Olympia

High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

ALGEBRA I Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Ryan

Textbook:  Algebra I- GLENCOE

Algebra is the language of science and subsequent mathematics courses.  Understanding and using the language, symbols, and elementary concepts are essential in the transition to higher levels of learning.

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES

1.    To review and extend the topics of variables, graphing, percents, rational and irrational numbers, number theory, and order of operations.
2.    To study the properties of number systems, number operations with respect to exponents, polynomials, functions, and inequalities
3.    To study solving equations systematically using various strategies.

ATTENDANCE

    Attending class is an integral part of the learning process.  Poor attendance for whatever reason will eventually have a detrimental effect on performance.  School policy is followed as outlined in the Student Handbook under Attendance.

HOMEWORK

    Students will be assigned approximately one-half hour of homework on average each day.  Some time will be given during regular class time to begin that evening’s homework.  Since homework results are a major determinant in the student’s final grade, completion and care in performance are essential.  Homework will be due in pencil the next class meeting after it is assigned.  Homework turned in beyond this time will not be given daily credit unless the lateness is excused by the office, e.g., illness, etc.  Daily work, once entered in the computer, will be available in folder on the counter.

DAILY CLASS ESSENTIALS

    Each student is required to bring his/her textbook, paper and pencil to each class session.  Work must be done in pencil and errors erased.  The use of calculators (scientific calculators recommended) is encouraged in this class.  Students will need a straightedge and graph paper on occasion.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE MATHEMATICS SEQUENCE

    A final grade of C-range or better is needed to proceed to the next level in the mathematics sequence, Geometry. 

GRADING

    Grading will be based cumulatively on test results (70%) and daily work (30%).  Daily work is graded on a 3-2-1 basis with 3 resulting from a result of over 70% of the possible, 2 resulting from 50-70%, and a 1 for under 50%.  Not turning in an assignment will earn a zero.

RETAKE POLICY

    Since our ultimate goal is the students’ understanding of the material presented, time permitting, test retake opportunities will be provided at the Algebra level.  Retests, however, are at the teacher’s discretion.  Tests may be retaken once for grade improvement.  Unless modified by Mr. Ryan, the test retake will occur on the Tuesday of the week following the original test.  Students absent on the original test day will take their test on the retake day and this will be their final score.  They forfeit their retake opportunity.  Students absent on the retake day will retain their original score. They forfeit their retake opportunity.  Those students not testing on the retake day will be given extra-credit enrichment opportunities which will apply toward their daily work cumulative grade.

ADDENDUM TO OHS CHEATING POLICY

    Though working together on homework and other classwork is encouraged as a means to better understanding, copying of another’s homework or assignments shall be considered cheating by both involved parties.
    Talking during an evaluation period shall be considered cheating. Any behavior which, in the opinion of the teacher, causes a student to have an unfair advantage shall be considered cheating.

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN LEARNING.

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