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Algebra II Syllabus

 

Wheeler High School

GSE Algebra II Course Syllabus Spring 2019

Ms. Alexander-VanEaton

B.S. Mathematics/Certified Gifted Mathematics Teacher


School Website

http://www.cobbk12.org/Wheeler/

My Email

Pamela.Alexander-VanEaton@cobbk12.org

My Website

https://alexanpa.educatorpages.com/

School Phone

(770) 578-3266

My Remind

Text @MsAsAlg2 to 81010

***Sign up for remind!  Join online remind.com/join Class code: MsAsAlg2 or join by texting @MsAsAlg2 to 81010 


Course Description 

GSE Algebra II is the third course in a sequence of courses designed to provide students with a rigorous program of study in mathematics.  Instruction and assessment will include the appropriate use of manipulatives and technology. This course is required for graduation.


Topics 

Quadratics (& Algebra) Revisited

Operations with Polynomials

Polynomial Functions                               

Rational & Radical Relationships

Exponentials/Logarithms                   


Textbook 

We will not distribute a textbook for this class; however, there are textbooks available. If you would like to check one out for a resource to use at home please let me know.


Supplies

  • 100 page composition Notebook
  • Loose leaf paper and graph paper
  • pencils
  • TI-36X PRO Scientific Calculator or TI83 or TI84 Graphing Calculator
  •   3 ring binder recommended with dividers; otherwise, folders to keep notes and handouts

 


Classroom Expectations     

Behavior Expectations:

  • Be on time, sitting in your assigned seat BEFORE the tardy bell sounds.
  • Arrive with Interactive notebook, pencils, homework and notes.
  • Quietly enter room and immediately pull out your homework and materials and begin working.
  • Exercise respect and courtesy for teachers, other students and their property at all times.  Keep your hands to yourself and speak appropriate language.
  • Raise your hand/ask for permission to speak or to leave your seat, even to sharpen you pencil or throw away something, or ask a friend for help.
  • Remain actively involved in class until dismissed by the teacher. You are required to take notes in class and work on assignments during class time. Use class time wisely: No sleeping or playing with cell phone/electronic devices!
  • Dress appropriately; adhere to dress code policy.
  • No personal grooming.
  • Food and drinks should not be consumed in the classroom.
  • No perfume, body spray, or fragrant lotions is allowed in the classroom.
  • Clean up any trash on/around your desk, disposing of it as you exit.
  • Admin. referral will be given to students who abuse the bathroom policy.

   Academic Expectations:

  • Students are expected to arrive in class with the necessary tools and prepared for learning.  
  • Supplies must be brought to class every day. 
    • Strongly recommended: A TI-36X Pro (under $20 at many retail stores), or TI-83 calculator will also be used in class. I strongly recommend that each student purchase a calculator for their individual use as student’s will not be able to borrow calculators for use at home! You may use the online calculator www.desmos.com at home if you do not own a calculator.
    • Required: 100 page Composition Notebook, loose-leaf notebook paper, graph paper, pencils with erasers, folders.
    • Optional: Class 3-ring binder, dividers, colored pencils/highlighter.
  • Meet all deadlines for assignments.  LATE WORK MAY NOT RECEIVE FULL CREDIT (Only exception is an excused absence). Assignments left at home or in the locker are not excused. No homework will be accepted for after the unit test/retest has been given.
  • Do your best work at all time.  Your work should be neat, well organized and labeled with your name or it will not be graded.
  • Credit will not be given for work that is incomplete and does not show the process used to derive the answer; No Work = No Credit!
  • Be honorable.  Do your own work.  Get help when you need it.

**CELL PHONE / MP3 PLAYER POLICYAny cell phone or electronic that is in use is disruptive to the classroom / school environment and thus will result in  phone call home and a discipline referral / write up for repeat occurrences if a student uses a phone during class without permission.  Any cell phone use during assessments will be considered cheating and will result in a grade of zero.


Daily Work

The key to mastering mathematics is practice and practice correctly. Notes and assignments will be given daily. You should start work as soon as you enter the classroom.  Class assignments do have a time constraint and may be graded for completion and on occasion for accuracy.  

Homework will be assigned every day and its completion is necessary for your success in this class.  Homework will be checked for completion and on occasion accuracy.  You will have an opportunity each day in class to ask questions regarding homework.  Homework is accepted until the day of the unit assessment only for full credit. After the test, late homework grade will be given up to two weeks after the test for retest purposes.  No credit is given for homework submitted after the retest date!

Remember you may not receive full credit for late work unless your absence is excused.

