Category Archives: Students of the Trimester

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2017

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2017!

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 2017.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Eric Albanese – Eric always comes into Precalculus Honors with a huge smile on his face, with his homework complete, and ready to participate in the discussion. He picks up material easily, but he always supplements that understanding with diligent effort and great preparation. He is such a pleasure to teach, and I so look forward to seeing him each day.
Graham Allardyce – Graham was a dedicated and thoughtful student in Precalculus. He was actively engaged daily at the highest level. His contributions to class supported his and his classmates achievements.
Rachel Goodman – Rachel is always prepared for class and consistently pushes her understanding of the material to the next level. Rachel is quick to help those around her and brings great questions to class.
Kohmei Kadoya – He is a hardworking student who uses the veracross to get ahead, inverts the classroom by asking interesting clarifying questions before helping the peers with their difficulties. Purely for mastery of subject matter based on individual efforts.
Molly Kinstle – Molly has not only mastered the geometry content but she is constantly asking the deeper questions that connects concept together. She is willing to speak in class and help her classmates. She has also inquired about how she can take more maths than her current projection because she wants to excel in the area. She is organized and explains her work with full explanations and notation.
Devon Morgan – Devon brings constant positive energy and enthusiasm into the math classroom. She is always ready to discuss problems, share her work, or help others. She even took it on herself to make a Kahoot for assessment review. Devon is truly thriving in the discussion based geometry classroom.
Jack Phelan – Jack is impressively consistent and thorough in all that he does in TPS. He demonstrates the kind of intellectual curiosity and persistence that leads to high achievement in the field of mathematics. Jack frequently participates in class offering thoughtful insights to our discussions and activities. In his collaboration with classmates, he is collegial and disciplined. Great work, Jack!
Chris Ramirez – Chris has completely leaned into all aspects of class. Even though he has a gift for mathematics, he fully focuses on each topic until he reaches a level of deep understanding. I have also been thrilled to see how well he works with others. He is patient and kind when working with his peers, and clear with both his written and spoken explanations. He hasn’t let up the quality of his presence in class and I’m confident he’d be a fantastic tutor in the Math Resource Center!
Amanda Shen – Amanda has been a consistently hard working AP Calculus student. She always comes to class ready to work. Amanda is genuinely interested in fully understanding the concepts of a problem and not just in finding the answer. She has solid insights into the material and is able to apply her thoughts into understanding new and more complicated material.
Sonia Whitman – Sonia has had a wonderful first trimester in geometry. Her written work is precise, accurate and thorough. Despite outstanding results on all evaluations, I am most impressed with Sonia’s excellent class participation. Always kind and supportive, Sonia has helped her classmates understand with her willingness to volunteer to the most challenging questions. Her deductive reasoning skills are sharp and she is a star when asked to recognize a pattern. Well done, Sonia, and congratulations.
Harrison Winrow – Harrison had an outstanding and notable trimester in my class. He was an exemplary student for the the first part of the trimester; engaging, asking questions, and taking risks with the material. When he broke his leg and had to miss some time because of his surgery I was concerned that he might fall behind and not be able to keep the momentum that he had. Instead, he did not miss a beat! He continued to be a leader in the class!
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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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2016

