Welcome to Algebra I! You are entering the foundation math class for your success in high school mathematics. It is highly important that you gain the skills and concepts necessary to not only have success on the STAAR Algebra I exam, but to also be able to successfully complete more rigorous math courses necessary for graduation.
1 inch or 1.5 inch binder
composition book (not spiral)
red pen to grade
You will need a TI 83 or 84 graphing calculator. They are available to checkout from the library if you do not own one. You MUST provide the batteries for the calculator!
If you can bring me a bottle of Elmer’s glue, I would greatly appreciate it! We will be creating interactive notebooks this year.
Linear Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities (one variable)
Introduction to Functions
Investigation of Linear Functions and Inequalities (two variables)
Application of Linear Functions
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Laws of Exponents, Expressions, and Factoring
Quadratic Equations, including Simplification, of Numerical Radical Expressions
Investigation and Application of Quadratic Functions
Investigation and Application of Exponential Functions
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
Daily Work: 40% Major Work: 60%
Homework assignments Tests
In-class assignments Projects
Quizzes STAAR/Calculator Labs
A binder will be kept daily to include notes, assignments, quizzes and test reviews and will be graded at the end of the six weeks and used as a daily grade. All assignments, quizzes and tests should be done in pencil. A paper that is in pen or colored pencil will have 10 points deducted from it.
You will be given at least two days’ notice before a test. A review will be given the day before the test. If you are absent the day of the test, you will make it up on the day you return to class. You will be given a STAAR or Calculator lab in class over Algebra TEKS covered. This will help you review for the STAAR Algebra I test that will be given at the end of the year. You may be given projects throughout the year. They will be counted as a test grade. You will have plenty of time to complete them and they are due on the assigned date, no exceptions will be made. Projects may always be turned in early.
You may be given daily quizzes throughout the six weeks. They will help you keep up with the assignments that we have gone over. If you are absent on the day of the quiz, you will need to make it up immediately upon returning to class.
In-class assignments will be assigned periodically and turned in during class. Homework will be assigned in class regularly and should be completed before attending the next class. Homework will be used as practice for quizzes and tests. Homework is due at the beginning of each class period.
Late work is highly discouraged! I will follow the district guidelines for late work. See your student handbook (pg 78). If you are going to be absent for an extracurricular event, it is your responsibility to get your work and be ready to return to class when your event is over. If you are missing a test or quiz, you will need to make arrangements with me before you go.
If you are absent from school that does not involve extra-curricular activities, you will be allowed 2 days for each day absent to turn in your work. It is your responsibility to get your makeup work and to turn it in. You may always request work from the office so that you do not get behind.
Tutorials are held in the morning and afternoon. I plan on being available for tutoring by 7 am each morning. I plan on being available till at least 4 pm afterschool. Arrangements can also me made with me during lunch.
An assignment sheet will be given to all. The daily assignments should be recorded on it, as well as the grades received.
My classroom rules are:
- Bring supplies and be in the class ready to learn as soon as the bell rings.
- Respect others and their property especially the classroom supplies that are shared by all.
- Obey all school policies.
** I can be reached during 3rd period, which varies with our daily schedule.