Algebra 2

Algebra 2

2017–2018

Teacher:            Mrs. Valentine

Telephone:        (631) 298 – 8471

Email:              jvalentine@mufsd.com

Welcome to Algebra 2!  In order for us to have a successful year, I will expect to both give and receive quality work and for courtesy to prevail in our classroom. Please take the time to read the following:

Course Content

Algebra 2 is the third course of the three units of credit required for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and is a difficult and challenging course.  Building on your work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, we will extend our repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. We will work closely with the expressions that define these functions and continue to expand and hone your abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The major emphasis of study will include: The Real Number System, Seeing Structure in Expressions, Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions, Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities, Interpreting Functions, Building Functions, and Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions. The Mathematical Practice Standards will apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that you experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of your ability to make sense of problem situations.

At the conclusion of the year, students will sit for the Algebra 2 Common Core Examination in June. Students who have passed the Algebra 1 Common Core Examination, the Geometry Common Core Examination and the Algebra 2 Common Core Examination will have met the mathematics requirements for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Materials

A durable 3” 3-ring binder, pencils and pens (blue or black only for homework) for notes, RED pens for homework corrections, a small amount of loose leaf paper, colored pencils and/or highlighters, and a TI-84 Plus graphing calculator (TI–84+ recommended – see Guidelines for Calculator Distribution).

Assessments

Tests/Quizzes

Tests will be announced and posted on the portal and in the classroom.  All missed tests must be completed within a reasonable time upon your return unless there are extenuating circumstances that Mrs. Valentine is made aware of.  In the case of field trips or lessons, the test must be made up no later than the following day.  Each test or quiz has an assigned point value.  A homework grade will also count approximately as a 30 point test, and a preparation grade is 10 points.  To determine your quarterly average, take your accumulated score and divide by the total number of possible points for the quarter.

Homework

Homework will be handed out daily as a worksheet.  It may be done in pencil or black/blue ink.  You must correct your homework in class with a red pen.  It is to be done neatly, completely, and to the best of your ability.  Three missing homework assignments will result in a phone call to your parent/guardian.  Please keep all previous homework until the end of the marking period.  Homework will be collected and evaluated according to the following criteria:

2 points:  Excellent Effort:  Neat, complete, directions followed.  Mostly correct work, with a few mistakes, which have been corrected completely in class.

1 point:   Needs Improvement:  Too many errors and understanding of the lesson is not apparent, or assignment is incomplete.  May be resubmitted for full credit (provided it is relevant to the current chapter).

0 points:  Little Or No Effort:  Cannot be made up unless extenuating circumstances exist.  LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED unless the student is absent from school.

Preparation

Students are expected to arrive daily with their binder, writing utensils and calculator.  Each time a student is unprepared, a point will be deducted from the 10-point preparation grade.  There is no textbook for this course so at least once a marking period notebooks will be checked.  All notes and homework MUST be organized in your notebook to receive the full 10 points of the preparation grade.

Final Grade

The final average for this class will be determined by an average of your four quarter grades plus your Common Core Examination grade.

Extra Information

Attendance

Students are expected to be in class everyday, on time and prepared with a writing utensil, binder and calculator.  If a student is absent for any reason, including music lessons and field trips, it is the student’s responsibility to get the homework assignment and to make arrangements with me for makeup tests/quizzes within a reasonable time.  It is a good idea to have the phone number of another student in class to learn what was missed.  Please do not ask to be excused from class.  Lastly, any student who cuts class will receive a zero for any tests, quizzes, class work and/or homework for that day.

Fire Drills

There should be absolutely NO talking.  Walk silently out towards the fields.

Extra Help

I am available for extra help on Tuesday and Thursday after school.  Please do not hesitate to attend extra help.  If another time is needed, do not hesitate to ask.  I will also post notes and helpful websites on our class website.  The password to login is ilovepi.

Contact

Parents are vital partners in the education process.  Your input is helpful and desirable.  In addition to monitoring your child’s work and progress, please contact me at school with any problems or concerns.  I can be contacted via the email above or by leaving a message with the school’s main office.

I am excited about working with you this school year and look forward to sharing great mathematical memories!

 Mrs. Valentine