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US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2018!

Each math faculty member was free to choose whichever student of theirs they thought best exemplified what they are looking for in a model mathematics student. The official description of the award is as follows:

“Awarded to students who exemplify the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping their peers realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.”

The following students have been recognized as the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester for Fall 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Graham Allardyce – Graham has enthusiastically leaned in to every aspect of class. He shows up thoroughly prepared, actively asks me questions, and most importantly helps his peers. His work shows deep understanding and it’s clear he works hard to make sure he dominates everything we cover. He is a fantastic student and person.
Melissa Baseman – Melissa is picking up English incredibly quickly, but last September she did not know many of our mathematical terms and definitions so she had to learn their mathematical meanings as well as their English meanings all at the same time. She worked tirelessly to master the material, often scheduling extra help with me to review concepts. Her understanding seemed to get better and better over the course of the fall, and she is now a frequent contributor to class discussion.
Caroline Forman – Caroline has made a commitment to being her absolute best as a math student. Always engaged in class, Caroline leads her class by volunteering often and asking insightful questions. She has performed at the highest level on tests and quizzes demonstrating the ability to problem solve and work with accuracy. Caroline has earned this honor with hard work, a positive attitude and relentless determination.
Kate Holmes – Kate was a dedicated student and curious programmer who went above and beyond in App Programming class. She began as a novice programmer but kept pace with some of our most experienced classmates. She also incorporated creative and difficult designs in her Apps and embraced the challenges these designs presented.
Ethan Huang – He had to do more individual work than others to get in the class; thus, he was better prepared and subsequently performed well at the tests as well assignments. On top of that he helped many of his peers as and when sought his knowledge/words.
Avi Kacker – Avi came to class every day fully prepared to engage in the topics at hand. He approach every topic with diligence and care. Avi pushed and challenged himself and his classmates daily for perfection.
Walter Kissane – Walter always adds rich questions and comments to our mathematical discussions. He is always thinking through different possibilities and stretching our thinking. He has adapted well to new mathematical notation and thought processes. Walter comes with an awesome attitude daily!
Aidan McCreary – Aidan has done very well in AP Calculus. He learns material quickly and is able to apply previously learned knowledge well. In class, he is always focused and lending his insights into the material with the rest of the class. He is diligent with his work, and is genuinely interested in learning.
Sofia Michalski – Sofia is an incredibly hard worker. She is always willing to help those around her and when she is confused she is quick to ask clarifying questions. She works hard in and out of the classroom to master the material.
Nikhil Sierros – Nikhil consistently produced exemplary work throughout the fall trimester which displayed both correctness and understanding of the material. In addition to his classwork, Nikhil is always willing to join the classroom conversation whether it be math related or just casual conversation before the start of class. Arguably, Nikhil’s strongest trait is his ability to befriend and welcome anyone in the classroom, helping ease the transition for some of the new students to Williston in our class. For the reasons above, I am proud to nominate Nikhil as my math student of the trimester for Fall 2018.
Brooke Smith – Brooke is an amazingly diligent worker who constantly strives to do her best. She dives into processes to make sure she understands every step and that she is able to recreate those processes independently. She is engaged in class, asking questions herself while supporting others with questions of their own. She is a great role model to show that hard work and patience can pay off! 
James White – I am happy to award the math student of the trimester to James for his consistent hard work, class involvement, and level of accomplishment in the fall trimester. He asks great questions to enhance his understanding and jumps in to help his classmates. I look forward to his continued great work for the rest of the year.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018Spring 2018

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2018!

Each math faculty member was free to choose whichever student of theirs they thought best exemplified what they are looking for in a model mathematics student. The official description of the award is as follows:

“Awarded to students who exemplify the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping their peers realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.”

