Mathematics News

H-ton Math Coaches Make Splash at Conference

January 24, 2016

H-ton Math Honor Society Inducts 44 Members

January 9, 2016

H-ton Math Honor Society Hosts Badminton Tourney

November 8, 2016

H-ton Math & Science Chair Outlines Agenda

October 14, 2016

Math Awards Presented to Talented Huntington Duo

August 10, 2016

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About

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An enthusiastic executive board leads the Math Honor Society.

The Mathematics Department believes that there is a level of mathematics study available to every student. The mathematics program emphasizes computational skills, problem-solving techniques, and mathematical structure. Students learn skills and concepts, and practice analytical and critical thinking. They study the uses of the computers, statistics and measurement.

Algebraic and geometric structure, logic, and analysis provide a sequential program for the college-bound. The decisions made about the courses taken in high school affect each student for the rest of their lives. The teaching faculty, the school counselor, the school administrators, and parents can all advise in the course selection process, but the student should be fully involved in the final decision and be ready to bear the responsibility for that decision. For this reason it is imperative to read course descriptions with considerable thought and care.

In selecting your courses for next year, several factors should be considered. These factors include graduation requirements and your job or school plans for the future. All students are required to complete successfully three credits of mathematics and demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency on a New York State exam.

Leadership

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Clifford Swezey
631-673-2078
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Clifford Swezey has been chairman of mathematics and science, 7-12 since August 2015. He has enjoyed a long career as a teacher and administrator in a variety of schools and districts throughout the metropolitan area.

Dr. Swezey obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at SUNY New Paltz in 1984 and a Master of Arts in Education in mathematics at St. John’s University in 1995. He earned a Doctor of Education in educational leadership at St. John’s in 2004.

Dr. Swezey previously served as a math teacher and dean at Van Wyck Junior High School (JHS 217Q) in Briarwood from 1985-1998; as an assistant math chair and math and social studies teacher at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside from 1998-2000; as an assistant principal at Louis Pasteur Middle School (MS 67Q) in Little Neck from 2000-2006; as supervisor of secondary math and computer science in the Harrison Central School District from 2006-2011; as director of math, K-12 in the Farmingdale School District in 2011/12 and as director of math and computer science, K-12 in the Uniondale School District from 2013 until his appointment in Huntington.

Known as a patient and caring teacher and faculty colleague, Dr. Swezey places a premium on classroom instruction and effective interaction with students.

 


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Marybeth Robinette
631-673-2077
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Marybeth Robinette has been the Huntington School District’s director of assessment, instructional technology and elementary mathematics since July 2014. She earlier served as the district’s data coordinator and chief information officer and as district director of mathematics, K-12. A member of the faculty since 1990, she has worked as a special education and math teacher.

Ms. Robinette earned an undergraduate degree in sociology with special education certification in 1978 at the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in computer science in 1985 at Union College. She obtained a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership along with state administrative certification at SUNY Stony Brook in 2009.

Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Robinette worked for Unisys Corp. and Harris Corp. as a software engineer (1985-1990), as a math teacher in the Wappinger Falls School District (1983-84), as a special education teacher in the Poughkeepsie School District (1981-83) and at the Astor Home for Children-Rhinebeck Country School.

Over the years Ms. Robinette has been a member of numerous Huntington School District committees, including the educational development committee, academic intervention services planning committee and technology committee. She has also been a member of the Response to Intervention development team, Tiers of intensive and educationally responsive services team and high school data team.

Curriculum

The Mathematics Department believes that there is a level of mathematics study available to every student. The mathematics program emphasizes computational skills, problem-solving techniques, and mathematical structure. Students learn skills and concepts, and practice analytical and critical thinking. They study the uses of the computers, statistics and measurement. In addition, algebraic and geometric structure, logic, and analysis provide a sequential program for the college-bound. The decisions made about the courses taken in high school affect each student for the rest of their lives. The teaching faculty, the school counselor, the school administrators, and parents can all advise in the course selection process, but the student should be fully involved in the final decision and be ready to bear the responsibility for that decision. For this reason it is imperative to read course descriptions with considerable thought and care. In selecting your courses for next year, several factors should be considered. These factors include graduation requirements and your job or school plans for the future. All students are required to complete successfully three credits of mathematics and demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency on a New York State exam.

