Seneca Mathematics

Assistant Principal:Mr. Jim Rubisch
Department Coordinator:Mrs. Gail Griffin
 

 


Mr. Jim Rusbisch

Ext. 6640
 

Ms. Jenn Denn

Ext. 8413
 

Ms. Chrissy Harris

Ext. 8210
 

Mrs. Paula Marques

Ext. 8981
 

Ms. Jaclyn Shields

Ext. 8228
 

Mrs. Gail Griffin

Ext. 6621
 

Mr. Ed Fisher

Ext. 8462
 

Mr. Bob Kibler

Ext. 8583
 

Mr. Chris Melograna

Ext. 8679
 

Ms. Nicole Szymanski

Ext. 8231
 

Mrs. Kalla Byrd

Ext. 8361
 

Ms. Kate Gould

Ext. 8502
 

Ms. Kate Kraemer

Ext. 8214
 

Ms. Nicole Scott

Ext. 8808
 

Mr. Ken Zerone

Ext. 8931
 





Course Descriptions

 

Note: All New Jersey public school students must successfully complete a minimum of three years of mathematics as a graduation requirement. Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum requirement. Additionally, students must pass the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) initially administered in the spring of 11th grade as a graduation requirement. Scientific calculators or graphing calculators are used in all math classes.

 

Pre-Algebra
Level 3

Pre-Algebra is designed to prepare students to enter Algebra I. The concepts taught include numerical computations, evaluating and writing algebraic expressions, solving equations, inequalities, factoring, graphs, patterns and basic statistics and probability. The development and use of problem solving strategies and logical thinking is a long-term goal.


Algebra
Levels 1 & 2

Algebra I, Level 2 lays the groundwork for all mathematics study by establishing the concepts of set theory, axioms, and properties of the real number system. Equations and inequalities are studied with emphasis on transforming verbal statements into mathematical symbols. Polynomials, rational algebraic expressions, graphing, linear equations and radicals are also examined. Level 1 is offered by invitation only to those students with special ability in mathematics.


Algebra
Levels 3

Algebra I, Level 3 will reflect many of the same concepts as Algebra I, Level 2, such as, equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational algebraic expressions, graphing linear equations, and radicals. As a modified academic course, it will include fewer complex problems and be taught at a slower pace. This course is recommended for students who have completed Pre-Algebra at the high school level.


Algebra II
Levels 1 & 2

Algebra II continues to build on the algebraic foundation of Algebra I. The course involves the study of number systems, linear, quadratic and simultaneous equations and their graphs, conic sections, polynomials, functions, and logarithms. Level 1 is offered by invitation only to those students with special ability in mathematics.


Algebra II
Levels 3

Algebra II, Level 3 has the same content as described in Levels 1 and 2, but is less rigorous, and places greater emphasis on practical applications. This course is only offered to seniors.


Geometry
Levels 1 & 2

Geometry is based on Euclid’s elements of deductive reasoning which emphasized the geometry of the plane surface. Area, volume, congruent triangles, polygons, and constructions are studied. Two-column proofs of theorems are developed. Algebraic applications of geometric concepts are frequent. Level 1 is offered by invitation only to those students with a special ability in mathematics. Successful completion of Algebra I is required.


Geometry
Levels 3

Geometry Level 3 has the same content as described in Levels 1 and 2, but is less rigorous, and places greater emphasis on practical application.


Introduction to Algebra II
Level 3

This course provides an integrated review of Algebra and Geometry for those students who have had difficulty with those subjects and are not yet ready for Algebra II. This course then builds on these foundations to study systems of linear equations, functions, polynomials, quadratic equations, complex numbers, and discrete mathematics. Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry is required.


Introduction to Pre-Calculus
Level 3

This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra II and are not yet ready for Pre-Calculus, Level 2. The course will review concepts from Algebra II, introduce new topics in advanced Algebra and study trigonometric functions and their applications. Successful completion of Algebra II is required.


