Encore is committed to first rate academics.  In order to make sure that students of Encore can remain competitive with the rest of the world, building a strong mathematics team is critical to student success.  Encore’s high school mathematics courses are A-G approved for consideration for admission to college.

Mathematics is a subject that students tend to struggle with.  As a result, Encore puts in several opportunities for students to refresh and review fundamental math.  It is the philosophy of Encore that through constant review of fundamentals, the advanced math courses will be easier to complete.

In Riverside and in the Professional Artist Program, the mathematics curriculum aligns with the new California standards.  Through using OnCore mathematics for junior high and MVP mathematics for high school, Encore works to help students gain an understanding of the mechanics in mathematics.  Junior High is Math 7 and Math 8.  In high school, Integrated Mathematics I, II, III, and PreCalculus are taught.

In Hesperia, the mathematics for high school aligns with the old California standards.  The new California standards are rolled out in junior high and will gain each grade level as the current junior high classes grow through the six year plan.  High School students that are already on the old California standards path are covering PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre Calculus, and Statistics.

Mathematics courses are A-G approved through the UC approval process.

8th Grade Math

This is an intermediate algebra course in which students will learn to reason symbolically. The key content involves writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations, including systems of two linear equations in two unknowns. Quadratic equations are solved by factoring, completing the square, graphically, or by application of the quadratic formula. The course also includes study of monomial and polynomial expressions, inequalities, exponents, functions, rational expressions, ratio, and proportion. Algebraic skills are applied in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.

Course description:

Materials Required for Class:

Please make sure your child comes prepared with all required materials. Students are required to have in their possession on a daily basis:

  • OnCore Mathematics Workbook
  • 3 ring binder that is shared with all Core Subjects
  • One spiral notebook (for Math notes ONLY)
  • One spiral notebook for Interactive Notebook (for Math ONLY)
  • Notebook filler paper for homework (WE DO NOT allow work turned in from a spiral notebook)
  • Sharpened pencils or mechanical pencils
  • Glue or Glue sticks



Interactive Spiral Notebook: All notes and work from activities will be written or glued in their spiral notebook. When a notebook is full, students can start a new notebook. However, students should keep their full notebook at home for future reference throughout the school year. There will be given time in class to glue worksheets or other handouts to their notebook. I will do a periodic check to keep track of students’ organization, so it is important to stay organized.

Course Description: Integrated Math II stresses the ability to reason logically and to think critically. Topics covered in this course include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs and equations. How to present a formal proof as well as work with geometric properties of both two and three dimensions as they apply to points, lines, planes, circles and polygons. Course will also focus on Transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Through investigative and explorative activities, students will build on concepts learned in Algebra 1 and will learn and develop concepts in Geometry.
Grading Policy: A student’s grade will be calculated in the following manner:

50%     Homework, Class work, participation, projects, etc.

40%     Test and Quizzes

10%     Final Exam

When a student is absent the day of a quiz or test, they will take the test or quiz the next day in class, in study hall or after school in tutoring.

The daily teacher-run study hall, block scheduling, and weekly tutoring ensures that every student can succeed. There should be NO reason that you as a student cannot get your class work and homework finished in the time allotted. If you are having trouble, you need to speak up and request help from the teacher of the subject in which you are having problems. Class time for homework and the time allotted in study hall should be used for exactly that, studying.

Textbook/Literature: Prentice Hall; California Geometry

Materials Needed: Notebook for note-taking, paper, pencil, highlighter, calculator (scientific), and 1 inch three ring binder for organizing handouts given in class. 

Late work: refers to assignments that students were present to receive, and did not complete on the due date.

  • High School: Recovery Tuesday

Students may turn in late work, not turned in during that week (Tues – Mon), thru the end of tutoring on Tues @ 4pm. This work will be accepted for up to half credit. At the end of each Tuesday tutoring session, any missing work for the previous week will receive a zero.

If they attend tutoring in this subject, they will only be deducted 25% of their overall score. (75% credit)

  • If a student is absent on the due date, the assignment is due the next day the student is present for class.

Absent Work: refers to new assignments given during an excused absent. Students are accountable for locating absent work and turning in the assignments within 1 week. If the work is not turned in after 1 week, it becomes late work (see Recovery Tuesday above).

Absent work can be collected during study hall or teacher office hours.

Extra Credit Policy: Extra credit should not and will not be given to make up a failing grade; that is not the purpose of extra credit. Extra credit is given as an incentive to do a little extra work to make up for assignments that a student may have not done well on or for lower exam grades. We are a standards based curriculum; if the student does not understand the basic concepts then he/she should not be given extra credit in order to get passed onto the next grade for extra credit and not the basic concepts of each subject. To do so would be to do a disservice to the student’s education. Every quarter, each teacher will allow for one extra credit project worth 5%. (One extra credit project / quarter means a full letter grade increase by semester.)

Cheating or Plagiarism: Cheating is a serious offense, with far-reaching ramifications in both Jr./Sr. high school and college. Cheating can include the following: copying another student’s work, test/quiz, and/or talking during a test/quiz, using or attempting to use an electronic device of any kind, in the academic classroom, or using material that is not your own without proper citation. Should you be caught cheating, you will receive a zero for that assignment or exam. The Dean of Students will be notified and brought in to administer discipline, and the parent/guardian will be notified. If this is a reoccurring issue, you may be dismissed from Encore High School.


Ms. Xia Smith –
Smith possesses degrees in Mathematics and Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.  Outside of the classroom, Xia worked with students in HIV/AIDS prevention as well as college admission counseling.  She has taught mathematics levels from Pre-Algebra to Calculus BC.  She speaks three Chinese dialects which includes Mandarin, Cantonese and Toisan.

Ms. Bernice Swingle –
Native Southern California, Bernice Swingle, has been teaching 17 years. Her passion for teaching was sparked while working as a special education aide in Keflavic, Iceland. Returning from Iceland, she graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She later earned teaching credentials in mild/moderate and moderate/severe special education and a single subject credential in mathematics. “Through a multi-model approach, I believe all students can learn math. The hardest part of teaching math is not the math, it is convincing students they can be successful in math. Once you have taught them they can learn math…learning begins.” – Bernice Swingle

Ms. Sophia Munoz –
“Obtained my Math Single Subject teaching Credentials from UC Irvine in 2014 and that same year I started teaching at Encore Jr./Sr. High School. When I think of myself as a teacher I don’t simply see myself standing in front of a classroom full of students gazing back at me, what I see is myself leading a classroom full of brilliant minds ready to grow and learn. I think of myself as a mentor, as a motivational coach, and as someone who can lead others into success and teaching allows me to do so.”

Mrs. Miranda Redona –
Mrs. Miranda Redona is a 7th grade math and science teacher at Encore.  She has been a teacher for six years and has spent four of those years at Encore. She has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and holds a clear Multiple Subject teaching credential.  Mrs. Redona strives to help all students in their quest for success by increasing their love of math and science by making the subjects interactive and relatable to their lives.  “I truly believe that infusing the arts with academics is a productive way in which we can help all students become successful members of society while encouraging them to follow their dreams.  I enjoy teaching at Encore because we have the opportunity to do such a thing on a daily basis and we can continually see our students thrive in pursuit of those dreams.” –Mrs. Redona