Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Welcome to Secondary Math II! This is the highest available math class for students at Dixon Middle School, and is the course offered typically to tenth grade students.
In Secondary Math II students will graph and explore properties of absolute value, piecewise, exponential, and polynomial (especially quadratic) functions, use rational exponents, perform operations with and factor polynomials, solve polynomial equations, compute probabilities including conditional probabilities, use properties of triangles and circles to find missing measures and write formal proofs, explore trigonometric ratios, and calculate areas and volumes of various 2d and 3d figures.
In this class we will focus on ten I Can statements which students will need to master.
- I can graph exponential, absolute value, and piecewise functions and can use properties of exponents. (Ch. 1)
- I can add, subtract, multiply, and factor polynomials and can identify zeros. (Ch. 2)
- I can graph quadratic functions and identify key features. (Ch. 3)
- I can solve quadratic equations, inequalities, and systems and interpret solutions, including imaginary solutions. (Ch. 4)
- I can determine if events are dependent and find and interpret probabilities. (Ch. 5)
- I can find interior and exterior angles of polygons and can use properties of triangles and quadrilaterals to write proofs. (Ch. 6-7)
- I can create similar figures and use properties of similarity to find missing measures. (Ch. 8)
- I can use the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find ratios, sides, and angles. (Ch. 9)
- I can use properties of segments, angles, and arc measures in circles. (Ch. 10)
- I can find area, circumference, surface area, and volume. (Ch. 11)
Assessment of Progress
There will be 8 I Can tests (see previous section for I Cans) which students are required to pass with a minimum score of 70%. During term four, we anticipate three additional tests as listed.
Term 1: I Can #1, #2
Term 2: I Can #3, #4, #5
Term 3: I Can #6, #7
Term 4: I Can #8, #9, #10
If students do not pass an I Can Test, they are required to re-do the appropriate study guide and make an appointment to re-take the test. Students who are not satisfied with their score on a test may improve their grade by following the same procedure.
Students are expected to bring to class each day:
- Big Ideas book
- Their Dixon planner
- A pencil (preferred) or pen
- A notebook or binder section devoted to math
- A folder (it can be in a binder or notebook) to store papers
- 2 working dry erase markers
If you are able to donate supplies to our classroom, we appreciate donations of:
- A box of tissues
- Extra dry erase markers
We have a classroom set of TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculators. If students would like to be able to use the same calculator at home, you can usually find them at any office supply store, online, or big box stores like Walmart and Target for around $15-20.
- Be Respectful: treat teacher, students, self, and property with respect.
- Be responsible: be on time, have materials, and be engaged in class.
- Be compassionate: listen to others, be kind, apologize, allow for mistakes.
- Be safe: follow rules and procedures, be careful in actions, do not bully.
Frequently Needed Procedures
- Entering the room
a. Get a drink and go to the bathroom before class
b. Come in the room with time to spare
c. Gather supplies, be in your seat before the bell rings
d. Start bell work
- Going to the bathroom/getting a drink
a. If possible, go at start of a passing time
b. If you must go in class, ask to go after instruction
c. If given permission, fill out your planner
d. Return within 5 minutes (bathroom), or 2 minutes (drink)
e. You only get three hall passes per term
a. Based on correct answers, mark your answers right/wrong
b. Give yourself a score based on what your work shows
c. 4: Expert, 3: Practitioner, 2: Apprentice, 1: Novice
d. Put your circled score at the top of the last page of the assignment
- Making up missed work
a. Find out what the missed work is (check Powerschool or the assignment board, ask your teacher, or ask a friend)
b. Complete the assignment during iTime or at home
c. Ask the teacher for the key to the assignment before class starts
d. Grade your own work out of 4 as usual
e. When we line up for scores, or at the end of class, show the teacher your scored assignment
- Making up I CANS
a. Complete the study guide for the missed learning targets
b. Set up a time to come in after school or during iTime to make up the I CAN (you only need to make up learning targets you didn’t pass)
c. Come in at appointed time and remind the teacher which I Can you are here to do
d. Or, come to the relevant after school I CAN class
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
What we did in class each day is viewable here:
For a broad overview of assignments throughout the year, follow the red column in this calendar (subject to change):
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Ms. Ambler’s classes utilize standards based grading. We use the 4 levels of mastery as follows:
4: Advanced/expert (passing)
3: Proficient/practitioner (passing)
2: Emerging/apprentice (not passing)
1: Beginning/novice (not passing)
Students are required to re-do learning targets on I CANS that are not passing.
There are two categories listed in the gradebook: practice and evidence. Practice is sometimes recorded but does not affect the grade, since students are still learning concepts at that point. Evidence (I CANS, quizzes) is collected after a student has been taught all relevant material and forms the basis of their grades.
Any practice or evidence that has not been turn in will be marked “missing,” and if there is insufficient evidence the grade will be changed to “I” until enough evidence is produced. Typically this means the student needs to make up an I CAN test.
Sometimes, a student has only partially completed an I CAN test. This will be marked as “incomplete” so you know the student needs to finish this in order for me to mark evidence on their mastery accurately.
Report cards are sent home with students at the end of each term
Report cards include a letter grade and a citizenship grade
Check grades weekly in your student’s planner (Mondays)
Check grades any time on Powerschool
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 1:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, February 13, 2019 from 1:30-7:30 pm
Dixon Middle School is not fully transitioned to standards based grading, and our reporting system (Powerschool) requires a letter grade to be assigned to each student. To assign letter grades, I check the most recent piece of evidence for each I CAN, average out the scores, and use the following scale to assign a letter grade:
|Minimum score||Letter Grade|
Connecting Home to School
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