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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!

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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What a fantastic first week!

Hi all,

I couldn’t be more proud of how both my Common Core 1A and Honors Algebra II students did this week.  Both had their very first quizzes, and though the Common Core class’s haven’t been graded yet, the average Algebra II score was a 90!  For the first quiz of the year, I’m exceptionally happy!

This week in Common Core 1A, we spent some time getting to know each other, and then we dove right into our first unit on statistics.  As the week passed, we covered sampling and surveying methods, bar graphs, misleading graphs and bias, histograms, dot plots, and stem and leaf plots.  Needless to say, my classes know how to represent data!  They powered through group activities using NFL statistics and economics, and I’m happy to say that the vast majority of students turned in all their homework on time.  We are still working on coming into class quietly and getting to work on our warm-up assignments without getting distracted, but I know that beginning a new year at a new high school comes with its fair share of adjustments.  Next week, we will continue with our unit on statistics as we cover measures of center and shape and ensure that we are clear on the definitions of mean, median, and mode.

In Honors Algebra II, as I mentioned, we took our first quiz of the year!  The students did exceptionally well on it, and those who earned an “A” were celebrated by having their names placed on my “Ramblin’ Rams” wall.  I hope to see everyone’s name up there by the end of the semester!  This week, we reviewed several topics from Algebra I and Geometry, including types of real numbers, properties of real numbers, properties of algebraic expressions, properties of algebraic equality, simplifying and solving expressions, and solving equations.  It was a lot of information for them to take in, but they all kept positive attitudes, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how the course is progressing.  Today, to review for our Unit 1 test on Tuesday, we played a round of Jeopardy!  It was a blast, and the students had a great time competing against each other and engaging in a lively activity on a Friday.

Thank you for all the support you have provided your students through this first week, and please let me know if you have any questions.  I have received my official Wake County email address, which is  Please continue to encourage your students to attend after-school help sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, and also push them to make up any work they have missed before their next test.  Further test, after-school, and make-up work information can be found on the Class Syllabi page.

Here’s to a short and fantastic week two!


Ms. Winstead

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Welcome to Rolesville High School!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!  I’m so excited to begin, and I really am grateful to have you as my students this semester.  Below, you will find this week’s schedules for both Common Core 1A and Honors Algebra II.  All in-class and homework assignments can be found by clicking on the name of your course in the menu above, and you can always expect to find your class’s assignments there.  Also, the course syllabus that we went over today can be found on the Course Syllabi page.  Parents, please sign the last page of your student’s syllabus and have him or her return it to me by Thursday, August 29 during the homework check.  This will count as part of your student’s homework grade that day, and the information you provide on it will be vitally important to me as I do my best to keep parent-teacher communication a priority in my classroom.  As of today, I should receive my official Wake County e-mail address, so as soon as I have it, I will make sure you and your students receive it.  Please look over the schedule below and let me know if you have any questions.  As we move through the week, I will add links to assignments and homework.  Thank you, and here’s to a great semester!


Common Core 1A

8.26.13 - 8.30.13


Honors Algebra II

8.26.13 - 8.30.13

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