Brenda McCurdy, Math
Conference time 8:00 am to 8:55 am
1st period - Conference period
2nd period - Geometry
3rd period- Statistics
4th period - Statistics
5th period - Geometry
6th Period- Algebra I
7th Period - Algebra I
Geometry - This course follows the mastery of math program which allows students to master the standards in Geometry and prepare students for the Aspire test administered by the state of Arkansas. Geometry is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. It also emphasizes writing proofs and creating constructions to verify and prove the properties of geometric figures. Students who complete Geometry should take Algebra II next. Grades are weighted so that 10% of the grade is homework, 10% of the grade are quizzes, and 80% of the grade are tests.
Test cycles will be 4 days for each unit. Each test cycle will be posted on the board at least one week before the cycle begins. Unit tests are given three times. The first day is a unit test review. The second day is test A. The third day is a second review. The fourth day is test B. Test C must be taken on the following Thursday after test B. It will be given by the office as described in the student handbook. Each test is divided into sections called Competencies. When a student scores an 80% or higher on a competency, that section is considered mastered. No partial credit will be given on tests A or B. Partial credit can be given for test C. Competencies not mastered on tests A or B must be done on subsequent tests. HOTS is the only section of the unit test that is not given 3 times. Unit test grades will be compiled from test A, B, C, and HOTS in each unit.
Statistics/Finance - This course is an introduction to statistical reasoning with an emphasis on concepts and traditional statistical methods. Topics include sampling and experimentation, descriptive statistics, probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, single sample and two sample hypothesis tests for means, proportions, and standard deviation. We will also examine budgeting, the concept of interest as related to loans and credit cards, and the importance of saving money as we delve into the Finance part of this course.
The use of a TI 84 calculator is needed. Classroom sets are available for use at school but one is recommended for home use. Grades are weighted so that 10% of the grade is homework, 10% of the grade are group projects that use the concepts covered in each chapter, and 80% of the grade are tests.
Algebra I - This course follows the mastery of math program which allows students to master the standards in Algebra and prepare students for the Aspire test administered by the state of Arkansas. Algebra I is designed to emphasize the study of the linear functions, solving and evaluating for unknown variables, and preparing student to be able to solve multi-step problems using applications linked to real world situations. Students who complete Algebra I should take Geometry in the upcoming year. Grades are weighted so that 10% of the grade is homework, 10% of the grad are quizzes, and 80% of the grade are tests.
For All students:
Geometry and Algebra students only :