Dear Dunbar Parents and Guardians:
Your student will be taking Algebra 2 next year at PLD, and I wanted to contact you to share some important information regarding this class. The 2011-2012 school year was the first time we administered End of Course Exams (EOCs) from the Kentucky Department of Education. These tests are a piece of our schools accountability design. Equally important, the EOC exam counted as 10% of a studentís spring semester grade and next school year will count as 15%. Additionally, every student at PLD will take the ACT during their junior year, and the math portion covers pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, advanced algebra and trigonometry, so a studentís success in Algebra 2 can increase their math ACT score. The math teachers at PLD are dedicated to helping your student be successful on both the Algebra 2 EOC and the ACT.
Students are allowed to use calculators on both the EOC and the ACT, and this year we had over 400 students take both the EOC and the ACT. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide a graphing calculator for every student. We encourage you to make sure your student begins the year in August with a graphing calculator. While these calculators can be purchased at many stores, we would like to offer you a deal! We can purchase calculators from a distributor at the discounted price of $105. If you are interested in purchasing a TI-84 Plus (Texas Instruments) calculator through the school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will take your order.
Alternatively, we do have approximately 150 graphing calculators that can be checked out through the library to use for the entire year. On the first day of school, math teachers will have check out forms that students can take home to obtain a parent signature and return to school. Upon return of the forms, a graphing calculator can be issued from the library, but due to a limited number of calculators, this is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some additional materials that students will need to be successful in Algebra 2 are graph paper, pencils, notebook (3-ring or spiral), paper and extra AAA batteries. Thank you for your help in making sure that your child is equipped with the supplies they need to succeed at PLD.
Donna H. Martin and the PLD Math Department
Last updated:Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:17:06 AM
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