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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 2016.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Cao,-AndyAndy Cao – Andy’s in depth thought, attention to detail and willingness to tackle the most difficult problems has made him an excellent Geometry student. He has shown a genuine interest in all of the material. His approach to class has helped push his classmates to excel along side of him.
Cavanaugh,-JuliaJulia Cavanaugh – I chose Julia as my student of the trimester for her work inside and outside of the classroom. Outside of the classroom she is a dedicated student who does her very best every class to prepare herself for our upcoming lesson. During class she is always focused, eager to participate, and extremely willing to help her peers out with their own work. She is a is truly a model student!
Fieldman,-ArvinArvin Fieldman – Many students work hard to find success. Arvin finds success and then some. He is not satiated with even strong understanding of material. He must dominate each topic. His work ethic and abilities have shown through in his careful yet creative group work as well as his ridiculously high and consistent quiz and test scores. Bravo Arvin.
Grabowski,-KyleKyle Grabowski – Kyle had a remarkable first trimester at Williston in geometry. His work is neat, thorough and incredibly accurate. He has a strong natural aptitude for mathematics and he thrives on the most demanding questions given both in class and on tests. On more than one occasion this fall, Kyle was the only student in two sections of geometry to get a challenge question correct. His inductive reasoning skills are impressive! 
Kim,-SimonSimon Kim – Simon has great energy in class everyday. He is always prepared and willing to help those around him. He is quick to answer questions and come up to the board. Simon is an all around great student who raises the bar everyday.
Marion,-SarahSarah Marion – Sarah is one of the most enthusiastic, most energetic students I have ever met. She is always the first student to ask a question; she stays after class to go over any concept she had difficulty with; and she is always prepared for class with her books and homework out in front of her almost as soon as she gets in the room. She has had a ton of success in Topics, mostly because of her diligent, conscientious approach to the material. It has been such a pleasure working with her this year!
Mizobuchi,-SomaSoma Mizobuchi – Soma’s work shows that he has set high standards for his academic performance. His Engineering Notebook is extremely complete and serves as a fine reference for his Engineering Labs and his code development. In writing programs, his code, and its logic, is always well thought-out and his program documentation is outstanding. Congratulations to Soma for a very impressive trimester!
Monaco,-GabbyGabby Monaco – Gabby has taken on a great challenge this year moving into AP Statistics from TPS. She is one of the most persistent students and works very hard to understand difficult concepts. She is not discouraged by setbacks, but resolves to work harder on the next challenge. I am hopeful that, with this continued level of effort, she will make great progress this year and continue to model strong study habits and the kind of determination that leads to success and innovation in the field of statistics.
Record,-GabbyGabby Record – Gabby did an outstanding job this fall in Calculus. She was always prepared and engaged in class. Her positive attitude along with interesting questions brought great energy to the class. I’m looking forward to her continued great work.
Spiegel,-AndrewAndrew Spiegel – Andrew is a talented programmer who accepted the challenge of applying is already significant background and skill to a new context, game design. Rather than executing a safe or simple final project, Andrew pushed himself to attempt a highly challenging game that relies on random room generation. The result was an amazingly polished and enjoyable project that I hope he will continue to build upon!
Thibault,-XavierXavier Thibault – Xavier has been an extremely strong AP Calculus student. He has very good insights into the material which he is always willing to share with the class. He learns material very quickly and is able to apply his knowledge well. He helps keep our class moving forward as he is always willing to participate in our discussions.
Zawacki,-MollyMolly Zawacki – Molly has been a phenomenal addition to our Discrete math course. She has shown leadership in the class, whether it is stepping up to present a hard solution or explaining her thinking to her peers. I can count on Molly to go out on a “mathematical limb” and offer new ideas, even if she is not sure they are correct. Mathematically, she has developed into a beautiful proof writing; creating clear and easy to read explanations for her work. All in all, she has really embraced the core goals of the course; to explore, conjecture and prove.

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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2016

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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 2016.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Cuevas,-ElizabethElizabeth Cuevas Lizzie is an outstanding student who not only does well on all of her assignments, from daily homework to trimester assessments, but also encourages her classmates to succeed.  She is constantly helping her peers both inside and outside of the classroom.  She is gifted at explaining her work and ideas to others and often volunteers to do so in class.
DeVos,-NoahNoah Devos – Noah is one of the leaders in our Precalculus class.  He is always actively engaged with the material and asks questions that benefit the entire class.  I can always rely on him to come to class ready to work.  It has been a pleasure working with Noah this year.
Frometa,-JustinJustin Frometa – Justin has been one of the most active participants in AP statistics this year.  He arrives in class with detailed assignments and always has questions prepared.  He models the curiosity and relentless pursuit of knowledge that we all hope to see in our math students.
Ikuku,-EniEni Ikuku – Eni has easily leveraged his previous experience in electronics to expand his knowledge of topics taught in this class. He dedicates himself to understanding the course material and asks intelligent and well though-out questions. He is well prepared for every assignment, every day.
Janocha,-KarenKaren Janocha – Karen has been an able geometry student all year, but this spring her work has just been fantastic.  She has been excelling on proofs involving similarity and right triangles, and she is always the first person to reach out to help other students.  It’s been wonderful seeing her emerge as such a leader in the classroom.
O'Sullivan,-KevinKevin O’Sullivan – Kevin has been a strong student in Precalculus all year long. He learns concepts quickly, and is able to apply his knowledge to new material. In class, he is always willing to lend his insights into the material to help the class keep moving forward.
Okaisabor,-ZoeZoe Okaisabor – Zoe has worked hard all year in Algebra 1. She has gained a confidence in her work that has enabled her to make valuable contributions to the class. She has become an excellent math student through hard work and perseverance.
Ryan,-AlexisAlexis Ryan – Alexis’ work reflects this award.  She “exemplifies the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping her classmates realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.” She gets gets excited when she works hard and masters a new concept.  She works tirelessly to help her classmates.  Her skills are very good and she believes in her ability.

