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    I'm thrilled to be your math teacher this semester, and I hope this website will be useful to you as we power through the next few months! Here, you'll find links to Powerschool, a downloadable graphing calculator, and other useful tools. I'll also post weekly updates on what we've been covering as well as our class and homework schedule. Please feel free to contact me anytime using the e-mail link above.

    Get ready for a great semester and a whole lot of FUN!

March 3-7, 2014

Hello, all!

So sorry for the delayed post this week, but I figured we would wait and see what the weather did before another schedule was interrupted!

This week in Honors Algebra II, we’ve finished up our unit on linear systems and matrices, and we’ll be testing tomorrow (Thursday).  Answers to the review we did today are posted below, and we’ll plan to jump into Unit 4 on Friday!  This next unit will be a really short one on linear programming, so we’ll plan to test again next Thursday.

In Academic Algebra II, we’re also wrapping up linear systems and matrices, except they’ve already tackled linear programming!  We’ll plan to test Friday, and then we’ll move into Unit 4, which is all about factoring and quadratic equations (yay, parabolas!) on Monday.  I’ll plan to post their review answers on Thursday evening so they can study.

In Common Core 1B, we’re just starting to figure out quadratic equations and parabolas and will be busy this week learning all the different parts of a parabola!  Students started on a graphic organizer today to help them visualize and study definitions and pictures, so be sure to ask them about it!

And with that, here are our schedules for the week!


Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 3/3Solving 3-Variable Systems with Matricesp. 213 #2-16 even, 42
Wednesday, 3/5Unit 3 ReviewUnit 3 Review Answers
Friday, 3/7Linear Programming


Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 3/3Matrix OperationsNONE
Wednesday, 3/5Multiplying Matricesp. 182 #2-26 every 4th, p. 200 #26-40 even, 47, 48
Thursday, 3/6Solving Systems using Matrices

Unit 3 Review
Unit 3 Review


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 3/3Early ReleaseNONE
Wednesday, 3/5Properties of Quadratic Functions

Guided Notes - Properties of Parabolas Day 4NONE
Thursday, 3/6Properties of Quadratic Functions, etc.Properties of Parabolas - Independent Practice Day 4Properties of Parabolas - Homework Day 4
Friday, 3/7Properties of ParabolasQuadratic Functions Guided Notes - Day 5Properties of Parabolas HW - Day 5

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February 24-28, 2014

Hi, all!

Welcome to the end of February!  It’s so hard to believe it’s here!

This week in Honors Algebra II and Academic Algebra II, we’ll be continuing our unit on linear systems and solving systems of equations.  In both classes, we will plan to quiz Thursday and test the following Thursday, March 6. The good news is that the remainder of this unit involves matrices, which 99% of students really enjoy, but the bad news is that it also involves linear programming, which is always a hurdle!  So, if you hear your students coming home talking about linear programming and maximizing an output, give them an extra tight hug!

In Common Core 1B, we began our unit on Quadratics yesterday!  This is one of my favorite topics that we’ll cover this year, and it’s especially important for their success in Common Core III, which they should take before they graduate.  Today, however, students are taking their first benchmark test, so I am looking forward to see how they’ve progressed this year and what we need to focus on before June rolls around!

Also, don’t forget that the curriculum fair is tonight at 5:30 in the RHS gym, so please stop by if you can!  I would love to see you there!  Here are our schedules for the week


Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/24Solving Systems of Equationsp. 119, #13-34 every 3rd, p. 126 #1-10 every 3rd, #30-39 every 3rd
Tuesday, 2/25Solving Systems of 3-Variable EquationsUnit 2 Test Answersp. 153 #1-17 odd
Wednesday, 2/26Linear Systems Applications
Thursday, 2/27Matrix Operations

Friday, 2/28Multiplying Matrices


Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/24Systems of Equations ApplicationsSolving Systems Applications
Tuesday, 2/25Systems of Linear Inequalitiesp. 132 #19-29 odd
Wednesday, 2/26Linear Programming
Thursday, 2/27Linear Programming, cont.

