• Algebra I Overview

    Learning goals and objectives

    Seeing Structure in Expressions

    • Interpret the structure of expressions
    • Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems

    Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Functions

    • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials
    • Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials
    • Use polynomial identities to solve problems
    • Rewrite rational functions

    Creating Equations

    • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships

    Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

    • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
    • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
    • Solve systems of equations
    • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically

    Mathematical Practices

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure.
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.




    Class Expectations 

    Supplies to bring to class daily

    -One section in a 3 ring binder with dividers.   -3-5 Graph paper notebooks

    -TI-84plus Graphing Calculator with 4AAA batteries -Pencils and extra erasers

    -Book Cover (Books may be assessed up to $98 for damage/replacement if a student is careless.)



    Grades will be determined by a cumulative point system.  To calculate your grade, simply divide the total points the student earned by the total possible points.  

    Unit Tests = 100 points each

    Quizzes = 10 – 50 points each, depending on length and difficulty.

    Homework = 5 points each (if checked only for completeness)

    Unit Progress Tracking/Reflection – 10 points each

    Other Assignments,SAT Practice = 5 -100 points.  

    Midterm and Final Exams = 200 points

    Grading Scale

    100 -94  A                     79-78   C+

    93-90     A-                    77-73   C

    89-88     B+                   72-70   C-

    87- 83    B                     69-60    D

    82-80     B-                    Below 60  F



    Homework/Assignment Policy

    To receive credit for a homework assignment the student must:

        1) Complete the entire assignment (in pencil).

        2) Show work for problems as demonstrated in class.

        3) Have the assignment completed and in class when it is due.

        4) Maintain a homework log to be turned in for a grade after 5 assignments. (1 point will

            be deducted if the student doesn’t have the log with him/her during class.)  Although

            homework is usually graded for completeness, it is left to the teacher’s discretion to

            collect HW (or other assignments) and assign a grade based on correctness.

    Make Up Work

    Students should request the makeup assignment(s) via email or upon return to class.  The student is required to make up all classwork and homework.  The assignments are due the next class day unless other arrangements are made with me.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed notes from another student as well as to come in for help before/after school or during lunch to receive any necessary assistance from me.  Quizzes and tests must be made up upon the day of return.

    Attendance and Unexcused Absences

    Good attendance is crucial in all mathematics courses.  Often, the material learned during a lesson is needed for the following lesson.  Any students who are absent more than twelve times, for any reason, in a semester will lose credit for the course.  It is the parent’s responsibility to request a hearing as outlined in Policy 3313.

    Many students may be absent due to a field trip or an extra-curricular activity, such as a sporting event. It is that student’s responsibility to turn in any assignments and take any quizzes or tests.  It is also his/her responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment for that day.  Failure to do any of these things will result in a zero for all of the activities.

    Tardy Policy

    A student is tardy to class if they are not in their assigned seat when the bell rings.  Students will receive a warning for the first unexcused tardy.  On the second unexcused tardy, he or she will receive a detention.  Any more than two tardies per marking period will result in an administrative referral.  Please keep in mind that three tardies are equivalent to one class absence. A student who is tardy also risks having any grades that are recorded during their absence entered into the gradebook as a zero.

    Extra Help

    Extra help will be available in the mornings from 7:50 to 8:15 or in the afternoons from 3:05 until 4:00.  You may also attend study group. See assignment board for time and day. Students may receive ½ credit for corrections on tests and quizzes when they come for extra help.

    Student Conduct

    Students are expected to follow all rules, regulations, and procedures in the Student Handbook at all times. Students should always use self-discipline and show utmost respect to the teacher and their classmates. Students are always expected to be prepared for class, participate in all activities and complete all assignments. Email should be checked twice daily for copies of notes, worksheets and announcements.  Failure to comply will result in appropriate disciplinary action such as a call or email home, detention, or referral to an administrator.

    *Please note:  If a student is earning an average of less than 80% on HW Logs, the teacher may assign lunch detention so that the student may come in and complete the missing assignments.  He or she will not earn credit for these assignments, as I do not accept late work.  The detentions will cease once the student establishes and maintains good HW habits.

    Cell Phones/Electronics Policy

    Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off and stored during and between all classes.  They are a disruption to the learning environment.  Any violations of the policy will result in confiscation of the device and an administrative referral.  Students may use their Chromebook during class to use their e-textbook or when given permission to check email, Skyward, or listen to music.


    Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.  Any student who gives or receives unauthorized help on any assignment, quiz, or test, or turns in an assignment that is not entirely their own will receive a zero for the activity. Students who habitually cheat on assignments will be referred to an administrator and may risk losing credit for the course.