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Westford Academy Mathematics and Computer Science Department
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Math Department Updates and Reminders

Algebra 1/Algebra 2 Transition- Please remember that a student's grade in Accelerated Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Part B is used to determine eligibility for Geometry as well as for Algebra 2. Their performance in Geometry will also be used in the recommendation process, assessing readiness based on~the Characteristics of an Honors Student on the Westford Academy Math Department website.

Outside Courses and Opt-Out Testing - Courses taken outside of Westford Public Schools do not replace the courses offered at Westford Academy. Grades from outside courses will not be used to determine placement or eligibility for courses offered at WA. Additionally, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students will no longer have the option of testing out of courses at WA, including Geometry Honors, Intro to Programming, and Java Honors.
Geometry Honors - Starting in the 2018-2019 school year,all students must take a Geometry course at WA either their Freshmen or Sophomore year. Students must earn a 95 in Geometry CP1 or an 83 in Geometry Honors at Westford Academy to be recommended for Trig & Pre-Calc Honors.
Doubling Up - Students have the option to double up their math courses in either Algebra 1B with Geometry their Freshmen year or Geometry with Algebra 2 their Sophomore year. Doubling up is not recommended by the Math Department, particularly in a student's Freshmen year, as students are encouraged to explore their passions and interests by taking electives. When possible, students are encouraged to wait to double up their Sophomore year instead. Students are expected to take a math course each year, even if they choose to take two math classes in one year.
Algebra 2 Enrollment - Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, Algebra 2 enrollment will be limited to students in grades 10-12. We believe the material presented in this course is more developmentally appropriate for students in these levels. Freshmen who are particularly interested in furthering their Math education are encouraged to enroll in Exploring Computer Science. The collaboration and problem solving opportunities in this course are designed to help prepare students for success in both college and career in the STEM field and beyond. The application of mathematical logical reasoning in this course will be extremely beneficial in the growth and development of all students.



Grades 5-8 Math Placement Information Night
6:30-7:30 PM Monday, March 13 at Stony Brook and Wednesday March 15 at Abbot Elementary


MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT
This department offers a wide variety of high quality, engaging classes to our students. We have different levels of courses with ambitious expectations to meet everyone's needs. It is crucial that both students and parents consider our recommendations for course placement seriously when it is time to make choices for the following year. Our recommendations are based upon the knowledge that an essential understanding of prerequisite skills and academic benchmarks are needed to ensure proper placement in a course that will appropriately challenge the student, while allowing them to find success.  Please note:  The courses taken elsewhere are for remedial or enrichment purposes only.  They will not be recognized as a replacement for a course offered during the academic year at Westford Academy.  Important exchanges of ideas occur between classmates and teachers throughout the year, which are very important to the growth of our students.  For this reason, students are not allowed to "place out" of courses.

Our courses are based on the strands outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework and we prepare our students to do well on the MCAS by the end of their sophomore year.~ We pride ourselves on the top AP scores and SAT scores that our students have been able to achieve over the years.  The course sequences, flow charts, and grade prerequisites can be obtained through the links on the left.

The members of this department at Westford Academy are dedicated professionals willing to help their students succeed. They will work around their schedules to make themselves available to give extra help to a student who requests the extra time needed to ensure they understand the concepts being taught.


Test out for Geometry Honors on April 5, 2017 from 11:30-1:30 pm in the Lecture Hall

Incoming Freshmen who have previously taken a formal Geometry Honors course out of district may want to take a test to opt-out of this course at WA and take Algebra 2 Honors in 9th grade. It is required that students earn an 87 on the test to opt out of the course. Some of the students may decide to double up in both of these courses if they don't reach the required score.

Please know, opting out of Geometry Honors is not recommended as many of the skills and methods taught at WA are carried through the other courses in the sequence. Taking Geometry Honors as freshmen allows students to take AP Calculus BC in their senior year without doubling up. ~If students finish their math requirements early, they may need to take math at night at a college since they do need to have 4 years of a math for graduation. ~Neither the previous Geometry Honors course nor the out-of-district college course will be counted towards their GPA.

We will be administering the test on April 5, 2017, as the student may need to choose another course if they are successful on the test. ~Some electives fill up fast so we need to know if they need Geometry Honors or not. ~Parents will need to provide the transportation.

The test is based on our Honors Geometry Curriculum which covers all 12 chapters of the Prentice Hall Geometry Book with ISBN # 0-13-062560-4 for your reference. ~The students will be allowed to use a non-graphing calculator; the test will be mostly open response/short answer with a couple of proofs.

Please note:
  • There is only 1 test out given, and the minimum grade is 87 or better in order to skip Geometry Honors and go directly into Algebra 2 Honors
  • The student must inform the Math and Computer Science Curriculum Coordinator (kmchugh@westfordk12.us) before March 17 (this will also be stated on the prerequisite sheet which is available in February)  of their intent to take the test out
Test out for Java Honors on April 5 from 11:30-1:30 pm in the Lecture Hall

Students need to be familiar and comfortable with Java programming and complete the pre-AP, full year Java programming Hons course as a prerequisite in order to qualify for the Computer Science AP class. However, if the student has extensive Java knowledge and programming experience outside of WA, we do allow a test out.

The format for the test out is a combination of multiple choice, short answers, writing Java methods and programs (on paper, not on a computer). The student is expected to know Java syntax and write programs using packages TerminalIO for input / output and BreezySwing for GUI. They may not use any textbooks or online resources for help.

Sample Questions are a variety of:

Definitions / Vocabulary
Tracing through loops / code
Truth tables
Tracing through loops / code to show output
Formatting Output (using Format.justify)
Writing a Method which passes in array and returns array
Writing Complete definition for a class (i.e. all instance variables, constructors, mutator and accessor methods)
Writing constructors to set initial values
Writing methods which will accept and return a value
Creating a GUI class (declaring all variables and constructors)
Writing button clicked methods

For further information on what is covered in Java Hons you can refer to Mrs. Trehan's website at http://wa.westfordk12.us/pages/westfordWA_teachers/trehan/trehan3.htm

Please note:
  • There is only 1 test out given, and the minimum grade is 85 or better in order to skip Intro to Programming class and go directly into Java Hons class
  • The student must inform the Math and Computer Science Curriculum Coordinator (kmchugh@westfordk12.us) before March 17 (this will also be stated on the prerequisite sheet which is available in February)  of their intent to take the test out

Test out for Intro to Programming on April 11 from 2-2:50 pm in Room 248
Students need to be familiar and comfortable with programming and complete an introductory programming course as a prerequisite (either the semester Intro to Programming or full year Intro to Programming Hons course) prior to qualifying for Java Programming Hons which is a rigorous pre-AP class. However, if the student has learned programming outside of WA, we do allow a test out.

For the test out, students will be asked to write a basic program within 50 minutes using variables, input / output, if and looping statements in any language of their choice (they need to make sure their program is able to run on computers in Westford Academy room 248 since it will be tested there). For further information on what is covered in the introductory courses, you can refer to Mrs. Trehan's website at http://wa.westfordk12.us/pages/westfordWA_teachers/trehan/trehan3.htm

Please note:
  • There is only 1 test out given, and the minimum grade is 85 or better in order to skip Intro to Programming class and go directly into Java Hons class
  • The student must inform the Math and Computer Science Curriculum Coordinator (kmchugh@westfordk12.us) before March 17 (this will also be stated on the prerequisite sheet which is available in February)  of their intent to take the test out

Good luck!



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