Hello!
Welcome to Helena High School. I am excited to be your math teacher this year! I am teaching two sections of Algebra 2 Lab, one section of Honors Pre-Calculus, one section of Algebra 1B, and two sections of Algebra 2. I will use this website to help you be successful in class. I will keep an updated calendar of homework assignments and post important dates. Please contact me with any questions you have. Thank you.
I am looking forward to a great year. Go Bengals!
Mrs. Potuzak
This class will serve as a support to help deepen your understanding of the concepts covered in your algebra 2 class and prepare you for quizzes and tests. This class will count as an elective credit towards graduation.
Supplies:
On a daily basis, you will need the following:
Grading:
There are four categories that will make up your quarter grades.
Participation: 30%
Since this class is to help you with algebra 2, your participation is essential. Therefore, participation is graded daily on a 3-point scale. Participation will be graded according to the following rubric:
3pts: shows up on time (not tardy)/prepared to work, actively participates in class discussions and activities, on task the entire period
2pts: tardy/not prepared to start class, somewhat participates in class discussions and/or activities, mostly on task with one or two redirect
1pts: tardy/not prepared to start class, rarely participates in class discussions or asked to participate in the activity multiple times, redirected to get back on task multiple times
0pt: tardy/unexcused absence/an excused absence not made up, not prepared to start class, refuses to participate in discussion or activity, off task most of period
Classwork: 30%
During lab, you will be expected to complete classwork and activities. Classwork and activities will be turned in for a grade. Try your best! Classwork will often be graded on effort over accuracy!
Homework: 20%
No homework will be given in lab. Algebra 2 lab is designed to help you be successful in algebra 2 class. I expect that you are completing your homework from algebra 2, so a grade will be given after each unit test on your completion of homework. There will be opportunities in lab class to work on and ask questions about homework from algebra, though homework time is not always guaranteed.
EdReady: 20%
EdReady is a free online program designed to help students improve their overall math skills. We will use EdReady at least once a week. Students will fill out an accompanying form to show their work and demonstrate progress through the program.
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60% = F
Semester grades will be made up of 45% from each quarter and 10% from a semester final.
Final Review:
The final for this class will be a mandatory review session for the Algebra 2 semester test. The final review will take place during the final time for this course.
Attendance and Tardies:
Please be here and be on time. The more time you spend in class the more I can teach you! After four tardies (per semester) I will assign lunch detention. After that, I will write a referral. For further tardy policy information, please refer to the handbook.
Topics in this course will include: Functions, complex numbers, trigonometry, matrices, analytic geometry, and discrete mathematics.
Suggested Supplies:
Grading:
There are three categories that will make up your quarter grades.
Classwork and Homework: 10%
Homework assignments will be due the day after they are assigned.
Quizzes: 30%
Quizzes will be given throughout each unit.
Tests: 60%
Tests will be given at the end of each unit.
Students may retake any summative assessments (chapter tests) for full credit ONE TIME. Preparedness for the second, more rigorous, assessment will be at the teacher’s discretion and may include additional practice session(s) outside of class time. Re-takes must be taken outside of class and scheduled with the teacher and completed before the end of the semester. Re-take scores will replace the original test score.
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60% = F
Semester grades will be made up of 40% from each quarter and 20% from a semester final.
Late work:
Any work that is late must be turned in to the late box. Late work will only be accepted until the unit test. Keep in mind that if you are not doing the work, then you ARE behind. When you fall behind you WILL struggle with the assessments and WILL NOT meet the standards! Also, I cannot guarantee that you will be given timely feedback on assignments if you turn them in late.
If you are absent for an assessment the expectation is that you will make it up the following day before or after school.
Attendance and Tardies
Please be here and be on time. The more time you spend in class the more I can teach you! After four tardies (per semester) I will assign lunch detention. After that, I will write a referral. For further tardy policy information, please refer to the handbook.
This quiz will cover simplifying trig expressions with trig identities and solving trig equations.
This test will cover trig identities, solving trig equations, sum and difference formulas, multiple angles and product to sum formulas.
All late work is due today!
Topics in this course will include: solving systems of equations, quadratic functions, and exponents and exponential functions.
Supplies:
On a daily basis, you will need the following:
Grading:
There are three categories that will make up your quarter grades.
Classwork and Homework: 10%
Homework assignments will be due the day after they are assigned.
Quizzes and Projects: 30%
Quizzes will be given throughout each unit.
Tests: 60%
Tests will be given at the end of each unit.
Students may retake any summative assessments (chapter tests) for full credit ONE TIME. Preparedness for the second, more rigorous, assessment will be at the teacher’s discretion and may include additional practice session(s) outside of class time. Re-takes must be taken outside of class and scheduled with the teacher and completed before the end of the semester. Re-take scores will replace the original test score.
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60% = F
Semester grades will be made up of 40% from each quarter and 20% from a semester final.
Late work:
Any work that is late must be turned in to the late box. Late work will only be accepted until the unit test. Keep in mind that if you are not doing the work, then you ARE behind. When you fall behind you WILL struggle with the assessments and WILL NOT meet the standards! Also, I cannot guarantee that you will be given timely feedback on assignments if you turn them in late.
If you are absent for an assessment the expectation is that you will make it up the following day before or after school.
Attendance and Tardies:
Please be here and be on time. The more time you spend in class the more I can teach you! After four tardies (per semester) I will assign lunch detention. After that, I will write a referral. For further tardy policy information, please refer to the handbook.
This quiz will cover graphing quadratics in standard and vertex form.
This test will cover graphing quadratic functions and solving quadratic equations by graphing and with the quadratic formula.
All late work is due today!
This project will study projectile motion using catapults built in class.
Topics in this course will include: linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and rational functions, sequences and series, trigonometry, and statistics.
Supplies:
On a daily basis, you will need the following:
Grading:
There are three categories that will make up your quarter grades.
Classwork and Homework: 10%
Homework assignments will be due the day after they are assigned.
Quizzes: 30%
Quizzes will be given throughout each unit.
Tests: 60%
Tests will be given at the end of each unit.
Students may retake any summative assessments (chapter tests) for full credit ONE TIME. Preparedness for the second, more rigorous, assessment will be at the teacher’s discretion and may include additional practice session(s) outside of class time. Re-takes must be taken outside of class and scheduled with the teacher and completed before the end of the semester. Re-take scores will replace the original test score.
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60% = F
Semester grades will be made up of 40% from each quarter and 20% from a semester final.
Late work:
Any work that is late must be turned in to the late box. Late work will only be accepted until the unit test. Keep in mind that if you are not doing the work, then you ARE behind. When you fall behind you WILL struggle with the assessments and WILL NOT meet the standards! Also, I cannot guarantee that you will be given timely feedback on assignments if you turn them in late.
If you are absent for an assessment the expectation is that you will make it up the following day before or after school.
Attendance and Tardies:
Please be here and be on time. The more time you spend in class the more I can teach you! After four tardies (per semester) I will assign lunch detention. After that, I will write a referral. For further tardy policy information, please refer to the handbook.
This quiz will cover evaluating and simplifying rational exponents and radicals and graphing radical functions.
This test will cover rational exponents and radicals expressions, graphing and solving radical equations, performing function operations, and inverse functions.
All late work is due today!