Helston joins math department

Joshua Helston, the Former Assistant Professor and Chair of the Math department of Mount Saint Mary’s University, joined the upper school math department this year. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, Helston earned an master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA. 

Thill to teach at the Episcopal School of LA

Math teacher Bill Thill will depart at the end of this year and work as the math department head at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles. At his new school, Thill will be leading his colleagues in restructuring their existing program. “[My new position] is a great opportunity to utilize the things I’ve learned in […]

Derric Chien: Math

Former Calculus tutor for undergraduate and graduate students, Derric Chien will join the math department this year. He will be teaching Precalculus: Trigonometry and Function, Data Structures and Design and AP Computer Science A. Chien graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School and earned his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in mathematics from the University of […]

Math teacher to retire

Completing her 34 year tenure with the school, math teacher Beverly Feulner will retire at the end of the school year to return to her roots in Pennsylvania with her husband, science teacher John Feulner. “I’ve done my duty, I think,” Feulner said. “My husband and I are both from Pennsylvania, and we’re moving back […]

Adam Varney: Math

Adam Varney: Math

Adam Varney has joined the upper school as a math teacher and will teach Algebra II with Analysis, Precalculus: Trigonometry and Functions and Introduction to Calculus Honors. Varney attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for five years and earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in his time there. He was also a teacher […]

Math competition draws low turnout

Students took the American Math Competition exam Feb. 2 during first and second period in the Chalmers lounge. This year, 53 students in total took the AMC 10 and 12. Last year, 98 students took the test. “This is a bit lower than in previous years but there is some natural variation, so I’m not […]

Students compete in math exam contest

Upper school students were encouraged to participate in the annual American High School Math Competition that took place Feb. 2. Last year, 98 students took part in the competition to see where they stood nationally among high school math students. Two tests were administered, including the AMC 10 for 10th graders only and the AMC 12 […]

MathCounts is 15th in state math contest

The Harvard-Westlake Middle School MathCounts team earned 15th place in the March 14 state MathCounts math competition at University of California, Irvine after earning third place in the chapter division competition in Torrance on Feb. 28. The competition allows middle school students to compete against students from other schools on a local, state and national […]

Mathematics class changes course name

The Topics in Calculus and Statistics math class has changed its name to Calculus and Statistics. The new name was deemed simpler and more streamlined. Upper School Mathematics Department Head Paula Evans shortened the name after meeting with mathematics department heads from other schools. She noticed that math class names in other schools were shorter […]

Students to display research, new technology at STEMfest event

A special assembly schedule for STEMfest May 21 will allow upper school students and faculty time to view a variety of research by students, such as an Unmanned Aviation Vehicle (a drone), a Quadcopter (a helicopter powered by four rotors), hovercraft, video games, a mood-meter and multiple iPhone and Android apps. At STEMfest, students will […]