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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

 

"The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics." Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

 
OBJECTIVES OF THE MATH DEPARTMENT
Based on the philosophy of the school to instruct students at their capacity for intellectual knowledge and to prepare them for aesthetic appreciation, in-depth study and critical thinking, the mathematics department aims to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, relationships, techniques, and deductive logic, along with the precision and aesthetics involved in the study of mathematics, especially involving computer and calculator based applications.

The student who understands mathematical processes and content, as well as the value of mathematics, will be able to function efficiently and responsibly in our ever changing society.

 
MATHEMATICS COURSES AND SEQUENCE OF COURSES
 
 
COMPUTER

Students in Assisted Computer LabStudents get hands on experiences in computer courses. The Mathematics Department offers a course in Modern Computer Technology (Microsoft Office Suite), programming courses (Visual Basic, Advanced Placement Java A & Advanced Placement Java AB), as well as computer aided Geometry (Sketchpad) which are all taught in our computer lab.

There are additional computers available to students in the library and in the assisted computer lab.

 
ACT/SAT/PSAT/PLAN PREPARATION
Additional problems are given to freshmen, sophomores and juniors in their math classes to prepare them for these tests. Teachers spend class time reviewing and going over some of the assigned problems.
 
ANNUAL GRADE SCHOOL MATH CONTEST
The reputation of Fenwick’s Annual Grade School Math Contest draws schools from many of the Chicagoland area grammar schools. 33 schools with a total of 302 students were represented in the 03/04 contest. This year it will be held on Saturday, November 13th, at 12:30. Pre registration is required. Teams of 5 compete against each other for the best team score compiled from the results of a three part contest. Beyond the five person team, additional students from a school may enter and also be eligible for individual awards. Before awards are given, there is another voluntary contest for two person teams from each of the schools. This is similar in structure to the two person contests at the State Math Finals in the spring.
 
AWARDS
Awards in Mr. Finnell's ClassroomFenwick’s 35 member State Math Team captured the regional title for the third straight year on February 28, 2004. On May 1st , 2004 at the University of Illinois in Champaign, that same team achieved the highest scoring private school honor. This was the eleventh straight year Fenwick achieved this honor. They also placed second in their division.
 
MATH COMPETITION AND MATH CONTESTS
Voluntary participation in math competitions and math contests is encouraged for all students. Top scorers from the club competitions get bonus points in addition to points for each correct problem. Scores from ATPAC, IML, National Algebra League, AMC-12, and AMC-10 contests are added into the cumulative totals. Posting of the correct solutions gives students opportunities to learn from their mistakes and do better the next time.
 
SUMMER SCHOOL MATHEMATICS COURSES
A refresher math course and a technology proficiency course are available for incoming Freshman students. Prospective Precalculus students can take PreCalculus Honors in the summer and move into Calculus Honors in the school year. This class is by invitation from the math department.
 
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT FACULTY
 
Math Department
 

Names followed by number of years teaching (number of years at Fenwick):David Setum 4 (4), Diana Caponigri 30 (19). Andrew Reuland 6 (1), Martha Westergaard 12 (11), Ray Kotty 11 (11), Julia Zacharopoulos 24 (13), Robert Arscott 32 (26), Marianna Curtin 16 (6), Cynthia Jones 4 (4), .Chairperson: Roger Finnell 42 (42) and not shown Elmer Sweet 10 (6)