Friday, 2/28Matrix Operations


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/24Intro to PolynomialsNONE
Wednesday, 2/26Polynomials, cont.

Multiplying binomials

Thursday, 2/27Polynomials Special Cases
Friday, 2/28Properties of Parabolas
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February 18-21, 2014

Welcome to another new week!  It seems like they come around in a hurry when we spend half of them snowed out!  But, I hope that you at least got out to play in it a little bit.  I mentioned that my family and I love the Olympics, so this was the snowman my sister and I built in our backyard…


Anyway, I’m hoping that we can actually stay on track this week and not have to push any more topics back!  Below are our schedules for the week.

In Honors Algebra II, we’ll be wrapping up our unit on linear equations and testing on Friday.  Your students turned in their first projects yesterday, and they are BEAUTIFUL!  If you have a chance to drop by the school in the near future, I’m planning to hang their posters outside my door, so stop by and see them!

In Academic Algebra II, we’re also wrapping up our unit on absolute value equations and inequalities this week, and today will be our last day learning something new.  We’ll review tomorrow and test Thursday.  Then, we’ll move into solving systems of equations, which is usually a favorite for students because it’s like a big puzzle!

In Common Core 1B, we’re also finishing up our unit on exponential functions this week!  They’ve done a great job taking in this new topic, and I know it wasn’t an easy one to start with.  We will also review on Thursday and test on Friday before moving into our new unit on Quadratics next Monday.

As a reminder, tomorrow (Wednesday) will be the last day for students to retake any of their tests or quizzes from the most recent unit.  If your student would like to retest, please make sure he or she is up to date on all homework before coming in!  The best time to retest is during Ram Refresh on Wednesday or after school today (Tuesday).

Also, don’t forget the RHS Curriculum Fair is next Tuesday, the 25th, at 5:30 PM.  This will be a great opportunity for you to see what comes next for your child in every subject, not just math.  Plus, I would love to meet you and answer any questions you have!

Here’s to a great week!


Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/10Direct VariationPROJECT 1 DUEp. 74 #1-40, every 3rd
Tuesday, 2/11Joint & Inverse Variationp. 481 #1-34 every 3rd, 35, 36
Wednesday, 2/12Linear Modelling/Scatter Plots & Trendlinesp. 81 #1-13 odd, 21
Thursday, 2/13Unit 2 ReviewUnit 2 Review Answers


Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/10Transformations of Absolute Value Equationsp. 95 #21-41 odd, 50, 51
Tuesday, 2/11Graphing Linear Inequalitiesp. 102 #20-42 even, 45
Wednesday, 2/12Unit 2 ReviewUnit 2 Review Packet
Friday, 2/14Solving Systems of Equations


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/17Linear v. Exponential Graphs and Best Fit LinesLinear v. Exponential Functions ClassworkLinear v. Exponential Functions HW
Tuesday, 2/18Simplifying Rational ExponentsProperties of Exponents Guided NotesProperties of Exponents Worksheet
Wednesday, 2/19Half-Life FunctionsIndependent Practice Half ProblemsFinish Half-Life Independent Practice
Thursday, 2/20Unit 5 Review
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Algebra II Test Answers

Hello to my sweet Academic and Honors Algebra II students!

Since the weather kept you from being able to come by and get help on your test during Ram Refresh, I’ve posted the answers to your tests below.  Please take some time to look over them and be prepared to retest on your own time if you decide to next week.  The best time to take care of this would be during Ram Refresh on Wednesday, the 19th.  I have a list of Honors students who would like to retest, but if you’re in the Academic class and would like to do the same, please let me know by Tuesday afternoon!  Wednesday will be the absolute last day to retest.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments, email me, or tweet me!

Honors students, remember your project is due the first day we get back to school!

Honors Unit 1 Test Answers

Academic Unit 1 Test Form A Answers

Academic Unit 1 Test Form B Answers

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