This one-year course in algebra continues and expands upon the concepts and procedures learned in Algebra I. It has the primary goal to develop competence in using variables and functions to model numerical patterns and quantitative relations. Emphasis is on the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrix arithmetic, and sequences and series. Connections to other areas of mathematics and applications to other disciplines are integrated into the course. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.
Grades of C or better in Algebra I and Geometry
Each student will take an Arithmetic and Algebra Test of a diagnostic nature to determine:
1. Algebra skill strengths
2. Algebra skill deficiencies
3. Arithmetic skill strengths
4. Arithmetic skill deficiencies
Each student will take a post-test of a diagnostic nature to determine:
1. Individual growth in algebra skills.
2. Accomplishment of individual growth within career objectives.
3. Strengths and weaknesses of the teaching-learning system.
V. POSSIBLE CAREERS
The following is a list of some careers which use Algebra II concepts:
Accountant Air Traffic Controller Auditor Cartographer
Care of the Workbook - These workbooks are provided by the IDPLD (Instructional Design and Professional Learning Division) of the Clark County School District. There will not be extras if the workbook is lost. It is important that you keep track of your workbook..
VIII. LESSON TOPICS WITH COURSE TOPICS AND APPROXIMATE TIME SCHEDULE
1 Essential Concepts and Skills 7 Powers, Roots, and Radicals
2 Linear Equations and Functions 8 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
3 Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities 9 Rational Equations and Functions
4 Matrices and Determinants 10 Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections
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A. Testing - Tests will be given at the end of every chapter. A mid-chapter test may also be given for long chapters. If a student misses a test due to absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up the test after school within three school days of the absence or by the test deadline.
B. Quizzes - Quizzes will be given periodically and may or may not be announced. All students will take quizzes the day of the quiz, and if absent the day of this quiz, the student will take the quiz after school when he/she returns to class or by the quiz deadline.
C. Assignments and Homework - Assignments will be given daily. Students will generally have class time to begin work on these assignments, so they are expected to be productive during class. Students are expected to complete assignments as homework. Late work will not be accepted unless authorized by the teacher. Homework will generally be graded based upon effort and completion, but may be graded for accuracy. Work must be shown for assignments. I have an NWNC policy, which means No Work, No Credit.
D. Notebook - Each student is required to keep a notebook. Students should have a 3-ring notebook with four dividers with the following headings: warmups, class notes, homework, test and quizzes. Notebooks may be spot checked randomly throughout the year and will be graded every semester.
E. Student planner/handbook - Each student is required to keep a planner/handbook with each day’s assignment and homework in it. These planners need to be brought to class each day.
F. Absent work - Each student is responsible for getting his/her make-up work when absent. When a student is absent, he or she must get the assignment and turn it in for credit within 3 school days. This is the Clark County School District’s absent work policy.
X. ACROSS THE CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES
Writing - Students will put into practice writing techniques which they have developed in their English classes. The teacher will include writing assignments and essay questions on exams, which will be part of the exam grade.
Calculator - A graphing calculator will be made available for in class use.
Computer Usage - Students will be encouraged to utilize the computer as a problem-solving tool.
1. Grades are updated on the internet weekly. They will be updated and posted in the classroom approximately every two weeks, after a test.
2. Progress reports will be issued at mid-term. These progress reports will serve as notice of unsatisfactory progress for those students earning a grade of D of F. (See student handbook for dates.)
3. Report cards will be issued at the end of each term. (See student handbook for dates.)
XII. INDIVIDUAL/CLASS EXPECTATIONS
Arrive to class prepared and on time. If a student is not in the classroom prepared to begin, when the bell rings, he or she is tardy. Students must make every effort to arrive to class on time, so that they do not miss the daily warm ups, which serve as an excellent review.
Treat everyone with respect. To maintain an orderly, learning atmosphere it is imperative that students behave in a mature and dignified manner. There will be no inappropriate language, name calling, or taunting allowed.
Participate during class. Students must take math notes, ask questions, and answer questions. This assists in learning the material.
Use appropriate language.
No food, drinks, or gum in the classroom. This is a school rule, as well as a classroom rule.
Good citizenship is expected of all students. A good citizen assumes responsibility for personal success, but also contributes positively toward the success of the group.
Citizenship grades can be outlined as follows:
O (Outstanding) The student’s attitudes and actions have a noticeable positive effect upon the class.
S (Satisfactory) The student’s attitudes and actions display an acceptance of personal responsibility. The student does not have a negative effect upon the class.
N (Needs Improvement) The student’s attitude and actions need to improve for the student to be a successful member of the class.
U (Unsatisfactory) The student’s attitudes and actions have an observable, negative effect upon the class. The student does not strive toward personal success in class.
Students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves and others at all times. Class participation and preparedness is expected at all times. Good manners will be practiced in the classroom. Any item restricted on this campus (see student handbook) will be confiscated and taken to the Dean’s office. Cell Phones and electronic devices are not allowed to be out during class.No food or drink is allowed in class at any time. Gum chewing is not allowed. No back packs and purses are allowed on desks. No sleeping in class. Talking when not appropriate or other distracting behavior is not allowed. Remain in seat until bell rings. Make use of the five minutes given between classes to take care of personal needs.
Consequences for inappropriate behavior are as follows, using progressive discipline measures:
2. Parent Contact (progressive discipline form)
3. Counselor Referral
4. Dean Referral
After school detention may be assigned at any step after the 1st incident
The Palo Verde tardy policy is defined in the student handbook and will be followed in this classroom, including the use of the Palo Verde tardy form. When the bell rings, students will be inside the classroom or will be marked tardy. The Palo Verde tardy form outlines a variety of consequences including warning, parent notification, loss of participation points, counselor referral, dean referral, and required parent conference.
If a student needs extra help, I will be available in my classroom, Room 800, before and after school. Students are encouraged to inform me if they know they are coming in for help, so I can let them know of any scheduling conflicts. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the course expectations, sign, date, and return this sheet to Mrs. Campbell by Wednesday September 2, 2015.
I have read the expectations for Mrs. Campbell’s Algebra II course for the 2015-2016 school year and will strive to do my part to successfully complete this course. I understand that I must provide a three-ring binder, notebook paper, student planner, textbook, and a writing utensil each day in class.
PARENT/GUARDIAN CONTACT INFORMATION (Please print all information.) Dear Parent or Guardian:
In order to get the year going in the right direction, I am asking that you take the time to fill-out the information below. I may find it necessary to contact you about grades or behavior during the school year. The information I am requesting will be kept in strict confidence, but I will understand if you choose to leave some areas blank. This information will help me to open up the lines of communication with my strongest ally in the classroom, you. Please know that I welcome and encourage constructive comments and feedback. You may reach me at school through email email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation.
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