Course Syllabus

PreCalculus 2022-23

Instructor

Email

Phone

Office Hours

Tutoring

Ms. Becky Peeler

becky.peeler@cmcss.net

931-648-5640

M-F, 7th Pd 1:40pm-2:25pm

By appointment  

The best way to reach me is by email or Canvas before 8pm. I strive to respond within 24 hours. 

Welcome to Room 116, PreCalculus! I look forward to getting to know you this year. I am excited to share my passion for mathematics with you and to help you reach your educational goals. The following information should help you have a successful year in this class.

Please Note: The teacher reserves the right to amend any portion of this syllabus in order to better meet the needs of the class. Any changes will be communicated with students and parents and updated on my webpage and Canvas.

Course Description:

Precalculus is designed to prepare students for college-level STEM focused courses. Students extend their knowledge of the complex number system to use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations. Topics for student mastery include vectors and matrix quantities, sequences and series, parametric equations and conic sections. Students use previous knowledge to continue progressing in their understanding of trigonometric functions and using regression equations to model quantitative data. Students enrolling in PreCalculus should have scored at least a 22 on the math sub-score of the ACT.  

Honors: In order to receive the distinction of honors, students in this course must demonstrate at least 5 of the following 9 components: extended reading, research based writing, real-world projects, open-ended research, various directed writings, tech integration, exploration of culture, values & history, problem-solving and job shadowing. Three percentage points will be added to each nine week grading period and semester exam, if the student has successfully completed the five components and has at least a 60% prior to the bonus.  

Standards & Units of Study

Academic standards, chosen by the Tennessee State Board of Education, provide a common set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of a specific grade or course.  Local school districts determine the order in which these state-mandated standards are addressed in their schools.  For a breakdown of standard pacing and course objectives for PreCalculus students in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System, please visit the Curriculum Resources link under the Students & Parents tab on the CMCSS homepage. 

It is the policy of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System to follow the dictates of state statutes in the selection and use of all instructional materials.  Parents or legal guardians may request to review any instructional materials used in the classroom of the parent or legal guardian’s child following the guidelines set forth in Instructional Policy INS-A073 found at: https://employees.cmcss.net/misc/ViewISO?filename=INS-A073.pdf

The chart below outlines the units of study for PreCalculus and possible major assignments or field trips that could be used to enhance student learning or solidify mastery of standards in each unit.  This chart is not inclusive of every assignment for PreCalculus, as additional or different assignments may be created based on the needs of students.  Specific details for major assignments will be shared with students and parents or legal guardians as the standards related to the assignments are addressed in class.

Unit

Approx Dates

Topic

1

8/8 - 9/2

Analyzing General Functions & Graphs

2

9/3 - 9/28

Polynomial & Rational Functions

3

9/29 - 10/20

Matrices & Systems of Nonlinear Inequalities

4

10/21 - 11/21

Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

5

11/22 - 12/8

Trigonometric Functions

Midterm

12/9 - 12/16

Midterm Review & Exam

5

1/5 - 1/23

Trigonometric Functions continued

6

1/24 - 2/23

Applied Trigonometry

7

2/24 - 3/20

Vectors

8

3/21 - 4/3

Parametric & Polar Functions

9

4/4 - 4/21

Sequences & Series

10

4/24 - 5/16

Conics

Final

5/17 - 5/24

Finals Review & Exam

 

Required Materials – Bring Daily:

    • A sharpened pencil, mechanical pencil or blue/black ink pen
    • District-issued laptop
    • Either 1” binder dedicated to Precalculus or a Precalculus section in a 3” binder
    • Loose leaf, notebook paper – no spiral notebooks
    • Earbuds
    • Dry Erase marker (optional)
    • Stylus - recommended, but not required
    • TI-84 calculator (strongly recommended)
    • Items to have at home: TI-84 calculator, graph paper

Grading Policy: Grades entered will be available for parents to view through PowerSchool. (See front office for password to access your child’s grades.)  So that there are no grade surprises, zeros are entered for ALL missing work in PowerSchool on the due date but will be removed shortly after receipt of the assignment. Students who are absent should submit work promptly in order for the zeros to be removed. Parents are able to create observer accounts within Canvas to view all course content, students submissions, and grades. Grades between Canvas and PowerSchool will sync nightly between midnight and 7:00 am, including assignments that are not yet closed. While assignments are accessed through Canvas, the gradebook contained in this platform is not the official gradebook. Please refer to PowerSchool for the official grade. 

Grading Scale

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 0% - 59%

Grade Categories & Semester Percentages

  • Classwork (Daily Work, Independent Practice) will count 40% of each nine week grade.
  • Assessments (Quizzes, Tests, Projects) will count 60% of each nine week grade

Semester Grades

N1 = 40%

N2 = 40%

Midterm Exam = 20%

N3 = 40%

N4 = 40%

Final Exam = 20%

Online Resources:

  • District website – https://www.cmcss.net/
  • School website – https://northeasthigh.cmcss.net/
  • My website – From the NEHS website, click on “Faculty & Staff Directory”, then search for me
  • Power School – From the NEHS website, click on “Parents”
  • Canvas – From the district website, choose Student Resources under Students tab; site contains class notes, assignments, lecture videos, study tools, etc.

Academic Assistance/Tutorials

Students who need extra help may request an appointment with me via email.  

Retesting

  • Students who score at least an 70% on a unit test may choose one of two options to improve the test score: 1) correct missed problems for half of the missed points, or 2) take the full retest. 
  • Students who score below 70% are required to complete the retest review with at least an 80% before they can take a retest. 
  • In the first retest attempt, the student has the potential to make a max score of 100%. Any retest attempt after the first will be limited to 60%. 
  • The higher score between the original test and the retest will be entered into the gradebook. 
  • The retest must be completed by the due date set by the teacher.  
  • Students must email the teacher in advance to arrange a retest. 

