Ms. Gaspard’s Home Page



Important Dates:
August 10-First Day of School
September 4-Labor Day-No School
September 12-Interim Reports Issued
October 13-End of 1st Quarter
October 16-Teacher Planning Day-No School


Welcome Back!
Melissa Gaspard Room: 475
Phone: 547-8700
Office Hours: 2:00-3:00 Monday-Friday
Email: [email protected]
Florida schools are now using the Florida Standards.  You may access the practice test at
Khan Academy is a great website for extra help.
Study Island- Great Practice for the FSA
Go to:
Username: 55s(student id #)
Password: Active Directory
Online Textbook for MJ 2 & MJ 2 Advanced

  Go to the website (Do NOT type “www” in front)

Username: SJCSD55FLs##### (Student ID Number)
Password: First Initial of First Name First Initial of Last Name(Both Capitalized)Birthdate: MMDDYYYY Example:  MG10232002

Algebra-Go to

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Algebra Nation- Go to

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  • AVID Binder/Planner
  • Calculator
  • Pencils/Colored Pens/Highlighters
  • Sticky Notes
  • Thin Dry Erase Markers

Wish List

  • Computer Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Tissues
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Thin Dry Erase Markers
  • Daily work will be assigned and may need to be finished at home.
  • Students must have a sharpened pencil, a calculator and a red spiral notebook each day.
  • Coming to class prepared and ready to learn is Goal #1.
Students will learn how to take notes. We will be using Cornell style notes.  I have attached a link below going over some helpful hints for note taking and the Cornell Note method. Every class will be similar with notes, examples, classwork and homework.
Course 2 Advanced: GO MATH Course 2 Advanced                  
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Algebra I Honors: Glencoe/McGraw Hill Textbook


Classroom Information: Course 2/Course 2 Advanced/Algebra I Honors

Teacher: Melissa Gaspard

Room: 475

Phone: 547-8700

Office Hours: 2:00-3:00 Monday-Friday

Email: [email protected]

Website: Updated daily and available through the Gamble Rogers homepage

 Daily Activities will follow the following pattern on most days:

  • Review Homework
  • Class Starter or Quiz
  • Lesson 1
  • Classwork Lesson 1
  • Lesson 2
  • Lesson 2 Classwork
  • Begin homework if time allows
Makeup Work: When you are absent it is your responsibility to turn in the classwork & homework that you missed to the appropriate bin. If you need more time or help with the assignment, tutoring/Stingray Success can be arranged.



Course 2/Course 2 Advanced       Algebra I Honors                             

Assessments – 50%                       Assessments- 80%                                           

Quizzes – 20%                              Assignments-20% (End-of-Course Exam-30% of Final Grade)

Classwork(Notes and Class Practice) – 25%                          


 Helpful Hints:

  • Fill out your planner on Monday
  • Use pencil and show your work!
  • Take good notes. All examples and hints on the board are notes.
  • Do your classwork.

Reminder: There will be an District Made Assessments at the end of the first semester and at the end of the school year.

Materials: AVID binder with Red spiral notebook (one for each quarter), pencils, highlighter, ruler, graph paper, expo markers, basic or scientific calculator(TI-30xa)

Supplies: Tissues, Clorox Wipes, Construction Paper, Reams of Copy Paper, Paper Towels

 Key Concepts Review

Proportions – A proportion is two equal ratios. To solve a proportion first cross multiply and then divide. Proportions can be used to solve the following types of problems:
  • Word problems where two different things are growing or shrinking at the same rate such as recipes.
  • The percent proportion may be used to solve percent problems.
  • Scale drawing, map and blueprint problems.
  • Similar figure problems.
  • Indirect measurement or height and shadow problems.
Percents – A percent problem can be solved with a percent proportion, but there are some shortcuts.
  • To find a percent of a number, multiply. You can either turn the percent into a decimal or use the percent key on the calculator. For example to find out how much 6% tax on a $24 shirt you multiply 24 x .06 to get $1.44. If you need the total bill, add that tax to the price of the shirt to get $25.44.
  • To create a percent, make a fraction, divide and move the decimal 2 places to the right. For example 3/5 = .6 = 60%.
  • To get a percent of increase or decrease subtract to get the change and place the change over the original or beginning amount. Then you divide and move the decimal 2 places to the right.
Probability – The likelihood of an event occurring. It is a ratio of the number of favorable outcomes to the total possible outcomes. To get the probability of two events occurring multiply the two probabilities together. Watch out for no replacement as that will affect the probability of the second event.
Direct Variation – This is a proportional relationship where the ratio of y/x is always the same. This ratio is also known as the slope or the constant rate of change.
Solving Two-Step Equations: Use your inverse operations to solve. What you do to one side of an equation, you must do to the other side. Undo addition and subtraction before multiplication and division. Watch your integer signs.


Solving Inequalities – You solve an inequality just like an equation, except that if you multiply or divide by a negative you must flip the inequality symbol.


Integer Rules– To add or subtract integers use the following rules, treating a minus sign as a negative. If the signs are the same, add the integers and keep the signs. If the signs are different, subtract and keep the sign of what you have the most of. If there is a negative next to a negative make them a positive.
To multiply or divide two integers the rules are simple. If they have the same signs, you get a positive answer, but if they are different signs you get a negative answer.


Three Dimensional Shapes:
Surface Area is the amount of area on the outside and is measured in square units. Wrapping paper is a good example.
Volume is the amount of space inside and is measured in cubic units.
Remember to always write the correct formula, substitute the numbers and watch the order of operations.
Slope is also known as the Constant Rate of Change. It is the ratio of rise/run. Another way to calculate slope is the change in y values/change in x values.
Multiply Mixed Numbers – Change them to improper fractions, cross divide if you can, then multiply straight across. Always simplify your answers at the end.
Divide Mixed Numbers – Same as multiplying except that you use the reciprocal (flip) of the second fraction.
Similar Figures have the same shape but different size. Their sides and perimeters are proportional. The area increases by the scale factor squared.