The mission of the Paint Branch High School Mathematics Department is to help students master the essential math skills, knowledge, and work ethic that serve as a foundation for more advanced study of mathematics and help students prepare for successful roles in an ever changing society.
Our goal is to create a mathematically proficient student. We have ambitious expectations for all, with accommodation for those who need it. Teachers construct engaging mathematical lessons, challenging and supporting students to learn concepts well. Effective use of technology, including graphic calculators and computers, enriches the range and quality of investigations. The strategies we use are varied to build new knowledge and reinforce prior knowledge.
Standards for Mathematical Practice
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections.
The second are the strands of mathematical proficiency specified in the National Research Council’s report Adding It Up: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding (comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations and relations), procedural fluency (skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately), and productive disposition (habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one’s own efficacy).
Standards for Mathematical Practice Mathematically proficient students will. . .
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
The Paint Branch Math Team seeks to foster a deeper understanding and enjoyment into the field of competitive and recreational mathematics through the school and the community.
Coach: Maxine Tang – Room 2310
Competitions/Math Meets: Wednesdays afterschool (2:15-4:00pm) at various locations
Many mathematics courses recommend the use of a graphing calculator, but only the Algebra 1 course requires it. All Paint Branch students have the opportunity to borrow a graphing or scientificcalculator from the math department, at no charge. Students who wish to borrow a calculator must fill out the Calculator Agreement, which includes a parent signature, and return it to Mrs. Feher in the Math Office (2328). Calculators are limited and distributed on a first come, first served basis. The type of calculator available is based on the student's course.
NEED A MATH TUTOR?
There are several former and current MCPS math teachers offering private tutoring. Fees are determined by the individual tutor. Contact Ms. Kim Feher for more information.
Math Honor Society
The Paint Branch Mathematics Honor Society recognizes Paint Branch seniors and juniors for consistent excellence in mathematics.Each of these students has earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for their high school math courses.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Paint Branch Math Honor Society, please return your completed application to Mrs. Kim Feher, Math Resource Teacher.