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Mathematics Department Headlines

 The induction ushered in 53 new Math Honor Society members.
January 12, 2024

Math Honor Society Inducts 53 New Members

Huntington High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Math Honor Society inducted 53 new members during a Thursday night ceremony before a crowd of parents and school officials in the auditorium.

 The championship team proved to be formidable foes for the field (1)
November 15, 2023

Competition Fierce at Math Honor Society Badminton Tournament

The Huntington High School’s annual Math Honor Society badminton tournament drew 12 competing teams late last week. The field included three teacher squads, making for a fun event for all.

 Huntington High School's Mathletes club welcomes anyone looking for a good challenge
September 29, 2023

Huntington Mathletes Enthusiastic About Challenges

Huntington High School’s Mathletes team members have always been enthusiastic about a good mathematical challenge and this year is no different.


Mathematics Department Important Information

About The Mathematics Department

Mikah and Abby Schueller teamed up to win the badminton tournament.

Emphasis on Skills, Concepts and Critical Thinking

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.

Structure, Logic and Analysis

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.

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Mathematics Department Leadership

Joe Leavy

Teresa Grossane

Director of STEM

Teresa Grossane has been the district director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics since January 4, 2021.

Dr. Grossane obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education at St. John’s University in 1986 and a Master of Science degree in computer technology at Long Island University-CW Post College in 1989. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration at St. John’s in 2018.

At the time of her appointment in Huntington, Dr. Grossane was serving as chairperson of mathematics, 9-12 in East Meadow. She previously worked as director of secondary curriculum and instruction, coordinator of mathematics and science, K-12 and chairperson of math and science 7-12 in Eastport-South Manor; principal of West Hempstead Middle School; middle school and elementary school assistant principal and director of mathematics in Westbury; director of mathematics, K-12 in Deer Park; supervisor of mathematics, 6-12 in Wantagh; assistant principal of Merrick Avenue Middle School; math teacher at Mepham High School, Lawrence High School, Elmont High School and Holy Trinity High School; permanent sub math teacher at Grand Avenue Middle School and John F. Kennedy High School.

Dr. Grossane maintains memberships in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, LI Council of Administrative Women in Education and the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors

Course Requirements and Listings

Huntington HS

Mathematics Scope and Sequence

Year by Year course offerings (Red Check is new course offering)

Freshman year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Algebra 2

  • or
  • Algebra
  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Algebra ENL
  • Bilingual Algebra
  • Algebra ENL
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Intro. to Statistics- Beacon Program
  • Algebra/ Trigonometry
  • Algebra/ Trigonometry ENL
  • Project Lead the Way - Computer Sci. Essentials
  • Basic Algebra - SIFE
Required 1 Credit
Sophomore year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Algebra 2
  • Algebra 2 ENL
  • Algebra Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Geometry ENL

  • or
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Discovering Geometry
  • Project Lead the Way - Computer Sci. Essentials
  • SAT/ACT Math Preparation
  • Intro. to Statistics- Beacon Program
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
Required 1 Credit
Junior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • AP Precalculus
  • Pre-Calculus – Statistics

  • or
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Financial Algebra
  • Intro. to Statistics – Beacon Program
  • SAT/ACT Math Preparation
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics
  • Project Lead the Way - Computer Sci. Essentials
Required 1 Credit
Senior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC

  • or
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Financial Algebra
  • Intro. to Statistics- Beacon Program
  • SAT/ACT Math Prep.
  • AP Computer Sci. A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics
  • Project Lead the Way - Computer Sci. Essentials

The Huntington High School Mathematics Department is committed to providing students with a rigorous and challenging mathematics experience. It is designed to enable students to gain confidence in their own mathematical ability, enhance their critical thinking and mathematics communication skills, and to connect their experiences in mathematics to the real world. All of our students are encouraged to take four years of mathematics to become college and career ready and to better meet the demands of our 21st century global society. To achieve this goal, we offer a variety of courses to meet the needs and interests of all students. Recommended prerequisites may be waived under rare circumstances where students demonstrate unusual and outstanding capacities for moving ahead.

