Mrs. Gilmore

Algebra 2

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Contact Information

jgilmore@liberty.k12.mo.us
(816) 736-5340 ext. 2821

Email communication typically receives a response within 24 hours.
Phone communication typically receives a response within a few business days.

Course Materials

Laptop to access online book and resources
Finished Assignments
Paper/Notebook and Writing Utensil (pencil preferred)
Scientific Calculator - The TI-30XIIS (pictured below) is the best!  If you purchase something else, please make sure it is not the business or statistics model.  The TI-30XIIS is typically around $10 at Target or Wal-Mart.

Graphing Calculators are not required, but may be used.  If you choose to purchase a graphing calculator, the LHS Math Department recommends the TI-84.

Weighted Grades

Grades are weighted so that your overall course grade is reflective of what you have learned in Algebra 2.  As tests and quizzes are the biggest opportunity to showcase your learning, tests and quizzes have the greatest impact upon your grade.

Assignments
We typically have an assignment every day, and we usually have some time to work on the assignment during class.  Students may need to spend an additional 5 to 20 minutes finishing their assignment at home.  We will check the assignment the next day in class.  It is an expectation for students to go back and correct mistakes.  Assignments will be turned in together at the time of the test or quiz.  Some assignments will be graded based upon accuracy by peers and turned in.

Tests and Quizzes
We will have a test over each full unit of study (usually a full chapter).  Quizzes are more frequent, typically covering a few sections.  Missed quizzes and tests need to be made up as soon as possible.  There are no retakes for tests and quizzes in Algebra 2.  

Final Exams
At the end of each semester, there is a cumulative final exam covering all of the material from that semester.  Students must take the final exam to receive credit for each semester of Algebra 2  Final exams will be worth 10% of the semester grade, as noted above.

Technology

Class Website
www.tinyurl.com/lhsgilmore
This website is the hub for all information in Mrs. Gilmore's Algebra 2 class.  Students can find the daily schedule for class work, activities, assignments, as well as links to worksheets, answer keys, test/quiz reviews.  Videos to aid in learning, either when students are absent or in need extra help, will also be available.  Bookmark this site!!

Laptops
We will be utilizing an online textbook, online resources, online graphing programs, and other appropriate programs.  During instruction, laptops should remain closed unless otherwise directed.  During work time, students may use laptops to access the online textbook and other online resources.  Mrs. Gilmore reserves the right to ask students to close laptops if they are being used in a manner not appropriate for Algebra 2.  Mrs. Gilmore also reserves the right to remove the laptop from a student's possession until the end of the hour when necessary.

iPods and Music
Personal music devices may be used only when authorized.

Cell Phones
It is important to learn how to use cell phones appropriately.  Cell phones should be on silent.  If students are using cellphones inappropriately or at an inappropriate time, they will be asked to put the cellphone away for the remainder of the class.

Cell Phone Calculators ARE NOT ALLOWED!  
Getting used to an approved scientific calculator is one of the best test-taking strategies, as cell phone calculators are not permitted on any standardized testing, such as the ACT Test or the EOC Test.  The LHS Math Department recommends the TI-30XIIS scientific calculator or the TI-84 Graphing Calculator.

Expectations for Room 506

Respect classmates' right to learn
Treat others with respect, and do your best to not distract them from learning.

Respect the classroom and building
Throw away trash and pick up after yourself.

If you need to leave the room
Ask Mrs. Gilmore first, if given permission, write your name on the board and take the classroom hall pass lanyard with you.  When you return, erase your name.

Tutoring and Extra Help

We will usually have work time during class.  Extra help and tutoring is available during Liberty Hour.  Students should speak with Mrs. Gilmore for options!

Students and Parents

Students and Parents can check grades often using Power School.  Click the green button below to go to the student/parent portal.  If you do not know your login information, contact the Counseling Office at Liberty High School.