Advanced Algebra (North) Syllabus

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North Campus
Welcome to Advanced Algebra!
Ms. Lampshire
[email protected]
Course Description
In addition to traditional mathematical content, the student will do more problem-solving in real-life situations,
geometry, statistics and probability than in traditional mathematics courses. Advanced Algebra emphasizes
algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on
these concepts. Students study logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial, and other special functions for their
abstract properties and for modeling real-world situations.
Expectations of the Student
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Respect is expected at all times. Respect will be shown for classmates, the teacher and school property in
order to create a positive learning environment for all students.
Students are expected to follow The Arrowhead Way: Be Appropriate. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.
Be on time to class. Students must be in their seats and ready for class when the bell rings. Per Arrowhead
policy, the 4th offense results in a Saturday detention.
Use the restroom and drinking fountain before coming to class.
Students will come to class prepared with all materials and be active participants in their learning.
Cell phones are not allowed in this class. Other electronics may be used at the discretion of the teacher.
Technology Guidelines
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Bring your devices on a daily basis. If needed, laptops are available for checkout from the library.
Devices will be used for educational purposes only.
Please charge classroom devices (including graphing calculator) prior to class. Charging lockers are
available in the library to charge devices during a study hall.
Use online resources, such as the teacher’s calendars/websites, for updates on events and assignments.
Cell phones are not an approved classroom device – cell phone must remain in your locker or backpack
during class. (Please refer to the Arrowhead Device Guidelines for approved devices).
Materials
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Math only 3-ring binder/folder with loose-leaf paper or notebook
Pencils and eraser
Graphing Calculator - TI-83+, TI-84+ or TI-Nspire
Textbook will be used periodically throughout the school year
EXPO dry erase markers-low order (at least 2 markers)
Grading Scale
A+
A
A–
98.00 – 100.00%
93.00 – 97.99 %
90.00 – 92.99%
B+
B
B –
87.00 – 89.99%
83.00 – 86.99%
80.00 – 82.99%
C+
C
C –
77.00 – 79.99%
73.00 – 76.99%
70.00 – 72.99%
D+
D
D –
F
67.00 – 69.99%
63.00 – 66.99%
60.00 – 62.99%
59.99 – 0%
**Students must earn a “C-” or better to proceed to the next math course**
Grades are not rounded at the end of the semester.
18 Week Grading:
Tests
Quizzes
In-class Activities/Labs
Homework
50%
35%
10%
5%
Semester Grading:
18-week grade
85%
Semester Exam
15%
Notes
Taking notes on a daily basis is extremely important for success in mathematics. Notes should be used as a
reference to complete homework and a resource to study for quizzes/tests. Students are expected to take notes
every day and keep these notes organized. A binder specifically for this class is needed to keep all math-related
materials organized.
Homework
Homework is very important to practice and reinforce learning, therefore, it will be assigned daily. Students will
have access to solutions for the assignments and will be able to ask questions during class. Homework will be
collected randomly to check student accountability and diligence in completing daily assignments.
Bonus! If all homework is completed for the chapter, 5% will be added to the chapter test grade.
Quizzes/Progress Checks
Quizzes will be given 1-2 times each week for a total of approximately 27 quizzes throughout the semester. These
short quizzes will check student understanding on recent topics covered in class. At the end of the semester, the
lowest 4 scores will be dropped. Any missed quiz (due to an absence) must be made up by the end of the chapter.
Quizzes cannot be retaken.
Tests
At the end of each unit, a cumulative test will be given. Students cannot use notes on tests. Please note: One test
retake is allowed per semester. Students are only eligible for a test retake if the original score was C+ or lower and
all homework assignments were turned in prior to the initial test date.
Absences & Missed Assessments
In the event of an absence, for any reason, it is your responsibility to seek out notes and homework that were
missed. Any assignments must be turned in within three school days for full credit. Grades will be lowered if work
is turned in after three days. ). If an assessment is missed, you must take the assessment in study hall. (Note: extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, field trips, etc. do not fall under excused absences. Please plan in advance
for these absences).
Additional Help
This course can and will be challenging at some point during the school year. Please see me with questions or for
additional help as needed; don’t wait or assume you’ll figure it out later! Here are a few options if you are looking
for extra help:
 My schedule shows where you can find me throughout the school day. (Students at north campus should
plan to see me after school). Please talk to me during class or by e-mail to arrange a meeting
before/after school.
 Feel free to e-mail me with questions but please realize that I may not be able to respond to e-mails
sent later in the evening.
Location
Class
 SASS and NHS tutors are available
Period
 Don’t forget to use outside resources such as your
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textbook, online tutorials, or YouTube videos. These
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resource can be a “quick fix” if you’re looking for an
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additional explanation on a particular concept.
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Lunch
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PERSEVERANCE:
Students will be presented with problems, activities, questions, projects, etc. that are not going to be easy to solve
or immediately obvious on how to approach. Part of this class will involve working through our struggles and not
getting immediate answers of “what to do”. This is to help students to develop critical thinking strategies, intrinsic
questioning, and self-reliance in difficult areas.
PARENT/GUARDIAN CONTACT: E-mail is the best way to contact me throughout the school year. Please feel free
to contact me with questions about the course, student progress, or to make an appointment for a conference at
[email protected]
Student Name (Written):
STUDENT/PARENT/GUARDIAN/TEACHER AWARENESS:
Student: My teacher has explained the course information to me. I understand it and will honor it while in
the classroom.
Signature:____________________________________________
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Parent/Guardian: I/We have read the course information. I/We understand it and will support it.
Signature:_________________________________________
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Teacher: I will be fair and consistent in administering the course information as previously outlined.
Signature:____________________________________________
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