesters of Calculus before they graduate? (Saving $120 on a book used for one semester! This is not an option at many schools.)
Department Highlights:

Mu Alpha Theta: The Mu Alpha Theta National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society was founded in 1957 by Dr. Richard V. Andree and his wife, Josephine Andree, at the University of Oklahoma. In Andree's words, Mu Alpha Theta is "an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education". The name Mu Alpha Theta was constructed from the Greek lettering for the phonemes m, a, and th. Mountain Pointe High School is proud to have their own chapter of Mu Alpha Theta. See Mr. Ray for further information.

Math League: Mountain Pointe High School participates in the Math League Competitions. Math League's High School Contests are the best in high school mathematics competition. Students in each league compete for the highest scores, while schools compete for the highest team score: the total of the top 5 scores in each school. These contests consist of 6 High School Contests each year, with 6 questions per contest. There are 6 score reports per year for each league, showing each participating school's team scores, high scoring schools and students, and students with a perfect score. Each score report is accompanied by a newsletter, which includes comments and alternate solutions from teachers and students. All high school students in accredited schools are welcome to compete. Problems draw from a wide range of high school topics: geometry, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, series, sequences, exponents, roots, integers, real numbers, combinations, probability, coordinate geometry, and more. No knowledge of calculus is required to solve any of these problems. Detailed solution sheets demonstrate the methods used to solve each problem, including various approaches where appropriate. Working through these problems and our contest problem books is excellent practice for the SAT and college-bound students.

Link to great article about the Chandler-Gilbert competition.
 

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Dan Ray,
Aug 4, 2012, 5:24 PM
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