**Assignments are graded on a 5 point scale. (0 pts did not complete or incomplete, 1 pt no work shown or inaccurate work, or homework pink slip is submitted. See rubric for other scores.) Daily grades will be added together on test quiz days.  Example: a 20 point grade = 4 assignments total.


Absences and Grades

A grade of zero (0) will be given for all missed work.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get what you need from the makeup folder, via email, blogs, or message me on REMIND to receive a copy of an assignment.  It is your responsibility to talk to me within two days of your absence to schedule any make-up quizzes or tests. Being absent for the review day before a test/quiz does not exempt one from taking it.  


Final Exam     

There will be a cumulative final exam at the end of the semester worth 10% of your final grade. You may be able to exempt the final if you qualify.  Please refer to the school handbook for the requirements to exempt finals.


Tests and Quizzes

Quizzes will be given frequently and may or may not be announced. Students who earn Below 75% on their quiz or do not take the quiz can replace this grade with the end of unit test grade of up to 75%.  Students with a quiz grade higher than a 75% may not have their quiz grade replaced with their test.  **Quiz scores will only be replaced by a test score if test grade is higher than the original quiz grade grade**

 

There will be at least one test each unit. If a student earns Below 75% on a test: Students must have completed all the homework for that unit and must complete test corrections in order to take the recovery test for that unit/section. This recovery grade will replace the test score up to a 75% (students will receive at most a 74.old grade) **Recovery scores will only replace test scores if they are higher than the original grade ** 75 and above: Not eligible to participate in recovery.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Help Sessions

 

Please do not hesitate to ask for help.  Do not wait; it will only hurt you in the long run.  Although there may not be enough time in class to get assistance, there are other means available to you.  Help will be available Tuesdays and Thursday after school from 3:45-4:45 in the Café via Learning Links.  The Algebra II teachers are also available for help before and after school by appointment.  Tutoring times will be announced in class and on my webpage. There may be changes to availability due to school activities, so please be sure to sign up and also check online weekly for updated times. 


Make-up Work            

Attendance is an extremely important part of this class.  Your success in Algebra II (as well as any other class), is contingent upon your being here.  You cannot be successful if you are absent frequently.  If you are absent at any time, you will follow the school’s policy for make-up assignments (number of days absent plus one additional day).  It will be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get the handouts, notes, and/or assignments that you may miss.  Work with a partner in class to get the answers to the notes, or check with me for a printed copy of notes as well as any other handouts that may have been distributed.    If you miss an announced test or quiz, you are expected to schedule to make it up upon your return or receive a zero for quiz or test.


Grade Percentage Break-Down:

Tests                    55%

Quizzes                25%

Daily Assignments 10%

Final Exam             10%


Grading Scale:     

90 – 100%      A       

80 – 89%        B

74 – 79%        C

70 – 73%        D

69 & below    F


CHEATING (as specified by 2018-2019 Student Handbook)

The following are considered scholastic dishonesty in schoolwork and will be disciplined. Some offenses may be criminal in nature, and will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

  1. Taking information of any form into a test situation for the purpose of responding to test items
  2. Plagiarism – Using the ideas or words of others without proper documentation
  3. Copying the work of others when the copied material will count as part of the semester grade. This includes the copying of computer disks.
  4. Communicating test information to others in or out of class
  5. Taking test questions (complete test, answer key, teacher’s edition) to provide assistance in later test situations
  6. Selling, buying, or using papers written by another party
  7. Talking, communicating, or displaying cell phone during testing

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES WHEN CHEATING IS DISCOVERED

  1. Individual teacher handles situations A, B, C, D and G above. Mandatory actions by teachers will include the following:
    1. Assignment of a zero for that particular grade
    2. Teacher/student conference
    3. Parent notification
    4. Misconduct form to be filed in student’s disciplinary file
  2. Teacher refers situations E and F to the appropriate administrator. Disciplinary action will include the following:
    1. Assignment of a zero for that particular grade
    2. Student/administrator conference
    3. Teacher/parent conference
    4. Assignment to ISS for a minimum of two days

Once a cheating incident has occurred and the teacher has discussed the matter with the student, the teacher should refer the student to the appropriate administrator so that it can be determined if a previous cheating incident has occurred. After the first offense, all subsequent offenses must be directed immediately to the appropriate administrator for action. National Honor Society and other organizations do not allow membership by students who have cheated. Incidents of cheating are cumulative over the student’s high school enrollment.


*Any item on this syllabus is subject to change.  Please be sure to ask if you need clarification!*

 

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