In our core courses and electives, students are constantly exposed to essential questions that permeate time and place. The issues, centering on the human experience, are grounded in a thorough study of the facts by means of analysis and interpretation. Research is also a central component to the four years of social studies courses that all students are required to satisfactorily complete for graduation.

The Regents sections on all four grade levels focus on a high level of understanding of the subject matter and a demanding work load. Such expectations fully prepare the students for the New York State Regents Exams in Social Studies, required in Global History in grade 10 and US History in grade 11.

Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
CC Algebra 1 Honors
Math 8
CC Geometry Honors
CC Algebra 1 Regents
Basic Algebra
CC Algebra 2 Honors
CC Geometry Regents
CC Algebra 1 Regents
Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus A/B Honors
Pre-Calculus B/C Honors
AP Statistics
CC Algebra 2 Regents
Algebra & Trigonometry
Financial Algebra
CC Geometry Regents
Calculus
AP Calculus A/B
AP Calculus B/C
AP Statistics
CC Algebra 2 Regents
Advanced Algebra
Financial Algebra
Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus A/B Honors
Pre-Calculus B/C Honors
Algebra & Trigonometry

BASIC ALGEBRA - Course # 931

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly

This course is designed to support special education students. The focus is to build upon the foundation skills required to be successful in the Common Core Algebra 1Regents course. Topics covered in this course include exploring algebraic expressions, algebraic equations, and functions. Number sense will be reviewed and sustained through the continual practice of identifying and applying the properties of real numbers, simplifying radical terms, exploring rational numbers and expressions, and review of integer operations.

BASIC ALGEBRA - ESL - Course #361

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly

This course is designed to support English Language Learners. Please see the course description of Basic Algebra.

COMMON CORE ALGEBRA 1 REGENTS - Course #307

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 8 or Basic Algebra

The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. Because it is built on the middle grades standards, this is a more ambitious version of Algebra I than has generally been offered. This course deepens and extends understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. At the end of this course, students must take the Common Core Algebra 1 Regents. A separate section of this course is offered to English Language Learners in order to provide the necessary support. NCAA approved

COMMON CORE ALGEBRA 1 REGENTS SUPPORT - Course #300-9

(1 Year - no Credit) 2 1⁄2 periods weekly

The purpose of this course is to provide AIS to students scoring below proficiency on the grade 8 NYS Math Assessment while preparing them for the Common Core Algebra Regents examination. Students will be given a diagnostic test to assess strengths and weaknesses and then are provided with individual and small group instruction. The course includes a comprehensive review of operations with decimals and fractions, ratio and proportion, percents, elementary algebra and principles of geometry. Problem solving techniques and test taking strategies will be emphasized throughout the course.

COMMON CORE ALGEBRA 2 REGENTS - Course #302

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 1 Regents and Common Core Geometry Regents and teacher recommendation

Within this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers. The families of functions to be studied will include polynomial, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Problems resulting in systems of equations will be solved graphically and algebraically. Algebraic techniques will be developed to facilitate rewriting mathematical expressions into multiple equivalent forms. Data analysis will be extended to include measures of dispersion and the analysis of regression that model functions studied throughout this course. Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be expressed in multiple forms, and arithmetic and geometric series will be evaluated. Binomial experiments will provide the basis for the study of probability theory and the normal probability distribution will be analyzed and used as an approximation for these binomial experiments. Right triangle trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of circular functions. This course culminates in the NYS Common Core Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

COMMON CORE ALGEBRA 2 HONORS - Course #302A

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Recommended to grade: 10
Prerequisites: Common Core Geometry Honors and teacher recommendation

This course follows the NYS curriculum for 11th grade mathematics. Topics include complex numbers, applications of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions, rational expressions, equations and inequalities, transformational geometry, probability, statistics, sequences and series. In addition, the course includes advanced work on functions and their graphs, synthetic division and long division (pre- calculus topics) looking at polynomials to find possible roots. This course culminates in the NYS Common Core Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA 2 CONCEPTS SUPPORT- Course #302C

(I Year - no Credit) 2 1⁄2 periods weekly
Co-requisite: Common Core Algebra 2 Regents

The purpose of this course is to provide support for motivated students who experience difficulty in geometry, but who are interested in meeting the requirements for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. In addition to receiving small group and individual instruction, students will be exposed to new Algebra 2 and Trigonometry concepts before they are taught. Emphasis will be placed on trigonometric identities. A comprehensive review of all topics will be given to help students prepare for the Common Core Algebra 2 Regents examination.

