Welcome to the SWIFT site for Math 4 with Mrs. Roscoe.

This site is for the second semester- and is limited because of space. If you do not find what you need, please look on the "first half" version of this site, or on the NOTES and TOOLBOXES version of the site.

Our class can be a little different, and there may be some exploding sodas and colored squares that do algebra- to that end this site should help us be organized. I'll be taking comments and learning how to work this, so feel free to help me improve this reasource! Please read the full syllabus for more information about the class, but here's the basics:

Math 4, 2016                 Advanced Algebra                text: P-Hall Algebra 2


Teacher: Mrs. Cate Roscoe    email: croscoe@tacoma.k12.wa.us       phone: 253-571-3166


Teacher’s statement to students: It is my commitment to provide ALL students with a safe and productive work environment, and to provide challenging curriculum with the support needed to achieve our highest expectations.


Course description:  The goal of this course is to foster excellent problem solving skills, concrete/contextual application, and mathematical thinking- while obtaining mastery of all high school algebra requirements and developing strong foundational understanding of the requirements of pre-calculus. This course will balance conceptual and procedural knowledge, as well as problem-solving skills.  As a part of this course, students will learn though: investigation, application of skills, and interactive projects/lessons. This course will use instruction, activities, practice problems, manipulatives and other conceptual tools in independent and group work.  There will be required assignments, which will be started, although rarely finished, in class.  There may also be additional problems assigned when students need additional practice. This class will guide students to take action towards recognizing their academic needs and responding appropriately. Students will often be required to explain their thinking to others in the class, and to work with, and as, a team. This is done because we learn most of what we discuss, and all most all of what we teach.  Furthermore it develops conceptual understanding, mathematical thinking, and communication skills. Students are held to an extremely high expectation of effort, behavior, and personal responsibility.