Setwipatanachai,-ChaiwatChaitwat Setwipatanachai
– Team exemplifies the dedication, drive, and curiosity necessary to master a programming language. His reasoning is excellent, his attention to detail in his work is of the highest quality, and his contribution to our class discussion is steady, focused, and, at times, appropriately humorous.
Small,-GabbyGabby Small – Every class needs a leader. Gaby Small has led her algebra class from day one this year. She is relentless in her pursuit of learning algebra, always willing to volunteer or to ask the key question that helps everyone understand a concept. With two complete notebooks, Gaby has never settled for anything less than her best. As a senior, her passion for learning has never waivered and she has demonstrated that learning math can be fun.  I am so proud to award Gaby Small my student of the trimester award.

Servin,-MiloMilo Servin
– Milo has shown himself to be a strong critical thinker and problem solver all year.  This trimester all of the pieces to the puzzle have come together for him.  As always, he is the group leader, sharing his quick understanding with his peers, but his depth of clarity has strengthened because he is taking more time to process and problem-solve.  With more effort, focus and detail with his daily work, Milo has supported his ability beautifully which has translated into outstanding work on his assessments of all types.  He has become a more complete mathematician by learning the value of paying attention to precision, the perfect complement to a student who is such a bright mathematical thinker!
Ticknor-Swanson,-CalvinCalvin Ticknor-Swanson – Even though class has become demonstrably harder over the past trimester, Calvin has not stepped off his domination of Calculus. He continues to demolish tests with carefully crafted work that shows, clearly, his complete command of the material. Additionally, he is humble about his abilities and is excited to work with others. I very much hope Calvin continues to take more math courses in college!

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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2016

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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You can watch a video of the presentation right here.

