Algebra I Course Expectations

Algebra I

·      Students who are in Algebra 1 must be aware that this course is an accelerated math course; you may find yourself having to work harder in math this year than any other year. Do not be afraid to ask questions!

·      Please be aware that you will be taking a Keystone Exam on top of taking the 7th grade PSSA test.

·      If you do not pass the Keystone, you will retake Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

·      You will be working on problems from PH Algebra I book.



  • Prentice Hall Algebra 1 book
  • Pencil – repeated failure to bring one will result in consultation
  • Folder/binder – this is needed to keep homework and notes in.
  • Calculator – this is provided unless you wish to have your own.  We use TI-30X IIS calculators.




Homework will be assigned on a regular basis.  Students are required to do their homework.

  • Homework will be checked on a daily basis.  This means that if an assignment is given today, the homework assignment is due tomorrow!
  • If you fail to do the homework on the day it is due, you will receive a ZERO for that homework assignment.
  • Work should be shown on all homework assignments.  Failure to show math work will result in a ZERO for that assignment.



  • If a student misses a day when an assignment is due, they are required to turn in this work the next day they return to school.
  • If a student misses a test/quiz, they have 1 week from their return to make up the test, on their time, before a zero is added to the grade book.
  • Students will need to collect any missed worksheets upon their return.
  • When a student returns from being absent, they are to copy any notes/information they have missed. They may ask another student for their notes or see me at the end of the day. This does not mean that you can copy answers to homework!  This must be completed on your own!
  • Making up missed work is to be done during free time, labs/study halls, or before/after school.





Assessments will occur in these different forms:

1. Homework Homework is checked daily, and the grade for homework will be put into the grade book at the completion of the chapter.

2. Quizzes- Each grading period will be made up of quizzes. Pop quizzes are expected in this class.

3. Tests- Tests will cover information taught throughout each chapter. Students will be given a review worksheet or review problems from the textbook to work on as homework before a test. 



Student grades will be calculated based on the total number of points earned divided by the total number of points available.  For example:  a student earns 449 points, and there is a total of 500 points for the quarter.  You would take 449 points earned divided by 500 total points to get 89.8%. The grade breakdown is as follows:

A (92-100%)              B (83-91%)

                                                C (74-82%)                D (73-65%)

                                                F (64% and below)



In our class, there are three very simple rules to be followed:  

1. Be respectful

2. Be responsible

3. Be safe


However, if these rules are not followed, the following consequences will occur, in the order that they are listed unless the severity of the action requires direct involvement of the principle.


1. Verbal Warning and a brief consultation immediately after/during class.

2. After school consultation from 2:40 to 2:55.

4. Phone call home plus consultation and/or conference with parent/guardian and student

5. Referral to administration


Bathroom Passes

·      Students may use the hall pass for restroom breaks up to 4 times per marking period.

·      The only exception to the 4 allotted passes is when bathroom use is medically necessary.

·      If more than four is used, you will owe me time after school.