Mrs. Valerie Elking

  Mrs. Kristine Forbes

  Mrs. Jo Ann Gallo

  Ms. Michelle King

  Ms. Rosemary Kunz

  Mrs. Christi Nilica

Mathematics Department


The Mathematics Department develops academic courses with a focus on the needs of the individual students. Through challenges of critical thinking, applied mathematics, use of the graphing calculator, and other techniques, Ursuline students hone mathematics concepts and processes. Technology is emphasized to help students connect the concepts to the "visual" which aids in understanding mathematics, expressions, operations and solutions. Most importantly we hope that each student achieves her personal best.   Incorporating National Mathematics standards, all courses are designed to challenge students in all aspects of mathematics and ultimately develop within each student a desire for lifelong learning.

Each student will demonstrate

The ability to perform basic arithmetic and algebraic skills.

  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the course prerequisites by completing the Summer Review Packet.
  • Students will be tested on the concepts reviewed in the Summer Packet.
  • Students will demonstrate basic arithmetic and algebraic skills with and without the use of a calculator on homework assignments, quizzes and tests, and/or on class examples.

The ability to work productively in groups. 

  • Students will be encouraged to use study groups when preparing for class assignments and tests.
  • Students will learn to communicate mathematically by discussing algebra topics with other students in their group.

The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

  • Students will learn to work productively with groups/partners on homework, in-class assignments, projects, computer assignments, graphing calculator/CBL activities, and/or quizzes/tests.
  • Students will organize and consolidate mathematical thinking through communication.
  • Students will coherently and clearly communicate mathematical thinking to peers, teachers, and others.
  • Students will analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others.
  • Students will use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely. 

The ability to problem solve. 

  • Students will build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving.
  • Students will solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
  • Students will apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.
  • Students will monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving.

The ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate data.

  • Students will learn to formulate questions that can be addressed with data.
  • Students will learn to collect, organize, and display data to answer their questions.
  • Students will learn to select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data.
  • Students will learn to solve word problems using real life data lists, regressions, and comparisons of graphs.
  • Students will develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.

The ability to recognize patterns (inductive reasoning) and to apply general rules to specific situations (deductive reasoning). 

  • Students will recognize reasoning and proof as fundamental aspects of mathematics.
  • Students will make and investigate mathematical conjectures.
  • Students will select and use various types of reasoning and methods of proof to develop and evaluate mathematical arguments.

Willingness to persevere, with the understanding that success is the result of strong, consistent effort.

  • The student will check answers with all available resources and correct mistakes on homework, tests, and/or projects.
  • The student will learn to use her time well and utilize available resources for extra help.

Understanding of the way in which math is used on a daily basis. 

  • The student will recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas.
  • The student will solve real life application problems.
  • The student will recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of the mathematics classroom.

The ability to use technology effectively and appropriately.

  • The student will learn to use the TI Graphing Calculator in class, and on homework, tests, and/or quizzes.
  • The student will learn to use various computer software programs in connection with mathematical topics – including, but not limited to TI Connect, TI Interactive, Study Cards, Excel, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Smart Ideas.

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