US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2021

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2021!

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 2021.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Frannie Cataldo – Frannie has been a very strong student all year long. He learns material quickly and is able to apply his knowledge well. He is also very humble yet is always willing to lend his insights into the material with the rest of his classmates.
Jules Constantinople – Jules had a fantastic third trimester in Algebra II. She possesses a strong work ethic and is very engaged during class. I am particularly impressed by her ability to stay resilient. When Jules encounters a challenge, she figures out how to overcome it. Jules wants to get better each day and is willing to put in the work necessary to do this, which will serve her well in future math classes.
Lily Dardano – Lily challenged herself all year to produce the highest quality work on each assignment. She was the main contributor to class in terms of individual and group contributions. Her level of understanding of the material was one of the highest in the class because of her desire to truly understand the material.
Getchell Gibbons – Getchell approached this class, and programming in general, with the intention to extend his understanding of the fundamental programming constructs by pushing himself in each area. His solutions to problems incorporated not just past material but ideas that he explored well beyond the minimum required.
Eli Goldberg Cook – Congratulations, Eli, on this well-deserved honor. You have just completed an amazing year in Algebra II and more specifically, a spectacular third trimester. Always engaged in class, you have provided your peers with exceptional leadership and demonstrated how to be fully engaged each day in class. You have developed strong algebra skills and fostered a genuine curiosity for math. The incredible results from your evaluations showed that you could transfer your knowledge accurately on a range of topics as you strived to be your very best. It was a joy to watch you develop as a math student and I appreciate your eagerness to challenge yourself. Confident but never arrogant, you made our class better each day with your thoughtful participation. Well done!
Aaron Hammer – Aaron is the undisputed class leader for Honors Geometry. The group looks to him for help and he is always ready to assist with a problem. He shows good work on his problems and has steadily improved his ability to explain work to others. Aaron is a great example of a fully involved discussion-based-learning student.
Maeve Reynolds – Maeve’s work improved throughout the year. This trimester she really pushed herself to work outside her comfort zone, asking questions and contributing to the class conversation more than before. Her work was exemplary because of her collaboration with classmates enhancing her own understanding.
Linnea Rhodes – All year, Linnea has dug into the material. She was always willing to dig even more when she found a concept that challenged her. During T3, she made it a point to really work on organizing her work as we used multiple strategies and formulas in one problem. She’s a creative thinker, willing to offer up solutions (even if she is unsure about it) and ready to adapt her thinking.
Catie Spence – Catie has always been a strong student in Algebra 2 Honors, but this spring, she aced pretty much every assignment the class had. While she’s quiet in class, she is always ready with an answer when she’s called on, and then her answer is almost always correct! She’s been a delightful addition to the class – a gifted mathematician who supplements her ability with diligent effort and attention to detail. Great work this spring!
Gunnar Tebo – Gunnar joined App Programming with no experience coding, but you would never have known! He exemplified all of the skills this class aims to teach: coding, creativity, resourcefulness, and determination. Gunnar’s final project game also showed his ambition and eagerness to extend his learning beyond what we covered in class.
Juanes Vargas – Juanes is a very strong math student, but what makes him shine is his deeply embedded determination to completely consume every math topic he encounters. Juanes is not satiated by just knowing how to express the answer to a question. Instead, he only rests when he reaches a point when he can teach someone else how to do the problem, all while expressing where the logic of the topic comes from and how it can be creatively applied. Juanes does not rest on his Calculus abilities. He is always pushing himself to go further in a healthy, productive, and inspiring way.
Jane Wegrzyn – Jane had arguably the best detail in her work out of any of my AP Statistics student this year. This detail translated to Jane consistently scoring at the top of my class on assessments. For these reasons and more, I am proud to make Jane my math student of the trimester!

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, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021

2021 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 2021 answer keys will eventually go online right here, along with the ones from past years that have already been posted.

You can view the 2021 AP Calculus BC Free Response Questions right here.

All of the 2021 answer keys that my students created can be viewed right here.

All of their 2021 video solutions can be viewed right here.

You can check out this project from past years here (2019), here (2018), here (2017), and here (2016).

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