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 2016.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Bernstein,-ZachZach Bernstein – Zach has always been a strong student, but during the second trimester he rose to new heights, completely dominating every topic we encountered. His command of the material has been impressive. I have relied on him to answer difficult questions, and also to lead with his quiet presence. Zach is humble, never calling attention to himself, but he’s always ready to lend a helping hand to his fellow students. Great work Zach!
Bradway,-EthanEthan Bradway – Ethan made such incredibly progress in the winter term, and so much of that progress was due to his fantastic work ethic and careful preparation. His verbal reasoning ability improved by a huge margin from where it was in the fall, and Ethan’s determination to succeed was self-evident. It was a huge pleasure to watch Ethan’s growth as a math student this past winter.
Fokas,-WillWill Fokas – Will has worked hard for the entire year in pre-calculus so far. He makes a wonderful math student of the trimester due to the effort he puts in both inside and outside of class. Outside of class he is dedicated improving his math skills by regular practice. During class Will is a leader. He volunteers to answer questions, show work on the board, and is always helping his classmates when they get stuck. He is not afraid to answer challenging questions and contributes great ideas to class discussions.
Harris,-ChloeChloe Harris – Chloe has demonstrated a relentless effort to understand the concepts in Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics. She is motivated to achieve mastery of the content regardless of the difficulty level. Chloe relies on solid study habits and, at the same time, continues to build her problem solving strategies and organization techniques. It has been great to see her progress and wonderful to have her positive influence in the classroom. [2nd time winner!]
Hill,-RobbyRobby Hill – Robby has been a consistent leader in the class. Not only does Robby ask insightful questions, but he pushes his classmates to also examine the material in more depth. Robby has proven himself a very capable mathematician. [2nd time winner!]
Iwama,-FukaFuka Iwama – Fuka’s quiet determination is apparent every day. I look forward to grading her homework because it is always completed with detail and care, showing her desire to understand concepts deeply. She takes the time to connect concepts, writing notes revealing her thought processes as she works her way through the solution of a problem. Her presentations of her solutions are well-organized and quite beautiful! Her dedication to gaining a strong understanding of the theory behind the content is just as apparent in class as she shares her ideas and questions her peers, pushing herself and them to defend the reasoning behind their thoughts. As seen by her face lighting up in class, Fuka finds joy in studying and gaining insight into mathematical mysteries, the best reward for her dedicated work!
Ramirez,-ChrisChris Ramirez – Chris had a fantastic trimester in the Algebra II classroom. He is a dynamic learner who is quick to volunteer answers to the most challenging questions. He easily infers previously learned material into new concepts and enthusiastically ties concepts together. His written work is excellent. It demonstrates the depth of his knowledge as well as his ability to work with great accuracy. His 98 on the trimester 2 assessment was outstanding work!
Robbins,-ZazhZack Robbins – Zack is a leader in our Precalculus class. He pushes himself to understand the most difficult material in the class and is always eager to explain his thought process to his peers. He helps create a dynamic learning environment. It has been a pleasure working with Zack this year.
Soley,-MayaMaya Soley – Maya exemplified preparation, passion, dedication, creativity, and positive contribution to the class experience in Video Game Programming and Design. The competency she built through her meticulous completion of classwork enabled her to execute complex and interesting original game designs that will raise the bar for future sections of this class.
Triana,-SofiaSofia Triana – TSofia made a remarkable effort this trimester in Calculus. While she struggled with the material in the first trimester, Sofia worked steadily to master both the material that had been a challenge and the new material. Because of her careful preparation for class along with attentive participation in class and coming for extra help, Sofia moved to producing honors level work. I look forward to her great work in the spring trimester!
Zawacki,-MollyMolly Zawacki – During the second trimester, the topics in AP Computer Science have presented a challenge to all students. Among these topics are polymorphic methods, interfaces, and the theory of inheritance among super-classes and sub-classes. Throughout these topic explorations, Molly has demonstrated the ability to quickly understand and deftly apply these concepts in programs and assessments. She is well on her way to studying Computer Science at the college level. Congratulations Molly! [4th time winner!]
Zhao,-DerrickDerrick Zhao – Derrick has been a consistently strong AP Calculus student all year long. Derrick has the ability to learn material very quickly. He also is able to apply what he has learned to help him figure out new and more complicated problems on his own.

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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2015

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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You can watch a video of the presentation right here.

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  2015.

