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.

Math 7 (period 1)

  • Since PSSA’s are still taken, you will have Math 7 material during period 1 class.  It will be modified and not a full blown math 7 class.  We will use this time to reinforce/introduce topics that may not appear in the Algebra book.

  • Homework will still be assigned.  You will mostly have Enrichment worksheets. The due date will not be the next day since you will have this class every other day.

  • Tests/quizzes will be given in this class as well.


  • Prentice Hall Algebra 1 book

  • enVisionmath 2.0 Volume 1 and 2

  • Pencil – repeated failure to bring one will result in consultation

  • Folder/binder – this is needed to keep homework and notes in.

  • Composition notebook - these will be provided unless you wish to buy your own.

  • Calculator – this is provided unless you wish to have your own.  We use TI-30X IIS calculators.

  • Earbuds or headphones - during period 1 (Modified Math 7) you will use to go through 7th grade material that may or may not be covered in the Algebra book.


  • 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.  


  • Consultation occurs if a student needs additional help and/or if a student fails a Chapter test.

  • Consultation is also given for discipline reasons. (see under Disclipine).

  • Consultation lasts from 2:55 to 3:15 or later if scheduled.


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 (complete work, bring materials, etc.)

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 till 3:15.

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

5. Referral to administration.

Bathroom Passes

  • Students must use designated hall pass given each quarter.

  • This pass should be used for any reason that you must leave the classroom.

  • If you need to use the bathroom, please do not ask in the middle of a lesson.  If possible wait until the lesson is finished.

Parent/Student Homework Reminder Setup

I am using a program called Remind.  Follow the instructions on the next page.  Upon setting up the account, students and parents will be able to receive text messages from me reminding them of homework assignments/tests/quizzes.  Phone numbers are private.  I cannot see any student/parent phone number, and students/parents cannot see my phone number!  An app can be downloaded as well.  Follow the first half of the directions if you wish to have the app.