Algebra 2A/B Syllabus
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Be reminded, Algebra 2 is NOT an introductory course and topics learned in Algebra 1 will not be rehashed but rather built upon. And, because all Indiana state universities and colleges require Algebra 2 for admission, this Algebra 2 course is taught at the college preparatory level and taught for proficiency on university admission tests.
1. Textbook–Algebra 2; Glencoe Mathematics
2. Notebook – Students must have a 3-ring notebook and take notes daily. Notebooks could be checked periodically.
3. Pencil/Pen – All items to be graded must be done in pencil. Ink pens may be used for students' notebooks only.
4. Scientific calculator – student owned scientific calculator. A 4-function calculator is NOT sufficient.
5. Graphing calculators – provided in class, will be used to aid in exploring Algebra; however graphers will not be used as a "crutch" for applications that students cannot perform on their own.
6. A positive attitude – "If there were one word that could be used to describe a successful person, that one word would be ATTITUDE." Bart Starr
Homework will be assigned on a daily basis and generally due the following day (at the beginning of class). Though assignments are generally not graded, I retain the right to grade homework for completeness and effort, and at times for accuracy. Homework checks/pop quizzes will be given regularly. Problems from recent previous assignments will be given to the student at the beginning of class the next day, to complete in class with use of notes/binder/homework within a reasonable amount of time. Adequate time is allowed to complete the homework check provided the student has completed his or her assignment.
I expect every problem in each homework assignment to be given an honest attempt by you. Each problem should have logical work shown even though you are convinced that your work or answers are wrong. Anything less than an honest attempt is considered incomplete. A zero will be given for a homework assignment turned in with answers only, unless specified by your teacher.
Students will assume the responsibility to find out what work and notes you missed while absent and that you complete those tasks promptly. After your return to school, you will be allowed one day per day absent to complete all missing material. If you miss a homework check, then expect to turn in the appropriate assignment in its place. If you are absent the class before a test/quiz, expect to take the test/quiz on the regularly schedule day (this means you must review on your own). If you are absent the day of a test/quiz, expect to take the test/quiz on the 1st day you return.
Finally, you will receive at most, only half-credit for any late paper.
1. Be respectful at all times (towards me, other faculty, and your classmates). I will respect you.
2. Be on time and prepared (have sharpened pencil, paper, homework, and calculator ready to go when the bell rings!)
3. Be responsible for all material discussed while you were absent on a field trip and upon return the next day, have completed all assignments due. PLAN AHEAD FOR FIELD TRIPS!!!
4. Be on task and use study/homework time to work exclusively on your math assignment. When your math assignment is completed you may then use that extra time to work on another assignment.
5. Be honest with your work on all assignments, projects, tests and quizzes whether graded or not. If you are found to have cheated, you will receive a zero for that grade, your CPG will be docked 5 points, and you will be referred for disciplinary action and a Friday night school.
6. All Manchester Jr/Sr High School rules apply.
Possible Consequences *:
1. Verbal warning
2. A meeting with Ms. Stone
3. Parents called
4. Loss of CPG points (see CPG contract)
5. Written referral
*Any serious infraction will be referred to the office immediately.
Your individual midterm and semester grades depend on several different
1. Tests (a major portion)
2. Announced Quizzes
3. Frequent Pop Homework checks
4. Homework—I reserve the right to grade any assignment.
5. CPG (a score out of 25 points)—recorded at end of semester
6. Extra-credit, recorded at the end of the semester
1. If you miss an ANNOUNCED quiz, your grade will be recorded as 0 out of 0. It does not count for or against your grade.
2. If you miss a POP homework check, then I will grade the homework assignment pertaining to the checked material.
3. IF YOU MISS CLASS DUE TO A FIELD TRIP OR PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE, ALL HOMEWORK, QUIZZES, OR TESTS DUE ARE EXPECTED ON THE DAY YOU RETURN. Field trip participants ARE NOT CONSIDERED ABSENT!!!
4. For all others absences, you have one day for every day you missed to complete the outstanding assignments, tests or homework check. After such time, if the work is still missing, the grade will be recorded as a zero!
You will be expected to keep track of your own point totals. An assignment sheet is provided for that purpose.
Grading Scale: (in percents)
A+ 98-100 A 92-97 A- 90-91
B+ 88-89 B 82-87 B- 80-81
C+ 78-79 C 72-77 C- 70-71
D+ 68-69 D 62-67 D- 60-61
F BELOW 60
Any "rounding" will be done on an individual basis. Attitude, effort, class participation, etc. will be considered in any rounding situation. .5% and above is not necessarily cause for me to automatically round up!
Semester Average = 80% from your total percent in a semester (including any extra credit and CPG) prior to the final exam
+ 20 % from the final exam percent.
If a midterm grade is given, it will be based on your total points earned divided by the total points possible. Extra credit and CPG are added in when determining the semester grade.
There will be minimal opportunities for extra credit. The best way to get extra credit is extra effort. Show me that you are working to your potential. Be an active participator in class. It won’t go unnoticed.
My job is to help you reach your potential. Your success in this class is vitally important to me. I am often available for extra assistance before each school day (, after each school day until or later by appointment, and at home, via phone. Students are encouraged to call me at home (982-2949, prior to ) for extra help with their homework. Further assistance is available from peer tutors in the study hall , via the internet at the website listed on the front of your textbook. After school tutoring is available to all free of charge from 3:30-4:30 PM M-TH.There is also FREE homework assistance through Rose Hulman Institute at 1-877-ASK-ROSE (toll free) every Sunday – Thursday evenings, 7-10 PM, excluding any Rose Hulman breaks.
I want this class to challenge you, to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, and to fulfill your academic needs. You WILL have to work hard, but I can guarantee you that I will be working even harder to see you meet your goals. Let’s make this a great school year by working together toward the common goals of academic success and maturity.