The following students have been recognized as the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester for Spring 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Brie Banas – Brie has been a consistently strong leader in the class. She never hesitates to share her ideas with her classmates. Brie has never backed down from any challenging problems and pushes others to keep up with her.
Rider Bishop – Rider did outstanding work in Java this term. His curiosity, dedication, and skill are inspirational. During our final project, Rider and his partner collaborated seamlessly to attack the most challenging aspects of the project with speed and accuracy. Rider has also offered to share his talents as a peer tutor to support the efforts of other coders, a testament to his unselfish and helpful nature!
Gabby Dicomitis – Gabby made remarkable progress over the course of the year, finishing particularly well. She came to class excited and ready to do her best every day. The course challenged her and she embraced the challenge!
Ji Soo Hwang – As a freshman, Ji Soo was a very dedicated and hard working math student. She picked up difficult concepts quite quickly. Ji Soo was always a pleasure to work with in class.
Sophie Little – Sophie is incredibly thorough and thoughtful in her work. She demonstrates a remarkable persistence in her problem-solving and frequently comes to class with a list of prepared questions from the homework. This Spring, students worked on an open-ended data analysis project. Sophie chose to study the patterns in HIV and wealth in countries of the World. She was able to find some interesting associations between her variables and put together an insightful report that was sophisticated yet clear and easy to read. I appreciated her accurate use of statistical methodology and the depth of her analysis. Great work, Sophie!
Alex Marwaha – He brought in his extra knowledge from Physics and Robotics competition experiences into the classroom, completed his work at an exemplary level and then made himself available to his peers by helping them debug their work and bringing them to successful completions. He epitomizes the adage, “Show your mastery of skills by making others do it.”
Joey Nolte – Joey steadily improved over the course of the year in Algebra 2. His attention to detail in T3 was excellent and he grade rose over each trimester, eventually to a high A. His participation in class increased as well as he grew in confidence with his communication skills and his math skills.
Yana Pyryalina – Yana works. Hard. I am a huge fan of her tenacity. BC/Multi is a particularly challenging class, especially as the course develops, and Yana always leaned in to everything we covered. I expect my students to advocate for themselves and Yana smoothly did just that all year, diving into extra help sessions with a singular purpose as well as happily working in small groups. She was a fantastic role model for her classmates. Well done Yana!
Shanet Ramirez – Sahnet has had a remarkable year in Algebra II. She is actively engaged in all aspects of class and she leads her classmates in terms of participation. Everyone in room 24 has learned from Sahnet. Always ready to volunteer an answer or demonstrate her work at the board, Sahnet is a relentless student of algebra. She enjoys bringing multiple concepts together in a problem and she can articulate how she completes a question with confidence. Congratulations Sahnet!
Sabrina Shao – Sabrina has been a strong participant in class all year. She has a strong understanding of the content but also is willing to share her knowledge with the class. She has been seen day in and day out working with classmates through a problem and helping them see her organized thought processes. She doesn’t mind being challenged by the tougher problems and learns even the small details in completing a problem. The positive attitude that she brings each day helps make the class run smoothly.
Tayah Sommer – Tayah came to class everyday ready to learn. She worked incredibly hard out of the classroom to maintain a strong understanding of the material. Tayah has a great spirit and her classmates love working with her.
Steven Wang – Steven is an extraordinary mathematician – a truly gifted scholar. There was little if anything I was able to teach him this year – he already knew all of college level discrete mathematics. That said, he was an unbelievably strong student, missing fewer than five points the entire term on all assignments combined. It was also wonderful to see Steven’s humor start to emerge over the course of the year; he can definitely laugh at himself. I will remember teaching Steven for a long time.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018

2018 AP Calculus BC Free Response Questions & Answers!

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 11.36.37 AMA few days after each AP Calculus BC exam, the College Board releases the free response questions from the exam. They don’t release their very succinct answer keys for a few more weeks… so… I had my students make their own answer keys as well as screen recordings of their solutions!

Official 2018 answer keys will eventually go online right here, along with the ones from past years that have already been posted.

Here are the answer keys and videos that my students created:

You can check out this project from past years here (2017) and here (2016).

Many more Williston student screencasts can be found online right here.

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2018!

Each math faculty member was free to choose whichever student of theirs they thought best exemplified what they are looking for in a model mathematics student. The official description of the award is as follows:

“Awarded to students who exemplify the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping their peers realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.”