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 Algebra Regents 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 - ENL - 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.

BASIC ALGEBRA - SIFE - Course #361-S (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly The Bridges Math curriculum for SIFE and Newcomers uses a Guided Math approach in which students are administered a pre-assessment to measure their current knowledge and skill level for the unit and then are assigned to teacher-led and independent student work centers based on their skill level. Students travel from center to center in homogenous groups based on their skill level. This curriculum also focuses on the language of mathematics so there is a strong emphasis on mathematical vocabulary and metacognitive awareness of mathematical problem solving and students’ strengths and weaknesses. The Bridges Math curriculum also includes social-emotional learning targets that are explained throughout the lesson plans. Units of instruction include: Numeracy, Use of Visual Models,Problem Solving Strategies, Strategies for Solving Word Problems, Operations with Decimals, Dividing Fractions , Ratios and Rates, Integers, Coordinate Plane Skills, Expressions and Equations.

ALGEBRA - Course #307 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. 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. Students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The standards for mathematical practice apply throughout the 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 will take the Algebra 1 Regents. NCAA approved

BILINGUAL ALGEBRA - Course #372 (1 Year- 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly This course is designed to support Beginner English Language Learners. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. 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. Students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The standards for mathematical practice apply throughout the 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 will take the Algebra 1 Regents. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA SUPPORT - Course #300-9 (1 Year - No Credit) 2 ½ periods weekly Co-requisite: Algebra The purpose of this course is to provide additional support to students while preparing them for the Algebra Regents examination. The course includes a comprehensive review of operations with decimals and fractions, ratio and proportion, percents, and elementary algebra. Problem solving techniques and test taking strategies will be emphasized throughout the course.

BILINGUAL/ENL ALGEBRA SUPPORT - Course #371 (1 Year- No Credit) 2 ½ periods weekly Co-requisite: Bilingual Algebra or ENL Algebra This course is designed to provide additional support to Beginner English Language Learners as they prepare for the Algebra Regents examination. The course includes a comprehensive review of operations with decimals and fractions, ratio and proportion, percents, and elementary algebra. Problem solving techniques and test taking strategies will be emphasized throughout the course.

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA – Course #308 (1 year- 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly This course is designed for students who have failed the Algebra Regents but have passed the course. The first semester will focus on mastering Algebra and test taking skills to successfully pass the Algebra Regents. The second semester of the course will focus on topics in the Algebra 2 curriculum.

ALGEBRA 2 - Course #302 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 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 Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA 2 ENL - Course #373 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra ENL This course is designed to provide additional support to English Language Learners as they prepare for the Algebra 2 Regents examination. 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 Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA 2 CONCEPTS SUPPORT - Course #302C (I Year - No Credit) 2 ½ periods weekly Co-requisite: Algebra 2 The purpose of this course is to provide support for students who may have experienced 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. A comprehensive review of all topics will be given to help students prepare for the Algebra 2 Regents examination.

ALGEBRA 2 - Course #302 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 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 Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA 2 ENL - Course #373 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra ENL This course is designed to provide additional support to English Language Learners as they prepare for the Algebra 2 Regents examination. 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 Algebra 2 Regents examination. NCAA approved

ALGEBRA / TRIGONOMETRY - Course #326 (1 year – 1credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra This course provides students with an opportunity to explore algebraic concepts within the Algebra 2 curriculum. Topics will include working with real and complex numbers, quadratic, rational, irrational, exponential and logarithmic expressions and equations. Right triangle trigonometry is extended to circular functions. The course culminates with a locally generated final exam. NCAA approved

GEOMETRY - Course #309 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II and/or teacher recommentdation. 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 toward formal mathematical arguments. Transformations are emphasized early in this course. Students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that fosters their ability to make sense of problem situations. This course culminates in the Geometry Regents examination. NCAA approved

GEOMETRY ENL - Course #309-E (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra This course is designed to provide additional support to English Language Learners as they prepare for the Geometry Regents examination. 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 toward formal mathematical arguments. Transformations are emphasized early in this course. Students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that fosters their ability to make sense of problem situations. This course culminates in the Geometry Regents examination. NCAA approved

GEOMETRY SUPPORT - Course #309C (I Year - No Credit) 2 ½ periods weekly Co-requisite: Geometry The purpose of this course is to provide support for students who may have experienced 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.

