Mathematics & Computer Studies at St. Michael

​​Mathematics & Computer Science

​Mr. R. Stehlik - Department Head
​Mr. K Denstedt
Mr. T. Hopkinson
Mr. B. Kocher
Mr. M. Ort
Mr. M. Schefter - computer science
Mrs. M. Tuer

​​​​Welcome to the Math & Computer Studies​ department...

Our Math Department is made up of two disciplines - Mathematics and Computer Science. As a group of teachers, our greatest asset is our experience.  Our least experienced member began teaching in 1998. We have all worked together closely to develop a challenging, thorough and fair program. Our primary goal is to create a platform that allows our students to succeed and be fully prepared for the next step (next grade, world of work, apprenticeship, college or university). Along that path, we challenge and help our students to develop academic, personal, and social skills through a Christ-centered learning environment.

Entering and throughout the Grade 9 year, many questions arise around the dilemma of taking Academic or Applied courses, the EQAO test, and our exam schedule here at St. Michael CSS. While the decision of which course to take is highly dependent on the individual, the understanding of concepts related to integers, fractions, percent, number sense and algebra is usually the determining factor that result in greatest success in grade 9. The EQAO is a two-day provincial standardized test that is written near the end of the semester that a student takes grade 9 math. The Academic test is different than the Applied test. We also have the grade 9's write a summative ISP during the exam time slot at the very end of the term. Here at St. Mike's, we write our grade 9 Exam a month before the end of the semester (exam doesn't include measurement) to spread out the exam, EQAO and ISP - each worth 10% of the final grade.

Once grade 9 is successfully completed, decisions are made based on the standards reached every step of the way. We have computer science (programming) courses, all levels of grade 11 and 12 math courses and Calculus AP to select from. We offer Locally developed, Workplace Math, Applied, Academic, Mixed, College Apprenticeship, College Tech, and University bound courses. All of our teachers are fully vested in the student success and spend many extra hours working with students in terms of understanding the material covered. We use various forms of technology and resources to accomplish that.

Above and beyond the regular classes, we also offer Computer Science and Mathematics Contests to further challenge the top students from grades 7 to 12. The St. Mike's Math department hosts the Grade 7 & 8 Gauss Math Contest Day for our feeder schools. We also encourage and facilitate the grade 9-12 contests (Canadian Computing, Pascal, Cayley, Fermat, and Euclid from the University of Waterloo).

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are passionate about math and helping students reach their potential in every way possible!!​

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​Courses in Mathematics​

​​The mathematics department offers courses in compulsory math courses, as well as elective choices like Mathematics for College Technology, Data Management, and Calculus and Vectors.  Students have the option of taking an Advanced Placement course in Calculus and Vectors, which prepares them to write a standarized exam.  Successful completion of this exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5 (depending on the university) may be recognized by universities as a first year university math credit.  We also offer computer studies courses in grades 10, 11, and 12.  To learn more about the courses offered and the advanced placement opportunity, check out our course calendar​.

Mathematics Curriculum​​

The curriculum in grades 9 - 10 and grades 11 - 12 is founded on the premise that students learn mathematics most effectively when they build a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures. Such understanding is achieved when mathematical concepts and procedures are introduced through an investigative 
approach and connected to students’ prior knowledge in meaningful ways. This curriculum is designed to help students prepare for university, college, or the workplace by building a solid conceptual foundation in mathematics that will enable them to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways and further their learning successfully.

Gra​de 9 & 10
Grade 11 & 12

Computer Studies Curriculum

Computer studies is about how computers compute. It is not about learning how to use
the computer, and it is much more than computer programming. Computer studies is
the study of ways of representing objects and processes. It involves defining problems;
analysing​ problems; designing solutions; ​and developing, testing, and maintaining
programs. For the purposes of this document, the term computer studies refers to the
study of computer science, meaning computer and algorithmic processes, including
their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their
impact on society. The major focus of these courses is the development of programming
skills, which are important for success in future postsecondary studies.