Century High School Mr. Leung
College Algebra Room 5210
This course will be very similar to Algebra II, but with a few extra topics such as matrices and conic sections. The material will be much the same, but at a faster pace. This course is intended for those who would like to further their math education, but are not ready for Math Analysis or Statistics. Therefore, students can expect a great deal of review to help them improve their skills and be better prepared for college. It is the opinion of the teacher that students who demonstrated competency in Algebra II with a grade of B or better might want to take a different course.
Course grade composition: Grade scale:
Homework 20% 90-100% A
Quizzes 20% 80-89% B
Tests and Projects 30% 70-79% C
Notes and Participation 15% 60-69% D
Final 15% 0-59% F
Notes and Participation (and attendance, class work, preparedness):
Everything done in class except homework, quizzes, and tests should be done in a notebook. For the occasional open-note quizzes or tests, only notebooks will be allowed, not loose sheets of paper. Thus, it is vital for students to bring their notebook to class every day and to keep their notes organized in their notebook. Missing class does not excuse students from missing the notes. It is the responsibility of the student to get the notes from a classmate. Each day of notes is worth 10 points and must include the day and date hi-lighted, warm up, objective, and the actual notes. Notebooks will be due by test days, late notes will not be given any extra credit, and super late notes (turned in a whole unit late) will be half credit.
Students can expect homework EVERYDAY including weekends, holidays, and test days. The purpose of homework is to allow students the opportunity to practice (not be perfect) before quizzes and tests. Homework will be checked for a fair attempt of the majority of the assignment, despite correctness, and will be stamped each day after it has been assigned. Each week’s homework packet (Monday-Friday) will be due on the Tuesday of the following week. The assignments should be arranged chronologically with Monday’s assignment first and Friday’s assignment last. 50 points will be awarded for each assignment that has a stamp (meaning it was completed on time by the next day) and 40 points for those without. Points can also be deducted if the homework packet is out of order or lacks proper heading such as not having the week in which it was assigned on the first page. If students are absent, they should show the assignment to the teacher for a stamp when they return. Although homework packets are due on Tuesdays, students can still turn in late homework for partial credit until the END OF THE SEMESTER! 1 day late (Wednesday) will result in a deduction of 10%, 2 days is 25%, and 3 or more days is 50%.
Quizzes and Tests:
Quizzes will be given frequently, at least once a week, and students can expect pop quizzes. This means students should be on top of things throughout each chapter rather than cramming to study at the last second for a test. If students know they will be missing class on a quiz or test day, it is their responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to make it up beforehand. Students with unexcused absences will not be able to make up any work and will receive a zero. Students with excused absences will be given one week to make up a quiz or test. Tests can be retaken (with a different version) before the next test, but students must come in for tutoring with their old test first.
Quizzes will be taken in groups. Groups will work verbally together quietly, but are not allowed to look at each other’s papers. Groups will receive a zero if they show or look at each other’s papers, or if they communicate with another group. Only one random quiz from each group will be graded, and the entire group will receive the same grade. Thus, it is important prior to quizzes for group members to help one another and to learn to communicate with each other.
Students are expected to be academically honest. This means that they should be doing their own work and not cheating or copying. This also means that they should not give their work to others or help others cheat. Students are encouraged to help one another and to work together, but no student should ever have another student’s work. There is a Zero-Tolerance policy on academic dishonesty and students will receive a zero if they are academically dishonest.
Tutoring will be available before school 7:00-8:00, after school 3:00-4:00, and during both lunches. It is advised that students inform the teacher of tutoring needs ahead of time. Any student can come for tutoring, not just those who are underperforming. Anyone who does so will receive extra credit to bump up their grade at the end of the semester.
- BE RESPECTFUL of the teacher, each other, the school, and yourself
- No electronic devices except calculators
- No personal grooming
- No gum, food, or drink (except water)
- Remain seated at all times. When out of seat for personal business, please make it quick and quiet. Only 1 restroom pass per semester!
- Come to class on time and be prepared to learn with proper materials (notebook, pen or pencil, calculator, and last night’s homework)
Consequences for Bad Behavior:
1st occurrence warning
2nd occurrence conference with student after class
3rd occurrence parent contact
4th occurrence referral to student services
In order for your child to succeed, I will need your support. Homework will be assigned every day so please check your child’s agenda and provide a quiet place to study. Please be sure that the school has your correct home phone number. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.
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Student name: ______________________________
Period number: ________
Parent name: _______________________________
Parent’s daytime phone number: ______________________
I understand what is expected of my child and how I can help.
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I understand what is expected of me and will do my best to succeed.
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