Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors (5330)

Immaculate Heart Academy School Year 2010-2011

Mrs. Kearns

Daily Class Room Procedures:

Please be on time and be prepared!  Each time we meet it is expected that you will come with the following:

  1. Math Textbook, pencils, colored pencils for graphing, graph paper and a TI-84 plus calculator.  Your math textbook must be covered, (book socks or a sturdy cover is acceptable contact covers are not acceptable).


  1. Math notebook: A loose-leaf type binder to be used only for math. Occasionally I may collect homework and distribute handouts.  This type of binder allows you to keep notes, handouts and homework in an organized manner.   Notebooks may be checked randomly, these occasional checks will be included as part of your class participation grade.  Daily notes taken in class and homework assignments should be labeled and dated and in chronological order.  All notes must be neat and legible.


  1. Homework:  Daily Homework assignments will be written on the board and posted on my website which can be accessed from the IHA home page.  Homework is checked periodically for effort not accuracy.  Write out each problem from your textbook in its original form and show all work.  If homework is completed on time and in this manner I will give full credit regardless of the answers you obtained!   Each missed homework assignment will result in a 2-point grade reduction in class participation. (Example: Class participation grade is a 95% but you missed 3 homework assignments, grade reduction of 6 points, class participation grade is an 89%)


4.      Class Participation:  Please come to each class prepared to ask questions, they are a vital part of the learning process.  I welcome, encourage, and expect active class participation.  If you have questions or observations regarding the topic we are studying or the previous class assignments please provide your input we will all benefit.  The study of mathematics is not a spectator sport we need to participate and practice in order to be the best that we are capable.


(Please note: detailed notebooks and regular attendance are part of your class participation grade.  Class participation grade takes into account your willingness to discuss and ask questions regarding the new topics we cover and how willing you are to help those who may be struggling) 

5.      A good attitude.  Please try and refrain from leaving class unless of course it is an emergency, this disturbs your classmates and interrupts the learning process.  Eating is not permitted in class at any time! (Water is allowed)



The study of mathematics is a cumulative learning process. Each topic we study is built upon previous material. Regular attendance is extremely important, particularly, in an honors course where the pacing requires us to study a new topic each class meeting.  Frequent absences will affect your ability to master important concepts and learn new material.  Absences also affect your class participation grade!  I strongly urge you to make your best effort to come and stay in class each scheduled meeting. 



Having impressed upon you the importance of attendance I do understand that we all get sick or have the need to miss a class due to a family emergency.  I am completely understanding and tolerant of these situations.  If you do miss a class due to an excused absence it is your responsibility to make up all missed work.  Please make sure you have the phone number of a classmate you can call to obtain missing assignments and notes.  If you are absent the day of a test/quiz you will be required to take a make-up version the day you return, after school, not during class!  Please make arrangements to stay after school the day you return if you miss a test.

Remember, if you miss a class it is your responsibility to get all notes and make up all work it is not up to me to find you! 


Extra Help

Extra help is available most days Monday - Thursday after school in room 225.  

**An important note, if you need extra help due to a missed class you must first make the effort to obtain notes from a classmate and make your best effort at completing the missed assignment; (extra help is NOT PRIVATE TUTORING).  If you still need help, by all means come and see me!   I encourage students who are struggling to come for extra help regularly and contact NHS for peer tutoring.  Do not ignore your problems it will only make matters worse!  Please do not wait for the day before a test to come in for extra help; my class room is usually full the day before a test!


Lunch is an important time in both your day and mine therefore I do not give extra help or makeup tests during lunch periods.  We all need to eat and give our mind and body the chance to take a well-deserved break!



Grading Policy:


Tests 50%                  Quizzes 30%               Class Participation/Homework: 20%

I do not drop any test or quiz grades and there are no retests!

I look forward to a wonderful year of learning right along with you!