Algebra 1—Part 1 Fall 2011 Mrs. Schlimme/Mr. Jackson Course Information: Algebra 1 Part 1 builds on the concepts learned in Middle School. The course expands these concepts to an in-depth study of solving equations, graphing functions, exponents, growth & decay and polynomials. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency with the graphics calculator. There will be a teacher-made exam at the end of the course counting for 20% of your overall grade. This course must be successfully completed in order to move to Algebra 1 Part 2. These two classes are needed to fulfill the Algebra 1 requirement for graduation. Textbook: Glencoe Algebra 1 i. Classroom Preparation You will need the following items in class everyday: Pencils (no pens in this class) Textbook TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator Daily assignment sheet 3-ring notebook with loose-leaf paper 1 box of Kleenex (for the classroom) Graph or Grid Paper 1 bottle of Hand Sanitizer (for the classroom) Attend to necessary duties BEFORE class begins each day, i.e. sharpening pencils, bathroom, borrowing materials, etc. Eating, drinking, or snacking is not allowed in the classroom. Gum will be permitted as long as it is not seen or heard. ii. Classroom Rules and Procedures The general class rules can be found at the front of the class. You need to know AND abide by these rules. It is expected that all students abide by school rules as stated in the Student Handbook. Refer to your handbook for consequences. iii. Grading System Grades will be calculated by: total points earned total points possible Homework will be checked each time it is assigned unless otherwise stated. Expect regular homework each night. Fifty percent credit will be given for late homework turned in one day late. Homework will not be accepted after this time. Homework is assigned daily so that you can benefit from the practice of what is discussed in class. Homework should take an average of 30 min. to 1 hour each night. Assignment sheets are passed out at the beginning of each unit. These sheets include daily objectives, hw assignments, quizzes and test dates for the unit. If you lose your assignment sheet, it can be found on my webpage. iv. Absences If you are absent from class, you are required to make up ALL work including homework, quizzes, tests, and projects. You are allowed 2 days for each day absent to make up any missing assignments. If you miss test review day (day before the test), know that you will take the test on test day. Tests may not be made up during class time. You must schedule an appointment to make up the work. v. Tutoring and Office Hours Smart Lunch: Monday (Tutorial B) & Wednesday (Tutorial A) Mornings and other days after school are possible by appointment. Please notify me at least one day in advance so you can have my complete attention. vi. Communications My primary form of communication is through email. I will use email almost exclusively unless it is not possible. Our email address: [email protected]; [email protected] Webpage: Mrs. Schlimme’s site: sandersonhs.wcpss.net/faculty/staff.php I will be sending via e-mail information concerning the units taught and time line for tests and quizzes. The completion and return of the parent information sheet will insure your ability to be well informed. Thank you in advance for your support and preparation for this Algebra 1B Math class. Thank you, Mrs. Schlimme/Mr. Jackson Please sign below stating that you have read these policies and procedures very carefully and understand the consequences if not properly followed. _____________________________ Print Student Name __________ Date _____________________________ Student Signature _______________________________ Print Parent Name _______________________________ Parent Signature Parent contact phone numbers: Home: ___________________________ Work: _______________________ _____Student: sign me up for the weekly bulletin. Email _________________________________ _____Parent: sign me up for the weekly bulletin. Email _________________________________ Classroom Procedures and Expectations Mrs. Schlimme/Mr. Jackson 1. Homework and Warm-Ups All homework assignments are posted daily in the bottom right-hand corner of the board. Write the problem, all work, and draw a box around the solution. Not doing these steps will result in a loss of points. Remember, NO WORK = NO CREDIT! Enter the classroom and quickly begin working on the warm-up at the beginning of class. All warmups are worked on the weekly warm-up sheet. Warm-ups are collected on Friday. Warm-ups will be graded cumulatively throughout the semester and count as a QUIZ grade. Homework must be on the corner of the desk while working on the warm-up so it may be checked for completion. If your homework is not present, you will not receive a stamp, thus causing you to receive a zero for the assignment. 2. Tardies Tardiness will not be tolerated. You should be in your seat and working on the warm-up when the bell rings. If you are not in your seat, you are tardy. Do not enter the classroom tardy without a note. After your first warning, you will receive an ASD for every successive tardy. 3. Note-Taking While I am teaching, there should be no talking unless I say otherwise. Side conversations are not appropriate for the classroom. In other words, NO TALKING WHEN I AM TALKING! If you would like to ask or answer a question, please raise your hand and wait to be called upon. 4. Trash, Sharpening Pencils, Etc. While I am teaching, there should be no disruptions, including sharpening pencils or getting up to throw away any trash. Please wait until there is an appropriate time to get up to throw away your trash, such as when you are working independently. Pencils should be sharpened at the beginning of class. If your pencil breaks during class and you do not have an extra nor can you borrow one from a neighbor, please raise your hand and ask to sharpen your pencil. The sharpener is quite noisy and should not be used while one is presenting or teaching. 5. Classroom Activities & Assignments During activities, please pay attention to all instructions. Stay in the area to which you are assigned and be courteous to others around you. When turning in assignments, your name, the date, and the class period should be listed in the top right-hand corner of your paper. Upon completion of an in-class assignment, place work in the designated tray. ANY WORK THAT IS NOT PLACED IN THE TRAY WILL NOT BE GRADED! 6. Tests/Quizzes Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Quizzes will be given on a weekly basis. Please be prepared for Pop Quizzes. Any topic/concept that has been covered prior to the quiz is fair game for the quiz, even if it is from an earlier unit. All tests will be announced at least three days in advance, with a review day prior to the test. 7. Bathroom/Hall Passes If you need to use a hall pass, please wait until there is a good time to ask. Do not interrupt my teaching to ask for a pass. When granted permission to use a pass, take your sheet out of your notebook, wait for me to initial it, and be sure to take the hall pass with you. You are given three passes per quarter which may be used for trips to the bathroom, your locker, the water fountain, or other (at my own discretion). Un-used passes may be redeemed for up to 9 points added to your lowest test grade. Should you need more than the three passes, you will have to serve an after school detention or a lunch detention. 8. Materials You are REQUIRED to keep a notebook. This should be a three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper. All work should be completed in PENCIL. Calculators must be brought on a daily basis. Your calculator must be maintained in good order. I will not accept excuses about lost or misplaced calculators. Get new batteries now. If you don’t, your batteries will run out of power at the worst possible time. I do not supply batteries. 9. Extra Credit Work Happy face sticker points will be added to ONE homework grade at the end of each quarter. Occasionally, there will be extra credit opportunities from Internet Research/ class work. Un-used bathroom passes may be redeemed for up to 9 pts added to your lowest Test Grade. Any Quiz > 55 may be replaced with a higher Unit Test grade within the same unit. 10. Make-Up Work & Late Work Assignments are due THE DAY BEFORE or THE MORNING of a pre-planned absence/field trip. If you check into school after math class, you will need to turn in your assignment by the end of the school day. You are responsible for asking for missed assignments and for getting notes from another student for days you are absent. Any handout (including worksheets assigned for homework) will be placed in the make-up work tray for the day you missed. It is your responsibility to check the tray for work you missed. ALL homework assignments will be recorded on the assignment sheet in the notebook located by the make-up work tray. If you miss a day, you should first consult the assignment sheet to find what homework you need to complete. If you miss a test or a quiz as a result of an excused absence, plan on staying either during lunch or after school within three days at a time convenient for you and me. All late work should be placed in the late-work box. Ten points are deducted for each day an assignment is late. If an assignment is placed in the box AFTER the beginning of class, the assignment is late and points WILL BE DEDUCTED.