Syllabus, Rules and Expectations

Al​gebra 1 Syllabus

Jefferson High School – 2011/2012

Mr. Prchal / Mrs. Corcoran – Room 339

Contact Information: The best and fastest way to contact me/us is through the district email. You may email me/us at / Please include parent/guardian name, student’s name, and a way for me to contact you, in all communication. You can also contact me by phone at (815) 874-9536 ext. 3726 / ext. 2345.

Extra Help: I will be available in my classroom, every morning from 8:30am-9:20am; during 3rd hour lunch; after school most days until 4:00pm. Students’ may use that time to receive extra help, (re)take a test, correct a quiz, or for a place to complete homework. Please let me know if you plan to come. Meetings, appointment, and other business may arise. We are available also by appointment. There is school tutoring available before school and after school on Mondays – Thursdays. There are buses available both before and after school.

Course Description: The Algebra 1 course will cover five themes throughout the year. These themes will be broken into smaller units to group similar topics. The themes are as follow: Theme 1 – Expressions, Equations, & Functions; Theme 2 – Linear Relationships; Theme 3 – Exponential & Quadratic Relationships; Theme 4 – Advanced Functions & Equations; Theme 5 – Data Analysis.

Grading Procedure: 

Quarter Grade:                     1st Semester Grade:                2nd Semster Grade:                      Grading Scale:

Class work: 15%                 1st Quarter Avg. 40%              3rd Quarter Avg. 40%                    A: 90-100%

Quizzes: 5%                        2nd Quarter Avg. 40%             4th Quarter Avg. 40%                   B: 80-89%

Tests / Projects: 80%         Final Exam: 20%                     Final Exam: 20%                            C: 70-79%

                                                                                                                                         D: 60-69%

                                                                                                                                         F: 0-59%

Class work: Almost every day each student will complete the bell ringer, notes, and an assignment. The bell ringer and notes will be completed in class. The assignments will be started in class. If the student does not complete the entire assignment in class, (s)he is expected to complete it at home and return it the next day. All assignments will be collected at the end of each unit. All work should be completed neatly, in pencil, and include the student’s name and hour. Classroom activities will include but are not limited to: group work, individual presentations, book work, worksheets, whole class instruction, discussions, pair work, and peer tutoring. Transitions between activities will be as brief and efficient as possible. Daily lessons will be geared towards a variety of learning styles.

Quizzes: Every few days there will be a small quiz. These will be used to determine what level of knowledge the students have on a subject. Quizzes CANNOT be retaken but CAN be corrected for full credit.

Tests / Projects: At the end of each chapter, a test will be given that contains questions per each standard that is being assessed. The student’s grade for each test will be broken down by the standards. If a student does not meet a standard, (s)he may retake that portion of the test ONE TIME outside of class time. In order to retake a test, the student must have all of his/her assignments in for that chapter. In addition, for each retake, the student must complete a “Retake Request Form”. Students CANNOT retake the semester final.

Progress Reports: Printed progress reports will be sent home at least every 2-3 weeks. They are to be signed by your parent/guardian, and returned to me the next class period. The school will send out one progress report each quarter. Please contact me if you ever have questions or concerns. Student success is always the top priority. Parent – Teacher conferences are on November 16 & 21 and March 15 & 19.

Student Success: The key to succeeding in this math course is the daily work. If you are taking complete notes and completing the assignments, you will have the knowledge to perform well on the assessments. If you start to fall behind or have a question, ASK!!! I can only help you as much as you allow me. Do not wait until your receive a poor grade to tell me you do not understand. Ask or come in for help immediately. Practice is the only way to get better at sports. The same is true for math. So do the assignment because that is the practice. The quizzes and tests are the games. You must practice in order to succeed on the assessments.


*        Absenteeism:

☼   Look in the class folder for missed handouts

☼   Look in the class binder for the objective and assignment for the day(s) you missed

☼   Students will have the number of days they were absent plus one day to complete all work and make-up quizzes and tests

*        Tardiness:

☼   Students will be marked tardy if not in the class when the bell rings

☼   Students will have until the end of the day to complete all work and make-up quizzes and tests

Course Materials:

*      Spiral notebook

*      Two pocket folder

*      Pencils with erasers

*      Correcting pen

*      Glencoe Algebra 1 CCSS National (

*      Scientific Calculator TI-30XA (or graphing calculator, a TI-Nspire or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

☼   Students will be able to use a calculator most days in class.

