I hope you and your child had a good first week of school. I am sure they came home and told you how busy we were in math! :-)  Yes, we were! I have had several questions on calculators so I wanted to provide you with some information.  Even though your child is not required to have a TI84 graphing calculator, it would be to their advantage.  We have a class set, but they have to stay in the classroom.  A 4-function calculator would help, but it does NOT do near what a TI84 calculator will do.  If you are able to purchase one for your child, the most popular is the TI 84 PLUS CE.  They are approximately $120.  I know this is expensive, but they can use it all through college.  I am looking forward to a great year!!