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Math Department Instructors
Contact Mark Baker  Mark Baker Teacher
Contact Nichole Caiocca  Nichole Caiocca Teacher
Contact Lee Chretien  Lee Chretien Teacher
Contact Natalie Fortune  Natalie Fortune Teacher
Contact Cathy Gonzalez, C.  Cathy Gonzalez, C. Teacher
Contact Kevin McSorley  Kevin McSorley Math Department Chair
Contact Jose Ortiz  Jose Ortiz Teacher
Contact Juan Pommier  Juan Pommier Teacher
Contact Suzanne Saysette  Suzanne Saysette Teacher
Contact Mr. David Snaith  Mr. David Snaith Math Teacher

About the Mathematics Department

The San Rafael Mathematics program consists of the following college prep offerings:

  • Algebra 1P 
  • Geometry P 
  • Advanced Algebra 2P 
  • Pre-calculus P
  • Statistics P

Our accelerated program, for students who have completed a year of algebra and/or a year of Geometry prior to enrolling at SRHS or who would like a more challenging math curricula, includes honors courses parallel to:

  • Geometry P
  • Advanced Algebra 2P
  • Pre-calculus P

This program culminates in Advanced Placement Calculus at both the AB and BC levels and Advanced Placement Statistics.

 

To ensure that all students master the fundamentals of algebra required a diploma in the state of California, the curriculum of Algebra 1P has been broken down into two courses, Algebra A and Algebra B. These courses together are approved by the UC system to receive credit equivalent to Algebra 1P for eligibility. 

 

Additionally, to provide access to the core Geometry curriculum for all students, the standards for Geometry have been split into two courses over two years Geometry A and Geometry B. The slower pace of these classes allows students with weaker basic math skills, learning challenges or language deficiencies to master the same standards as the Algebra 1P or Geometry P course.

 

We also have a two tiered  Intervention Program to provide support for students who are not meeting the district standards. Students can enroll in Algebra Readiness as a support prior to or concurrently with Algebra A.  Similarly, students can enroll in Math Support concurrently with Algebra B or Algebra 1P.

 

Departmentally standardized benchmark finals aligned to District adopted standards are administered in each class at the end of each semester. The scores on these finals are analyzed by the department. Weak areas are addressed using a vertical teams model. Skills are built into the curriculum of the prior course and spiraled throughout the courses that follow to enhance retention.

 

Four year portfolios are kept for each student, collecting evidence of their progress through the program. All Benchmark assessments, final exams, and a summary of grades and scores are available in these portfolios. Teachers use the portfolios to further support students and as a department to monitor their success.

 

Mathematics Department Policy regarding Homework and Makeup Work

Homework reinforces principles, skills, concepts, and information taught in the classroom.  The following is the Mathematics department policy on communication around homework and make-up work:

  • All teachers will post most of the major assignments and important dates (Tests/Projects) either in their room or will provide them in writing to students. 
  • All teachers will use the Aeries grade book to facilitate access to assignments and student progress through their Aeries portal.
  • All teachers will reply promptly to emails regarding assignments and make-up work.  If a student is out for an extended period of time or the class activity is not something that can be done at home the teacher may assign an alternate assignment. 
  • For any other situations (extended absence or extenuating circumstance) math teachers should be contacted via email to make special arrangements.