Hillary Potuzak

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

Algebra 2 Lab

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:

  • Lined Paper
  • Your Notebook
  • Three-ring binder
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Calculator (I have some that you can use also)

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.

 

Honors Pre-Calculus

Topics in this course will include: Functions, complex numbers, trigonometry, matrices, analytic geometry, and discrete mathematics.

Suggested Supplies:

  • Lined Paper
  • Notebook (I highly recommend a graphing notebook)
  • Three-ring binder or folder
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Correcting pens
  • Calculator (TI-84C is recommended but I also have some that you may use in class)

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.

Events

  • December 18, 2019 - Trig Quiz

    This quiz will cover the unit circle and common trig values.

  • December 18, 2019 - Chapter 4 Test

    This test will cover concepts from Chapter 4 including radian measures, graphing trig functions, and solving problems involving angles.

    All late work is due today!

Algebra 1B

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:

  • Lined Paper
  • Your Notebook
  • Three-ring binder
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Correcting pen
  • Calculator (I have some that you can use also)

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.

Events

  • December 10, 2019 - Quiz 5.2

    This quiz will cover solving systems of equations and systems word problems.

  • December 17, 2019 - Chapter 5 Test

    This test will cover solving systems of equations and inequalities.

    All late work is due today!

Algebra 2

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:

  • Lined Paper
  • Your Notebook
  • Three-ring binder
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Correcting pen
  • Calculator (I have some that you can use also)

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.

Events

  • November 26, 2019 - Chapter 3 Test

    This test will cover solving quadratics, graphing quadratic inequalities, and solving non-linear systems.

    All late work is due today!

Upcoming Events

  • November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019

    Thanksgiving Break - No School

    Enjoy your break and Turkey Day!

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Hillary Potuzak's Schedule

  • 1st Period

    Algebra 2 Lab

  • 2nd Period

    Algebra 2 Lab

  • 3rd Period

    Honors Pre-Calculus

  • 4th Period

    Prep

  • 5th Period

    A;gebra 1B

  • 6th Period

    Algebra 2

  • 7th Period

    Algebra 2