## Algebra 1 - Disclosure Statement

**Course Overview**: The main goal of Algebra is to develop fluency in working with linear equations. Students will solve linear equations and inequalities and systems of linear equations and inequalities; they will extend their knowledge of the number system to include irrational numbers; they will generate equivalent expressions and use formulas; they will simplify polynomials and begin to study quadratic relationships; they will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically; and they will apply these mathematical skills to make meaningful connections to life’s experiences

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**Grading Factors**: The following breakdown will be used to compute grades every quarter:

60% - Tests/Quizzes

20% - Assignments

20% - Participation

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**Tests**– There will generally be 2 tests every quarter. Test scores will be adjusted to reflect 100% as the highest score on the test rather than as a straight percent. If tests are missed, make-up tests will be administered one week after the original test was given. Alternate arrangements must be made in advance.

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**Starter Quizzes -**will happen regularly and will include not only questions from the previous day’s homework but also questions from previous assignments throughout the entire year as a means of regular review.

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**Assignments**– All work must be done in pencil unless otherwise noted. Daily assignments will generally be corrected by the students themselves either that day before leaving or the following day in class. Occasionally, assignments will be collected to assess accuracy and to determine mastery.

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**Participation**– Students receive 100 weekly points for respectfully participating in class activities. Points are deducted for behavior infractions which include, but are not limited to: dress code violations, poor class behavior, coming unprepared with needed materials, inappropriate attitude, improper use of classroom materials/equipment, and not being seated and ready to work with the tardy bell stops ringing. Each infraction results in a 10 point deduction for the week although weekly scores may not drop below zero.

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**Materials**needed on a daily basis:

Composition Book for notes (provided by the school)

· Pencil (NO pens!)

· Student Journal (red/white paperback textbook)

· Assignment, when necessary

· Paper

· Student planner (provided by the school)

**Citizenship**: These grades will be based on the rubric found in the unified disclosure statement. Infractions are the same as those listed here in the behavior portion of the participation grade.

· “Behavior above and beyond normal” – Students should have consistent and positive class participation; they should volunteer to help when needed;

they should help others without being told; etc.

· “No/minimal infractions” – Students should have 0-2 behavior marks for the entire quarter.

· “Some infractions” – Students can have 3-5 behavior marks for the entire quarter.

· “Multiple infractions” – Student have 6 or more behavior marks for the entire quarter.

**Extra Credit**: These points will only be given to those students who have turned in every assignment for the quarter. These points are not intended to be “replacement credit” but rather “extra credit.” Extra credit cannot make or break a student’s grade and will only be allowed to make ONE grade step improvement (i.e. a grade can improve from a B+ to an A- but not from a B+ to an A). Students will be given multiple opportunities to earn extra credit – a handout will be given at a future date to explain possible options.

I am looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your student. Please keep in touch with me, if necessary, to ensure the best educational situation for your student. My goal is not only to help your students learn the math skills necessary to succeed in this class but also to help them create study/learning habits which will help them in their education now and in the future.