ADVANCED ALGEBRA - Course #380

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra and Trigonometry

This course is designed for seniors to sharpen their math skills in preparation for advanced math and pre- calculus courses. Topics in trigonometry and polynomial functions will be covered in this course. The content in this course is organized around functions and models real world situations. Probability and data analysis topics are also interwoven throughout the course. NCAA approved

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA – Course #381

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 1 Regents and Common Core Geometry Regents

Financial Algebra is a college-preparatory course that will use sophisticated mathematics to give students the tools to become a financially responsible young adult. The course employs algebra, pre-calculus, probability and statistics, and geometry to solve financial problems that occur in everyday life. Real world problems in investing, credit, banking, auto insurance, mortgage, and employment, income taxes, budgeting and planning for retirement are solved by applying the relevant mathematics.

ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY - Course #326

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Common Core Geometry Regents

This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue mathematics due to interest, to provide stronger background for college preparation, or specific career plans in the technical fields of science. This course integrates second year algebra with an introduction to circular and trigonometric functions. Student will take a final exam at the completion of the course. NCAA approved

COMMON CORE GEOMETRY REGENTS - Course #309

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 1 Regents

The fundamental purpose of the course in Geometry is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Important differences exist between this Geometry course and the historical approach taken in Geometry classes. For example, transformations are emphasized early in this course. Close attention should be paid to the introductory content for the Geometry conceptual category found in the high school CCSS. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. This course culminates in the NYS Common core Geometry Regents examination. NCAA approved

COMMON CORE GEOMETRY HONORS - Course #301

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 1 Honors

This course is offered to 9th graders who have demonstrated the ability to handle the rigorous coursework of Integrated Algebra during 8th grade. Please see course description of Geometry. This course culminates in the NYS Geometry Regents examination. NCAA approved

COMMON CORE GEOMETRY CONCEPTS SUPPORT - Course #309C

(I Year - no Credit) 2 1⁄2 periods weekly
Co-requisite: Common Core Geometry Regents

The purpose of this course is to provide support for motivated students who experience difficulty with Integrated Algebra, but who are interested in meeting the requirements for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. In addition to receiving small group and individual instruction, students will be exposed to geometry concepts before they are taught. Emphasis will be placed on formal and informal reasoning skills and the derivation of important geometric facts. Support will be given using technology such as geometer sketch pad and other techniques assisting students in visualizing geometry concepts. A comprehensive review of all geometry topics will be given to help students prepare for the Geometry Regents examination.

PRE-CALCULUS - Course #340

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Recommended for grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Common Core Algebra 2 Regents or Common Core Algebra 2 Honors

This curriculum will carry forward the study of functions from Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. It covers polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, vectors and dot products, linear systems and matrices, sequences and series, probability, analytical geometry, parametric equations, polar coordinates and an introduction to limits. NCAA approved

PRE-CALCULUS A/B HONORS - Course #341AB

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 2 Regents or Algebra 2 Honors and teacher recommendation

This course is designed to prepare the student for AP Calculus AB and the course of study met in the sciences or business fields. The function concept plays the unifying role in the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. The modeling of elementary functions is stressed throughout the course along with a basic philosophy of examining the function concept using the Rule of Four. This rule will examine every topic graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. In addition, the Way of Archimedes will be implemented, where formal definitions and procedures evolve from the investigation of practical problems. Technological support will be used using a graphing calculator. NCAA approved

PRE-CALCULUS B/C HONORS - Course #341BC

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 11
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 2 Regents or Common Core Algebra 2 Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to prepare the student for AP Calculus B/C. Topics from this course carry forward the study of elementary functions from Algebra 2 and Trigonometry with greater emphasis upon graphic representation and algebraic processes. Polynomials and polynomial equations are extended to equations of higher degree, rational functions are sketched using asymptotes, and an extensive treatment of conic sections is taken expanding the theory to the general cases involving translation of axis, eccentricity and discriminant. Student knowledge of logarithms will be broadened to include natural logarithms. Analytic geometry, polynomial functions, logical functions and complex numbers will be studied as well. The last five units of this course are Calculus topics. NCAA approved

