253 South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508 - 830 - 4476
Fax: 508 - 830 - 4485
Kelly Bitinas - Coordinator
Cindy Toomey - Administrative Assistant
Message from the Mathematics Coordinator:
A new workforce of problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors who are self-reliant and able to think logically is one of the critical foundations that drive innovative capacity in a state. A key to developing these skills is strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies in every K - 12 student.
[Source: Building a Science, Technology and Math Agenda National Governors Association, February 2007]
The mission of the Plymouth Public Schools’ Mathematics Department is to provide relevant and rigorous standards-based instruction for all students to attain and enhance proficiency in all areas of mathematics including technology, critical thinking, and problem solving in preparation for future academic and career goals.
The Plymouth Schools seek to develop in their Pre-K to 12 students the following mathematical practices:
- Model relationships between quantities verbally, pictorially, graphically, and symbolically.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them using a variety of strategies and a four-step problem solving process.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others in oral and written form.
- Use appropriate tools strategically including paper and pencil, concrete models, mental math, rules, protractors, calculators, spreadsheets, as well as other math software applications.
- Attend to precision including the use of clear vocabulary, specifying units of measure, drawing graphs and labeling axes, and accurately calculating numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context.
- Look for patterns and make use mathematical structure.
- While working on problems, maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details, and continually evaluate the reasonableness of results and solutions.
[Based on the March 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics, Standards for Mathematical Practices]
Mathematics education begins at birth and continues through formal education. Whenever possible, play games with your children, and look for opportunities to involve your children in real world experiences involving math.
I encourage you to partner with our schools and teachers to help develop your child's mathematical thinking, problem solving, and skills.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have concerning the Plymouth Mathematics Program.
Thank you for your support!
Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator
Plymouth Public Schools