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Pre-Calculus

Lithia Springs High School Academic Year 2016-2017


Teacher: Ms. R. Crawford
Email: roxann.crawford@douglas.k12.ga.us
B104

Room:

School Website: tinyurl.com/lithiaspringshigh


School Number: 770.651.6700
Classroom Number:770.651.6801
Course
Description
Pre-Calculus is a fourth mathematics course designed to prepare students for calculus
and other college level mathematics courses. High school course content standards are
listed by conceptual categories including Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions,
Geometry. Conceptual categories portray a coherent view of high school mathematics
content; a students work with functions, for example, crosses a number of traditional
course boundaries, potentially up through and including calculus. Standards for
Mathematical Practice provide the foundation for instruction and assessment.
Instruction and assessment should include the appropriate use of manipulatives and
technology. Topics should be represented in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial,
verbal/written, numeric/data-based, graphical, and symbolic. Concepts should be
introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic phenomena.
Course
Policies

Transfer of Students Averages and Report Card Nine Week Averages: The teacher will
assign each grade in the grade book with the students transfer average.
Class notes: You will be expected to take detailed notes during each class lesson. These
class notes will help you when completing your class work, homework, and when studying
for tests. (Not to mention next year in your choice of post-secondary schools).
Assignments: On most days, you will be given an assignment. These assignments will
count in your Daily Assignments section of your grade.
Quizzes: Throughout the course, we will have short quizzes over whatever topic we are
covering.
Tests: At the end of each unit, students will be administered a two-part assessment,
comprised of multiple choice questions and free response questions.
Make-up work: When work is missed due to an excused absence, all missed assignments
are due within one week of your return. It is your responsibility to find out what you
missed and get assignments to me in a timely fashion.
Make-up Test: When a test is missed due to an excused absence, the test must be made
up within one week of your return. All make-up work, including tests, is the responsibility
of the student. If you find that you are having trouble with a particular concept/concepts
ask for extra practice and help.
Attendance/Tardy Policy: See Student Handbook
Extra Help: I can stay after school for tutoring upon request. Just let me know when you
want to stay after and make sure you have made arrangements to be picked up after
school (Typically, I can stay until 5:00-5:15). I am flexible and if you need help at any
time, please feel free to make arrangements with me.
*Any course policy may be waived based on teachers discretion.

Extra Credit: Extra credit assignment will be given on an individual basis based on teacher
discretion.

Passes: Students will only be given 5 restroom/locker/water passes per semester. And
students are not allowed out the classroom the first or last 10 minutes of class (per County
policy)
Academic Honesty: Study groups on homework assignments outside of class are permitted
and encouraged as long as it is used as a learning method. However, cheating, plagiarism,
and other forms of poor academic conduct are not tolerated. Summative and Formative
Assessments are designed to measure levels of mastery and must be the individuals
product. Breaches of this policy will result in consequences including (but not limited to) a
grade of zero on the assignment to a discipline referral based on teachers discretion.
Incomplete Grades: Incompletes are awarded to students who did not complete their End
of Course Test upon finishing the course, did not complete their final exam, and/or have
major grades missing due to an unexpected absence or illness. For EOCTs, incompletes
will be converted to a numeric grade once the student completes the EOCT or the student
is given numerous opportunities to take the test and a zero is awarded for the EOCT score.
For missing exams or major grades, students have ten days to complete the missing
items.
Retesting: Students may be provided an opportunity to retest on certain assignments
based upon teachers choice or preference.
Grade Appeal: A student/parent has 5 business days from the date report cards are issued
to appeal the final grade. The building principals decision is final.

*Any course policy may be altered or waived based on the teachers and/or building level administrators discretion.

Lithia Springs High School House Rules


Always be on time and prepared to learn.
Passes will not be issued during the last 10 minutes of class.
Hats, hoods, headbands, and/or head garments of any kind are not to be worn in the school
building.
Electronic devices, including phones, iPods, ear buds, etc., are not permitted during the school
day. All electronic devices must remain turned off and out of sight or they may be confiscated.
Confiscated items will only be returned to legal parent/guardian.
Please stay in your class and in your seat until the bell rings.
Thank you for helping with assisting in keeping our high school clean by picking up around your
area and throwing your trash away. This is particularly vital in the cafeteria area.

Discipline Protocol
Minor misconduct (level one offenses such as missing ID badges, insubordination, etc.) will
follow below plan:
1st Offense: Department Detention and Parent Contact
2nd Offense: Department Detention and Parent Contact
3rd Offense: Department Detention and Parent Contact
4th Offense: Discipline Referral
Major offenses (level two or three offenses) will receive an automatic discipline
referral.
*See the Student Handbook for any other school-wide policies.

Course
Expectations
Behavior: Each student should:
1. Be in your seat, ready to begin when the bell rings.
2. Have a pencil, paper, notebook, textbook, and homework out at the beginning of class
working on the question of the day.
3. Be respectful and cooperative to the teacher and classmates.
4. Follow all school rules stated in the school handbook.

