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    Senior Mathematics 



    General Course Information

    Introduction

    For centuries, the study of mathematics has enlightened minds and led to a better understanding of the workings of our natural world. Just like our predecessors, we desire to seek the answers to the fundamental question: why? Rather than computing answers to routine and monotonous problems, we seek to apply our understanding of theorems and ideas inherent to the subject of mathematics to real life scenarios and applications. It is our goal that students will be able to use precise mathematical language in both written and verbal form to describe their findings and illustrate the connections between these concepts and real life. With a firm understanding of the importance and relevance of mathematics in the modern world, students become intrinsically motivated to learn and achieve. Ultimately, the students’ strong intrinsic drive and solid mathematics foundation provide them with the skills needed to become successful citizens.

    Course Description

    The primary goal of this course is to provide learning opportunities for the students that will better enable them to achieve high school proficiency in mathematics.  Students that have failed to demonstrate the minimum level of proficiency in mathematics required for high school graduation have been enrolled in this course.


    This course will further develop reasoning skills and conceptual knowledge using each student's comprehensive mathematical knowledge base to demonstrate proficiency in high school mathematics. The course will provide lessons that meet the standards required by the State of New Jersey.  Appropriate technology will be used on all lessons.


    Students will complete mathematics tasks required as part of the PARCC Portfolio Appeal Process by the New Jersey Department of Education.   Each student will be required to complete at least two proficient work samples that demonstrate their ability to reason and model mathematically in each of the following content areas:

    • Algebra

    • Functions

    • Geometry

    • Statistics and Probability


    Financial Algebra will be implemented in Senior Math.  Financial Algebra applies Algebra 1 concepts in practical business and personal finance contexts.  The Financial Algebra text is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and incorporates topics from Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. This program connects high school math topics to the real world.  Financial Algebra encourages students to be actively involved in applying mathematical ideas to their everyday life by working with topics such as credit, banking insurance, the stock market, independent living and running a business.


    All units incorporate a high level of mathematics and are designed to show students how money and math work in the real world.  Each unit contains projects and tasks for students that link to events and analysis of financial issues that the world is experiencing now.


    Throughout the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in mathematics based on their performance on the SAT, ACT, ASVAB and Accuplacer Elementary Algebra assessments.  To better prepare students for these assessments test-taking strategies and techniques will also be discussed.   




    Policies

    Grading (credit) Criteria

    Category

    Example

    Percentage of Grade

    Summative Assessments

    Chapter Tests, Quizzes, Projects

    70%

    Formative Assessments

    Classwork, Participation, Notebooks

    30%

                       

    Absent / Tardy Policy

    The Long Branch High School attendance policy requires that all students not miss more than 5 classes otherwise resulting in a 60% for the marking period.


    Period A Tardy Policy: Tardy more than 10 times will result in a 60% for the marking period.

    Late Work

    Late work will not be accepted beyond the cut-off dates that will be established and posted for the entire marking period (please refer to the school events page on the district website for specific cut off dates.)

    Student Conduct and Discipline

    Please refer also to the Student/Parent Handbook for further rules and procedures concerning students’ behavior.

    Academic Integrity

    Scholastic Dishonesty, any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject

    to discipline.  Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and/or the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person.  If any of the above mentioned action occurs, there will be an investigation by the academy administrator and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.