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  • Hey, there!

    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!

February 10-14, 2014

Hi, all!

I hope you had a great weekend, and if you didn’t make it out to the cheerleading competition on Friday or Saturday, I hope you spent your time relaxing and taking in some of the Olympics!  My family and I are absolutely obsessed with them, as evidenced by the cupcakes my sister made for the Opening Ceremonies…

Olympic cupcakes

We’ve talked a lot, especially in Common Core 1B, about how exponential growth rates come into play in Olympic events, especially when it comes to downhill skiing and curling.  They’ve gotten a peek into Sochi, Russia, and I think I’m enjoying it just as much as they are!

This week in Honors Algebra II, we’ll be focusing on linear equations (in all their various forms), how to create trend lines from scatter plots, and all different types of variation.  We’ll plan to quiz on Wednesday and test next Tuesday.  Also, don’t forget that Project 1 is due on Friday!

In Academic Algebra II, we’ll dive into absolute value equations and inequalities as well as graphing linear inequalities, and we’ll also plan to quiz on Wednesday and test on Friday.

In Common Core 1B this week, we’ll continue exploring exponential growth and decay, how to find trend lines for linear and exponential equations, and we’ll even test out some exponential decay with a lab on concentration and dilution!  It should be a fun week!

Here are our schedules!  As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions!  Remember that Friday is early release, and if we run into any adverse weather this week, I’ll be sure to update our schedule and keep the students posted on HW and quiz changes via Twitter and Remind 101.  For a refresher on how to sign up for Remind 101, just click here.


Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/10Writing Equations of LinesQUIZp. 67 #2-24 even
Tuesday, 2/11Equations of Lines, cont.

Scatter Plots & Trendlines
p. 68 #26-50 even
Wednesday, 2/12Scatter Plots & Trendlines, cont.

Thursday, 2/13Direct Variation
Friday, 2/14Joint & Inverse Variation



Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/10Solving Absolute Value Equationsp. 37 #34-42 even
Tuesday, 2/11Solving Absolute Value Inequalities

Graphs of Absolute Value Inequalities
p. 37 #44-52 even, p. 89 #33-48 every 3rd
Wednesday, 2/12QUIZ

Graphing Linear Inequalities
Thursday, 2/13Unit 2 Review


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/3Solving Rational Exponent EquationsCalculating Rates Winter OlympicsNONE
Tuesday, 2/4Solving Rational Exponent Equations, cont.NONE
Wednesday, 2/5Linear v. Exponential Graphs and Trendlines

Translations of Exponential Functions
Thursday, 2/6Concentration Dilution Lab
Friday, 2/7Exponential Decay Review
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Great first (full) week!

We had a fantastic first 5-day week here in our spring semester!  I don’t know that I can say the same for the students, but to me, it still felt like it flew by.

In Honors Algebra II this week, we wrapped up our unit on absolute value equations and inequalities with some work on piecewise functions, and students took their first test today.  I’m expecting great things!  Next week, we’ll jump back into a little Algebra I review with a look at linear equations, linear modeling, and types of variation.  It should be a little bit of a vacation from the craziness of absolute value!  Also, don’t forget, your first project is due next Friday!

In Academic Algebra II, we finished our unit on linear equations (yes, you’re actually ahead of Honors Algebra II on that one!), and next week, we’ll be taking on the absolute value equations and inequalities that the honors class just tackled.  They survived, so I’m sure you’ll make me proud, too!

In Common Core 1B, we took a quiz today on exponential growth, which capped off our week covering exponential growth and decay as well as compound interest.  The students have really impressed me with their ability to apply these concepts, and I’m hoping that when you take the plunge to buy that new family car, they can actually tell you if your interest rate is going to fit your budget!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and if you have some spare time, come on out to the Wake County Cheerleading competition being held at RHS this weekend!  I have several students who are cheerleaders, and I’m looking forward to supporting them and the rest of this fabulous county tomorrow.  Enjoy it!

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Well, that was fun!

Goodness gracious!  How’s that for a one-day school week?  In all seriousness, I’m very grateful that WCPSS is being cautious with our students’ safety, and this has been a great opportunity for us teachers to get better organized for the new semester.  I actually really appreciate the surprise break!

You’re probably wondering how those four days off will affect our calendar, and the answer is, not too badly.  Because only teacher workdays have been taken, we can push our calendar back and still have plenty of time for review before final exams.  However, you should encourage your students to jump back in next week with a ready-to-go attitude, because those quizzes that were scheduled for Tuesday are happening on Monday!  I won’t be introducing any new material that day, so we’ll have plenty of time for review before they take their quizzes, but I highly encourage some extra practice over the weekend to refresh the memory!  Below are some optional documents/practice problems for students so they can feel prepared.