DISCOVERING GEOMETRY- Course #910DG (1 year- 1 credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra This course is designed to support special education students. The fundamental purpose is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades by building on topics from Geometry. We explore content by varying methods and deepen our understanding of real-world mathematical applications with geometry. Students will be able to improve on basic algebra skills by the practice and repetition offered throughout the course and imbedded within our geometry topics. Students will work their way through angles, parallel lines, transformations, quadrilaterals, coordinate geometry and much more.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT(AP) PRECALCULUS – Course # 342 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite : Successful completions of all 3 Mathematics Regents courses and 85% or higher on all 3 regents. This AP course is also a concurrent enrollment program in which all high school juniors and seniors take the College’s courses at their high school campus during regular school hours while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. This course is designed to prepare students to enroll in AP Calculus. Each of the three mathematical practices for AP Precalculus have associated skills; Practice 1: Procedural and Symbolic Fluency, Practice 2: Multiple Representations, Practice 3: Communication and Reasoning. The course content is organized into units. Unit 1: Polynomial and Rational Functions; Unit 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Unit 3: Trigonometric and Polar Functions; Unit 4: Functions Involving Parameters, Vectors, and Matrices. AP Precalculus was created to prepare a wide range of students to succeed in math they will encounter in college. Students will have the opportunity to earn AP credit and/or college credit through the Beacon Program with Suffolk Community College. NCAA approved.

PRE-CALCULUS - Beacon Program with Suffolk Community College- Course # 341 (1 year-1 credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of all 3 math regents courses and 75% or higher on all 3 math regents. Suffolk's Beacon Program is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take the College's courses at their high school campus during their regular school hours, while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. The course will extend the study of functions from Algebra 2. Topics include zeroes and graphs of polynomial functions, graphs and asymptotes of rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, introduction to trigonometry, angle measurement, right triangle trigonometry, and properties and graphs of trigonometric functions. Acceptance of credit for college-level course work is under the domain of the receiving colleges and universities. Successful completion of this course fulfills the SUNY General Education Requirement for Mathematics. This course is weighted 1.0.

PRE-CALCULUS HONORS – Beacon Program with Suffolk Community College Course #340H (1 year- 1 credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 3 math regents courses and 85% or higher on all 3 math regents. Suffolk's Beacon Program is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take the College's courses at their high school campus during their regular school hours, while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Calculus exam. Students study polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and exponential 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 involves examining every topic (1) graphically, (2) numerically, (3) analytically, and (4) verbally. This course will culminate with a locally generated final exam. NCAA approved

CALCULUS - Course #328 (1Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus Honors or teacher recommendation. This course provides an alternative, non-AP calculus course for students who have taken pre-calculus, who have motivation, desire, and the work ethic requisite 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. It is recommended that students in this course provide their own TI84 PLUS calculator. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT(AP) PRECALCULUS – Course # 342 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite : Successful completions of all 3 Mathematics Regents courses and 85% or higher on all 3 regents. This AP course is also a concurrent enrollment program in which all high school juniors and seniors take the College’s courses at their high school campus during regular school hours while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. This course is designed to prepare students to enroll in AP Calculus. Each of the three mathematical practices for AP Precalculus have associated skills; Practice 1: Procedural and Symbolic Fluency, Practice 2: Multiple Representations, Practice 3: Communication and Reasoning. The course content is organized into units. Unit 1: Polynomial and Rational Functions; Unit 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Unit 3: Trigonometric and Polar Functions; Unit 4: Functions Involving Parameters, Vectors, and Matrices. AP Precalculus was created to prepare a wide range of students to succeed in math they will encounter in college. Students will have the opportunity to earn AP credit and/or college credit through the Beacon Program with Suffolk Community College. NCAA approved.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS A/B - Course #350 (1Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus Honors or teacher recommendation. This course designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in single variable calculus. The 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. It is recommended that students in this course provide their own TI84 PLUS calculator. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS B/C - Course #351 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus Honors or 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. It is recommended that students in this course provide their own TI84 PLUS calculator. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STATISTICS - Course #360 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of CC Algebra 2 Regents or Pre-Calculus or teacher recommendation. This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in statistics. The 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. It is recommended that students in this course provide their own TI84 PLUS calculator. NCAA approved

