
Mathematics Department Philosophy
MISSION STATEMENT:
The Mathematics Program of Old Rochester Regional High School enables all students to gain and apply mathematical knowledge, to think and communicate effectively, to work and be a contributing member of an everchanging society. Students will learn mathematics in a supportive environment that provides interdisciplinary connections, uses appropriate technology and encourages independent as well as collaborative practices.
Philosophy
The Mathematics Curriculum of Old Rochester Regional High School enables all students to gain and apply mathematical knowledge, to think and communicate effectively, to work and be a contributing member of an everchanging society. To accomplish this, problem solving will be the focus of all mathematics classrooms where you are provided opportunities to deepen your understanding of mathematics and its applications. Students will learn mathematics in a supportive environment that provides interdisciplinary connections, uses appropriate technology and encourages independent as well as collaborative practices.
Technology allows all students to explore complex mathematical topics and applications early in their learning experiences. Technology at all levels should be used as both a tool and a tutor. It is our obligation to use available technologies as teaching tools if our students are to have every advantage and are to successfully attain their goals for college and careers in our technological world. Technology, however, should not be used to replace the knowledge of basic computational facts or algebraic manipulations. It should be used to enhance student learning and understanding, to simplify complex problems, and to provide students the opportunity to make connections between different mathematical representations.
Graphing calculators are an integral part of the learning process in high school mathematics courses and students are required to have a graphing calculator available for their personal use. Teachers instruct students using the Texas Instruments’ TI84+ and students are encouraged to purchase either TI83+ or TI84+. Students who demonstrate a financial hardship can make arrangements with an administrator to sign out a calculator for the school year.
All levels of mathematics courses prepare students for college. Students in a particular course follow the same curriculum with varying degrees of pace, depth and breadth based upon their level of mathematical development.