For Honors Algebra II, try p. 50, #23-31.

For Academic Algebra II, try p. 110, #1-4, 12-23.

For Common Core 1B, try Independent Practice with Sequences.

Students are welcome to e-mail me or tweet me (@MsWinstead) with any questions.

And, here are our updated schedules for next week!  Check back in for updates on homework and files you can download.  Remember, if your student is missing a homework assignment or leaves it at school, this is the best place to find it.  If you don’t see something you’re looking for, please e-mail me!  Have a great weekend!


Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/3QUIZ (only material covered last Thursday and Friday)QUIZNONE
Tuesday, 2/4Graphing and Transformations of Absolute Value Functions

p. 88 #19-27 odd, p. 95 #2-18 even, #27-30
Wednesday, 2/5Piecewise FunctionsAbsolute Value and Piecewise HW
Thursday, 2/6Review for Unit 1 TestHonors Algebra 2 Unit 1 Test Review


Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/3Review of Linear Equations & Slope-Intercept Form

Tuesday, 2/4Linear Modelling

p. 81 #1-13 odd, 21
Wednesday, 2/5Complete Linear Modelling/Review for Unit 1 Testp. 110 #2, 4, 12-22 even, 31
Thursday, 2/6Unit 1 TESTUNIT 1 TESTNONE
Friday, 2/7Solving Equations & Inequalitiesp. 29 #1-13 odd, 14, 17, 36, 42-50 even


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 2/3Review of Arithmetic & Geometric Sequences

Tuesday, 2/4Exponential Growth & DecayExponential Decay PowerPointBacteria Growth, Diabetes, & Golf HW
Wednesday, 2/5Exponential Growth & Decay ApplicationMonsters & Amoebas Classwork p. 1

Monsters & Amoebas Classwork p. 2
Monsters & Amoebas HW
Thursday, 2/6Compound InterestCompound Interest p.1

Compound Interest p.2
Compound Interest HW
Friday, 2/7Compound Interest, cont.

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Happy Spring Semester!

Hello, all!  Welcome to the spring semester here at Rolesville High!  I can’t believe how fast the fall went, but I’m really glad that we all get to start fresh with 2014.

All students should have turned in their syllabus acknowledgement to me last Friday as one of their first homework assignments.  If you have not received this from your child and need an extra copy, they can be found under the link above associated with your student’s class.

We are off and running this semester in all three of my classes!  In Honors Algebra II, students started off with solving absolute value equations and inequalities, and this week, we will move into graphing absolute value functions, their transformations, and piecewise functions.  They also received their first project, which is a review of Algebra I concepts, and the guidelines can be found here.  We will plan to quiz Tuesday, review Unit 1 on Thursday, and they will take their very first test on Friday!

In Academic Algebra II, we began with a review of linear equations and plotting coordinates.  This week, we will continue to study all the different ways linear equations can be represented.  We will quiz on this topic on Tuesday and begin linear modelling the same day.  On Wednesday, we will review Unit 1, test Thursday, and begin solving equations and inequalities on Friday.

In Common Core 1B, we started off the semester with exponential functions and arithmetic and geometric sequences.  Students have grasped this concept really quickly, and they will take their first quiz Tuesday.  I’m sure they will all do very well!  From there, we will pick up with exponential growth and decay (think bacteria and kudzu) and simplifying exponential expressions, and we will quiz again on Friday.

Below are our schedules for the week!  As homework is assigned, that column will be updated and appropriate documents will be uploaded.  If you are ever unsure about content or homework, feel free to email me using the link above.

Thanks for helping us get off to a great start this semester!

Honors Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 1/27Graphing Absolute Value Functionsp. 88 #33-51 odd, 52
Tuesday, 1/28Transformations of Absolute Value Functions

QUIZ (only material covered last Thursday and Friday)
Wednesday, 1/29Piecewise Functions
Thursday, 1/30Review for Unit 1 Test
Friday, 1/31UNIT 1 TESTUNIT 1 TEST


Academic Algebra II

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 1/27Linear Equations & Slope-Intercept Formp. 68 # 32-62 even, 69
Tuesday, 1/28Linear Modelling

QUIZ (only material covered last Thursday through Monday)
Wednesday, 1/29Complete Linear Modelling/Review for Unit 1 Test
Thursday, 1/30Unit 1 TESTUNIT 1 TEST
Friday, 1/31Solving Equations & Inequalities


Common Core 1B

DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 1/27Review of Arithmetic & Geometric SequencesPreziIndependent Practice Killer Plants - Day 5
Tuesday, 1/28Exponential Growth & Decay

QUIZ (only material covered last Thursday through Monday)
Wednesday, 1/29Simplifying Exponential Expressions
Thursday, 1/30Compound Interest
Friday, 1/31Compound Interest, cont.

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