Category Archives: Introduction to College Algebra

InCA Final Project Due 6/8 – Trig In My World

This Week’s Assignment (Assignment Archive Here)

No new work will be assigned this week. The last part of Lesson 7.2 is due this Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00.

Final Project Due 6/8: Trigonometry in My World

The expectations of the project are simple (full details for this project are here)

  1. Find two triangles in your world and take a picture. They can be in your room, somewhere in your home or apartment, in a nearby park, or somewhere you go frequently.
    • Neither triangle can be a right triangle or an equilateral triangle, and at most one can be isosceles
  2. Measure the side lengths of the triangle, either the real physical one or your picture.
  3. Use the Law of Cosines, find one angle measurement for the triangle
  4. Use the Law of Sines to find another angle measurement
  5. Find the third angle by using the fact that all three angles add to 180°
  6. Use the Sine Formula for Area to find the area of the triangle.

Refer to Lesson 6.5 – Problem Set 2 for a reminder of these formulas, and refer to these IXL modules for some extra examples of what I’m asking you to do  with the project:

You will create a Google Slides Presentation with two slides, one for each triangle. On each slide, upload your picture of the triangle and either type your math work or upload clear photos of handwritten mathematical work.

Your Google Slides are due on Monday, June 8 at noon. I’ll be using this rubric to grade this project.

Questions? Please email me to ask and/or sign up for or drop in during an Office Hours session!

Virtual Class Session

We’ll have our final virtual classroom session tomorrow, Tuesday the 2nd at 1:00 pm. Come by to say goodbye to your classmates and have a little fun! We’ll be going back to Zoom this time, and I’ll post the connection details tomorrow.

InCA Lesson 7.2 – Probability Distributions and Expected Value

You have a final project for the Trigonometry Unit (Unit 6) due on 6/5. Click here for details.


This Week’s Assignments (Assignment Archive Here)


Optional Viewing/Additional Practice


Virtual Office Hours

Sign up or drop in!

COVID-19 CLOSURE WEEK 12 – LAST WEEK TO TURN IN WORK

This weekend, the Southern Tier region (including Tompkins county and Ithaca) moved to “Phase Two” of the reopening process. Schools will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year, however.

The designated last day for all ICSD students in Tuesday, June 16. At Ithaca High School, the last day of instruction is Friday, June 5. Some assignments may be due after that date, and according to IHS’s End of Year document, any student wishing to receive a “numeric” grade for their course must turn in all missing work by Friday, June 5, but teachers are being instructed to not assign any additional work after June 5.

In the weeks that follow, I and your other teachers will communicate with our students about what your final grades are for your courses. You will then have an option to take a traditional numeric grade or to take a grade of “pass/fail” for each of your classes.

  • See this FAQ for more information about the pass/fail option
  • See this document for more information about the end of the year for IHS students

Important/Useful links:

InCA Final Trigonometry Project – Trig in My World

I am excited to announce our final project for Unit 6, about right and non-right triangle trigonometry! It is called [drumroll]

Trigonometry in My World

The expectations of the project are simple (full details for this project are here)

  1. Find two triangles in your world and take a picture. They can be in your room, somewhere in your home or apartment, in a nearby park, or somewhere you go frequently.
    • Neither triangle can be a right triangle or an equilateral triangle, and at most one can be isosceles
  2. Measure the side lengths of the triangle, either the real physical one or your picture.
  3. Use the Law of Cosines, find one angle measurement for the triangle
  4. Use the Law of Sines to find another angle measurement
  5. Find the third angle by using the fact that all three angles add to 180°
  6. Use the Sine Formula for Area to find the area of the triangle.

You will create a Google Slides Presentation with two slides, one for each triangle. On each slide, upload your picture of the triangle and either type your math work or upload clear photos of handwritten mathematical work.

Your Google Slides are due on Monday, June 8. I’ll be using this rubric to grade this project.

