• Algebra I (updated 9-2-19)



    Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to learn the fundamentals of Algebra. Algebra is the branch of mathematics in which symbols representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic. Algebra is the study of patterns and functions.   Algebra teaches students to think logically in order to solve problems.                

     This course fits into an overall program of mathematics studies with a rigorous academic core by extending what students have learned in the introductory-level mathematics courses as well as introducing more advanced topics.  These advanced topics include understanding equations and inequalities, functions, systems of equations, exponents, polynomials, quadratics, factoring, exponentials, and data analysis. 


    Instruction Philosophy

    This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in mathematics (Geometry, Algebra II, and beyond) and increases student’s mathematical literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.   The problem solving and critical thinking skills that students learn in Algebra I are valuable tools that can be taken and applied in other disciplines.


    The kind of learning activities in which students will engage include cooperative group exploration, partner collaboration, and individual work.  All of which are designed to help students understand and explain the key concepts presented in this course, incorporating mathematical reasoning, analysis, communication skills, and real world applications.  Students will learn and apply the principals of Algebra I while employing 21st Century Skills including creativity/innovation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.   Students will experience hands on activities and participate in class discussion with open-ended problem solving.     MATH is learned by DOING MATH!

     Course Goals

     Major Assignments/Projects

    • Practice Problems assigned on a daily basic
    • Quizzes will be given throughout each chapter
    • Chapter Reviews prior to a test
    • Chapter Test
    • Individual and/or group projects will be assigned during the school year.
    • A cumulative exam will be given at the end of each semester.


    Four Keys to Success

    1. Stay engaged in class
    2. Do your best on assignments
    3. Show your work
    4. Ask timely questions


    Course Assessment/Grading Plan

    Both formative and summative assessments will be used to evaluate student performance.  Formative assessments will consist of daily verbal feedback, exit tickets, practice problems, chapter reviews, and quiz evaluations.  Summative assessments chapter test, projects, and semester exams. 


    Breakdown of Grades:

    Assignments (Projects, Warm ups and Practice Problems – checked daily) -- 20%

    Assessments (Quizzes, Tests, Final) – 80%











    93 – 100%



    90 – 92%

    Consistently demonstrates an advanced level of quality: thorough, extensive, and complete.  Shows mastery in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying mathematical principals.




    87 – 89 %

    83 – 86 %

    80 – 82 %

    Consistently demonstrates a proficient level of quality.  Characterized by analysis and application of mathematical principals.




    77 – 79 %

    73 – 77 %

    70 – 72 %

    Demonstrates a basic level of quality.  Shows a recognition and comprehension of mathematical principals.  All components of the work are complete.



    67 – 69%

    60 – 66%

    The work is below basic with limited understanding or comprehension of mathematical principals.  Some components of the work may be incomplete or poor quality.


    Less than 60%

    The work is below basic with little understanding or comprehension of mathematical principals.  Work is of poor quality or incomplete.


    Test ReTake Policy:

    Students who make below a 70% on a test may retake a similar test one time. 

    Prior to retaking the test, the student must :

    1.  complete all assignments from that unit 
    2. Edit (correct) all mistakes from the first test on a provided edit sheet


    The retake must be complete prior to the next unit test.  The max score on a test retake is 70%.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the retake.  There are no retakes on final exams.

     Classroom Procedures

     Additional Instruction Hours (no appointment needed but always a good idea to make sure I don't have a meeting):

    Mon - Fri: 8:10 - 8:40 AM

    Mon- Thur: 3:10 - 3:40 PM  (during BHS Baseball season I will unavailable in the afternoons)


    Assignments:   Collected daily.   Late assignments accepted up to the day of the unit test for 60% credit.  All assignments are posted to Google Classroom.   I do not post assignments to School Wires.  Warm ups will be collected at the end of the unit and turned in as a packet.  


    Textbooks:   Online at My HRW.    HRW online, in addition to the textbook, has tutorials and interactive practice problems.   Access by signing into your frogrock account and then clicking on    www.bisd303.org/holt


    Course materials – pencils, eraser, loose leaf paper, graphing paper, three ring binder, graphing calculator (the library has calculators students may check out)


    Electronic Devices (Bainbridge High School Policy)

    Cellular phones, MP3 players, and/or other electronic devices are not to be used during class time.  Cellphones will be placed in the cell phone holders during class.    Unauthorized use of electronic devices will result in confiscation and may result in disciplinary action. 

    We will use Chromebooks and graphing calculators extensively.   I have basic calculators students may use.


    Seating:   We will utilize a seating chart selected randomly.  We will sit in groups of three.  We will change seats randomly every class. 


    I will update this syllabus as needed.