Math Students of the Trimester - Fall 2015

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Eric ChenEric Chen – Eric began the trimester with trepidation. He had not been in an honors level math course until this fall and knew that he would be faced with a new level of mathematical thinking, but he was determined to make it work. He took advantage of all of his resources including the internet, extra help, and peer support from tutors in the Math Resource Center. Through his unending effort and focus, Eric had a terrifically successful trimester in this course and is set to take on the next mathematical challenge that comes his way!
Dowd,-AndrewAndrew Dowd – I did not pick Andrew for his innate mathematics ability. He would be the first to tell you he struggled quite a bit with trigonometry last fall. Nevertheless, because of his work ethic and determination he managed to learn a lot of mathematics and complete the course successfully. His understanding of algebra, geometry, and arithmetic all improved dramatically last term, and I was so pleased to see his growth both as a student and as a mathematician.
Kim,-SimonSimon Kim – Simon has been a dedicated and focused student all trimester. He is inquisitive and willing to take risks in his work. He has contributed to the class on many levels: volunteering answers, asking questions and helping his classmates.
Lawrence,-OliverOliver Lawrence – Oliver is a leader in the classroom. I can always count on him to be one of the first students to answer a question. He comes to class prepared each and every day with his homework completed and with questions that benefit everyone in the class. I am looking forward to working with him for the remainder of the year.
Nguyen,-MatthewMatthew Nguyen – As the top student in the Engineering & Robotics I class in trimester 1, Matthew brought his considerable talents in mathematics, programming and logic to every assignment he completed. His code was extremely well thought-out and was always impeccably commented. His robot, and it controlling computer program, garnered one of the top scores in our final “Labyrinth Challenge”. He is becoming a most promising computer scientist!
Pham,-KhanhKhanh Pham – Khanh’s attention, diligence, thoughtfulness, humor, and creativity in Video Game Programming made him a joy to have in class, a resource to his peers, and a very successful programmer.
Renkert,-SaraSara Renkert – Sara has had a tremendous first trimester at Williston. Always attentive in class, Sara asks insightful questions and volunteers answers daily. She brings a positive energy to class each day and she challenges herself to be her very best. Sara is a regular at extra help where she puts the finishing touches on her test and quiz preparation. Her unwavering effort has earned her the honor of being recognized as a Williston math student of the trimester. Congratulations Sara!
Schaefer,-SophiaSophia Schaefer – Sophia is a very hard working an intelligent math student. She grasps difficult concepts very quickly and is able to apply them well. She is always very diligent, and she is consistently engaged in our class-room discussions.
Sierros,-ToulaToula Sierros – Toula has worked hard everyday in class and on her homework. She participates both by helping others and by asking questions. She learns from her mistakes on quizzes and homework and keeps a positive attitude in her learning.
Spiegel,-AndrewAndrew Spiegel – Andrew is a model student in algebra II. His hard work inside and outside of class is rewarded through is hard grades and strong comprehension of the material. Andrew regularly volunteers to answer difficult questions in class, and I can always rely on his to demonstrate and explain a solution to the rest of the class. His notes and homework are thorough and reflect a wonderful attention to detail as well as a sequential and easy to follow thought-process.
Stanley,-CameronCameron Stanley – Cameron has been an active member of our class since the beginning of the year. Although she relies on a strong math background, she is driven to improve and is very persistent in her efforts to understand new ideas. She takes responsible risks in class by asking questions frequently and is eager and willing to help classmates understand concepts.
White,-MaggieMaggie White – Maggie drives class. I can count on her to push us through challenging material by making great observations, as well as to lead small groups with compassion and humility. Maggie is wonderfully focused in class, but never overly serious. She’s the kind of student that makes any group better. I very much hope that she’ll go into teaching one day!

 

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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2015