The following students have been recognized as the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester for Winter 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

A’Shaela Chaires – I am absolutely thrilled with the level of success A’Shaela has reached! As the course became more complex in the last several weeks of the trimester, A’Shaela leaned in even further and ended up totally dominating the last test and trimester assessment! She has continued to work effectively in groups and ask great questions each and every day. Bravo!
Annika Johnson – Annika is a perfect example of hard work and perseverance. She puts in a lot of time to reach her desired level of understanding while keeping detailed notes and showing careful process. Algebra does not come easily for her, but she is determined to learn and her dedication is impressive.
Insoo Kang – Insoo did exemplary work this trimester. His homework, class participation, tests, and project were all completed with enthusiasm. He and his project partner did an outstanding job displaying their solution to a problem that brought together their math skills with their athletic passion.
Artur Lysyuk – I allow my students to showcase their creativity and subject matter mastery in “out of the box” medium as these short video clips illustrate –This was self directed effort not a class assignment and they enjoyed the work and accomplishment. Their individual creativity is displayed. • https://youtu.be/ZorpXk-RKpA — Two Robots playing Toss, Catch, Grab with a Happy face on success– Autonomous Robot programming – by Artur Lysyuk and Michael Zhang. Artur helped Michael in a collaborative and supportive manner to finish this piece of construction and programming challenge.
MK O’Brien – MK is a hard worker and is always willing to help those around her. She has a great attitude and her positivity is contagious.
Abby Seltzer – Abby lights up the classroom for me. She is so involved, so focused, and so funny – a true pleasure to teach. She has great mathematical insight, but she always supplements that natural insight with diligent preparation and enthusiastic participation. She has an irreverent streak that entertains the whole class, and I love having her in Precal.
Daniel Simpson – Daniel has had an incredible trimester in geometry. He is intellectually curious and is determined to understand every aspect of a problem. Always willing to attend an extra help session, Daniel’s attention to detail is exceptional. The entire class has benefitted from Daniel’s outstanding class participation. He has set an example of academic excellence for other students to model. Congratulations Daniel. This is a well earned award!
Jaden Tanguay – Jaden brought an inspiring level of curiosity and creativity to Video Game Programming and Design this term. Jaden regularly pushed himself to learn and apply new concepts on his own and really extended his programming knowledge through his creative designs. His final project game was completely original and incorporated the user interface design, aesthetic, and coding components of a professional
Risa Tapanes – Risa has done impressive work in Topics class this year. She has shown her curiosity and diligence in every endeavor. As a class, we have taken on some unique and sophisticated topics in the field of data science. These topics include advanced concepts in statistics along with statistical programming techniques. Risa asks questions regularly in order to deepen and extend her understanding. She also has gone beyond the requirements of our programming tasks. Although she has many talents in and outside of the math classroom, she is on track to be a strong data scientist should she continue on this path. 
Michelle Tu – Michelle has been a consistently strong Honors Precalculus student this year. She has excellent insight into the material that we have covered thus far. She is consistently focused in class, and determined to learn the concepts well.
Ana Weed – Ana works so diligently both inside and outside of class. She is constantly engaged with individual and group activities. Ana asks the deeper questions that engage with the overarching concepts of the class and is able to apply statistics in many different situations. She performs the mathematics well but also uses proper and thorough notation and processes.
James White – James has put forth a diligent effort on all assignments. He pushes himself and the others around him to understand the material in depth on a daily basis. His determination to do his best has enable him to succeed at the highest level.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Calculus Projects!

This just in from Mrs. McCullagh:

Calculus students displayed their work on a challenging optimization problem. They were asked to plan a design to hang “something” from “somewhere”, and then determine the least amount of rope or wire needed.
Some of the things they chose to hang included a Williston medallion from the Golden Gate Bridge, a disco ball from Eiffel Tower, a circus hoop from the circus tent, a tire swing from a tree, and a target in a hockey goal. They needed to plan how far apart the hangers would be and how far down their item would hang. They then used Calculus to find the minimum amount of rope or wire needed for the project. Their presentations needed to include all of their calculations and drawing to support their work and solutions. They also needed to build a model to represent their solution.

Data Science Project in Topics

This just in from Ms. Baldwin’s Topics class!

“This group did a beautiful Adobe Spark for their T2 final data science project in Topics. They were asked to analyze data collected in the 1840’s that shows the importance of handwashing as a medical practice. They used two r packages: #dplyr and #ggplot2. The project comes from www.datacamp.com #DataCamp, #JupyterNotebook, #DataScience, #R.”

You can check out their project right here!

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