Honors Algebra 2 Policies and Procedures 2015−2016 Algebra II requires real dedication. I will present topics in class along with examples. Your job is to use that information and the additional explanations/examples provided by your textbook to complete assigned problems to the best of your ability. I cannot stress enough the importance of making a sincere effort on each and every homework assignment. Homework allows you to practice and test your mastery of the topics covered in class. If you have difficulty with any problems, questions can be asked in class the very next day. It is essential that you keep up with the class daily, and if you ever feel you need extra help, see me immediately! INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Julie Obrecht OVERVIEW: This is a full-year course in which students are given in-depth exposure to mathematical functions and their applications. We begin with a review of linear functions as well as systems of linear equations. The course expands with the study of quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational and irrational functions. Other topics include the complex number system and arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. SUPPLIES: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Text: Algebra II; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2010. (Write your name in your book with permanent marker.) TI-family graphing calculator. (83, 83+, 84, 84+, 84+ Silver Edition, NSpire) Three-ring binder with dividers and loose leaf paper. Binder will be used for organizing class notes, homework assignments, quizzes, and major tests. Graph paper and straightedge. #2 pencils with erasers. All work in Algebra II must be done in pencil. TESTS: 60% of nine weeks grade. Three major tests will be given per grading period. Test dates will be announced in advance (at least 1 week). QUIZZES: 20% of nine weeks grade. Quizzes will be given regularly in order to evaluate your understanding of material covered. All quizzes will be OPEN NOTE/OPEN HOMEWORK using your own notes and homework. HOMEWORK: 20% of nine weeks grade. A homework assignment will be given almost every day and is always posted on the “assignment board” in my classroom. While I also try to post these assignments daily on my web page, please understand that my web page is not my primary source for communication with students. Assignments should be done neatly on loose leaf paper heading each one with page and problem numbers. These assignments will be checked randomly and must be kept in your binder. To receive full credit (A+) on homework assignments, students must show work and attempt every problem. Failure to show work and attempt every problem will result in, at most, a grade of B. Students are expected to check and correct their work as we go over the assignment the following day. Being prepared for class each day is an important component of your success. For this reason, I will occasionally check to see that you have brought all the supplies listed above. This “check” will be recorded as a homework grade. UPPER SCHOOL POLICY REGARDING WORK MISSED DURING ABSENCES: Long-range assignments are due on the day assigned even if the student is absent. It is expected that the student who has had several weeks to work on a project will send that assignment in by a friend or sibling if the student should be absent. Assigned tests that are missed due to excused absence must be made up on the day on which the student returns to school. If the student has been absent for an extended number of days, he or she must work out a make-up schedule individually with each teacher. Absence for a portion of the school day: If a student misses an announced test or quiz because of absence for a portion of the school day, but is well enough to be in school for the remainder of that day or to attend co-curricular activities, the student must make up the missed test or quiz on that same day. If no study hall time is available for make-up, the student must take the missed test or quiz after school. This supersedes practices or club meetings. Failure to make up the missed test or quiz on the assigned day will result in a late grade penalty (lowered one letter grade), or a Z if the absence is unexcused. EXTRA CREDIT: The policy of the Maclay Upper School Mathematics Department states that no extra credit assignment or project may be given. This does not include occasional bonus problems on tests or quizzes. GRADING: All grades are calculated using the scale outlined in the Maclay Upper School Handbook. No percentages are ever recorded in my grade book, only letter grades. EXEMPTIONS: See the minimum requirement for exam exemptions outlined in the Maclay Upper School Handbook. ATHLETICS: If you have a scheduled athletic event, please see me before you leave to get your assignments. ELECTRONICS: Use of personal electronics in the classroom, including cell phones, is prohibited without express permission from the teacher. The policy stated in the Maclay Upper School Handbook will be followed. If a student fails to comply with this policy, the cell phone will be confiscated by the teacher and turned in to Mr. Andrews, Upper School Dean of Students.