Welcome to the Math Department!

Welcome to the PHS Math Department. We are excited to have you join us so we can discover the world of mathematics and beyond together. Almost all of our classes can be found on the 2nd floor where you will find our classroom doors are always open and a very welcoming environment exists.  You will spend a fair amount of time with us over the next several years and we will do everything we can to help you succeed and grow as a student and learner in general as well as sharpening your math and critical thinking skills along the way.

Extra Opportunities in Math

Things are always happening in the math department and especially in the math hallway on the 2nd floor. You will be able to find math help from your teacher by simply asking and coordinating a time to work with them. Most times extra help only takes 10 or 15 minutes to clear up a few questions so you can proceed forward in your learning. However you will also find a Math Help Centre that is available on a drop in basis every day. A schedule will be posted and visible every semester so you know exactly where to go during your nutrition break to find the help you need. This will open your world to new teachers and new students who are equally committed to their own success and learning.

You will also find, mostly through your teacher, the availability to various math contests that are available for you to join. We will make links to these contests available to you and if you have any questions you can ask Mr. Haddaway in Room 236, your own math teacher, or just about any teacher in the Math hallway to find out more about these contests. 

  • Math Contests @ PHS

As part of the enhanced program students will be writing the Pascal, Cayley or Fermat math contests.  Preparation for the contests will be done in class but students are also encouraged to challenge themselves outside of the classroom.  Resources can be found on the University of Waterloo CEMC website.  Students may also choose to write any of the other available contests.  Students in regular math programs are also welcome to challenge their problem solving skills by writing these contests.

Contest Contest Dates:
Canadian Intermediate/Senior Mathematics Contest November
Canadian Computing Competition February
Pascal, Cayley, Fermat (expectation of Enhanced program) February
Euclid (gr. 12 contest) April
Fryer, Galois, Hypatia (gr. 9, 10, 11) April
Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (if there is enough interest) April

Student FAQs

Q: How do I know what math courses to take?

A:You will work with your math teacher and your guidance counselor to come up with a plan for success. There are plenty of resources to help you decide your path through high school math. 

Q: Is math hard?

A: We will work hard with you so you can be proud of your learning. We also know that if you simply follow the advice of your teacher on how to approach each course then we are very confident that you will not only be successful but you will be proud of learning.

Q: How many math courses do I need to graduate?

A: The easy answer is that you  need 3 math credits. A large number of students take 4 and even up to 6 math credits as it opens so many doors as you move into further learning opportunities after high school.

Parent FAQs

Q: What do you teach in math?

A: This is a two part answer. If you want content specific answers then you should check out these resources.

Gr 9 & 10 curriculum document and

Gr 11 & 12 curriculum document

But our job is more than curriculum. Math provides an opportunity for students to further develop their critical thinking and questioning skills. The content is important but for many it isn’t the most important feature of being a student in math. Developing logical thinking and exploring new ideas are not only enhanced in a math class but allow students to become better learners in all parts of their education.

Q: How many math courses does my child need to graduate?

A: Your child needs at least 3 credits to fulfill the expectations to graduate. A large majority take up to 6 credits simply because so many post secondary programs require math as a prerequisite. Your child’s math teachers and guidance counselors can help you with those choices as your child moves forward in high school.

Q: My child needs extra help but can’t stay late after school. What are the options?

A: The good news is that your child’s teacher will often be available at Nutrition Break for extra help and it usually only takes a few minutes. However we have a drop in Math Help Centre that is open every Nutrition Break. A student can drop in and stay for as long as they want with no obligation to stay for any period of time. This allows students to get help as soon as it becomes necessary even if the teacher isn’t available.

Department Staff

Mr. Haddaway  geoffrey_haddaway@wrdsb.ca  Department Head

Mr. Brenneman  jesse_brenneman@wrdsb.ca

Ms. Fortney  suzette_fortney@wrdsb.ca

Mr. Houwer adrian_houwer@wrdsb.ca

Mrs. Kingston laura_kingston@wrdsb.ca

Mr. Rexhepi  zekerijah_rexhepi@wrdsb.ca

Ms. Richmire  talia_richmire@wrdsb.ca

Ms. Weir  kniki_weir@wrdsb.ca

Courses and curriculum documents

MPM1DI, MPM2DI  Principles of Mathematics

MFM1PI, MFM2PI   Foundations of Mathematics

MCR3UI Functions, MCF3MI Functions & Applications, MBF3CI Foundations for College Mathematics

MEL3EI, MEL4EI  Mathematics for Work & Everyday Life

MAP4CI Foundations for College Mathematics

MDM4UI Data Management, MHF4UI Advanced Functions, MCV4UI Calculus and Vectors

Please read course descriptions.

Math Textbooks

Math Help and EQAO Resources