The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the Seventh grade. Because it is built on the middle grades standards, this is a more ambitious version of Algebra I than has generally been offered. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
• Number and Quantity
• Statistics and Probability
Expectations and Goals
Students are expected to come to class daily prepared with their paper and pencils. Classwork and homework assignments are expected to be completed in the manner they are assigned. Students need to be respectful, supportive, punctual, and participate in class.
Textbook, 3 ring binder, loose leaf paper, dividers, graphing paper, scientific calculators, binder pencil pouch, and pencils.
Crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors, and LOTS OF PENCILS.
EOC is in May Quizzes, Test, Homework are on Blackboard
Additional Information and Resources
Classwork assignments will be given daily. Most of the time the assignment will come from the textbook or chapter packets. From time to time these assignments will be taken up and graded. If a classwork assignment is not completed in class, it is to be completed for homework and turned in at the beginning of class the next day. If a classwork assignment is not finished due to lack of effort, it will be completed during detention.
Homework questions will be assigned Monday-Thursdays. These assignments will be posted and announced in class daily. Students will be reminded to copy the assignments into their agendas. They will also be posted on our Blackboard website. It is essential that the homework is completed each night in order for students to be successful. Students are also asked to review class notes and readings as part of their nightly homework. Homework will be checked for completion. Missing or incomplete homework will result in a penalty. Student will have five school days to make up any missed assignments.
There will be a chapter test at the end of each chapter that we cover. Mid-Chapter Quizzes will be given. An occasional pop quiz may also be given at any time.
Minor grades include but are not limited to: homework, classwork, quizzes, class participation, and notebook checks.
All students start with a 100 as a participation grade each nine weeks.. A deduction of 5 pts will be given if your child does not have pencils, workbook, textbook, or paper for class. Therefore, it is up to your child to maintain the 100.
Tutoring will be available in Mrs. Lopez’s room from 3:00-3:45pm on Tuesdays and in Ms. McHale’s room on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45. This is a time that students can retake a quiz, make test corrections, or receive extra assistance. Students who plan to stay for tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays must bring a note from a parent. The note needs to specify that the parent is aware they are staying, and will provide transportation at 4:00pm.
Students will be assigned projects to complete periodically throughout the year. They will be given an assignment sheet and a scoring rubric when each project is assigned. The rubric will state exactly what is expected and the date in which the project is due. Students will be given class time to work on each project.
Major 50% (Tests, Projects, Announced Quizzes)
Minor 50% (Homework, Pop-Quizzes, Classwork)
EOC 20% (Final End of Course Exam)
Final grade is combined 80% from year and 20%from EOC.
Make up work:
If a student is absent from class, they will need to check the ‘While You Were Out Folder’ in my room to get anything they missed. They should also meet with me if they have any questions or concerns about something they might have missed. Students will have 5 days to make up and missed assignment. After the 5 days, their grade will receive point deductions per each day it is late.
In today’s world, it is more important than ever to be able to think and reason through problems. We are digging deeper into math concepts which require a higher level of thinking. Because of this, teachers strongly urge parents/guardians to stay on top of your students’ learning and progress. Students “play like they practice” so quality practice must take place for the students to be successful. With your help, we are looking forward to a great school year!