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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  2015.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Bui,-HaHa Bui – I chose Ha because of the way she approaches learning mathematics as well as the manner with which she works with others. She understands the importance of attention to detail and to organizing and displaying her work and her thinking. I actually look forward to grading her work! Additionally, she deepens her understanding of mathematical concepts each day in class by asking insightful questions, but even more so by helping others. Patiently and clearly she explains concepts and problem-solving strategies to her peers without judgment. Her dedication to doing her best and to sharing her quiet enthusiasm for learning is an inspiration to all.
Cuevas,-OliviaLiv Cuevas – Liv was named math student of the trimester for her outstanding performance in the class, her willingness to help her classmates reach their highest potential, and her perseverance. All year Liv has earned very high grades in pre-calculus, but even more than that she has demonstrated a strong and thorough understanding of the material. When she comes across difficult problems, she never gives up on it. Instead, she consults her notes, book, internet, and teachers and peers. Additionally, and the biggest contributing factor for her receiving this title, is Liv’s eagerness to help her friends and classmates. I constantly find Liv taking the time to work through a problem or explain a concept to a struggling classmate. One of the reasons I love teaching here at Williston is that our students are always found helping each other and truly want to see their peers succeed. Liv is a wonderful model of what it means to be a mathematics student at Williston.
Cummings,-MaggieMaggie Cummings – Maggie has embraced the role of a statistician in her final project. Her data analysis and written responses illustrate a lot of hard work and an understanding of how to communicate quantitative results to a wider audience. It has been a great having Maggie in class.
Fisher,-MorganMorgan Fisher – Morgan is the one of the hardest workers in Probability and Statistics. She is always one of the first to volunteer to participate during class and sets an extremely positive example for her peers in the class. It has been a privilege working with Morgan this year.
Greenwood,-AidanAidan Greenwood – Aidan’s work ethic and willingness to participate have made him a role model for other students in the class. Also, his passion for the new topics of the term, programming and business development, is exactly what I hope to see in all of my students!
Harris,-ChloeChloe Harris – Chloe has been an ideal student throughout the entire year. Each day she comes to class prepared to work for one hour and it is her questions from homework that begin our class discussions. Chloe has mastered the concepts, worked with incredible accuracy, learned from her mistakes and grown tremendously as a student. She has given of herself to help her classmates and smiled while doing so. Her outstanding performance this year is the result of her unwavering effort and her determination to be her best. Congratulations Chloe!!!
Helm,-LaurenLauren Helm – From the beginning of the trimester, Lauren has turned in perfect or near-perfect assignments. Her Engineering Notebook contains extremely complete course notes and is a model of organization. She has excelled in all aspects of this course!
Hill,-RobbyRobby Hill – He high-scored the last test and he continues to impress me in class.
Palumbo,-ToryTory Palumbo – Tory has been a dedicated and focused student all year. She is always willing to take on the most challenging questions. Through her example, Tory has helped other students achieve a greater deal of success as well.
Posse,-KenzieKenzie Possee – Steady hard work. Helpful to others. Persistent.
Record,-GabbyGabby Record – Gabby is an absolute powerhouse. Not only does she has an incredibly deep command of the material, she energetically shares her knowledge with others in an impressively passionate and sensitive manner. Her peers love coming to her for help. Also, she scored a 100% on the most recent test. Whoa!
Shen,-ShengfuShengfu Shen – Shengfu has been consistently one of my top students in Algebra II Honors this year. He is very inquisitive and always wants to fully understand the material that we study. He learns quickly and is able to apply his knowledge to connect different concepts together well.

 

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

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2015

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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 2015.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Here’s video of the award presentation in assembly:

Aquadro,-AnthonyAnthony Aquadro – Anthony is a consistent leader in class. He did a particularly nice job in keeping up – and improvising – while his wrist was in a cast. He asks lots of clarifying questions, helping his learning and those around him.
Bates,-BryanBryan Bates – Bryan is a diligent worker with an enthusiasm for learning algebra. Always engaged in class, Bryan asks insightful questions, volunteers answers to the most demanding questions and enjoys challenging himself as a student. After missing a week of school early in the trimester, Bryan battled back to become my top performing algebra student. Congratulations Bryan!
Cao,-YuweiYuwei Cao – Yuwei has done impressive work this year in AP statistics showing great improvement in her ability to translate sophisticated problems into symbolic form and apply the appropriate statistical techniques. Yuwei challenges herself to uphold high standards in her written interpretations and continuously works to perfect her responses. It has truly been a pleasure working with Yuwei and I look forward to seeing her continued success.
Chipouras,-MaxMax Chipouras – He is consistently top of the class. he works very hard and is always focused and on task. He is also a top notch math student.
Garofano,-NickNick Garofano – Nick achieved extraordinary high goals in Precalculus during the second trimester. He is front and center in the classroom each and every day. Nick sets an excellent example for his peers with his diligence on the nightly homework assignments. He understands the importance of the process and cares about how he reaches his goals.
Holmberg,-CalebCaleb Holmberg – He made tremendous progress in the winter term. After struggling a bit in the fall he resolved to really work hard after Thanksgiving. He started coming for extra help, and he worked diligently to focus more carefully during class time. He ended the term on a high note, with a solid score on the winter term assessment. I was particularly impressed with the improvement he showed on the proofs. He had found those problems very difficult back in the fall but now seems to have few problems with them. I’m so happy with the growth he has shown in the course.
Lawrence,-OliverOliver Lawrence – Oliver has demonstrated a consistently high level of effort and understanding on each topic in Algebra 1. He has also been able to work with a great deal of patience and thoroughness when working with other students. His level of care has not only helped him succeed but has helped the class as well.
McCreary,-HaleyHaley McCreary – Not only is Haley a strong mathematical thinker, but she is also an outstanding student in every way. She takes the time to think critically and creatively about every problem and attacks each with determination and confidence. She collaborates with enthusiasm through openly sharing her understanding while asking for others’ ideas and help as needed. Her solid A work on the Ambiguous Case essay was the perfect representation of her ability as well as her desire to always put for her best effort.
Peirent,-EmilyEmily Peirent – Emily has a singular passion and enjoyment for mathematics that’s always well-stated. She has fun with every class and is always a positive driver during class discussions. She works HARD and makes it look easy. Bravo.
Peters,-KelliKelli Peters – Kelli is an outstanding student in my algebra II class. She is a model student in the classroom. She is always found answering difficult questions in class, going to the board to explain her work to the class, and helping her peers during group work inside of class and every Tuesday night outside of class.
Warren,-MichaelMichael Warren – Michael has been a very consistent and dedicated math student. In a demanding Algebra II Honors class, he has constantly achieved high grades due to his strong work ethic and instinctive insights into the material. He is always prepared and ready to learn.
Zawacki,-MollyMolly Zawacki – She has excelled at Robotics II with nearly perfect scores!

