Wheeler High School
GSE Algebra II Course Syllabus Spring 2020
B.S. Mathematics/Certified Gifted Mathematics Teacher
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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.
Quadratics (& Algebra) Revisited
Operations with Polynomials
Rational & Radical Relationships
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.
**CELL PHONE / MP3 PLAYER POLICY – Any 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.
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 accuracy online at DeltaMath. You will have an opportunity each day in class to ask questions regarding homework. Homework is accepted until 8:00 am the day of the unit assessment only for full credit. After the test, late homework grade will be given up to four weeks after the test for retest purposes. Students will only receive 50% credit for late assignments upto the retest date. No credit is given for homework submitted after the retest date!
Remember you may not receive full credit for late work even if your absence is excused; all homework is available online from the first date of the unit until the morning of the assessment.
**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.
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
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:
Daily Assignments 10%
Final Exam 10%
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.
- Taking information of any form into a test situation for the purpose of responding to test items
- Plagiarism – Using the ideas or words of others without proper documentation
- Copying the work of others when the copied material will count as part of the semester grade. This includes the copying of computer disks.
- Communicating test information to others in or out of class
- Taking test questions (complete test, answer key, teacher’s edition) to provide assistance in later test situations
- Selling, buying, or using papers written by another party
- Talking, communicating, or displaying cell phone during testing
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES WHEN CHEATING IS DISCOVERED
- Individual teacher handles situations A, B, C, D and G above. Mandatory actions by teachers will include the following:
- Assignment of a zero for that particular grade
- Teacher/student conference
- Parent notification
- Misconduct form to be filed in student’s disciplinary file
- Teacher refers situations E and F to the appropriate administrator. Disciplinary action will include the following:
- Assignment of a zero for that particular grade
- Student/administrator conference
- Teacher/parent conference
- 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!*