Parents

8th-12th Grades

At the beginning of the school year, students will need to check with their classroom teachers as to the supplies needed.  General supplies may include pencils, pens, notebooks, and folders.  All students will need the following:

  • Ear buds/headphones (any variety, for Chromebooks)
  • PE attire: black shorts and gray t-shirt (can be purchased online or at local stores such as the Prairie Trail Hy-Vee and the Strawberry Patch) and tennis shoes
  • Face mask (Hawks/Jags masks are being sold at the Prairie Trail and North Hy-Vees)
  • Reusable water bottle

Optional

  • Calculator- TI 84 graphing calculator (Check with your child’s math teacher prior to purchase)
  • Hand-sanitizer

Graphing Calculator FAQ

What calculator do you recommend?

We recommend the TI-84 Plus calculator (non-color). This calculator will include all the features necessary for Algebra II, Discrete, AP Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. If students are only taking Algebra II and they have access to a TI-83 it will work great.

The TI-84 Plus color version is very cool but it graphs slower. If you wish to have the color features that is great but be prepared to wait a bit for the graph to show up. (See comparison chart link below)

Can I use a TI-Inspire, a TI – 89 or a Casio graphing calculator?

Replace this with the content.In general, we do not recommend a Casio or the TI-Inspire or the TI -89 because we do not demonstrate with them in class. Students who excel at math, are independent learners, and are willing to read a manual would be okay with these calculators. They do have some cool features. Students who learn by seeing examples demonstrated in class would not do as well and generally fall behind on their calculator usage skills. Even though the extra features seem like they would be helpful the operation of the calculators is different and there is a learning curve. Consider very carefully before purchasing one of these.

chart for comparing TI calculators

What if we cannot afford a calculator at this time?

If you cannot afford a calculator, talk to your child’s teacher-librarian when school begins. There is a limited supply of calculators that can be checked out to families in financial need and/or going through financial hardships.
Will I be able to use the calculator on the ACT or SAT?

Replace this with the content.ACT Testing: ACT does not allow the TI – 89 or TI – Inspire CAS. The TI- 83 or TI-84 series are acceptable. View the ACT website for more information.

SAT Testing: Use this link for more information.

For all other questions regarding calculators please ask your math teacher.