ALGEBRA II ESSENTIALS
Madison High School Mathematics
2019 - 2020 School Year
I. Course Description:
Algebra II Essentials is a full year high school advanced mathematics course designed to meet all of the Common Core State Standards for New Jersey:
Students will begin the year with a brief review of concepts essential to advanced algebra problem-solving skills. Throughout the year, students will explore such topics as functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytical trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, sequences and series, probability, solving quadratic equations, exploring the complex number field, and solving polynomial equations of higher degree. Algebra II Essentials is a course intended to best prepare students for the challenges of algebra based course work for future academic pursuits either in high school or college.
II. Required Text & Materials:
- Big Ideas Math Algebra 2
- A Notebook
- A Folder for Tests, Quizzes, and Other Graded Materials
- A Graphing Calculator(TI-84 Recommended)
- A Pencil
III. Grading Policy
All students in our Algebra II Essentials class are encouraged to maintain a grade sheet each marking period. A copy of the grade sheet is provided on my webpage.
All quizzes and tests are graded and returned to the student. Homework will be checked daily and may be graded randomly. The student then records each grade on her/his grade sheet.
Each student is responsible for calculating her/his grade about one time a week during class. Each student can then check the parent portal to verify her/his current average.
IV. Late work & Make-up Policy
Late work will only be accepted for an excused absence or excused tardy. Please provide the work the day you return to class. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting the assignments from our Google Classroom. If you are absent on the day of a test/quiz, please be prepared to make up the quiz upon your return during your study hall or during class time. If you know of a planned absence in advance, please see me for the missing assignment(s) for that time period. For extended absences, you will be given 2 days for every day you are absent to make up missed work.
V. Class ParticipationAll students are encouraged to participate in daily class discussions. Asking questions, completing all classwork and homework, and planning and previewing topics in the course is highly recommended.
Student participation will be assessed as follows:
- Homework is assigned and checked daily, with the possibility of a grade given to the assignment.
- Section quizzes and chapter tests account for the majority of the student grade in our class. All assessments will be announced within one week of being given.
VI. Classroom Expectations
All students enjoy . . .
. . . being prepared.
. . . being respectful.
. . . being prompt.
. . . following directions.
Thanks and have a great day!
VII. Teacher Availability
In addition to my tutorial periods during A-Day Lunch and C-Day during period 1, as well as D-Day during lunch, I am available for extra help every day after school except Monday in room C28.
THANK YOU AND ENJOY THE SCHOOL YEAR!