Mathematics Department

The Mathematics program at Pius XI provides a high level of rigor through best practices. In this department, students learn the analytical and quantitative skills necessary for them to succeed in a 21st century economy.

Most students will begin in one of three classes: Accelerated Algebra, Algebra or Pre-Algebra. Incoming students can be placed into Accelerated Geometry upon successful completion of the Pius XI Algebra Skills Test.

“Preparation for the ACT is integrated throughout the math curriculum to provide students the greatest opportunity to perform at a high level on this test.”
Catherine Drasch, Mathematics Faculty

Most colleges and universities require three or four years of college preparatory mathematics.  Students are strongly encouraged to go beyond the minimum graduation requirement of three years.

The Math Program Enables Students to Develop the Ability to:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Recognize regularity in repeated reasoning.

Program Highlights:

  • Median test scores for Pius XI students on the AP Calculus exam were 4 out of a possible 5.
    • 74% of the students taking the Advanced Placement exam received a score of 3 or higher.
  • The math department was awarded a Phi Delta Kappa – Innovation and Impact Grant to integrate the use of MATLAB (a programming language for numerical computing) into junior level courses.
    • Pius XI was one of only three schools chosen nationally for this grant.
  • Technology is incorporated into all Geometry courses through the use of Geometer’s Sketchpad.
  • The Pius XI Math Club – the Mathletes – participate in a variety of competitions including Trig Star and Wisconsin Math League contests.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to participate in the 8th Grade Math Scholarship Competition.

Students are reminded that for those classes requiring a calculator, they need to purchase a TI-84+ (preferred) or a TI-84 Silver Edition Graphing Calculator.

For a complete list of courses, access the Pius XI curriculum guide »

Mathematics Faculty

<strong>Mary Eldredge</strong>
Mary EldredgeDepartment Chairperson
M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch, B.S., Mount Mary College
<strong>Cheryl Brenner</strong>
Cheryl BrennerMathematics Faculty
M.Ed., State University of New York in Buffalo, B.S., Marquette University
National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)
<strong>Catherine Drasch</strong>
Catherine DraschMathematics Faculty
M.A., Silver Lake College, B.S., Mount Mary College

<strong>Richard Fischer</strong>
Richard FischerMathematics Faculty
M.S. UW-Milwaukee, B.S. Marquette University
<strong>Sara Glodoski</strong>
Sara GlodoskiMathematics Faculty
M.S., UW-Milwaukee, B.S. Milwaukee School of Engineering
<strong>Courtney Kohn</strong>
Courtney KohnMathematics Faculty
B.A., Concordia University

<strong>John Stodola</strong>
John StodolaMathematics Faculty
M.Ed., Marquette University, B.S., Northern Michigan University
<strong>Aubrey Warner</strong>
Aubrey WarnerMathematics Faculty
B.S., B.A., Cardinal Stritch University