Questions? Please email me to ask and/or sign up for or drop in during an Office Hours session!

InCA Lesson 7.1 – Probability

You have a final project for the Trigonometry Unit (Unit 6) due on 6/5. Click here for details.


This Week’s Assignments (Assignment Archive Here)


Optional Viewing/Additional Practice


Virtual Class/Office Hours

We will not have a virtual classroom session this week. Instead, I am offering expanded office hours where you can sign up or drop in for direct 1-1 help. See the schedule here.

COVID-19 CLOSURE WEEK 10 – LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION FRIDAY, JUNE 5

On Friday, May 15, Governor Cuomo announced that five regions would enter “Phase One” of the reopening process. These regions include both the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions, meaning Tompkins County and all neighboring counties have begun  the re-opening process. See this page for more details about what Phase One looks like.

Unfortunately, all NYS schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. At Ithaca High School, the last day of instruction will be Friday, June 5. While some assignments may be due after that date, teachers are being instructed to not assign any additional work after June 5.

All students will be given the option for each course to take a “pass/fail” grade for any courses they are currently taking, instead of the traditional numeric grade. See this FAQ for more information. I’ll calculate an estimated grade during the week of June 8 so that you can better make this decision. Keep an eye on your Schooltool account. That is my primary means of communicating to you about your grades!

We are still figuring out some of the further details for what the end of the year looks like. Keep an eye on this page or your email for more information.

Important/Useful links:

COVID-19 CLOSURE WEEK 9 – LAST CLASS DAY JUNE 5

On Friday, May 1, Governor Cuomo announced that all NYS schools, including K-12 and colleges, will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

The last day of classes at IHS will be Friday, June 5. Some work may be due after that date, but no new content will be assigned on that day. After June 5, you’ll be given an option to take a grade for the course of “pass/fail” or a traditional numeric grade. See this FAQ for more information.

Important/Useful links:

InCA Lesson 6.5 – Law of Cosine

Click here for an alternate version of the InCA Assignment Schedule

This Week’s Assignments


Optional Viewing/Additional Practice


Office Hours

The results of the weekend’s check-in poll indicated that you would prefer a combination of appointments and open drop-in time for office hours, with a heavier preference towards the latter. Please review the schedule posted here to sign up for a session.

Drop-in Hours:

  • Wednesday from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Friday from 10:00 am to noon

Official Scheduled Hours: 

  • Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
  • Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

I may be available at other times this week as well. Let me know when you’d like to meet!


Past Assignments + Additional Practice

InCA Lesson 6.4 – Law of Sines Part 2 – Ambiguous Case

As you are aware by now, schools have been shut down for the remainder of the school year. This means that we will be continuing with this distance learning model until June. I don’t currently know exactly when the last date of instruction will be, but will be sure to let you know as soon as I find out.

I am shifting our schedule slightly for the remainder of the academic year. The first part of our lesson will be posted on Tuesday, with the video and Problem Set 1 due on Friday. The Desmos assignment and Problem Set 2 will be due the following Tuesday. Full details of the new schedule are here.

Click here for a simplified version of the InCA Assignment Schedule


Monday Update

Last week’s Problem Set 2 and Desmos assignment were due today. You can view a video of the solutions to Problem Set 2 here.


Tuesday Update

You have two videos to watch this week. Please watch both.

You should watch both videos, but if you can only watch one, prioritize the first video featuring Miss Alexander

PROBLEM SET 1 is posted here (with answers here). Print or copy your work into your notebook, then send me a picture.

Completion of the video/notes in edPuzzle and submission of Problem Set 1 are worth 4 points each in SchoolTool. They are due by 2:00 on Friday, 5/8. Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

From 1:00 to 2:00 today, I will host a virtual classroom session on Zoom. Students who attend this session are excused from watching the lesson videos above, as I will be covering that content in our classroom session. I still strongly encourage you to watch the videos however.


