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Batavia High School Course Syllabus

Course Name: Core Advanced Algebra


Teacher: Samantha Miller (Vander Heyden) Course Description: Core Advanced Algebra is designed for those students who would have difficulty with the traditional Advanced Algebra course. Core Advanced Algebra is the capstone algebra course designed to prepare students for the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The course makes regular use of the graphing calculator to make technology an integral part of the problem solving process. While similar algebra skills are covered, the material is paced to permit for mastery of content and further skill development. Prerequisite: Core Geometry

Teacher Contact Info: samantha.vanderheyden@bps101.net 630-937-8995 http://bhsvanderheyden.weebly.com/ Required Materials: Pens, pencils, paper, 3 ring binder, Graphing Calculator (provided), Algebra II workbook (provided) Textbook Information: Algebra 2, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 2005 website: www.algebra2.com
Password: EAEBE92284

Course Fee: $17

Special Dates: Final Exam 5/23/14

Essential Learnings: By the end of Core Advanced Algebra students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Radical Expressions and Equations Quadratic Functions and Equations Polynomial Functions Rational Expressions and Equations Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Conic Sections

Grading/Assessments: Types of Assessments: Grade Calculation: Short Answer Multiple Choice 10% Homework 15% Quizzes 40% Tests 5% PSAE/College Placement 30% Exams (Unit & Final) none 6:290 policy.bps101.net 6:280 policy.bps101.net

Special Course Policies: BPS Homework Policy: BPS Grading Policy:

Learner Profile:
While students are graded on their academic achievement, students and parents also receive feedback on classroom behaviors and responsibility. While these behaviors are not graded, we believe that constructive feedback should be given. This feedback is called our Learner Profile. More information is available on the BHS website.

Extra Learning & Help Opportunities:


I am available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:00-7:30. The tutoring center is available on Wednesday morning from 6:45 - 7:25 and Thursday morning from 7:30 - 8:15 during late start. They are also open after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 - 4:00.

Student Expectations for this Course:


Students will participate fully during class and ask questions when they are unsure of something. They will work cooperatively with their classmates.

Characteristics of Successful Students in this Course:


This course is for the student who shows exceptional mathematics ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically at higher levels. Successful students also set personal goals to keep a focus on improvement.

Teacher Expectations for this Course:


I will be available for you both during class and outside of class when you have questions. I will push you to do the very best that you can do. I will provide feedback to you in a timely manner and help you to reach your goals.

Remediation Statement:
Students in Math classes at BHS will have the opportunity to remediate and reassess chapter tests. If a student wishes to remediate they will need to receive some additional instruction and support from the teacher. The teacher will provide further practice to be completed based on individual student needs. The student will then need to demonstrate comprehension of the material to the teacher prior to taking the reassessment. When the student takes the reassessment the new chapter test grade will fully replace the previous chapter test grade (either higher or lower). The entire remediation and reassessment process will need to be completed within two weeks of the return of the original assessment.