WJ Mathematics Department
Mr. John Chase, Resource Teacher
Mathematical greetings from your WJ math teachers.
Have a GREAT 2020-2021 School year, everyone!
MCPS Math Vision Statement
All students in MCPS believe they are mathematical thinkers, who see themselves as resourceful and valuable contributors to the mathematical learning process. Students independently and collaboratively engage with mathematical content through the Standards for Mathematical Practice, engaging in rich discourse, and persevering in solving problems and tasks. Every student will be prepared for, interested in, and successful in higher-level mathematics. Their learning will transfer to other content areas and beyond to navigate the world as confident critical thinkers.
Math courses and graduation requirements
Four credits in mathematics, including 1 credit in algebra and 1 credit in geometry, are required for graduation. MSDE further specifies that students must earn credits in mathematics courses, including one with instruction in algebra aligned with the MHSA for algebra or one or more credits in subsequent mathematics courses for which Algebra I is a prerequisite; and one with instruction in geometry aligned with the content standards for geometry. Students must enroll in a mathematics-based course for each year they attend high school, up to a maximum of four years of attendance, unless in the fifth or sixth year a mathematics course is needed to meet a graduation requirement. This is required by MSDE, as well as by many colleges and universities to which MCPS students may want to apply. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisors/counselors to ensure they meet all mathematics graduation requirements, and to examine carefully any additional admission requirements that may be in effect at a prospective postsecondary school of interest.
Math Course Offerings at WJ
Summer Assignments are located on the website here.
For tips on how parents can support their math students at home and math-specific academic supports at Walter Johnson refer to these documents:
MHS Help Zoom Room
This help room is run by the Math Honor Society and is staffed by a certified teacher and a number of highly qualified students who are enrolled in higher-level math courses.
Monday 2:45-3:15 and Wednesday 1:45-2:15
Zoom link: bit.ly/3hbutqo
Meeting ID: 963 3558 2657
MHS Help on myMCPS Classroom
There is an online help center on myMCPS Classroom run by Math Honor Society students and supervised by a certified teacher. Students can enroll themselves and start getting help today by following this link: mcpsmd.instructure.com/enroll/LPKBBB
Other Math Resources
Or consult the following helpful resources on the web:
- MCPS Math Links – Helpful resources from MCPS
- The Math Dude – on TV on MCPS ITV channel 34 or on the internet.
- Khan Academy – Comprehensive, free videos on every high school subject, especially math. Don’t just watch the videos, do the exercises!
- Purple Math – Excellent free math lessons
- Bright Storm – Free math help videos
- Calculator Help – A comprehensive guide to using your calculator
- Kuta Worksheets – Free math practice worksheets