Qualified students in Grades 5-8 participate in an advanced Math curriculum of the Archdiocese with the goal of successfully completing Algebra I at the end of Grade 8.
Students participate in the Pennsylvania Math League Contest in Grades 6-8 and the IHM Math League Contest in Grades 7-8. Special emphasis is put on applying Math skills to real world problems, thinking “outside the box” and projects that are Math related. Students in Grade 8 are taught the use of the graphing calculator and all grades use the computer for review/tests.
Upon completion of the curriculum students go to high school a year in advance and thus are usually able to do college level Math in Junior or Senior years.
Honors Math – Mrs. Tina Hodlofski
Mrs. Hodlofski has 23 years experience in Catholic Education, and has taught at the primary, intermediate, and junior high levels.
She is a graduate of Cabrini College when she obtained a BS in Education with a concentration in math. She began her teaching career at Nativity BVM in Media, PA where she ironically focused on language arts and writing, and her post graduate education focused on children’s literature.
When Mrs. Hodlofski stepped away from teaching to raise her children, her course work refocused on elementary and middle school mathematics. Her studies included mathematics coaching and leadership. While spending time at home with her children, Mrs. Hodlofski began privately tutoring students in math and standardized testing; including high school placement exams.
When she re-entered the classroom in 2004, Mrs. Hodlofski went back to Nativity BVM and started the Honors Math Program. She remained at Nativity until its doors closed due to the Archdiocese restructuring program.
When her role at Nativity ended, she jumped at the opportunity to return to St. Agnes where she is a proud alumnus and now educator.
Mrs. Hodlofski maturated a Summer Enrichment Program for ELA and math twenty-one years ago and it is still going strong today. She is the current honors math teacher at St. Agnes, and one of the Math Curriculum Coordinators for our school. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mrs. Hodlofski lives in West Chester with her husband and three children. Her daughter, Ashley, is a senior at Bishop Shanahan High School. Her son, Jake, is a sophomore at Malvern Prep, and her youngest, Luke is a third grader at Saints Peter and Paul.