Wednesday Update

There will be no new assignments posted today. Sign up for an Office Hours session to ask questions and get extra help


Thursday Update

Your next graded DESMOS ASSIGNMENTcan be found here (student code 2G9GP6). Sign in with GoogleBe sure to click the Sign in with Google button to connect your answers to your ICSD account. Pay attention to the feedback the activity gives you, and I’ll leave you some feedback as well.

Completing this activity is due on Tuesday, 5/12 at 2:00 pm, and will be worth 10 points.


Friday Update

Tuesday’s video+notes and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 on Friday, 5/8.

Problem Set 2 will also be posted today. It will be due on Tuesday, 5/12

There is another Office Hours session today. Sign up for an Office Hours session to ask questions and get extra help.

Tuesday’s Notes + Video and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 today (4 points each). Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

PROBLEM SET 2 for this week can be found here (as a Google Form) or here (as a PDF download). Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Tuesday, 5/12 at 2:00 pm. You must obtain a target score of 4 out of 6 points to earn credit for this assignment, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). If you submit via the Google Form, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, however once you finish the problem set, I will need to access your responses and evaluate for explanations to finalize your score.

Reaching the target score on this assignment worth 8 points in SchoolTool. Submitting the work but not reaching the target score is worth 6 points.


Past Assignments + Additional Practice

– SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF YEAR

On Friday, May 1, Governor Cuomo announced that all NYS schools, including K-12 and colleges, will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. I am heart-broken that I will never be able to see you all together again in my classroom, but I understand that this is the right decision given the large amount of uncertainty that still remains about the spread of the virus. I appreciate and acknowledge all of the hard work you all are putting into all of your classes, and I hope that you can keep that momentum going through the end of the year.

It remains to be seen exactly what this means for instruction at IHS. Originally, our academic calendar was scheduled to end classes on June 16, before Regents exams. With the cancellation of June (and August) Regents exams, it is unclear when exactly instruction will end. Please keep an eye on the ICSD Coronavirus page for more developments.

One decision that IHS has made is that, come the end of the year, all students will be given an option to take a “pass/fail” grade for any courses they are currently taking, instead of the traditional numeric grade. See this FAQ for more information.

Important/Useful links:

InCA Assignments for Week of 4/27 – Lesson 6.3 (Law of Sines)

We are in Week 3 of Distance Learning 2.0. Please review the general schedule for our weekly schedule here. Details for this week follow:


Monday Assignment – Work due Thursday

Watch the video for InCA Lesson 6.3 (Trigonometry) – Law of Sines. As with last week’s video, this video is hosted on edPuzzle, which you’ll need to log in to in order to access. Please log in with your ICSD Google Account.

If you’re able to print notes, you can find a copy of Ms. Alexander’s problems here. Otherwise, copy the examples and notes into your notebook.

PROBLEM SET 1 is posted here (with answers here). Print or copy your work into your notebook.

Completion of the video/notes in edPuzzle and submission of the first problem set are worth 4 points each in SchoolTool. They are due by 2:00 on Wednesday, 4/29. Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us


Tuesday Plan

We will have our Virtual Classroom on Zoom from 1:00 to 2:00 today. Details will be posted separately and will be sent to you by email. Attendance to the Virtual Classroom is optional, however please prewatch the video above BEFORE ATTENDING this virtual classroom session.

Planned agenda

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about Monday’s introductory lesson
  • Guided/supervised practice problems

Wednesday Assignment – Work due Monday

Your next graded DESMOS ASSIGNMENT, can be found Sign in with Googlehere (student code 7VAKW4). Be sure to click the Sign in with Google button to connect your answers to your ICSD account. Pay attention to the feedback the activity gives you, and I’ll leave you some feedback as well.

Completing this activity is due on Monday, 5/4 at 2:00 pm, and will be worth 10 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work. The last question of the assignment is “extra credit.” Complete it correctly for an extra point!

