Mrs. VeRonica Giles-Ball
Contact Number: 334-420-5380
I'm Mrs. VeRonica Giles-Ball one of the Algebra 1 Instructors, and the Mathematical Modeling Instructor here at PRHS. I am a wife, mother, and Army Veteran with over 15+ years of military leadership experience and skills. My educational background consists of BS.BA w/ con ACCT & Entrepreneurship ; MBA.SSQ (Six Sigma Quality). I have also worked for the past 15 years mentoring and teaching at-risk youth in Georgia and now the state of Alabama. I 'm the Director and founder of a non-profit that caters to transitioning veterans and their families in their pursuit to entrepreneurship, wealth-building, and financial literacy. My strong initiative and exceptional leadership skills coupled with my ability to adapt and work well under pressure allows me the ability to contribute greatly in a fast-paced, patience-centered environment here at Pike Road High School. My strong rapport with my colleagues and parents not only benefits my class but the Pike Road community at large. My years of military leadership has afforded me the ability to lead while also providing structure and compassion for my students. I will deliver confidence, passion, and knowledge that will enable each learner to reach his or her full potential. I'm extremely excited to join this Patriot family and I'm GLAD 2 Be Here!! Go PATRIOTS!!!
Pike Road High School
Course Syllabus 2021-22
Course and Instructor Information
Course Title: Mathematical Modeling
Instructor: VeRonica Giles-Ball
Location of Classroom: Module
Contact Phone Number: 334-604-5226
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Period: Mathematical Modeling
2nd Period: Mathematical Modeling
3rd Period: Algebra I w/Prob
4th Period: Algebra I w/Prob
5th Period: Mathematical Modeling
6th Period: Planning
7th Period: Mathematical Modeling
8th Period: Patriot Time
Textbook: Alabama Course of Study Mathematical Excursions, Cengage
Course Description: Mathematical Modeling
Mathematical Modeling is a newly designed, specialized mathematics course developed to expand on and reinforce the concepts introduced in Geometry with Data Analysis, Algebra I with Probability, and Algebra II with Statistics by applying them in the context of mathematical modeling to represent and analyze data and make predictions regarding real-world phenomena. Mathematical Modeling is designed to engage students in doing, thinking about, and discussing mathematics, statistics, and modeling in everyday life. It allows students to experience mathematics and its applications in a variety of ways that promote financial literacy and data-based decision-making skills. This course also provides a solid foundation for students who are entering a range of fields involving quantitative reasoning, whether or not they require calculus. In this course, students explore decision-making for financial planning and management, design in three dimensions, interpreting statistical studies, and creating functions to model change in the environment and society. Measurements are taken from the real world, and technology is used extensively for computation, with an emphasis on students’ interpretation and explanation of results in context. Students will develop and use both the Mathematical Modeling Cycle and the Statistical Problem-Solving Cycle in this specialized course to further develop authentic decision-making skills. It is essential for students to use technology and other mathematical tools such as graphing calculators, online graphing software, and spreadsheets to explore application-based, real-world problems; to develop their mathematical decision-making skills; and to increase precision in complex calculations throughout the mathematical modeling process. Students should regularly engage in these processes and proficiencies at every level throughout their mathematical studies. Proficiency with these practices is critical in using mathematics, both in the classroom and in everyday life.
This year we will be using Schoology as our platform. The learners will use Cengage for all information regarding Mathematical Modeling. In addition, we will also be using PowerSchool. Parents will have access to view grades in PowerSchool.
A - 100-90 B - 89-80 C - 79-70 F - 69 - 0
- 60%: Classwork, Weekly/Daily Assignments, Quizzes
- 40%: Assessments
- Learners will only be allowed to reassess from the current 9-week period.
- Learners will have an initial assessment followed by two reassessments if the content standards are not mastered. Before the two reassessments can be taken remediation will be required to ensure a learner is prepared to reassess.
- All reassessments will be taken on an assigned date set by the lead learner.
- Late work policy: All assignments will be graded for correctness. After the due date is passed, 10 points will be deducted from your grade. If the assignment is not turned in by the end of the nine weeks, the assignment will remain a “0”.
- If a learner is absent, all make-up work must be completed upon return. Allotted time will be at the discretion of the lead learner.
Behavior and Attitude
“A rule is something you have to do. A promise is something you’re committed to doing.” Our Patriot Promise is as follows:
- I contribute my best effort and my best self.
- I honor myself, my space, and others.
- I own the choices I make, my learning, and the impact I have on others.
- I commit to quality in everything I do.
Below is the Patriot Promise for our digital learning spaces:
- I contribute my best effort and my best self within the digital learning environment.
- I honor myself, my space, and others digitally.
- I own the choices I make, my learning, and the impact I have on others digitally.
- I commit to quality in everything I do digitally.
Parents: All these policies and procedures will be reviewed with learners in class and practiced throughout the first few weeks of school. These are put in place to ensure a safe, respectful, and learner- friendly environment!
Binder, 2” minimum
Pencils, mechanical or wood Highlighters
Loose Leaf Paper Graph Paper
**Calculator -- TI-84 graphing calculator**
**The ideal calculator the Math Department recommends is the TI-84 graphing calculator which can be used in multiple Math & Science courses as well as on the ACT.**