 

Behavioral Expectations: In addition to the CMCSS and NEHS Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to meet the following expectations during class:

Rules

Consequences

  • Respect people, property & time.
  • Follow directions.
  • Stay on task.

Consequences of misbehavior in the classroom will be in accordance with the CMCSS and NEHS Student Code of Conduct and shall include such actions as warnings, parent contact, counselor referral and discipline referral. 

 

Special Notes on Expectations:  

  • Except for the rare occasion when the teacher has determined there is an instructional use and given permission to use, cell phones will not be permitted, and the teacher will follow CMCSS and NEHS policy for discipline concerning cell phones. Before class begins, please silence and put away your cell phone.  
  • Water is the preferred beverage allowed in class. All beverages must be in a sealable container and kept safely away from laptops and calculators.
  • Avoid conversations during teacher instruction and take turns speaking in class discussion. 
  • Stay in your assigned seat for the duration of class.
  • Remain silent during any quiz or test for the duration of the testing period.

Policies & Procedures

Make-up work  (excerpt from the Student Code of Conduct)

"make-up work must be completed within a number of days equal to the number of consecutive days of the absences. A grade of “0” shall be entered into the teacher’s grade book for any missing work until the assignments have been completed and turned in." Due dates and assignment closures will be adjusted on an individual basis for students who are absent. It is the student's responsibility to inform the teacher if an assignment needs to be reopened due to absence. Remember, you do not have unlimited time to make-up your work for full credit.  For example, if you are absent for 1 day, you only have 1 day to turn in your make-up work. All lessons, notes, and assignments can be found in Canvas.

Assignments – Most homework assignments will be accessed through Canvas and will consist of assigned problems in MyOpenMath that were not completed during class time. The practice problems assigned from MyOpenMath will be graded for accuracy, but you will have unlimited attempts on each problem with no penalty. The amount of time to complete assignments will vary according to the length and difficulty of an assignment. Recording your thought process on paper is strongly recommended. This will help you and I identify and resolve the breakdown in understanding.

  • Assignments will close at midnight on the due date.
  • 10 late passes given each grading period.
  • Late passes extend a due date by 48 hours from the original due date
  • Closed assignments will remain available for review in practice mode, where questions can be regenerated for additional practice. (Scores will not be recorded.)
  • Assignments may not be the same for all students in class both in length and skills practice. When possible, homework and classwork will be differentiated, based on need.  

During Tests or Quizzes – On test or quiz days, you are expected to have materials ready and be in your seat before the bell rings. As soon as the tardy bell rings, test materials will be passed out (or a test password will be released) and you are expected to begin as soon as you receive materials and to complete the test or quiz before the class period ends. Students are expected to stay silent during the entire testing period.  If you finish before the testing period is over, you may silently work on assignments. If you feel that you need additional time on a test or quiz, you must make arrangements with the teacher to either finish during the next class meeting or during a scheduled appointment with the teacher.

 

When There is An Emergency Drill

  1. Fire – exit the room quietly and quickly, using the designated route. Meet at the designated area and form a straight line so that your attendance can be noted.
  2. Severe Weather – quickly and quietly move to the designated area and get in the protective position, hands covering your head, until we are given the “all clear” signal.
  3. Intruder – quickly and quietly move to the area of the classroom farthest from the door. Do not talk or move around until we receive the “all clear” signal.

NEHS Math Department Calculator Usage Policy

The TI-84 Plus (CE, Silver Edition…) calculator is the preferred calculator at Northeast High. Calculators are a valuable learning tool and will be incorporated into many aspects of mathematics instruction, analysis and assessment. These calculators will be available in the math classroom for your child to use while in class.  The classroom calculators cannot be sent home or used in other classes; however, a limited number of TI-84 Plus calculators are available for overnight checkout through the school library. 

To help you make an informed decision whether to purchase the TI-84, please consider the following: 

  • We cannot guarantee the calculators will be sanitized; thus, it may be safer for your child to have a personal calculator. 
  • While there are some online calculator apps, many of them do not have the same functionality as the TI-84. There may be functions of the TI-84 that are not available on these online apps. 
  • These calculators are an investment in your student’s educational future and will be used for the remainder of high school math classes, during college entrance tests, and in college courses.  

If you are interested in purchasing your own personal graphing calculator, here is some helpful information:

What type?

  • TI-84+ or TI-84+ Silver Edition (more memory); TI-84+ CE (more memory & color display)

Where to buy NEW?

  • Wal-mart, Target, Office Depot, Office Max, or the Texas Instrument website. Costs can range from $90.00 to $150.00

Where to buy USED?

  • EBay, Amazon, Craig’s List, The Leaf Chronicle, Study Masters, ShopGoodwill.com. Costs vary depending on where you purchase. 

In order to use the TI-84 from the classroom set, each student will be assigned a calculator by number and will be responsible for any damage (removing the bar code, marking on it, removing the batteries, damaging screen or keyboard, breaking the cover to the batteries, etc.) or loss while it is in his/her use.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the teacher immediately about any problems with the calculator issued to them. If a student brings their own calculator to school, they must be responsible for protecting their own equipment.  Northeast faculty and staff will not be responsible for damage, loss or theft of a student’s personal calculator. 

Syllabus and Technology Policy Acknowledgement

This syllabus and included calculator policy will be available at all times on Ms. Peeler’s teacher webpage and Canvas course. Please sign the Syllabus Acknowledgement Form and have your child turn in this form to Ms. Peeler at the next appointed class time. 

 

Course Summary:

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