 

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

US Math Students of the Trimester – Fall 2014

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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 2014.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Natalia BaumNatalia Baum – Natalia is such a committed math student; she exemplifies the kind of diligence and perseverance I like to see! She is always the first person to ask a question or seek help when she doesn’t understand something, and she is committed to keeping up with all the material for each day’s class. Moreover, she is just such a wonderful young woman to have in the class – friendly, attentive, and always positive. She grasps concepts quickly, but more importantly, as soon as she doesn’t fully grasp something, she starts asking questions and seeking help. I so enjoy teaching her.
Saul BlainSaul Blain – Saul has had a wonderful first trimester in Algebra II. He is a diligent worker who enjoys volunteering answers and being challenged. He has performed at the highest levels on tests and quizzes. His work is thorough, thoughtful and very accurate. Never flustered, Saul enjoys inferring previously learned concepts into new problems even if he is uncertain. He is a class leader in participation and brings a positive attitude to class each day!
Caroline BordenCaroline Borden – Caroline has been a very strong and consistent math student all trimester long. Caroline learns the material quickly and well. She has been nearly flawless on all of her different assessments.
Eric ChenEric Chen – Eric was a marvelous algebra II student. He quickly mastered the material we were learning in the class. He was a role-model student who always completed his in-class work along with his homework assignments. Eric frequently answered difficult questions during class, always helped his classmates, and came to class with a positive attitude.
Stephen GoldsmithStephen Goldsmith – Stephen has done a great job in this class – full of outstanding students. He struggled a bit at the beginning of the term, worked hard in class, came for extra help and really came into his own with the material.
Umi KeezingUmi Keezing – Umi is a truly dynamic student who not only deeply understands the material, but can explain it to her peers with ease. Additionally, I have been impressed by her ability to find creative solutions. She has a strong work ethic and dominates class without ever demanding attention.
Katie MurrayKatie Murray – She is one of the very few students to ever get 100% on a calculus exam.
Loren PoLoren Po – A statistician’s job is not an easy one! To be a good statistician, one must attend to the details while keeping in mind the larger context. Additionally, one must interpret numerical results and explain them in a way that makes sense to anyone. A beautiful graphic is lost without an articulate explanation of the pattern it shows. Loren has worked hard to understand sophisticated theories and methods and has demonstrated his ability to eloquently use the language of a statistician with his thoughtful explanations. What I appreciate so much about Loren is his willingness to help others understand difficult concepts. Keep up the good work!.
Erika SasakiErika Sasaki – Erika demonstrated the most hard working and diligent work ethic in my classes during the first trimester. She always asks questions that help the rest of the class gain a deeper understanding of the material while maintaining a positive attitude. It has been a pleasure working with Erika so far this year.
Emily YaegerEmily Yeager – Emily has shown the highest level of engagement with all the material. She is inquisitive and willing to tackle any problem. Emily has done an outstanding job mastering the material in Honors Algebra 2.
Cade ZawackiCade Zawacki – Never in my teaching career can I recall having a student achieve a 100% on just about every aspect of the course. Cade earned a legitimate 100 on each of the four assessments he took in trimester 1. In terms of homework, although he did not do each problem perfectly the first time around, he showed clearly that he had taken the time to think carefully about each question and had used all of his resources to try to understand and solve the problem at hand. He made one small error on the final assessment but solved the bonus question, and did so in a unique way. What more can I say!
Molly ZawackiMolly Zawacki – Molly’s work in this class has been of the highest caliber. The programs she writes are concise, accurate and very well documented. Her program logic is well thought-out and shows the maturity of a seasoned programmer. Molly is enthusiastic, persistent, and greets each class with a smile!

