MORRISTOWN, NJ—At the conclusion of the six contests that comprise the NJ Mathematics League’s annual state competition, Morristown High School emerged as the top scoring school in Morris County, placing 10th overall in the State. Students from public and private schools across NJ were administered a series of thirty-minute exams covering a range of topics. Several MHS students earned a perfect score on the individual tests.
The MHS Math Team is an extracurricular club open to all students who enjoy mathematics and want to challenge their logical thinking and reasoning skills through advanced topics. The team meets weekly with club advisors Marina Bragina and Christiana Kemp, math teachers at the high school, to solve difficult math problems together and to share and develop new strategies. Students participate in state and national competitions throughout the year.
Mrs. Marina Bragina commended the exceptional work ethic and dedication of the members of the Math Team.
“With each step we take, we grow stronger, more skilled, more self-confident and more successful,” she said.
In December, the Morristown High School Math Team placed second among high schools in its size category (greater than 1250 students) at the 42nd Annual Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ) High School Mathematics Contest. Only Millburn High School scored higher in this division. Ingrid Suazo and Duncan Wild, both seniors at MHS, received the top scores among individual students in NJ; Suazo won second place and Wild won third place.
The Morris School District situates mathematics within its comprehensive integrated PK-12 STEM curriculum. Students in the district study math as well as its sister STEM disciplines-- science, technology, and engineering--from the earliest grades onward. The curriculum is complemented by a wide array of co- and extracurricular opportunities in STEM, particularly at the middle and high school levels.
The Morris School District also boasts a STEM Academy at Morristown High School. This highly selective program offers a unique interdisciplinary experience for students in grades 9-12 who wish to pursue a rigorous sequence of STEM courses, as well as professional partnerships, field experiences, mentorships, capstone projects, community service, and other STEM enrichment activities.
Morris School District Math Curriculum Supervisor David Thompson noted the recent growth in student achievement in math.
Says Thompson, “The pathways to our highest-level mathematics courses begin in our foundational elementary classes. The success of our K-5 program is reflected in the marked improvement in standards-based test scores across all groups of students over the last three years. In middle school, students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as they gain exposure to a variety of challenging opportunities to prepare for high school math. It comes as no surprise, then, that we’ve seen an increase in the
number of Morristown High students opting for the most advanced math courses such as AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Linear Algebra.”
“Certainly, the accomplishments of the Morristown High School Math Team this year testify to the strength of the district’s math sequence--as well as to the hard work and passion of our math superstars," Thompson added.