I will be hosting office hours today from 2:00 to 4:00. You can sign up here.


Thursday Assignment – Work due Monday

Monday’s Notes + Video and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 today (4 points each). Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

PROBLEM SET 2 for this week can be found here (as a Google Form) or here (as a PDF download). Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Monday, 5/4 at 2:00 pm. You must obtain a minimum score of seven out of 10 points to receive credit, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). If you submit via the Google Form, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, and should give you an option to go back and revise as needed to reach the target score.

Reaching the target score on this assignment worth 8 points in SchoolTool. Submitting the work but not reaching the target score is worth 6 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work.


Friday Plan

Wednesday’s Desmos Lesson and Thursday’s Problem Set 2 are due at 2:00 pm on Monday the 4th of May. For the problem set, send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

I will be hosting office hours on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You can sign up here.


ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

COVID-19 CLOSURE WEEK 7 – DISTRICT CLOSED UNTIL 5/15

Per Governor Cuomo’s latest executive order, schools will remain closed until May 15 at the earliest. Furthermore, he has ordered that all New York State residents are required to “wear masks or face coverings in public whenever social distancing is not possible” including “on a bus or subway, on a crowded sidewalk, or inside a grocery store.”

Important/Useful links:

InCA Assignments for Week of 4/20 – Lesson 6.2 (Angles of Elevation/Depression)

We are starting Week 2 of Distance Learning 2.0. The full schedule for how assignments are posted and when they are due (and how many points they are worth) can be found here. Please take a look at that.

Monday Update

Watch the video for InCA Lesson 6.2 (Right Triangle Trigonometry) – Trigonometry Applications. Note that this video is hosted on edPuzzle, which you’ll need to log in to in order to access. Please log in with your ICSD Google Account.

Find the full notes and Problem Set 1 here (or the version with Ms. Burke’s parts already completed here). The notes and problem set are all one document. Print them out to follow along with Ms. Burke’s video, or write out your work on a separate piece of paper.

As noted in our master schedule, the video + notes and Problem Set 1 are due on Wednesday at 2:00. Both are worth 4 points each (in SchoolTool), and you must watch the entire video for credit.


Tuesday Update

We will have our Virtual Classroom on Zoom from 1:00 to 2:00 today. Details will be posted separately and will be sent to you by email. Attendance to the Virtual Classroom is optional, however please prewatch the video above BEFORE ATTENDING this virtual classroom session.

Planned agenda

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about Monday’s introductory lesson
  • Guided/supervised practice problems

Wednesday Update

Monday’s Notes + Video and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 today (4 points each). Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

Sign in with Google

The next part of this week’s assignment, a guided Desmos lesson, can be found here (student code H9YDEK). Be sure to click the Sign in with Google button to connect your answers to your ICSD account. Pay attention to the feedback the activity gives you, and I’ll leave you some feedback as well.

Completing this activity is due on Friday, 4/24 at 2:00 pm, and will be worth 8 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work. The last question of the assignment is “extra credit.” Complete it correctly for an extra point!

Don’t forget: I will be hosting office hours on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00. You can sign up here.


Thursday Update

Problem Set 2 for this week can be found here (as a Google Form) or here (as a PDF download). Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Friday, 4/24 at 2:00 pm. You must obtain a minimum score of five out of 12 points to receive credit, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). If you submit via the Google Form, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, and should give you an option to go back and revise as needed to reach the target score.

Reaching the target score is worth 8 points in SchoolTool. Submitting the work but not reaching the target score is worth 6 points. A -1 point penalty will be imposed for late work.

The last question of the assignment is “extra credit.” Complete it correctly for an extra point!


Friday Update

Wednesday’s Desmos Lesson (8 points) and Friday’s Problem Set 2 (8 points) are due at 2:00 pm today. For the problem set, send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

I will be hosting office hours on Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You can sign up here.


ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

InCA Assignment Schedule

Simplified Assignment Sheet/Archive

InCA Weekly Schedule

Our class operates on a “Tuesday to Tuesday” schedule. The first day of the “week” for Math is Tuesdays.

  • TUESDAYS
    • DUE AT 2:00 TODAY: Previous week’s Desmos Lesson and Problem Set 2
      • After 2:00, problem set solutions and solution video will be posted
    • Assigned today
      • Introductory Lesson Video + Notes, posted on edPuzzle (4 points)
      • Problem Set 1 (4 points)
      • Both assignments due by Friday at 2:00 pm
    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Watch introductory lesson video(s) and follow along with posted notes (either print or write out by hand)
      • Complete Problem Set 1 and check answers with online key (either print or write out by hand)
        • Take a picture or scan of Problem Set 1 and email to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
    • Virtual Classroom Session (Zoom): From 1:00 to 2:00pm. Check email or class website for log-in instructions. Attendance optional
  • WEDNESDAYS
    • No New Assignments Today. Watch lesson video and complete Problem Set 1
    • One-on-One Office Hours sessions available in morning and/or afternoon. Sign up here
  • THURSDAYS
    • Assigned today
      • Guided Desmos Activity (6-10 points)
      • Completed online
      • Completion due by following Tuesday at 2:00 pm
    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Sign in with GoogleComplete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
  • FRIDAYS
    • DUE AT 2:00 PM TODAY: Lesson video + notes and Problem Set 1
      • Video completion checked on EdPuzzle
      • Take a picture or scan of Problem Set 1 and email to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
    • Assigned Today:
      • Problem Set 2 (8 points)
      • Completed online
      • Completion due by following Tuesday at 2:00 pm
    • One-on-One Office Hours sessions available in morning and/or afternoon. Sign up here
  • MONDAYS
    • No New Assignments Today
    • Complete Desmos assignment and Problem Set 2 by Tuesday
  • ALL WEEK
    • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

Summary/Quick Reference

  • Graded Assignments/due dates (all assignments due at 2:00 pm)
    • Video Lesson + Notes – Posted Tuesday, Due Friday (4 points)
    • Problem Set 1 – Posted Tuesday, Due Friday (4 points)
    • Desmos Lesson – Posted Thursday, Due following Tuesday (6-10 points)
    • Problem Set 2 – Posted Friday, Due following Tuesday (8 points)
    • Please contact me with concerns about submitting work on time
      • Late work will result in a -1 penalty, regardless of when it is turned in after the assigned deadline.
      • I want you to turn in your work on time, but I don’t want you to stress about it!
  • Virtual Sessions/Office Hours (when I’m available for help)
    • Virtual Classroom: Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
    • Office Hours Block 1: Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    • Office Hours Block 2: Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Or by appointment
    • Please register for an office hours session by entering your name in my Office Hours Registration Form here..

InCA Assignments for Week of 4/13 – Lesson 6.1 (Review of Right Triangle Trig)

Update (4/19): The Google Form Worksheet (HW 6.1) was due on Friday. Ms. Alexander has created a video going through the answers to this assignment, which you can find here.


Update (4/17): In addition to the Google Form Worksheet and Desmos activity listed below, please complete this updated poll about your preferences regarding Zoom vs Google Meet, as well as your thoughts about how Distance Learning 2.0 is going for this class.


Update (4/16): For PROBLEM SET 2 this week, complete this Google Form Worksheet. Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Friday the 17th at 2:00 pm. As with the Desmos activity, completing this activity is required and will be counted towards your MP4 grade. You must obtain a minimum score of six out of 14 points to receive credit, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). When you submit, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, and should give you an option to go back and revise as needed to reach the target score.


Update (4/15): Please complete this week’s Desmos activity here (http://student.desmos.com, student code XNM86T). Completing this activity is required and will be counted towards your MP4 grade. Be sure you click the “Sign in with Google” button to connect your responses to your ICSD Google Account.