 

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

US Math Students of the Trimester – Spring 2014

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!

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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 2014.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Cody CavanaghCody Cavanagh – Cody is my student of the trimester because of the way in which he delves into the intricacies of mathematical concepts. Cody completes all of the more straight-forward problems accurately and then spends his time and effort on the most challenging ones. He has consistently shown skill with proofs, with logical thinking, and with making connections. He has had a great year in Geometry in every way!
Marquis FrancoisMarquis Francois – Marquis is one of my most dedicated students. He is always prepared, and his quiet nature belies a strong intellect. I love teaching him, and I can always count on him to fully master the material
Lauren HelmLauren Helm – During T3 Lauren has stepped up her already strong math game. She has been even more laser focused in class, has totally dominated recent topics, and she’s a fantastic driver during small group projects. Her mature yet fun-loving attitude has helped stabilize an energetic class. Her work product has been extraordinarily consistent.
Lanxi KangLanxi Kang – Nancy has excelled in Algebra 2 honors all year. She has thought deeply about each topic that we have covered this year. Each day she has brought the highest level of preparation to class. She has shown a genuine interest in each topic that we have covered and even more importantly a genuine interest in the topic of mathematics in general.
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Jasmin Movassaghi – Jasmin has been a B+/ A student all year. More importantly than that is her work ethic and commitment to understanding the concepts. She can always be counted on to take risks to answer questions. As important is that she will not allow the teacher to continue if she is the least bit confused. Putting all that together makes her a pleasure to teach and a great role model for her fellow students.

Gleb PashchenkoGleb Pashchenko – Gleb is our first ever double award winner! From one teacher: Gleb has done impressive work in AP statistics this year. He has come to understand the underlying principles of statistical analysis. In this course, students learn the language of a statistician and practice interpreting results with quantified measures of uncertainty. Gleb has been a model for this practice and consistently demonstrates his desire to improve his knowledge and skills. From another teacher: Gleb has excelled in all aspects of this course. He has had perfect test scores and regularly submits outstanding quality coding projects. Gleb’s attention to detail is superb and he is a joy to have in class.
Ryan PatenaudeRyan Patenaude – Ryan is an outstanding math student and has done well all year in pre-calculus. Ryan always answers difficult questions during class, completes his work with thoughtfulness and effort, and helps his classmates frequently.
Taylor PotaskyTaylor Potasky – She has been consistently at the top of the class. She works very hard and is always focused and on task. she is one of the most likeable people in the school.
Alexis RyanAlexis Ryan – Alexis is always engaged and works hard. She has been particularly responsible about staying on top of her work when she has been away from school for outside commitments. She is helpful to the others in the class and helps to keep a fun and positive atmosphere in class.
Evan StarkEvan Stark – Evan has been a very consistent student all year long. This trimester, he has been nearly flawless on all of his assessments. In class, he is always well focused and engaged in our discussions. He has been a leader, and has helped the class move forward on a daily basis.
Lindsay WhippleLindsay Whipple – Lindsay has been a diligent worker in every aspect of Geometry. Always focused and on task in class, Lindsay enjoys a challenge. She has battled through the demanding questions of the third trimester by drawing on previously learned concepts while looking for new ways to solve a problem. Her work is accurate and she has learned from the few mistakes she has made this semester. I commend her determination to be her best!

 

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