Due to a generous Williston professional development grant, I was able to spend all of Spring Break traveling through Israel and the West Bank. I visited schools, saw math classes in action, folded Origami with masters, taught Ultimate, and saw many new places.
You can read about my travels in these three blog posts:
I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!
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 T2 2013.
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!
Sam Atkins – Sam has excelled in Engineering & Robotics. He has submitted accurate and creative programming solutions, and is quick to help other classmates with the material. Sam moves on to the Advanced Programming course where his easy style and helpful nature will be a terrific asset to the class.
A’Kala Chaires – A’Kala thinks deeply about the concepts in Probability and Statistics and makes great contributions to our class discussions. She has been a model of intellectual curiosity and academic persistence. A’Kala is excited about Prob/Stats and about learning. This is clear in her habit of finding applications in her daily life and the excitement with which she brings these to class.
Brittany Collins – Straight As in prob/stat…great person as well as good math student. Her work ethic is amazing. Always has her homework done. Is an active and positive participant in class discussion. Has the highest average in her class. Has math insight beyond rote learning. Plus she’s a great kid who is involved in all kinds of volunteer activities.
Alyssa Cote – Alyssa has been a steady high achieving student all year. She has a perfect homework record and is always engaged in class. She is both confident and competent, seemingly enjoying the material, while willingly helping her peers.
Maranie Harris-Kuiper – Mar is a powerhouse. She works HARD for every point that she earns. I am so proud of how she has kept up her work ethic even as the course has become more challenging. She actively participates in class, doesn’t hesitate to ask questions, and fully leverages every option for expanding her understanding of the material. She is one of the most coachable students I have ever worked with. She’s a class driver. All of this is all the more impressive because the course is not easy for Mar. She has stepped up to the challenge BIG time. Keep it up Mar!
Umi Keezing – All year long, Umi has been one of the top students in AP Calculus. She comes to every class well prepared and ready to learn. She has a genuine curiousity about mathematics. She always pays close attention to detail, and is always ready to point out her teachers mistakes. Umi is a pleasure to teach and work with everyday.
Josephine King – Pinky is an insightful student of mathematics who consistently understands the nuances of difficult concepts and is able to apply them with skill and precision. Her grasp of the challenging material we study is apparent every day through her detailed work on homework and the way in which she explains concepts to her peers. She took her understanding to the next level this trimester by creating a poster that perfectly and creatively presented all of the intricacies of a trigonometric topic known as the ambiguous case. The detailed attention she gave to her poster and the clarity with which she presented the topic demonstrated her strong mathematical ability as well as the manner in which she always approaches the study of this discipline.
Emily MacDonald – Emily has achieved at the highest levels this marking period. Always engaged in class, Emily is often the first to demonstrate her work on the board and she is willing to take healthy risks by volunteering answers to the most challenging questions. She has paid close attention to details and completed all assignments with precision. Accurate and organized, Emily always learns from her mistakes and she saved her best work for the trimester two assessment!
Ian Ostberg – His averages were all A’s (test and quizzes 93%, Homework 93%, and class work 100%). He has an incredible work ethic, is greatly organized, and always participates with class discussions. He not only wants to get the right answers but wants to truly understand the connections of the concepts. He is never satisfied just doing without fully understanding.
Teddy Wolfe – Teddy Wolfe was selected to be a math student of the trimester for many reasons. Teddy is an extraordinary math student. He earned excellent grades in both trimester I and trimester II this year. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him on all of his assignments. Teddy asks intelligent questions that demonstrate his interest in mathematical processes and reasoning. His curiosity leads him to discover fun and inventive methods for solving a variety of mathematical problems. Teddy is also a wonderful classmate, and continually volunteers to explain solutions to the class and help peers grasp the material we are learning. Teddy comes to class everyday wearing a smile and always has a positive attitude.
Emily Yeager – Emily is always so interested in all the mathematics we are discussing. She is always prepared, and she will always ask questions when she doesn’t understand something right away. Upbeat and positive, I can always count on her to be fully engaged in every lesson.
Molly Zawacki – Molly has worked very hard this trimester. She has excellent insight into each problem. Her depth of understanding has been one of the highest in the class.
T1 Students of the Trimester can be found right here.
Due to a generous grant from the Williston professional development program, I will be traveling to the Middle East for 17 days to visit math departments, coach Ultimate, and fold origami. I leave on 3/5 and return on 3/22.
While in Israel and the West Bank I will be visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Tamra, Ra’anana, and several other cities.
Needless to say, I am incredibly excited.
While traveling I will be posting updates to my Facebook and Twitter feeds.