Sign in with GoogleYour completion of this assignment is due Friday, April 17 by 2:00pm, however you will not be marked late for late completion.

You will need a calculator to complete this assignment. Use your own graphing calculator (if you have one), open a new tab and use the Desmos calculator, or click the little calculator icon at the top of the activity to use the built-in calculator.

If you need a little more help in using inverse trig functions to find missing angles, I recommend this video.

If you run into any technical problems accessing or completing this activity, or if you have any questions about it, let me know immediately. If I do not hear from you, I cannot help.


Update (4/14): Today at 1:00 pm I will host a virtual classroom, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. I will be starting precisely at 1:00, so log in early! Come by and say hello and ask some questions. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned agenda:

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about Monday’s introductory lesson
  • Preteaching tomorrow’s Desmos lesson
  • Guided/supervised practice problems

Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0 for Introduction to College Algebra! The other InCA teachers and I have met to discuss what this looks like for our class and have come up with the following schedule:

InCA DISTANCE LEARNING 2.0 SCHEDULE

  • MONDAY
    • Content Posted: Introductory lesson video, notes for video, supplemental practice problems (with answers)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Watch lesson video and follow along with posted notes (either print or write out by hand)
      • Complete initial practice problems and check answers with online key
      • Work due by Tuesday at 1:00 pm
  • TUESDAY
    • Virtual Classroom Session (Zoom): From 1:00 to 2:00pm. Check email or class website for log-in instructions
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Attend virtual classroom session prepared with questions
      • Ask questions, work on collaborative activities as instructed by teacher
  • WEDNESDAY
    • Content Posted: Second weekly lesson via guided Desmos Activity and supplemental lesson video, follow-up problem set
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Sign in with GoogleComplete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
      • Print/complete follow up problem set (or write answers on separate paper)
      • Work due by Friday at 2:00 pm
        • Submit problem set work by scanning using phone app (I recommend TurboScan) or by taking a picture and emailing it to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
  • THURSDAY
    • Content Posted: Follow-up problem set (if not posted Wednesday)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • Complete Desmos activity (connect Desmos to your ICSD Google Account by clicking “Sign in with Google”)
      • Print/complete follow up problem set (or write answers on separate paper)
      • Work due by Friday at 2:00 pm
        • Submit problem set work by scanning using phone app (I recommend TurboScan) or by taking a picture and emailing it to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us
  • FRIDAY
    • Content Posted: Problem set solutions and solution video (at 2:00)
    • Student Responsibilities (MUST DO’s):
      • By 2:00 – Complete Desmos activity and submit problem set work
      • After 2:00 – Review your answers in posted solutions/video. Check email for feedback
  • ALL WEEK
    • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

In summary: Each week we’ll be posting 1-2 lesson videos along with a Desmos activity. Your learning from these will be supplemented by a virtual classroom on Tuesdays, though I am available to meet individually as you see necessary. By Friday at 2:00, you should complete the Desmos activity and the problem set posted on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. This work is mandatory and graded.

Each day, I will be updating this post with new content, instructions, and activities. Check back daily!


UNIT 6 STARTS HERE

We have decided to move on to Unit 6, which is a short unit on Right Triangle Trigonometry. A lot of this content should feel familiar to you from your work in Geometry, but don’t worry if you don’t remember it!

  • Watch the Lesson 6.1 introductory video here.Desmos Degree Mode
  • Follow along with pages 1 and 2 of the notes posted here (print if you can, or copy onto a blank piece of note paper)
    • Use your graphing calculator if you have one, otherwise use the Desmos calculator (just be sure to click the wrench in the upper right-hand corner and click “Degrees”)
    • Click the calculator icon at the bottom of the page, then click “functions” to access the trig functions (sin, cos, tan), or just type the command into the lines on the left.
  • Complete the additional practice problems (page 3) of the notes document linked above
  • A copy of the notes, plus answers to the additional practice problems, can be found here (check them when you’re done!)
  • You should complete (or at least start!) this work by Tuesday, 4/14 at 2:00 pm so that you can ask questions about it during our virtual classroom session

ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

COVID-19 Closure Week 5 – Distance Learning 2.0 (Regents Exams Cancelled)

Starting on April 13th, the Ithaca City School District has moved to the next phase of our COVID-19 closure: Distance Learning 2.0. Click the link to go to the District’s comprehensive page for this new phase of our learning adventure.

