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Mathematics

Program Goal

The study of mathematics provides the student with a foundation of logic, reasoning and calculation skills and an experience in current technology which will enable the student to succeed in his/her chosen career, whether or not it is a mathematical field. Furthermore, mathematics provides challenges and methods of operating which serve to increase one’s problem solving capabilities and critical thinking skills. Students will understand basic computations, develop accuracy in mathematical computations, attack problems logically, and acquire sufficient knowledge of mathematical skills to fulfill needs of future work. Through the study of mathematics, the students will foster virtues of wisdom, knowledge and honesty that will go with them to any of the myriad of vocational opportunities to which God calls them.

Alumni Reflections

  • “As the only male moving on to Catholic Central from an 8th grade of twelve students, I wasn’t sure where I belonged and Math was far from my favorite subject.  By the end of my four years at CC, Math had become my favorite and best subject.  I had earned college credits from passing challenging AP Math courses, which also saved both time and money later when I earned my degree in Mathematics.  Now as a peer math teacher, I give all my gratitude back to the CC Math department for leading me down this successful path!”  –Ted Lang, Class of 2003, Aquinas College
  • “The teachers in Catholic Central’s math department were so amazing and patient with all they did for me. They helped me almost every day before and after school.  One year, a teacher even came in after hours to help my Algebra II/Trig class review for our exam that we were so worried about. The teachers did so much for me and I will forever be grateful.  Because of their rigorous curriculum, the math I am currently taking in college is not as difficult as I thought it would be.”   –Ashley Leatherman, Class of 2012, Grand Valley State University

Course Offerings

Algebra I Essentials           Algebra II                                                       Analysis

Algebra I                                 Algebra II/Trigonometry                       Calculus

Informal Geometry            Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry       AP Calculus

Geometry                               Pre-Calculus                                                   Statistics

Honors Geometry               Honors Pre-Calculus                                  AP Statistics

Faculty

Morgan Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Math Department

*Department Head                                morgangreen@grcatholiccentral.org

B.S.          Indiana Weselyan University

Major:  Mathematics Education

 

Sr. Robert Ann Erno, OP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Math Department

                                                         Sr.RobertAnnErno@grcatholiccentral.org

                B.S.         Aquinas College

                                    Major:  Math  –  Minor:  Biology

                M.A.       Boston College

                                   Major:  Math

Ryan Gorski  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Math Department

                                                                   ryangorski@grcatholiccentral.org

                *CC Math Competition (9th/10th grades)*

                B.S.         Grand Valley State University

                                   Major:  Math

                                   Minor:  History

Robert Koch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Math Department

                                                                  robertkoch@grcatholiccentral.org

                CC Math Comp. (9th/10th grades), COREX*

                B.S.         University of Cincinnati

                                    Major:  Chemical Engineering

                M.B.A.   Columbia University

                               Graduate School of  Business

                                   Major:  Finance & Accounting

                Credential:  CSU—Northridge Secondary Mathematics

Kelli Roberts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Math Department

                                                                   kelliroberts@grcatholiccentral.org

                *COREX, Auxiliary Support Services*

                B.S.         Michigan State University

                                    Major:  Mathematics

                                    Minor:  Chemistry

                 M.A.       Michigan State University

                                    Major:  Education

Colette Wermuth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Math Department

                                                                       colettewermuth@grcatholiccentral.org

                B.S.         Grand Valley State University

                                   Major:  Math

                                   Minor  Computer Science

Honors and Awards

AP Scores (Percentage receiving score of 3 or higher out of 5)                     ACT Scores

      2010          91%                                                                                                                2010         23.1

     2011            92%                                                                                                                2011         23.5

     2012            85%                                                                                                               2012         23.8

     2013            92%                                                                                                               2013         23.9

ACT scores average 4 points higher than the state average in Mathematics.

Department Opportunities

Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Competition (9th and 10th grade students)

University of Michigan Math Field Day Competition (10th-12th grade students)

Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition (12th grades students)