INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Gess



∏ “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”(Colossians 3:23) We are going to work hard. We are going to use this new information to bring glory to Christ.
∏ “But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be given unto you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
∏ Each student is expected to work their hardest and be the best student they can be. I want the students to learn Math and be able to apply algebraic principles in future endeavors. We will look at how we can practically apply this information to real life. I am a firm believer that the students need to know why they are learning algebra.
∏ 1st semester will be spent on SAT preparation. Much of the SAT consists of Algebra and Geometry. Therefore, we will be spending time seeking to understand and solve SAT type problems. This will be my area of focus first semester.
∏ “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12) I want the students to learn to respect one another and help each other. Ideally, each class will become a team and push one another.


∞ TI-84 plus silver graphing calculator. They can be purchased at any office supply store, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc., at a price around $90.00. I know it is a bit steep but the student will use this calculator all throughout High School and College.
∞ Book Covers. Books must be covered by the end of the first week.
∞ One inch three ring binder and loose-leaf notebook paper. I plan on covering 14-16 chapters this year. If the student would like to divide the chapters, then they will need dividers. However, this is not a necessity.
∞ Students will need graphing paper. A small notebook of graphing paper can be bought at Wal-Mart or Target.


∑ Homework: Homework will consist of 20% of the student’s grade. Almost everyday, 5-10 (25 minutes) problems will be given for homework. I will check homework randomly. Homework will be posted on the internet everyday. If a student won’t do homework, it will be extremely hard for them to excel.
∑ Quizzes: Quizzes will account for 30% of the student’s grade for the quarter when a project is due and 30% if no project is due. For each chapter, their may be take home quizzes consisting of 10-15 problems. There will also be pop quizzes. Each student can expect 2 quizzes per chapter and a total of 6-8 quizzes per quarter.
∑ Project: The project will account for 10% of the student’s grade for the quarter (the quarter that it is due.)
∑ Tests: Test will consist of 50% of the student’s grade. The test won’t cover anything the two quizzes and homework did not cover. Expect 2 to 4 test per quarter.


√ Homework: If a student is not at school, then there homework will not be checked. Per the ELCA handbook, if a student’s absence is unexcused, the student will receive a 0 for that assignment. If absence is excused, the student will need to show me the completed assignment the day they return.
√ Quizzes: If the student is absent the day a quiz is given, then the day he or she returns, adjusted to the days they were absent, I will give the quiz. Quizzes are always due the next day. There will be no credit given for work turned in late.
√ Project: The project is due on the day discussed. Late work is not accepted.
√ Tests: If absent on the day of a test, the student has to make up the test the day they return.
√ Review Day: If a student misses the review day, which we always have before a test, the handbook states they student will still be held accountable for the test. The only way the test will not be given is if new material was covered.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."


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