CALCULUS - Course #328

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus AB Honors or BC Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course provides an alternative, non-AP calculus course for students who have taken pre-calculus, who have motivation, desire and work ethic necessary to pursue calculus, but who do not wish to do so at an AP level. The course will pursue a limited number of differential calculus topics in depth including limits and continuity, derivatives and the application of derivatives. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS A/B - Course #350

(1Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus AB Honors or BC Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in single variable calculus. This course will emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and applications of these concepts. Students will sit for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination in May. Based upon performance, students may receive college credit for one semester of college mathematics. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS B/C - Course #351

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus BC Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a full-year college course in single variable calculus. This course will emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation integration, polar coordinates, parametric equations, vectors, and infinite series. Students will sit for the Advanced Placement Calculus BC examination in May. Based upon performance, students may receive college credit for one or two semesters of college mathematics. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STATISTICS - Course #360

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Common Core Algebra 2 Regents or Pre-Calculus and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in statistics. This course provides effective preparation for students interested in the social sciences, health sciences, and business. Students will be introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will sit for the Advanced Placement Statistics examination in May. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS A/B - Course #350

(1Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus AB Honors or BC Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in single variable calculus. This course will emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and applications of these concepts. Students will sit for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination in May. Based upon performance, students may receive college credit for one semester of college mathematics. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS B/C - Course #351

(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Offered to grade: 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus BC Honors and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a full-year college course in single variable calculus. This course will emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation integration, polar coordinates, parametric equations, vectors, and infinite series. Students will sit for the Advanced Placement Calculus BC examination in May. Based upon performance, students may receive college credit for one or two semesters of college mathematics. NCAA approved

The goal of every math teacher at Finley Middle School is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the mathematics necessary to function in a world very dependent upon the application of mathematics. The New York State Education Department has clearly defined learning standards that will assist students, teachers, and parents in achieving this goal. All lessons will expose students to the standards of mathematical practice: make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of structure, and look for and make use of repeated reasoning. This will be accomplished as students participate in the national common core math curriculum in 7th and 8th grades.

MATHEMATICS 7 (40 Weeks)

The 7th grade curriculum concentrates on ratios and proportional relationships, where students will analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real world and mathematical problems. Students will continue to develop number sense by applying and extending previous understanding of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. Students will also continue to learn about expressions and equations. They will use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and will solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. Statistics, probability and geometry will be used to strengthen student understanding of mathematical concepts.

MATH 7 ACCELERATED (40 Weeks)

This course is designed to meet the needs of exceptional 7th grade mathematics students. The course covers topics in the Grade 7 curriculum and topics from Math 8. These students will take Common Core Regents Examination in eighth grade. Students must be able to work independently and should expect more extensive homework assignments. Students are encouraged to maintain at least an 85 test average. The New York State Math 7 Assessment will be administered to all 7th graders.

MATH 8 (40 Weeks)

The 8th grade curriculum extends student’s work with expressions and equations to include radicals and integer exponents. Teachers will assist students in making connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations. Students will define, evaluate and compare functions and will study geometry concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem, congruence and similarity using physical models. Students will begin to explore rational and irrational numbers, statistics and probability and will apply geometry concepts to solve real world mathematical problems.

COMMON CORE ALGEBRA 1 HONORS - GRADE 8 (40 Weeks)

The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. Because it is built on the middle grades standards, this is a more ambitious version of Algebra Integrated R than has generally been offered. This course deepens and extends understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. At the end of this course, students must take the Common Core Algebra Regents.

MATH LAB

Math Lab is designed to provide additional support to students who scored a level 1 or 2 on the previous year’s New York State Math assessment along with teacher recommendation. Instruction focuses on the basic mathematics skills, conceptual understanding, and academic language students need to be successful in mathematics.

Honor Society

Directory

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Swezey Clifford Chairperson
Cali Lisa Secretary
Aufiero Kathleen High School
Avelli Patricia High School
Corsetti-Hendricks Lynn High School
Ferazi Joann High School
Franco Bienvenido High School
Graziano Michael High School
Horn Kara High School
Madden Alida High School
Mattis Keith High School
Moriarity David High School
Racz Monica High School
Schessler Jordan High School
Scott Amanda High School
Simon Abigail High School
Wenz Michelle High School
Demarco Melanie Finley
Grobe Elizabeth Finley
Grodzicki Denise Finley
Perlongo Matthew Finley
Stracuzza Annette Finley
Tannazzo Vincent Finley

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