About Benjamin Kirk

I am a New York State Master Teacher in Mathematics at Ithaca High School. I have been teaching at Ithaca High School since 2007.

Student Conference/Field Day

Short note: If you are here during 2nd period and wish to review and vote on choices for next year’s school musical and play, click here.

On Monday, June 17th we will be having our first annual Student Conference Day to complement the field day that we have traditionally had on the last day of classes. This is an opportunity for you to create your own schedule of interesting activities through the first part of the day, followed by the end-of-year celebration/relaxation of field day.

Your specific expectations depend on what class you’re in, so check the sections below. The general schedule is as follows:

  • 8:55- 9:20 (Period 1): Review of Day, ICSD Goals and Priorities Survey
  • 9:25-10:25 Session A
  • 10:30-11:30 Session B OR 9th Grade Lunch
  • 11:35-12:35 Session C or 10th Grade Lunch
  • 12:40-1:40 Session D or 11th and 12th Grade Lunch
  • 1:45 – Return to Period 1 – Leave belongings and await directions for Field Day

For AP Statistics Students

You should review the session offerings at the online Google site here or on the summary listing here and sign up for sessions on the Google site. If you want to go to a session instead of going to lunch, that is okay. Make sure you email yourself what sessions you are going to so you don’t forget, and note that the off-campus sessions (Mr. Heurich’s hike, Ms. Snowman’s nature walk, and Mr. Breigle’s Incodema visit) require an additional permission form.

For my 1st period Statistics students, since I will not be in first period to check in with you on Monday, you have been instructed to go to York Auditorium for your start-of-day instructions. You can plan to come to G102 in the Session D/Field Day transition, however. I’ll be back in the room by then.

For my 6th period Statistics seniors, if you do not have a first period class, you should go to H-courtyard.

For Intermediate Algebra Students

Unless you are designated as having extended time on exams, you will be done with your test by noon and so you should sign up for a workshop during Session D. I’d also recommend you look at Session C options in case you finish the exam early.

You will report directly to the gym by 8:45 so that we start our exam by 9. The concessions stand will be open to drop off your phone, backpack, etc., or you can leave these items in your locker. You will spend a minimum of 1.5 hours in the gym. Once you have been released, go to the cafeteria and get lunch. After you eat lunch, head to Session C or Session D.

After Session D, head to your 1st period class to drop off your bags for Field Day. If you do not have a 1st period class, head to H-courtyard.




End of Year Information/Final Post!


There is a lot of information to cover in this post, so please read on!

Thank you for your time and attention this year. I hope you’ve had a good year, and I hope that you’ve found your time in my class to be valuable. We’ve had a long year, though at the same time it really seemed to fly by!

As you know Monday will be the first annual Student Conference/Field Day. There is a lot to know about this day, but what you specifically need to know depends on what else is going on for you on Monday. This information is addressed in a separate post.

For all students

Please complete the course evaluation form found here. These evaluations are crucial for me to improve the course content and structure to better serve my students, as well as to improve myself as a teacher. I read every response carefully. I am not collecting names or email addresses (unless you *want* to include your name!) so please be honest!

For AP Statistics students

  • Submit your written report and your presentation to me (and Ms. Seifert if you are in 1st period) using the filenames “LastName.LastName.LastName.Final Project Report” and “.Final Project Presentation”
  • Make sure that your data sheets are linked in the appendix of your written report and the sharing settings are properly set so that I can view them!
  • By June 21st, please complete the peer evaluation form here. Submit a response for each member of your group, including yourself! Failure to complete this evaluation will impact your final project grade!

For Intermediate Algebra students

Your final exam will be on Monday, June 17 at 9:00 in the big gym. I’ve uploaded some final thoughts and hints about the exam here. Please take some time to look it over! Report to the big gym on Monday by 8:45 so that we can start the exam promptly at 9:00!

Review Notes and Assignments

Cumulative IXL Review Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/13

Our final day of formal review! Today’s homework is a mixture of review questions from the entire review period. Spend some time with this! You might recognize some of these types of questions on the exam!

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/12

Our last day of unit-specific review is a revisit of our last unit: on exponential and linear models, regression, and compound interest problems.

Today’s Links

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/11

We have only three days of review left. Today was on probability, our second-to-last unit. Tomorrow will be exponential/linear models and compound interest. Thursday will be a mixed review assignment, and Friday will your last chance for questions and notes.

Today’s Links

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/10

We are almost done with our topical review, but today I wanted to pause and reflect on what we’ve done so far, and spend a little time building up some of those skills. On the Algebra 2 section of IXL, I have starred several modules relevant to what we have reviewed up to this point. Your homework is to pick two of these modules and get their scores up to 80 or better OR spend a minimum of 45 minutes working.

