High School

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

Homework and Test Info.... 



 Upcoming Tests/Quizzes:

Finals:  Period 5: 7:45 - 9:13 (You may come in at 7:15 and                                   start early if you'd like extra time, but you                                   may stay only 5 minutes late after the test.

                            If it's important to you, make it happen...)





Lessons we studied during the first semester:

Chapter 1: Lessons 2,5 (no 1,3,4,6,7)

Chapter 2: Lessons 1,2,3,4,7  (no 5 or 6)

Chapter 3: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5,8  (no 6 or 7)

Chapter 4: Lessons 3,4,5   (no 1,2,6,7,8)

Chapter 5: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5,7 (no 6)

Chapter 6: Lessons 1,2,3,4,6 (no 5)

Chapter 7: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5



Lessons we studied during the second semester:

Chapter 7: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5  (We may get through all of this chapter during first semester)

Chapter 8: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Chapter 9: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 10: Lessons 1,2,3,4,6,7, (no 5)

Chapter 11: Lessons 1,2,3,4,5,6

Chapter 12:  Lessons 2,3





Remember your access to the online textbook can be found at www.algebra1.com (2003 edition) Try opening in Adobe Acrobat...

User Name:  ALG1     Password: wRec84ehed

 Course Syllabus:


Course Title:  ALGEBRA A & B

Class Text:  Glencoe Algebra 1

Instructor:  Mr. Steen, room 208, 596-7000 ext. 7332, msteen@osd.wednet.edu


Course Description:  Algebra is designed to provide the student with those skills necessary for the successful transition into Geometry, second year Algebra, and eventually, Pre-Calculus courses.  Topics include the language of algebra, real numbers, linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials and nonlinear functions, factoring, quadratics and exponential functions, radicals, and rational expressions.  One of the key reasons Algebra is taught is to increase the students’ abstract reasoning skills. Topics from pre-algebra will be reviewed throughout the course.


Attendance:  Each student is ultimately responsible for his/her learning.  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 for unexcused absences/tardies is followed as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Be in class on time.  This simply means that when the bell rings you are in the room and are ready to learn, nothing else…


Homework:  Students will be assigned approximately 30-45 minutes of homework each day depending on the complexity of the lesson and the speed at which the student works.  Some of that time will normally be given during regular class time. On many days there will be very little class time available for the daily work.   Since ‘class work’ results are a large determinant in the student’s final grade (approximately 30%), completion and care in performance are essential.  My classroom is available every day before school and during Friday’s Beartime for help and/or a quiet place to work. Late assignments will receive at most 50% of the value and will not be accepted after the particular unit test has been taken.


Grading:  Grading will be based cumulatively on test/quiz results (70%) and daily work (30%).  Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

A: 93-100%          A-: 90-92.9%        B+: 87-89.9%       B: 83-86.9%         B-: 80-82.9%

C+:  77-79.9%      C: 73-76.9%         C-: 70-72.9%        D+: 67-69.9%       D: 60-66.9%         F:  <60%                               

I don’t give grades. They are earned.  Your percentage is simply the result of a simple math problem:  (the quotient of your points and the total possible points, multiplied by 100)                  

Retake Policy:  Any student who has done their assignments from the current unit and who is absent on the day of the original test or who wishes to increase his/her test score can retake the test. Students who are unexcused from class on a test day do NOT get a retest opportunity and will earn a '0' on their tests. (The retests are usually during the following Wednesday’s late start time or Friday’s Beartime).   You get the average of your two scores, NOT the higher score. More details on the dates and times will be given in class. It will be up to you to get to school early to take the retest.  Missing class time to make up a test would put you further behind. Being prepared in advance of all tests is obviously the way to avoid having to raise a low score. BE PREPARED IN ADVANCE. GET TO SCHOOL ON TEST DAYS.  TESTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.


Daily Class Essentials:  Each student is required to bring his/her textbook, paper (regular and graph), pencil (mechanical pencils are preferred), scientific calculator (able to do exponents and trig. functions…)   straight edge, and a math section of his/her binder (for vocabulary, notes, and examples) to each class session.


General Classroom Policies:  Students will demonstrate Readiness, Respect, and Responsibility (see detailed classroom expectations in the room).  No food or drinks (except water) are permitted in the classroom.  No electronic devices are permitted to be on (cell phones, I-pods, headphones etc…).  Students found ‘texting’ in class will be disciplined.  Students having phones out will have their phones collected at the start of their period for an extended time.  School policy (for discipline) is followed as outlined in the Student Handbook.


Addendum to the OHS Cheating Policy:  Though working together on homework and other class work is encouraged as a means to better understanding, copying of another’s homework or assignments shall be considered cheating by both involved parties.  Talking or wandering eyes 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.  First offenses involving cheating can lead to a 5-day exclusion from class and a second infraction can lead to a drop/fail.



To access the online Glencoe Algebra 1 Text and accompanying resources:


  1. Go to glencoe.com
  2. Choose:   ‘Washington’, ‘student/parent’ , and ‘mathematics’ from the bottom left hand corner box.
  3. Choose ‘Algebra 1’, then the ‘2003 edition’.
  4. Check out all the resources!  I suggest the practice chapter tests complete with helpful feedback.  Choose ‘Online Student Edition’ to access your whole book.
  5. Enter the username: ‘ALG1’ and then the password: ‘wRec84ehed’.
  6. Choose ‘Contents’ and access any part of the book…..
  7. Don’t forget to bookmark it and avoid having to go through the whole process every time…


(this access may no longer be available…)