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Dear Parent or Guardian,


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome your son/daughter to the mathematics department here at David Suzuki Secondary School.


Please check our site periodically for any updates.  We have provided the pathways to Mathematics as well as tips that would ensure your child will succeed.  Together we can make this a positive learning experience for your child.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher at 905-457-7941 ext. 424

We hope that your child enjoys our program and has a successful year!


Sincerely yours,

The Mathematics Department



Tips for Success 

Students should come to class prepared with a scientific calculator, pencil, eraser, ruler, textbook and a binder containing lined and graph paper. 


Our school was the first to receive the NEW TI- Nspire CX handhelds which are available to our students and are used in the various mathematical programs.  This technology helps with the learning and understanding concepts for the students. 


You can help your child by emphasizing the importance of keeping neat and complete notes, reviewing these notes daily, ensuring that he/she practices mathematical concepts daily and completes all homework assigned.  You can encourage your child to attend our extra math help that is available during their lunch, Counting On You (for grade 9 and 10) and/or seek extra help from their teacher.


Students can expect to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes of homework each day.  This homework may take the form of journals, exercises, word problems, review lesson notes for preparation of performance assessments, quizzes or tests.


Check your teachers’ My Class Site as it will provide homework outlines and offer more information on tips to succeed in the specified course. 


Math Extra Help Room 

Students should check with the math department about the extra math help schedule as it changes from year to year depending on the schedule and the availability of the teachers.   


The Math Study Hall in Room 201 will be available during lunches Period 3 and Period 4 every TUESDAY and THURSDAY for additional support.




University of Waterloo Math Contests are offered at our school.  Please feel free to check out http://www.cemc.ca for contest dates and past University of Waterloo contests online. 
Also, students should listen or watch out for announcements to register for any of the following University of Waterloo contests that takes place in our school:
Caley (Grade 9), Pascal (Grade 10), Fermat (Grade 11) and Euclid (Grade 12) are offered here at our School.



Math Links

Here are some links that you may find useful during the course of the semester to assist with your child in mathematics.


Curriculum documents: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/math.html

EQAO: http://www.eqao.com/Students/Secondary/09/09.aspx?Lang=E&gr=09










Pathways in Mathematics

Your child has the opportunity to select either Academic or Applied level mathematics.  In these courses, a variety of assessments will be used to ensure that each child has ample opportunity to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills and abilities.  In addition, appropriate accommodations and modifications will be implemented to meet the needs of each student. 


Evaluation for academic and applied level courses will be based on the Four Ontario Ministry Achievement Chart categories:  Knowledge and Understanding, Application, Communication and Thinking.  The six learning skills (Responsibility, Collaboration, Organization, Initiative, Independent Work, and Self-Regulation) will be tracked throughout the semester and will appear on the early progress reports as well as the midterm and final report card.  Learning Skills is simply a guide as to how the child is developing in class and it will not be used in the determination of a student’s mark. 


The following is a flowchart of the pathways in mathematics: Pathways in Math 




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