We’ll move on to the last two units from the course – Probability and Linear/Exponential Models – on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/7

Yesterday we did an activity to review the basics of right triangle trigonometry. Today we reviewed non-right triangle trigonometry. This includes the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, as well as the sine-based formula for area. Don’t forget about the ambiguous case of the Law of Sines, which arises when you’re given two sides and an adjacent angle (the dreaded SSA arrangement)!

There are not separate notes and homework assignments for this lesson, so I’m uploading both the homework and the answers. We started this work in class, and your homework is to finish it.

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/6

We did an activity in class today to review the basic principles of right triangle trigonometry. Tomorrow we will dive into non-right triangle trig

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/5

We did some review with Quadratics today. This includes identifying key features of parabolas and solving quadratic equations using factoring, square roots, or the quadratic formula.

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 6/3 + Quiz Reminder!

There will be a pairs quiz in class tomorrow. In preparation, we spent a bit of time reviewing complex/imaginary numbers in class today, then spent the rest of class doing some review on all we’ve looked at so far.

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/31, plus Quiz Warning

We played a game of survivor today to review simplifying radical expressions and evaluating logarithms. As a result, there are no formal notes to review from today. Instead, I’ve linked some of the materials from earlier in the year.

Also note: We will have a review quiz on Tuesday, June 4.

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/30

Today was a continuation of the previous day’s lesson, but exclusively dealing with rational expressions. This includes multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting them, simplifying complex fractions, and solving rational equations

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/29

Today’s theme is polynomials: multiplying, adding, subtracting, and dividing them (simplifying rational expressions).

Today’s Files

Relevant IXL Modules

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/28

Your final exam will be on Monday, June 17 at 9:00 in the big gym. There will be several exams being given on that same day in that same place, so make sure you go to the right spot.

Naturally, we will be spending the remainder of our time in class reviewing for this exam. A rough schedule can be found here, though keep in mind that this schedule may change as needs arise!

Each day we will have a homework assignment, due the next day. I’ll post answers to these assignments as we move through review, so make sure you stay current on these assignments. DO NOT USE AN ABSENCE FROM CLASS AS AN EXCUSE TO NOT DO THE REVIEW HOMEWORK. There are only 14 days left. Use them to your advantage.

Your first review assignment is Review HW 1 – Solving Equations. This includes absolute value equations, radical equations with fractional exponents, and exponential equations. Notes and examples can be found in the notes document here.

Helpful Review Videos

Relevant IXL Modules


Intermediate Algebra Final Exam Review

Your final exam will be on Monday, June 17 at 9:00, in the big gym. You should be there by 8:45 at the latest. The full final exam schedule can be found here.

Review Notes and Assignments

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/24

We had our Unit 9 test in class today. For your homework tonight, spend some time tidying up your binder. You can toss any warmups/openers you’ve been saving. You can also set aside old homework assignments, but do not throw them away! Keep them and review them for additional practice as we go through our review.

Things that you should keep in your binder include:

  • Any notes sheet
  • Review sheets
  • Tests
  • Any formula sheets or supplemental things that your math AIS teacher may have given to you.

When we get back from the weekend, we’ll have only three weeks for review. It’s go time.

AP Statistics Final Project Information

Per the Post-AP Schedule, the rest of our time in class will be spent working on final projects. All the information about requirements and expectations can be found in the Google Drive folder here.

Next Due Date: Your completed written report is due on Friday, June 14. You’ll have some time in class to put on some finishing touches, but it should be more or less done by Friday.

Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 5/23

Your test is tomorrow, Friday the 24th! Remember that there will be a calculator portion and a no-calculator portion to this test.

Your last review assignment can be found here: HW 9.21 – Test Review 3. The answers to all three review assignments can be found here: Unit 9 Test Review Answers.

Lesson Video Archive

Cumulative IXL Modules

AP Statistics ANOVA Assignment for 5/22 (due 5/28)

We finished the lesson on ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) today, and you have a short assignment to complete based on it.  Please note that you really don’t need to do most calculations by hand; you can do them on the calculator.  The assignment will count towards your marking period grade.

  • ANOVA Powerpoint – the slide show I used in class (the link to the site with the practice tables is here)
  • ANOVA Homework – Due on Tuesday, 5/28
  • F-table – for running the Scheffe Test.  Note that if you need a df that is not on the table explicitly, you should use the next highest value (e.g., there is no 35, so use 30).