Belleville East
Math Department
Department
Information
Course
Options
Tutoring
Options
Course
Guide
Incoming
Freshman
Email A Teacher
 Mrs. Anne Brown: abrown@bths201.org
 Mr. Joe Byrne: jbyrne@bths201.org
 Mr. Shawn Coughlin: scoughlin@bths201.org
 Ms. Meghan Delaney: mdelaney@bths201.org
 Mr. Jason Graves: jgraves@bths201.org
 Ms. Abby Hanger: ahanger@bths201.org
 Mr. Tom Hickey: thickey@bths201.org
 Mr. Brent James: bjames@bths201.org
 Ms. Annie Jenkins: anjenkins@bths201.org
 Ms. Amanda Kemezys: akemezys@bths201.org
 Mrs. Melanie Korte: mkorte@bths201.org
 Mr. Miles Meyer: mmeyer@bths201.org
 Mr. Trent Minder: tminder@bths201.org
 Dr. Andre Morris: amorris@bths201.org
 Mr. Matt Osborn: mosborn@bths201.org
 Mrs. Bethany Perry: bperry@bths201.org
 Mrs. Natalie Peters: npeters@bths201.org
 Mrs. Kelly Rygelski: krygelski@bths201.org
 Mrs. Jennifer Sanders: jsanders@bths201.org
 Mrs. Rebecca Schrader: rschrader@bths201.org
 Mrs. Hilary Sternberg: hsternberg@bths201.org
Courses Offered
 Intro Algebra 12
 Algebra I
 Intro to Alg. 12
 Algebra I Honors
 Geometry Honors
 Geometry Advanced
 Intro to Alg. 34
 Geometry
 Geometry Advanced
 Algebra II Advanced
 Geometry Honors
 Algebra II Honors
 Geometry 56
 Algebra II
 Algebra II Advanced
 Trigonometry/PreCalculus
 Algebra II Honors
 AP Trigonometry/PreCalculus Honors
 Algebra I
 Algebra I Advanced

