Algebra 1 Course Expectations


Algebra Course Expectations 2019 – 2020



Students who are in Algebra I 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.  Students will be required to participate in daily lectures and take notes on a daily basis. Occasionally, guided notes will be distributed to students.  Each chapter will have 1 – 2 quizzes and will end in a chapter test.  There will also be pop quizzes.  Students enrolled in the course will take the PA State Keystone Examination AND the 7th grade PSSA test.  If you do not pass the Keystone, you will retake Algebra I in 8th grade.  To ensure students learn all required material for both exams, 7th grade Algebra students will take two periods of math.



2.) 3-Ring Binder/Folder: It is up to you if you wish to use a binder or folder to organize your notes in Algebra.  We will have bell ringers, notes, and homework in this class.  Some prefer to separate them into the binder while others are able to keep their work organized with a folder.  Just be aware, if you lose your work, it results in a zero.  My suggestion is to use a 1-1 ½ inch 3-ring binder.

3.) Calculator:  Students will be provided one to use during the class period.  If a student wishes to buy his or her own, TI-30X IIS is the one that we will be using.

4.) Prentice Hall Algebra 1 Book:  Keep your textbook covered.  Paper covers are highly recommended.  I prefer you do not use the stretchy “sock” covers.  They do not fit the books correctly and will ruin the binding.   Replacement value for a lost or damaged book will be approximately $70.00.


HOMEWORK: Homework assignments are assigned daily and checked the next day.  Students will need to show all work to support their answers, and thoroughly attempt EVERY problem.  Students will be graded on completion.  Students are required to do their homework and keep their homework in their 3-ring binder.  LATE HOMEWORK IS NOT ACCEPTED.


GRADING: Students will be graded on a point system.  Each component in the course (bell ringers, homework, quizzes, test, and projects) is broken up into point values.   Students may have the opportunity to correct missed questions on tests to learn from their mistakes and increase their score. Students may earn up to half of the missed points back.  These test corrections must be done on a separate piece of paper and on the student’s own time. Grades will be based on the number of points earned divided by the number of points in each quarter.  For the final grade in the course, each marking period will count as 25%. 

IN THE EVENT OF AN ABSENCE: Students are responsible for obtaining missed assignmentsIf a student misses a day when an assignment is due, he or she is required to turn this work in the next day when they return to school.  If a student misses a test or quiz, he or she has one week to make up the assessment or it becomes a zero.  Students are to make up work on their own time.


PASSES:  Each quarter a student receives a new pass.  Students must use the pass to leave math class for any reason.  Over use of the hall pass will result in consultation time after school.  This is to ensure the student has all work necessary for the amount of time lost in class.  Lavatory passes will be issued during the first and last 5 minutes of class. 


1.) BE RESPECTFUL – Have respect for me, yourself, your classmates, and the school. Raise your hand and wait to be called on to speak.  Non-disruptive behavior and consideration for others is expected as all students deserve a positive learning environment.  Profanity or inappropriate language is absolutely prohibited.

2.) BE RESPONSIBLE – Come to class prepared!  Bring everything needed: binder, book, a pen/pencil.  Students should have all materials on their desk and ready to go at the bell. 

3.) Absolutely NO FOOD, DRINKS, GUM, CANDY, etc. are permitted in the classroom. 

4.) If you are given class time to do homework, you are expected to use that time quietly and productively.

5.) ASK QUESTIONS!!!!  (Ask questions and see me for extra help when you are having difficulty in class.  I am available almost every day after school.)

DISRUPTING CLASS: Disrupting class will be dealt with according to the guidelines of our school.  Any severe disruption will be referred directly to the principal.  If a student is late for class or disruptive during class time, he or she will receive a verbal Warning, then a call Home/After School Consultation, and finally a referral to the office.