Advanced Algebra

Advanced Algebra                                               Mrs. Cynthia Anderson

Spring 2011                                                           240-236-7562


MHS Mission Statement:

“A Tradition of Excellence: Knowledge, Creativity, Strength, Leadership”


Prerequisite:  Grade of “D” or better in Algebra II


Materials:  The following materials are required everyday:

                                Covered textbook, Graphing calculator (TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 plus, TI-84)

                                3-Ring Notebook,  Loose leaf paper,  Graph paper,  Color Pencil

                                Pencils, pencils, pencils!!!


Course description and content:  Advanced Algebra studies advances algebra topics with emphasis on polynomials, quadratics, and functions. Completion of this course will prepare students for further studies in Pre-calculus and college level algebra. 


Behavioral Expectations:

1.       Be in your seat with all required materials when the bell rings.

2.       Attempt all work.  (Completing all work is expected)

3.       Promote a positive classroom atmosphere.  Any behaviors that impede effective instruction will not be tolerated.  This includes talking during instruction, when others are talking, and during quizzes and tests.

4.       Follow all directions the first time they are given.

5.       Follow all school rules.


Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: In accordance with the FCPS Regulation 400-8,  “portable electronic devices must be powered off at all times during the school day, while aboard a school bus or other school-sponsored vehicle, and during after-school activities.  Students are not permitted to use cell phones or electronic devices upon entering the building until dismissal”. 


Calculator Misuse:  At NO TIME will students be allowed to share calculators or other materials when taking a quiz or test.  Game playing on the graphing calculator will not be tolerated.  BE SMART!!



1.        Warning

2.        Detention / parent contact

3.        Office referral

A pattern of offences will result in a greater progression of consequences.


Grading:                The grade for the term will be determined as follows:

                                Tests 50%           Quizzes 30%           Classwork 10%             Assignments 10%


                                The grade for the semester will be determined as follows:

                                1st term 40%                       2nd term 40%                       Final exam 20%


The grades are recorded as follows:

A = 100% - 90%, B = 89.9% - 80%, C = 79.9% - 70%, D = 69.9% - 60%, F = 59.9% - 0%


Reports:  At mid-term, interim reports will be sent home for each student.  Students are encouraged to seek extra help both in class and outside of class whenever necessary.  Tutoring is offered after school with me by appointment, through the mathematics department, and FCPS mathematics office has a list of tutors they will send you if you call.


You can also locate your grades on the web using the MHS web site.

Make-up Policy:  It is crucial that missed work be completed promptly to prevent confusion as new materials continue to be introduced.  Students have the number of days they are absent to complete any missed assignment.  (Ex. Absent one day, have one day to make up work). 


Missed tests will be taken after school within 2 days of an absence. 


If the student feels that special consideration must be given, they need to discuss their concern with me and alternative arrangements will try to be made.  I will not “chase after” the missing work!  Work not completed before the make-up deadline will be recorded as a zero.

WHAT IS THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST? FCC requires new students to take a mathematics assessment test. ACCUPLACER is a test that is used at FCC to place students in the most appropriate math course for their skill level. The goal of the placement test is to get you exactly where you need to be in order for you to learn the most and do your best.

Results of this assessment will be used to help you and your academic advisor select courses which will help you reach your academic goals. Noncredit mathematics courses, as well as student support services, may be required.

WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST?  All students must take the math part of ACCUPLACER before registering for a math course at FCC unless they meet one of the following criteria.Student has passed a college credit math course or has Advanced Placement credit. (See FCC catalog for course and scores)

  • Student has a SAT Math score of 550 or higher

  • Student has an ACT Math score of 21 or higher

  • Student has earned an A or B in Algebra II or higher in a FCPS high school during their senior year and within the last academic year.  Contemporary Math does not count as an upper level course


STUDENTS 2010-2011

MHS Honor Philosophy – The community of Middletown High School acknowledges that learning is a right and responsibility of all students.  A successful school experience requires the highest standards of integrity on the part of all involved.  A student’s work is a reflection of self-pride.  Therefore, the honor philosophy of this community recognizes that ideas belong to those who create and articulate them; that to submit work that is not one’s own is to insult the efforts of one’s peers; that to claim the thoughts or works of another as one’s own is to steal from the originator and to deceive those to whom the material is presented; that to be dishonest is to degrade oneself.


Honor Pledge – I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment.  My name on this piece of work affirms my character and honor.


Students are responsible for:

¿            Understanding the definition of cheating and the types of conduct that are deemed unacceptable.

¿            Refraining from any act of cheating, plagiarizing, facilitating academic dishonesty, abusing academic

materials, stealing, or lying.

¿            Reporting every instance in which the student has knowledge that academic dishonesty has taken place.




Definition of Cheating:

Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices, or obtaining unauthorized assistance from any source or person for work submitted as one’s own individual efforts on any assignment.  Cheating is also the act of helping or attempting to help another student commit an act of academic dishonesty.


Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following actions:

1)                   Copying from another student’s paper or test, or receiving assistance from another person during an exam or other assignment in a manner not authorized by the teacher.

2)                   Possessing, buying, selling, removing, receiving, or using at any time or in any manner not previously authorized by the teacher a copy or copies of any exam or other materials intended to be used as an instrument of evaluation in advance of its administration.

3)                   Using materials or equipment, such as crib notes, a calculator, or a tape recorder, not authorized by the teacher during a test or other academic evaluation.

4)                   Working with another or others on any exam, take home exam, computer or laboratory work, or any other assignment when the teacher has required independent and unaided effort.

5)                   Attempting to influence or change an academic evaluation, grade, or record by deceit or unfair means, such as; (a) damaging the academic work of another student to gain unfair advantage in an academic evaluation; or (b) marking or submitting an exam or other assignment in a manner designed to deceive the grading system.

6)                   Submitting, without prior permission, the same academic work that has been submitted in identical or similar form in another class.

7)                   Gaining an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation by receiving specific information about a test, exam, or other assignment.

8)                   Providing assistance to another during an exam or other assignment in a way not authorized by the teacher.

9)                   Copying homework – even one or two answers.

10)               Minimizing a computer screen rather than closing all programs during a quiz or test.  A minimized screen has the potential to be a “cheat sheet” and violates the honor code.

Definition of Plagiarism:

Representing orally or in writing, in any academic exercise or assignment, the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own without proper acknowledgement of the source.

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following actions:

1)                   Submitting material or work, in whole or in part, which has been prepared by another individual or commercial service.

2)                   Directly quoting from a source without the proper citation.

3)                   Paraphrasing or summarizing another person’s work without acknowledging the source.



















Consequences of Cheating:

Teacher Action                                                                                    Administrative Action



1st:    parent contact; referral; zero credit

ASD/Saturday School/NHS notification

2nd:   parent contact; referral; zero credit

ASD/Saturday School/NHS notification

      3rd:   parent contact; referral; zero credit

ISS/suspension/conference/NHS notification

My signature affirms that I have received and read the Middletown High School Honor System.


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                                Parent Signature                                                                                                   Date


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                                Student Signature                                                                                                                Date       



Classroom donations of AAA batteries, tissues, or #2 pencils are welcome at any time.



My signature affirms that I have received and read Mrs. Anderson’s class policies and MHS honor system.


Guardian Signature ____________________________         Date _________

Printed Name: _________________________  Daytime phone #:_________________

e-mail: _________________________                                  


Student’s Name (printed): _________________________

Student’s signature: _____________________________