~~      Take pride in your knowledge and presentation of it!

• Your work is to be done with precision.  That means you will always write/sketch the original problem (or summarize it if it’s a word problem), and you will clearly and completely communicate your process as well as your solution.  Your work is to be done in pencil and on graph paper. 

  • You are expected to check the odd exercises yourself BEFORE coming to class.

• Homework is always due at the beginning of class the day after it is assigned. 
• Late homework due to an absence is given a day for a day extension on the due date.
• Any other late work is accepted for partial credit.
• No work is accepted after we have tested on it.  No exceptions!
• No credit will be given for answers only or work done in ink.  Meaningless papers will NOT be accepted. We should be able to discuss any problem without needing to open a textbook.
• Your name, period, and the assignment section # (NOT page #'s) are to be on the top-right corner of your paper.
• Assignments are to be placed in the designated file--NOT on my desk please.
• Checked papers will be returned to a file. It is your responsibility to pick up them up.

• Please use a 1 1/2” 3-ring binder with dividers for each unit. 
• If I write it—YOU write it in your notes!
• Please use a pocket portfolio to keep old assignments in. Do not mix them with daily notes.
• Keep all notes and handouts in chronological order
• Your notebook should serve as a “paper tutor” so TAKE IT WITH YOU.
• We do not use notes on any tests or quizzes.

Your opportunity to showcase what you have learned.
• All students are expected to take test on the assigned test day.
• For students absent on test day: Make-ups are given BEFORE school or during Lunch A.
• Any extra credit questions are only available for those testing on the scheduled test day

Your grade is based on how well you learn the course content AND on how well you meet class requirements.

         Algebra 2                                Honors Algebra 2                          Letter Grade

• Exercises/notebook/etc:  35%      Exercises/notebook/etc:  30%       90-100%    A
• Tests/quizzes    45%                    Tests/quizzes    50%                     80-89%      B

• Final Exam      20%                      Final Exam      20%                       70-79%     C
                                                                                                         60-69%     D

                Each day we engage in important and meaningful activities

• Notes:  It is your responsibility to copy notes from a classmate.  You must read the missed section and get the notes before seeking help from me. This accomplishes two things: 1. it makes you responsible for your learning and 2. it makes the tutoring time more productive because you already have some knowledge and anticipated questions.
• Assignments:  You get a day for a day missed to make up work UNLESS you are absent for a planned school activity, then work is due when you return to class.  Being at an away game or school activity does NOT excuse late work.
• Tests:  If you know you are going to be absent please make every effort to take the test BEFORE the absence. If you miss a test you have two days to make it up during Lunch/Power Hour or before school (after school by appointment). You must schedule a FULL 55 minutes for this
• Tutoring:  Please use Power Hour for this, but early morning is fine—just NOT during the 10 minutes BEFORE the bell.  (Come in early)

  • Note:  Being absent the day before a test does not excuse you from the test as the routine nature of the class makes “surprise” tests unlikely and the assignments and tests are posted for the entire week in my room and my teacher website.  There is almost always a buffer day between the last assignment and the test to mitigate this.


• You are expected to be in your seat ready to begin when the last bell rings-NOT rushing through the door. So please plan your time appropriately.

• Students: For personal matters please wait until AFTER notes etc. to speak with me privately. 
• Parents:  The BEST way is to contact me by email.  This will allow me to answer privately during the day.  PLEASE make sure our registrar’s office has your contact email (if you have one) as this is how I will be contacting you as well.

        Classroom Procedures:
 When the Bell rings:
a) Be in your seat--place backpacks/purses on the floor please.
b) Quietlybegin the opening exercises.
c) Personal Issues:  Wait until after notes are done to speak with me privately about any pressing issues. This includes reasons you don’t have your homework
During lesson presentation:
a) Participate attentively and take notes.  If I write it, you write it!
b) Please ask questions after I have fully demonstrated the first example.  Raise your hand to ask questions—please no shouting out.
c) All notes, examples, and “you trys” presented must be written in your notes.

During seat work:
a) Work quietly—peer tutoring is allowed but must be done as quietly as possible.
b) Stay in your seat except to sharpen a pencil or to come to my desk to get help.
c) If I need to address the entire class, I will give the Call-response to get your attention.  You are to be quiet and wait for me to begin. Please do not continue to work—EVERYONE is to pay attention please.

During Tests & Quizzes:
a) No talking and keep your eyes on your paper only.
b) No sharing of calculators, pencils, erasers, etc.
c) The entire test must be taken in one sitting.  You may NOT start a test and come back later to finish it.
If I suspect cheating, your test will be given a zero.  It is YOUR responsibility to be honest and above reproach. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Leaving the room during class:
a) You must follow school policy to leave the room.
b) Only one person is allowed to leave at a time.
c) Please do not ask to leave the room until after notes and questions are answered unless it is an emergency.

When the dismissal bell rings:
a) I dismiss class not the bell—the bell does not signify time for you to get up and leave.  You may not leave until I dismiss you. NEVER LINE UP AT THE DOOR!
b) All trash must be picked up and desks arranged neatly before I will dismiss class.  It is your responsibility to keep the room clean-not the janitor’s.