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES Course # 354 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite : Successful completion of Algebra 1 This AP course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The topics in this course will include the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. NCAA approved.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE A - Course #352 (1Year-1Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Science Essentials, Algebra 2 or Teacher recommendation. AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA – Course #381 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: This course is designed for Juniors and Seniors and successful completion of Algebra I. 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.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY- Computer Science Essentials - Course #353 (1 Year- 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: This course is designed for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. PLTW CSE introduces students to coding fundamentals through an approachable, block-based programming language where they will have early success in creating usable apps. As students sharpen their computational thinking skills, they will transition to programming environments that reinforce coding fundamentals by displaying block programming and text based programming side-by-side. Finally, students will learn the power of text-based programming as they are introduced to the Python® programming language.

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS – Beacon Program with Suffolk Community College - Course #359 (1 Year- 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra Suffolk's Beacon Program is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take the College's courses at their high school campus during their regular school hours, while simultaneously working toward high school graduation. The course will introduce students to statistical reasoning and methods that are relevant in the fields of medicine, business, education, political science, psychology, and entertainment. Topics will include design of experiments and sampling techniques, data analysis and displays, probability and counting principles, discrete probability distributions, Normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

SAT/ACT MATH PREPARATION - Course #300-10 (½Year, ¼Credit) 2½ periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra Standardized tests focus strongly on Algebra and the key concepts that are most essential for success in college and career. This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of taking standardized tests. The primary goal is to identify and implement test taking strategies using prerequisite knowledge to improve student performance and increase the opportunity for college acceptances and scholarships. A significant part of this course will focus on problem solving and data analysis: the ability to create a representation of a problem, consider the units involved, attend to the meaning of quantities, and know and use different properties of operations and objects.

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 course will include curriculum topics from Common Core Math 7 and Math 8. The students will continue to develop their work with rational numbers, proportional relationships, algebraic expressions, linear functions, geometric shapes and Pythagorean Theorem. The students will receive a period and a half of instruction on an alternating day basis to allow time for modeling and real-life applications of the course topics with differentiated activities providing hands on experiences for all students. The New York State Math 7 Assessment will be administered to all 7th graders.

ALGEBRA - GRADE 8 (40 Weeks) The fundamental purpose of this high school course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. 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 Standards for Mathematical Practice 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. Both the Regents exam and final grade earned will be recorded on the student’s high school transcript, and the final grade will be computed in the high school grade point average.

MATH LAB - ALGEBRA 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.

ENL MATH 7 (40 Weeks) This course meets the needs of ENL students who require assistance in reading, writing and speaking English. The students receive a double period of Math on an alternating day basis and the instruction is modified and individualized to meet the needs of the students. Students are placed in ENL Math 7 as a result of a language evaluation and recommendation of the ENL Director and Chairperson of Mathematics.

ENL ALGEBRA (40 Weeks) This course meets the needs of ENL students who require assistance in reading, writing and speaking English. The ENL Algebra course is the same as the other classes, however, the instruction is modified and individualized to meet the needs of the students. Students are placed in ENL Algebra as a result of a language evaluation and recommendation of the ENL Director and Chairperson of Mathematics.

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