POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The Sugarcreek Local School district is committed to expanding, integrating, and utilizing technology within the total school environment. Graphing calculators represent one example of such technology. In addition to other higher level mathematical applications, these calculators allow students to easily graph, interpret, and compare even the most difficult linear, polar, parametric, and statistical functions.
As the number of various makes and models of graphing calculators has grown, it has become increasingly difficult for the teachers of mathematics to remain proficient with the functionality of all makes and models available. Therefore, it has become necessary for Sugarcreek Local Schools to standardize on one particular calculator. For the following reasons, the Texas Instruments TI-83/84 family of calculators was selected. This includes any of the following: TI-84+ Silver Edition, TI-84+, TI-84, TI-83+ Silver Edition, TI-83+, TI-83, and the new TI-Nspire.
The TI-Nspire is the newest in the family of TI calculators. While it offers numerous new features and expanded functionality, it also comes with a switcable face plate that allows it to provide the same functionality as the TI-83/84 calculators. So that our students can benefit from the added functionality that the Nspire has to offer, the Mathematics Department will begin to transition to the TI-Nspire during the 08-09 school year. Students purchasing a new calculator, specifically those taking advanced classes, are encouraged to purchase a TI-Nspire. However, students already owning a TI-83/84 calculator and/or those who don't wish to purchase a TI-Nspire may continue to use the TI-83/84 for most required courses.
Each student has the option to purchase and use a calculator other than those listed above for homework and day-to-day activity. However, it must be recognized that the student's teacher may not be able to answer questions regarding the use or functionality of calculators other than those listed.
The following classes will require the use of a graphing calculator: