Antelope Valley School District


Mathematics as a way of Thinking

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS: Mike Bellavia & Christine Miller

It is the philosophy of the Mathematics Department of Highland High School that mathematics is essential to the education of all students and that all students can and must learn mathematics. We in the department feel that it is our responsibility to challenge all students to achieve high standards and to support them in this endeavor. It is therefore our obligation to encourage students at every academic level to recognize high quality work and strive to produce it.

In addition to the acquisition of a body of mathematical knowledge, successful completion of any HHS mathematics course requires the demonstrated ability to:

  • Solve problems,
  • Think critically,
  • Communicate effectively in mathematics
  • Connect mathematics with the real world,
  • Work effectively in groups, and
  • Use technology as a tool.

Although levels will vary from course to course, successful completion of any mathematics course at HHS requires the following:

  • Regular and prompt class attendance,· Consistent and timely completion of daily homework assignments,
  • Maintenance of a notebook or binder
  • Completion of at least one long-term project connecting concepts studied in the classroom to the real world, and
  • Successful performance on performance-based assessment tasks, tests, quizzes, and exams.

“Of all pre-college curricula, the highest level of mathematics one studies in secondary school has the strongest continuing influence on bachelor’s degree completion.”

“Finishing a course beyond the level of Algebra 2 more than doubles the odds that a student who enters post-secondary education will complete a bachelor’s degree program.”

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SAT Math Practice

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Math Department Grading Policies

HHS Math Dept. Official Grading Policy

Department Members

Arispe, Paulette 514  
Basulto, Claudia 117
Bell, Nathan 130    
Bellavia, Mike 522
Bromson, Gayle 127
Cannon, Michelle 530
Contatore, Nick 528
Cramer, Elizabeth 515
Hein, DJ 525  
Hines, John 112  
Miller, Christine 524  
Shappee, Andrea 125
Walsh, Tom 526  

Mathematics Flow Chart

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Day/Time Location Subject Teacher(s)
Mon. - Fri.
Room 522 All Math Mr. Bellavia
Room 117 Algebra 1 only Mrs. Basulto
Room 530 All Math Ms. Cannon
Room 510 AP Calc; AB & BC Geo/Trig Ms. Arispe, Ms. Shappee
Room 524 All AP and upper-level Math Mrs. Miller 

incoming 9th grade student information

Parents!  Please view the informational slideshow about our Math Department for your incoming 9th grade students!

Math Department Information Presentation