
Algebra 2
Course Policies
Items Necessary for Class
Textbook (Holt Algebra 2, 2007 edition)
Pencils, erasers, and marking pens and/or colored pencils
Looseleaf notebook paper
Graphing calculator (see next item in syllabus for details)
Data notebook (a 1½” or bigger 3ring binder) with dividers

TI84 (Plus or Silver Edition) Recommended
A Texas Instrument TI83 or a TI84 graphing
calculator will be essential for success in this course, and you are
encouraged to purchase your own TI83 or TI84 graphing calculator at a
cost of $100  $130. If you are unable to purchase your own, there is a
classroom set of TI84 graphing calculators available for students to
borrow in class or in study hall. Please contact Mrs. Maite if you have
any questions or concerns regarding the use of graphing calculators for
this class.

Documentation of Progress
All students are expected to create a data
notebook which will be used daily as a tool for reflection, documenting
learning and tracking progress toward mastering course objectives. The
3ring notebook should be have at least 1½inch diameter rings and
include at least 8 dividers.

Absences, Class Interruptions, and Makeup Work
When you are absent or when class is interrupted, you
are responsible for completing the missed objectives scheduled for that
day. You should independently study the material and complete the
developmental activities for the objective. You will have to document
the actions you take to get caught up. According to school policy, you
have as many extra days as you were absent to get caught up. If you are
absent only on a test day, you will be expected to makeup the test the
day you return.

Grades Only Reflect Mastery of Content
Grades will be posted on Progress Book, updated
every week, and calculated according to the category weights below:
100% Mastery Work
(Quizzes, Tests, and/or Projects)
0% Developmental Work Habits, but still evaluated!
(Daily Class Procedures and Data Notebook)
Grading Scale
A: 93 – 100
A: 90 – 92
B+: 87 – 89
B: 83  86
B: 80  82
C+: 77  79
C: 73 – 77
C: 70  72
IP: In Progress

School Without Failure Pilot Project
This class is participating in the School Without
Failure (SWF) pilot project this year, which essentially means any
student who is not performing at a proficient C or higher level will be
required to keep working on those skills until a proficient C or higher
level of achievement is attained. Students whose learning is deemed in
progress will be required to attend intercessions at one or more of the
following times: during their lunch period, during a study hall, or
before or after school. These students will be retested on specific
objectives to have multiple opportunities to achieve mastery of the
material.
Rubric Grading System
To help students develop a consistent and internal
sense of achievement in their work, all assessment questions will be
evaluated using the
4Point Rubric. A rubric score will be tallied for the assessment and
converted to an A, B, C, or IP rating according to the RubrictoPoints
Conversion Scale. These levels of achievement are also similar to
reporting systems for many standardized tests that students are required
to take.

Class Expectations
Algebra 2 is a lab in which problems are solved in
the same ways that mathematicians and other professionals who use
mathematics solve problems. Therefore, you will be expected to act like
a professional:
Be prompt.
Be prepared.
Be a polite and positive participant.
Be productive.
Students are expected to follow school rules and dress codes as stated
in the student handbook, but the most important rule of all is:
RESPECT. If you break this rule on any given day, for the first
offense you will be given a warning; for the second offense (in the same
period) you will be required to meet with me on your own time (before or
after school, or lunch) to discuss your behavior, also a log of your
behavior will be created; for the third offense you will spend 15
minutes of your time cleaning overheads or the classroom; a fourth
offense will result in additional cleaning, formal detention, and/or
removal from the classroom. Behavior that is extremely disrespectful may
result in immediate detention or removal from the classroom.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Any cell phone or equivalent electronic device will be immediately
confiscated if it is used during a testing situation. The device will be
turned over to administration, and students will have to go through a
principal to have their device returned to them.
Cell phones or other devices which interfere with classroom procedures
will cause students to break the most important rule above and behavior
will be addressed accordingly. 

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