You should have received two emails from Mr. Trumble or the IHS administration (if you missed then, you can find the 4/8 letter here, and the 4/10 letter here). From Mr. Trumble:

  • Starting on Monday April 13th, work assigned by teachers will be mandatory, graded, and will be used in order for our students to continue to earn course credit. 
  • While state Regents exams are cancelled in all subjects, students will need to successfully complete their course of study in order to be granted a waiver for the corresponding exam. Frequently asked questions can be found here
  • To maximize school-home communication we are strongly encouraging students to check their district email and Google Classroom at least once each day.  Details for each specific class will be available Google classroom (or equivalent). 
  • If students don’t understand the assignments or material, students are encouraged to reach out to their teacher for support during the posted office hours, email or additional communication pathway determined by the teacher.  Additional supports are offered through our student services department, our Deans of Students and our Academic Intervention staff.  

Details of what InCA and AP Statistics students should be doing now can be found in the relevant posts.


Important/Useful links:

InCA Assignment for week of 4/6

Update (4/10): I’ve uploaded my solutions to the Unit 2 review here. Please take a look at that, along with this video of me completing some specific problems from the set, and email me with any questions (or hold on to them for our next virtual meeting next week).


Update (4/8): ICSD has mostly finalized their plans for Distance Learning 2.0, and teachers are reviewing these guidelines and providing final feedback. You should start receiving some information about these plans very soon, if you haven’t already. Please check your email often for that information!

One of the changes for us is that our regular online sessions will be moving to Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. I have made a short form to explore your preferences about using Zoom vs. Google Meet; please complete it here.


As we prepare for ICSD’s Distance Learning 2.0, and our attempt to move on to new content, I want to use this week to review factoring and rational expressions (Unit 2). Your assignment is as follows:

This Week’s Assignment (my encouraged due date for all Required tasks is by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 10, however I am very flexible with this timing!)


Wednesday Zoom Meeting

On Wednesday, 4/8 at 2:00 pm, I will host another virtual get-together, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned Agenda

  • Welcome/check-in
  • Questions from Unit 1 review (inequalities, absolute value equations, etc.)
  • Rational expressions mini-lesson + supervised Desmos/IXL work

ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

COVID-19 Closure Week 4 – ICSD Schools Closed through 4/29

Update (4/7): The NYS Department of Education has cancelled all June Regents exams. From their announcement (read the full version here):

Students who, during the June 2020 examination period would have taken one or more Regents examinations, will be exempted from passing the assessments in order to be issued a diploma.  To qualify for the exemption, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
  • The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

In other words:

  1. If you pass a current class with a required Regents exam at the end, you are exempt from the exam requirement for that class.
  2. If you do not pass a current class with a required Regents exam at the end, you must pass the class in summer 2020 to be exempt from the exam requirement for that class
  3. If you previously passed a class with a required Regents exam at the end, but did not pass the exam, you will be exempt from the exam requirement for that class if you intended to take the exam again in June 2020.

What does “intended to take the exam” look like? According to the FAQ document NYSED also released:

Schools can apply the “intended to take a Regents Examination” eligibility requirement under one of the following circumstances:

  • the student informed the school that s/he wished to retake the examination; or
  • the student was receiving academic intervention, supplemental instruction or
    tutoring of some kind in preparation to take the examination; or
  • the student took the examination in June 2019, August 2019, or January 2020 in
    an attempt to pass or better his/her score.

