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US Math Students of the Trimester – Spring 2014

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 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.
Jasmine Movassaghi

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

PSAT Math Review

Last night I ran a review session for math section of the upcoming PSAT examination. My screen recording of the session is below along with a few resource documents. A few helpful things to remember:

1) Always guess if you can eliminate at least one answer.
2) Make sure you guess randomly.
3) Make sure you are answering what the question is asking.
4) Just because the answer you came up with is listed as a choice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the correct answer.

PSAT2014 – Math review session – my notes (PDF)
PSAT2014 – Blank practice test w/answer key (PDF)
PSAT2014 – Practice test w/my work for the math problems and the answer key (PDF)

Links of the Week

Today might not be a school day for the kids here at Williston, but the faculty is hard at work having a blast at our professional development day! The department is currently connection in small subject groups. Also, here are some of the resources I shared this morning:

Article (Mashable): 10 Rockstar Teachers on Twitter
Article (RPI alum magazine): Solving Problems
Podcast (Planet Money): Will a computer decide whether you get your next job?
Puzzle MANIA (MIT): 2014 Mystery Hunt
Website: Google Glass in Music Education
Video (Edward Frenkel): Why do people hate mathematics?
Resource (Website): Lymboo
Article (EdTech): 7 video tutorials on how to create posters and infographics using piktochart

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