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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!

10/7/13 – 10/11/13

Hi, all!  It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the semester, but it’s flying by!

In Common Core I this week, we’re transitioning from solving equations and inequalities into the Pythagorean Theorem and literal equations, which are just equations that have variables instead of numbers.  Students are making connections between the isolation of variables in solving equations and isolation of variables in geometry and other algebraic formulas, and so far, I’m very impressed with their ability to carry over and apply what they know.  We are planning to test on Unit 2 on Friday, and that will include all topics covered since we ended our first unit on statistics.

In Honors Algebra II, we tested today on Unit 4, which was on linear equations, inequalities, absolute value equations, and absolute value inequalities.  The majority of the test was taken without a calculator, but students were allowed one for the last twenty minutes so that they could check their answers (especially the fractions)!  Next, we’ll move into systems of equations (my personal favorite), and even though there are seven units remaining, we’re moving at a good pace to begin incorporating more opportunities for quizzes and projects.

Here are the schedules for this week, and as always, please check back for homework and content updates!



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 10/7State Benchmark Test (not part of final grade)Benchmark TestNONE
Tuesday, 10/8Pythagorean TheoremCoordinate plane discovery sheet
Wednesday, 10/9Literal Equations
Thursday, 10/10Review for Test
Friday, 10/11UNIT 2 TEST



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 10/7Review for Unit 4 TestUnit 4 Study GuideNONE
Tuesday, 10/8UNIT 4 TESTNONE
Wednesday, 10/9Trend lines, scatter plots, graphing linear and absolute value inequalities
Thursday, 10/10Begin Systems of Equations (Unit 5)
Friday, 10/11
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9/23/13 – 9/27/13

Hi, all!

Welcome to week five!  It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on our one-month “anniversary” of the beginning of the school year, but things are moving right along!

This week in Common Core 1A, we are continuing our unit on linear equations and expressions, both one-step and multi-step.  For most students, this is a review and they are picking the concepts back up quite nicely.  We will plan to have a short review tomorrow and a quiz on solving equations and writing algebraic expressions on Wednesday.  Last week, we officially wrapped up our Statistics unit with group project presentations, which count as the students’ first test grade.  We are utilizing guided notes in this unit, so students are following along with me as I help them take solid notes that will help them throughout the unit.  This information is crucial to their future success in math, so I want to make sure they’ve got it!

In Honors Algebra II, we wrapped up our unit on Sequences and Series last week, and I am extremely proud of how my students did on their test!  Over half the class made above an 80, and one third of them made a 94 or above.  Needless to say, there are LOTS of stars on my wall this week (ask your student about that)!  On Thursday, we dove into our unit on Algebraic Functions, which we will wrap up on Wednesday with a unit test.  Because this class is honors, we take on two extra units that academic-level Algebra II classes do not cover, meaning we have to move quickly!  Please continue to encourage your students to come after school for help when they need it, and please email me if I need to make special accommodations to help your student after school.  That time is crucial, and it has proven to be the difference for most of my students!

Here are our schedules for the week, and be sure to check back for updates!



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/23Multi-Step Functions with Fractions/DecimalsNotes - Multi-Step Equations with Fractions and Decimals2nd Period: Exit Ticket - MultiStep Equations Mixed 4th Period: Notes - MultiStep Equations with Fractions and Proportions
Tuesday, 9/24Review for Quiz, Multi-Step Equations as Word Problems
Wednesday, 9/25Quiz - Multi-Step Equations and Writing Algebraic Expressions
Thursday, 9/26
Friday, 9/27



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/23Functions and Inverse Functions Review, Intro to Linear Transformations5a Transformations Notes Remember to use x-y tables to help you graph!
Tuesday, 9/24Linear Transformations, Contd., Review for Test
Wednesday, 9/25Algebraic Functions Test
Thursday, 9/26Begin Unit 4 - Linear and
Absolute Value Inequalities and Equations Applications
Friday, 9/27
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9/16/13 – 9/20/13

Hi, all!  I hope you had a great weekend!

This week in Common Core 1A, we will be finishing up our Unit 1 Statistics project and presenting them in class on Wednesday.  Students have been asked to dress up (or look a little nicer than normal) for this presentation to get them ready for the real-life demands of presentations in college and beyond!  They have been working for the past few days on comparing data they find interesting (most chose sports scores) and will be compiling that data to draw conclusions about which teams and players are superior.  I’m very proud of the way they have worked together, and I anticipate some great grades!  This project will serve as the test grade for the first unit, so students should see their class averages off to a great start.  Today, we began Unit 2, which involved re-introducing combining like terms.  Most students were relieved to see some algebra and left my class feeling empowered after almost three weeks of statistics!  We’ll move into writing algebraic expressions and solving one-step equations later this week.

In Honors Algebra II, we’re wrapping up our unit on Sequences and Series.  Today was the final day of in-class practice, and students will take a test on Wednesday.  I am currently wrapping up grading their quizzes from Friday, and so far I am very pleased!  We will begin instruction on our next unit, Algebraic Functions, on Tuesday, and I think students will breathe a sigh of relief for something they’ve seen before!  Of course, we’ll parlay it into new material, but it should be a nice break from the formula-heavy sequences and series.

Here are our schedules for the week!


DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/16Work on Unit Project, Combining Like TermsNotes - Combining Like Terms2 - Combining Like Terms Practice HW
Tuesday, 9/17Work on Unit Project, Writing Algebraic Expressions2 - Writing Algebraic Expressions
Wednesday, 9/18Present Unit Projects (dress up!), Unit 2 Quiz
Thursday, 9/19Multi-Step Equations Using the Distributive PropertySolving Multistep Equations with the Distributive Property
Friday, 9/20Multi-step equations with infinite and no solutions



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/16Practice with Sequences and SeriesSequences and Series Practice Test
Tuesday, 9/17Begin algebraic functions, review for Sequences & Series testAlgebra II Relations and Functions
Wednesday, 9/18Unit 2 Sequences & Series Test
Thursday, 9/19Function Operations, Inverse Functions
Friday, 9/20
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Statistics, Sequences, and Series (oh my!)

It’s been a big week for my students!

In Common Core 1A, we are wrapping up our statistics unit, and I know many of my students are ready to move on to algebra!  Before that, though, we’re finishing up a big project that requires the students to collect comparative data on something they’re interested in, then analyze it using measures of center, box plots, histograms, and distribution.  Many of them brought in data about their favorite sports teams, so it’s exciting to watch them apply statistics to their own interests.  They were able to use computers today in class to research their topics, and I was extremely impressed at how adept they were at finding exactly what they were looking for.  Before they started this project, we did a mini version of it together so that they would know what to do once they were on their own.  The mini project was collected for a quiz grade, and the big project will be collected for a test grade.  On Wednesday, students will be asked to dress up and present their data to the rest of the class.

In Honors Algebra II, we tore through a unit on Sequences and Series, and students took their quiz today.  I commend them for taking in so many formulas in one week, and even though this unit challenges students to think differently than they normally do, they’re picking up on it little by little.  After their quiz today, they did an artistic project where they were asked to represent an arithmetic or geometric series with items found in the real world, using common difference and common ratio to change their chosen item bit by bit.  Some chose flowers, some chose deer, and some even chose the school mascot!  It was a nice break from the pace at which we’ve been moving, and we’ll take a day to review on Monday before the unit test on Tuesday.

I also want to commend all my students who have been involved with sports and joining clubs this week.  Not only do I think they make high school unforgettable, but I know they challenge students to learn time management early on in their lives.  They have managed to balance all their responsibilities extremely well, and I’ve been so happy to be able to make it to their volleyball and football games in the past weeks.  This week, I and two other teachers also began Rolesville High’s very first Student Government Association, and the interest from students has been fantastic!  It’s incredible to think that ten, twenty, and thirty years from now, they’ll still be the very first SGA.  I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

Here’s to a great weekend and another week of fantastic progress!

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9/9/13 – 9/13/13

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great short week last week.

In Common Core 1A, we continued our unit on Statistics, which has been a great and challenging intro to the course.  Many students are learning brand new material, which I think is great!  Often, the first few weeks of school can simply be a review of material from the previous course, but we’re diving in head first, and I commend my students on sticking with me through some tough stuff!  This week, they will continue their work on standard deviation and review box plots, interquartile range, and outliers for a quiz on Wednesday, 9/11.  After the quiz, I will introduce our first mini in-class statistics project, which will guide students in the completion of their first big project.  Both projects will involve comparing sets of data using the methods they’ve learned in class and writing narratives to verbally compare the data.  Rubrics and specific instructions will be provided.

My Honors Algebra II students wrapped up a tough first unit on algebraic properties and took their first test.  Some were happy, some were disappointed, but I encouraged all to remember that the first test is always the hardest, and high school, whether you’re new to it or just to the school, is an adjustment.  However, they do have the opportunity to complete test corrections for 1/3 of their missed points, and all are encouraged to come see me after school on Tuesday, 9/10 for help on them.  They will be graded for accuracy.  Today, we jumped into a new unit on sequences and series, and even though it’s new to most of my students, they caught on quite well today!  We will have a quiz on this unit on Thursday and a test on Monday, 9/16.  We will spend a portion of Wednesday and most of Friday reviewing.

Here are our schedules for the week!  Please let me know if you have any questions, and check back throughout the week for updates on homework or schedule changes.


DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/9Standard Deviation, continued9-9-13 Box Plots and Histograms Review
Tuesday, 9/10Comparing Data, Review for Quiz9-10-13 5-Number Summary, Quiz Review HW
Wednesday, 9/11Quiz, Unit 1 Review, Introduce Mini ProjectStatistics ProjectNo Homework
Thursday, 9/12Go over quiz, complete mini projectThink of a set of comparative data that you could use for your Unit Project. Write it down and show me at the beginning of class Friday.
Friday, 9/13Work on Unit Project (test grade)Finish collecting data for Unit Project



DayContentIn-Class DocumentsHomework
Monday, 9/9Mathematical Patterns, Algebraic Sequences and SeriesAlgebra II Arithmetic Sequences and Seriesp. 591, #1-28 every 4th problem, p. 596, #1-28 every 4th problem, 53, 57, 71, and p. 610, #1-28, every 4th problem, 31, 43, 45
Tuesday, 9/10Geometric Sequences and Seriesp. 602, #1-53, every 4th problem
Wednesday, 9/11Go over Unit 1 Test and Test Correctionsp. 616, #1-53, every 4th problem
Thursday, 9/12Review, begin in-class mini projectp. 632, #1-31
Friday, 9/13Quiz, continue mini-projectNo Homework
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