Algebra II Advanced

Discrete
 Trigonometry/PreCalculus
 AP Calculus

AP Computer Science A (11, 12)
 AP Stats (10, 11, 12)
AP / Dual Credit Courses
Advanced Placement
 Calculus BC
 AP Statistics
 AP Computer Science A
 AP Trig/PreCal
St. Louis University
 Calculus AP BC
Calculators
Math Department Calculator Guidelines:
In all math classes, the teachers will be demonstrating using Texas Instruments calculators. Students choosing to use other brands will be responsible for knowing how to use their calculators. See notes for each class to find the recommended type.
Students in the Advanced or Honors track are encouraged to purchase the TI84 graphing calculator for use during all 4 years, although it is not a requirement for all classes. This calculator is also acceptable for use on the SAT/ACT test. If you are unsure of the model, leave it in the package and bring it to the appropriate math teacher.
Scientific Calculator Required
Recommended Brand: TI30XS Multiview
 Intro Algebra 12
 Algebra I
 Intro Algebra 34
 Geometry 56
 Algebra II
 Discrete
Scientific Calculator Required
Graphing Calculator Recommended
Recommended Brand: TI84 Plus CE graphing calculator
 Algebra I Advanced
 Algebra I Honors
 Geometry Advanced
 Geometry Honors
 Algebra II Advanced
Graphing Calculator Required
Recommended Brand: TI84 Plus CE graphing calculator
 Algebra II Honors
 Trig/PreCalc
 AP Trig/PreCalc Honors
 AP Calculus
 AP Statistics
Mu Alpha Theta
Math Honor Society
SPONSORS:
 Ms. Annie Jenkins
 Mr. Brent James
Math Team
SPONSORS:
 Mr. Byrne
 Mr. Coughlin
 Mr. Hickey
 Mr. Osborn
Mathematics Course Options
Plan I
Honors
(8th Grade Algebra Credit & Cut Score)
 9th Grade: Geometry H
 10th Grade: Algebra II H
 11th Grade: AP Trig/PreCalc H
 12th Grade: Calculus AP
 Electives: AP Stats (11, 12), AP Computer Science A (10, 11, 12)
Plan II
Honors – Double
 9th Grade: Algebra I H, Geometry H
 10th Grade: Algebra II H
 11th Grade: AP Trig/PreCalc H
 12th Grade: Calculus AP
 Electives: AP Stats (11, 12), AP Computer Science A (10, 11, 12)
Plan III
 9th Grade: Algebra I H
 10th Grade: Geometry H
 11th Grade: Algebra II H
 12th Grade: AP Trig/PreCalc H
 Electives: AP Stats (12), AP Computer Science A (11, 12)
Plan IV
Advanced
(8th Grade Algebra Cut Score)
 9th Grade: Geometry Adv
 10th Grade: Algebra II Adv
 11th Grade: Trig/PreCalculus
 12th Grade: AP Statistics
 Electives: AP Computer Science A (11, 12)
Students participating at feeder schools with approved high school Algebra course credit and/or cut score may be eligible for Plan I and/or IV.
Electives can be taken concurrently with the grade levels listed.
Plan V
 9th Grade: Algebra I Adv
 10th Grade: Geometry Adv
 11th Grade: Algebra II Adv
 12th Grade: Trig/PreCalc
 Electives: AP Computer Science A (12) AP Stats (12)
Electives can be taken concurrently with the grade levels listed for Plan V
Plan VI
 9th Grade: Algebra I
 10th Grade: Geometry
 11th Grade: Algebra II
 12th Grade: Algebra II Adv, Discrete
Plan VII
 9th Grade: Intro to Alg. 12
 10th Grade: Intro to Alg. 34
 11th Grade: Geometry 56
 12th Grade: Algebra I, Algebra I Adv
Tutoring Options
 Lunch Hour Tutoring – Lunch hour tutoring is provided Monday – Thursday in the library. Students must ask their teacher for a pass.
 PAPER Tutoring – Online 24/7 – Students can access on their clever page
 After School Tutoring – Wednesday & Thursday in the library
 Schedule an appointment before school with a teacher
 Use helpful websites, such as KhanAcademy.org or IXL.com/Math
Belleville East 20232024 Course Guide
Incoming Freshman
Selecting classes can be an overwhelming experience. We strive to find the right fit for every student so that they can be successful and challenged at the same time. In recommending a class, we take into account placement scores, teacher recommendations, previous grades, and the overall goal of the student. Within the first four weeks of school, teachers may administer additional assessments to make any changes necessary. A list of frequently asked questions is below. Please communicate with your child’s teacher about any concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which math class should I sign up for next year?
A: Belleville East will make a recommendation based on your placement score, teacher recommendation, and previous grades. If you do not agree with the placement or have questions about the placement, you can contact the guidance office or the math department chair, Mrs. Rebecca Schrader, at 6182223701 or rschrader@bths201.org
Q: I took high school Algebra in my junior high and passed the 1st semester final. Since I plan to start in Geometry Honors, do I still need to sign up for Algebra I Honors?
A: Yes – Students possibly eligible to skip Algebra I Honors will sign up for both Algebra I Honors and Geometry Honors. Once the final exam is completed in the spring, students will be given the option to stay dualenrolled in math or eliminate one math class. Belleville East will notify students via email.
Q: What if I am not eligible to skip Algebra I honors but I already took the class in 8th grade? Why should I take two math classes?
A: Traditionally, students “double up” in math in order to reach AP Calculus by their senior year. Not only is Calculus an AP class where students can test out to earn college credit, but the class also is currently eligible for dual credit through Saint Louis University, and students can earn up to 8 credit hours and save over $10,000 in SLU tuition. Students pay a discounted tuition rate through SLU.
Q: I was not in high school Algebra during 8th grade. Am I still eligible to take honors?
A: YES – Students that excelled in the traditional math sequence during middle school, and have the proper teacher recommendation and placement score can still take Algebra I Honors.
Q: I am not an “Advanced” student, but my teacher recommended me for Algebra I Advanced. Should I take Algebra I?
A: Algebra I Advanced is the “traditional” Algebra track for collegebound students. Families should not be scared by the “advanced” in the title. We offer 4 regular education levels for freshmen, and teachers will work with all students to determine proper placement so that students are successful, yet challenged.
Q: Why is Algebra I Advanced lab on my schedule?
A: The lab class is for students who may need additional help to succeed in Algebra I Advanced. Since Algebra I Advanced is a prerequisite for harder math classes in the future and some science classes like Chemistry, we try to help students stay in the most challenging course possible. The lab class is in place of a study hall and is taught by a math teacher. Students earn elective credit.
Q: I can’t decide between Algebra I Advanced and Algebra I. How do I choose?
A: In general, we always recommend students sign up for the “harder” course in mathematics, if it is recommended by Belleville East. Our teachers will work with students and determine if a level change is needed during the first four weeks of school. Once students level down, it can be more challenging to level back up.
Q: I could have done better in math in the past, but I didn’t work hard. I want to challenge myself in high school. Belleville East recommended I take Algebra I. Should I try to change classes?
A: There is a fine line between pushing oneself and getting in over one’s head. As a department, we take multiple items into account when recommending a course. We want students to be successful and challenged. If you feel a class is too easy, you can reach out to your teacher or the department chair in the first four weeks.
Q: I signed up for a math class, but it feels too hard. What should I do?
A: First, always talk to your teacher. At Belleville East, we offer teacherled tutoring during lunch hours and after school. Students can also access online tutoring 24/7 in all subjects by accessing their PAPER account through Clever on their Chromebooks. Your teacher may also recommend a level change in the first four weeks.
Q: I’m really nervous about high school. Should I change classes to try to be in a class with my friend?
A: No. You will meet many other students at East, and hopefully, you will make new friends. Reach out to your teacher or the counseling department if you have any questions or need resources to feel comfortable.