Pre-Calculus
Levels 1 & 2

This is a course based on the study of functions. It begins with a review of Algebra II, continues with trigonometric functions and their applications, then concludes with several topics in advanced algebra. Level 1 is offered by invitation only to those students with a special ability in mathematics. Successful completion of Algebra II is required.


Calulus
Levels 2

This course was designed for students with mathematical aptitude who have an understanding of Pre-Calculus and the desire to study Calculus in college. The year begins with a review of elementary functions followed by a study of limits, differential calculus and beginning integral calculus. Successful completion of Pre-Calculus is required.


Calculus AB
Levels 1 - Advanced Placement

This course is offered to those students who display special ability in mathematics. This course will be equivalent to a first semester college calculus course. Students taking this course will be able to take the College Board Placement Test in AB Calculus and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their score and the policy of the college. Level 1 is offered by invitation only. Successful completion of Pre-Calculus is required.


Probability and Statistics
Levels 2

This course is divided into three categories: descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics. The course includes application for college bound students for all academic areas. Successful completion of Algebra II is required


Computer Programming I
Levels 2

This course is designed to be an introductory programming course. The concepts taught will include, input/output operations, arithmetic operations, accumulating and displaying totals, comparing, array processing, searching and sorting, string processing, file processing, and report generation. Emphasis will be on problem-solving techniques and logic. Successful completion of Geometry Level 2 is required. Credits for this course do not satisfy Math requirements for graduation.


HSPA Prep I, II, III
Levels 3 & 4 - Not an elective

These courses are for students who have been officially identified as needing remediation in the mathematics skills required by the State for high school graduation. They reinforce the math clusters outlined in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The students will receive intensive preparation for the HSPA which is administered in the Spring of their junior year. Placement in Level 3 or Level 4 depends on standardized test scores.


HSPA Prep IV
Level 4 - Not an elective

Students who do not achieve a proficient score on the HSPA are required to take this class. This course will prepare students for the October administration of the HSPA, administer the Special Review Assessment (SRA), and provide remediation.


Math I
Level 5

Available for students in need of individualized or small group instruction, with Child Study Team approval. Emphasis is on mastery of basic math operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Additional topics include measurement, percentage, number theory, graphs, charts and problem solving.


Math II
Level 5

Available for students in need of individualized or small group instruction, with Child Study Team approval. This course is designed for students who need reinforcement with basic math skills. Additional topics covered are pre-algebra and geometry.


Math III
Level 5

Available for students in need of individualized or small group instruction, with Child Study team approval. This course is designed for students in need of reinforcement with basic math operations within the context of practical situations familiar to most adults.


Math IV
Level 5

Available for students in need of individualized or small group instruction, with Child Study Team approval. The course provides students with the necessary information and skill development to make wise and informed consumer decisions.


SEMESTER COURSES

Enriched Topics in Mathematics
Level 2

This course is a one-semester elective designed to make connections between the various branches of mathematics that students learn in high school. It will contain topics outside the standard Algebra I and Geometry curricula. This course will enable students to examine unique historical and modern topics, such as different bases, non-traditional ways of performing the four basic operations, and palindromes. These topics will assist students in becoming better problemsolvers, developing a greater level of logical reasoning skills and obtaining a higher affective appreciation for mathematics. Successful completion of Geometry, Level 1 or Level 2 is required.


SAT Preperation
Level 2

The SAT Preparation Course is a one-semester elective which prepares students for the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Nine weeks will be spent on verbal and nine weeks on math. Critical reading, writing, vocabulary and logical reasoning skills needed on the SAT will be addressed. Specific test-taking strategies for the SAT will also be presented. Completing this course is in no way a guarantee of desired results on the SAT. Successful completion of Geometry, Level 1 or Level 2 is required. This class is open to second semester sophomores, all juniors, and first semester seniors. Credits for this course do not satisfy Math or English graduation requirements.


 

 


Seneca High School
110 Caranza Road
Tabernacle, New Jersey 08088
(609)268-4600

 

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