**It is extremely imperative that both students and parents understand the rules as stated in the
student handbook. **

Course
Goal
Pre-Calculus students upon successful completion of this course will be prepared for calculus and
other college level math courses. Students will take a midterm (December) and a final exam
(May).

Mathematics Department Grading Policy


Grading
Plan
50% - Summative Evaluations: (29%) Common District Assessments, (29%) Common Unit
Assessments, (14%) Teacher Generated Assessments, (24%) Quizzes, (4%) Projects
30% - Formative Evaluations: (36%) Homework Assignments, (36%) Daily Assignments, (28%)
Quizzes
20% - End of Course Comprehensive Examination: Georgia Milestones Assessment System
examination or Student Learning Objectives examination

Student
Evaluations
1. Homework will be assigned almost daily and checked for completeness. Upon instructors
discretion, certain homework assignments may be collected and graded for accuracy. Daily
Assignments are usually given after every concept or topic. These assignments will be graded
for accuracy. During each 9 week period there should be at least 8 but no more than 19
homework and daily assignments depending on mathematics course level.
2. Quizzes will be given at teacher discretion to assess student success and upon completion of
unit to determine student readiness for common district assessments and common unit
assessments. Throughout the academic school year, there should be at least 10 but no more
than 24 quizzes depending on mathematics course level.
3. Common District Assessments are unit tests that are created by the Douglas County
School System to provide a consistent measure of student progress across the county.
Throughout the academic school year, there should be at least 5 but no more than 12 common
district assessments depending on mathematics course level. Douglas County Schools has
established an assessment plan to provide a consistent measure of student progress across the
county. Each subject has common district assessments (CDAs) that students are required to
take as part of their assessment grades. The CDA scores will be counted as a regular test grade.

4. Common Unit Assessments are unit tests created by instructors in the mathematics
department. Throughout the academic school year, there should be at least 5 but no more than
12 common unit assessments depending on mathematics course level.
5. End of Course Comprehensive Exams:
a) Georgia Milestones Assessment System is a comprehensive exam provided by
the Georgia Department of Education to assess student content knowledge and skill
in the course. This exam will be given at the end of the academic school year to
selected mathematics courses.
b) Student Learning Objective is a comprehensive exam provided by the Georgia
Department of Education and Douglas County School System given at the end of
the academic school year to those mathematics courses that will not be assessed
by the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.

Grading
Scale
A: 100 90
B: 89 80
C: 79 71
D: 70
F: below 70

Note: Administrators and department heads will keep a syllabus in their files for each
teacher that explains in more detail their classroom philosophy, expectations, and
protocol.
Course
Schedule
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit

1 Sequences and Series


2 Rational Functions
3- Intro to Trig
4 Graphs and Inverses of Trig Functions
5 Trig Identities
6 Extended Trig
7 Investigations of Functions

*This course schedule dates are tentative and are subject to change.

Course Material
List
3-ring binder (please no pocket folders)
Paper
Pencil
Colored Pencils
Graph paper
Graphing Calculator (preferably TI 84 plus or TI Inspire)

Course
Resources
Teacher website accessed through our county website.
The course blog website for Analytic Geometry is: http://rcrawfordprecalc.weebly.com

This blog consist of information that pertains to the course such as announcements, homework
assignments, concept notes, class information, etc.
Note: This blog will be a helpful tool for students who are absent from class. However, it should
not be used as a substitute for not attending class.
The following are great resources to check out for extra help:
http://www.khanacademy.org/

http://patrickjmt.com/
http://www.mathwarehouse.com

Remind101 Teacher may use this application as a way to communicate reminders to parents

and students. This application is a text message and email system. Disclaimer: standard texting
rates may apply.

Tutoring
Tutoring sessions will be held weekly determined by instructor.
Monday & Wednesday B104
3:45-5:15

Syllabus Verification for Pre-Calculus


Ms. R. Crawford
You may view the syllabus and any other information via the schools website. Go to
Lithia Springs High School main website, find my name on the school staff link, and then
click on forms.
You may also contact me at anytime throughout the semester for a copy of the syllabus
if you would like a hard copy. Your child has been made aware that paper copies of the
syllabus are available.
Video Permission
Lithia Springs High School will be engaging in a professional learning opportunity with
teachers during the 2016-2017 school year that will include videoing in their classroom
in an effort to increase research-based teaching practices. Each video will be used for
professional learning and only viewed by certified school personnel. By signing below
you understand that during videoing, your child may be included in the video and also
understand that the video will not be published.

Please sign and return entire page.


I, ______________________________________________ (print student name) agree to the standards and
rules set forth by the syllabus for this course and comply with the video statement above.

I, ______________________________________________ (print parent/guardian name) agree to the


standards and rules set forth by the syllabus for this course and comply with the video statement
above.

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