If you previously failed a required state Regents exam (but passed the class), and had already this year told your counselor you were planning to retake the test, or were in AIS to retake it, or had taken the exam in June 2019, August 2019, or January 2020, then you are exempt from the exam requirement.

If you have further questions about what this news might mean for you, reach out to your counselor. They are there to help!


On Monday, April 6th, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo directed that the current closure of schools and non-essential businesses will extend until Wednesday, April 29

In Ithaca, working groups of teachers and staff from across the district are finalizing their recommendations for the ICSD Distance Learning 2.0 plan, which is expected to roll out on Monday, April 13.

Important/Useful links:

InCA Assignment for week of 3/30

Update (4/3): Here are my answers to the Unit 1 Review sheet posted below, and here is a video of my work through questions 36-41. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


This week, I want to go all the way back to the start of the year with some Unit 1 Review and refresh you on a few of the big ideas there, in particular linear inequalities and absolute value equations. Your assignment is as follows:

Please complete this assignment by Friday, 4/3 at 2:00 pm. You can email me pictures of your work to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us. Note that this work is NOT OPTIONAL. These are required assignments. I am VERY FLEXIBLE with the due date, but I do expect that all students complete this work.

If you have questions about these tasks or anything else, post them here or send me an email. On Wednesday, 4/1 at 2:00 pm, I will host another virtual get-together, probably using Zoom this time (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. Come by and say hello, ask some questions, or just chat. I look forward to seeing you!


ONGOING ASSIGNMENTS

COVID-19 Closure Updates (Week 3): All ICSD Schools Closed Through 4/15

Update (4/1): From the most recent communication from Superintendent Dr. Brown:

Lastly, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent Executive Order requires all school districts to continue distance learning and meals through the previously scheduled spring break. During that period of time (April 6 -10) we will continue with the system already in place. No additional duties will be necessary as we maintain the current instructional delivery.

In effect, this means that spring break is canceled. I will be posting another assignment next week similar to the assignments you have seen these last two weeks.


A message from ICSD Superintendent Dr. Brown:

Greetings, ICSD Community,

As our world grapples with the challenges due to COVID-19, I am reminded of the strength and culture of love present in our community. I am humbled and honored to craft our new path forward together. Thanks to all who have shared their time, perspectives, and expertise as our school district moves forward without students being physically present in our buildings.

Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State will be closed through April 15, 2020. Many in our community are watching the news and the national conversation about what may be next as our state and country respond to the pandemic.

Please know that the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) educators are actively planning for the possibility of school closures that extend beyond April 15th. ICSD teachers, aides and teaching assistants, and administrators collaboratively designed our current plan, and we are now forming working groups to specifically design the what and how of the next phase of distance learning. This next phase, or ICSD Distance Learning 2.0, would include much more student/teacher interactions, along with more direct instruction provided by our educators. For our younger learners (grades 2-5), this enhanced teaching and learning approach would include the distribution of mobile devices and internet access. We will keep our entire community apprised of developments in this area, and we continue to partner with school district and union leadership, as well as community partners.

 While continuously improving our instructional delivery, we are at the same time providing food services to many young people in our community. We are currently delivering approximately 2700 meals each weekday. Thanks to all who are responsible for making this extraordinary feat possible. Our new order form allows us to offer different menu options and attend to allergy needs and preferences. Folks can also order by dialing 2-1-1. Please order before noon on Sundays to receive meals beginning on Monday of that particular week.

Additionally, if students or families are experiencing issues with technology (how to log on, device not working, missing charger, etc.), please call the Family and Student Technology Support Line any time at (607) 882-9850. Please leave a voicemail and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

We are thinking of those in our community who have been coping with sickness; we wish folks health as quickly as possible and thank those who are caring for them. As I’ve noted in other communications, we must partner in unprecedented ways to navigate the current unprecedented challenges.

Regards,

Luvelle Brown Ed.D.
Superintendent


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