☼   Students will need their own calculators at home

*      It is greatly appreciated if students bring in a box of tissues

General Rules:

*        Be Responsible

☼   Be in the classroom when the bell rings with proper material

☼   Follow directions the first time and actively listen

☼   Do your own work and accept ownership for your performance

☼   Remain in class until dismissed

*        Be Respectful

☼   Use appropriate language and volume

☼   Listen to and respect the opinions of others

*        Be Safe

☼   Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

☼   Know emergency procedures

       Follow all school rules

☼   Including the zero-tolerance for electronics

☼   Jefferson’s tardy policy will be enforced


  1. Verbal warning

  2. Verbal warning – Proximity – Private conference

  3. Seat change – Private conference – Parent/guardian contact

  4. If attempts to redirect negative behaviors fail, students will be referred to administration. A parent/guardian contact will be made.

Every effort will be made to handle discipline issues within the classroom. Behavioral situations will be handled as fairly as possible. Please keep in mind that this does not mean all students will be treated exactly the same. Please contact me if you ever have questions or concerns. Student success is always the top priority.

Everything is subject to change per school or district policy.

Course Outline for Algebra 1

Quarter 1

*  Unit 0—Preparing for Algebra

Plan for Problem Solving

Real Numbers

Operations with Integers

Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers

The Percent Proportion


Simple Probability and Odds



Surface Area

Mean, Median, Mode, Range and Quartiles

Representing Data

*  Unit 1—Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Variables and Expressions

Order of Operations

Properties of Numbers


The Distributive Property




Interpreting Graphs of Functions

*  Unit 2—Linear Equations

Writing Equations

Solving One-step Equations

Solving Multi-step Equations

Solving Equations with the Variable on Each Side

Solving Equations Involving Absolute Value

Quarter 2

Ratios and Proportions

Percent of Change

Literal Equations and Dimensional Analysis

Weighted Averages

*  Unit 3—Linear Functions (Relationships)

Graphing Linear Equations

Solve Linear Equations by Graphing

Rate of Change and Slope

Direct Variation

Arithmetic Sequences as Linear Functions

Proportional and Non-proportional Relationships

*   Unit 4—Equations of Linear Functions

Graphing Equations in Slope-Intercept Form

Writing Equations in Slope-Intercept Form

Writing Equations in Point-Slope Form

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Scatter Plots and Lines of Fit

Inverse Linear Functions

*  Unit 5—Linear Inequalities

Solving Inequalities by Addition and Subtraction

Solving Inequalities by Multiplication and Division

Solving Multi-step Inequalities

Solving Compound Inequalities

Inequalities Involving Absolute Value

Graphing Inequalities in Two Variables

Quarter 3

*  Unit 6—Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

Graphing Systems of Equations


Elimination Using Addition and Subtraction

Elimination Using Multiplication

Applying Systems of Linear Equations

Systems of Inequalities

*  Unit 7—Exponents and Exponential Functions (Relationships)

Multiplication Properties of Exponents

Division Properties of Exponents

Rational Exponents

Scientific Notation

Exponential Functions

Growth and Decay

Geometric Sequences as Exponential Functions

Recursive Formulas

*   Unit 8—Quadratic Expressions and Equations

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial

Multiplying Polynomials

Special Products

Quarter 4

Using the Distributive Property

Solving x2 + bx + c = 0

Solving ax2 + bx + c = 0

Differences of Squares

Perfect Squares

*  Unit 9— Quadratic Functions and Equations

 Graphing Quadratic Functions

Solving Quadratic Equations by Graphing

Transformations og Quadratic Functions

Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square

Solving Quadratic Equations by Using the Quadratic Formula

Analyzing Functions with Successive Differences

Special Functions

*  Unit 10—Exponential Relationships

Square Root Functions

Simplifying Radical Expressions

Operations with Radical Expressions

Radical Equations

The Pythagorean Theorem

Trigonometric Ratios

*   Unit 12—Statistics and Probability

Samples and Studies

Statistics and Parameters

Distributions of Data

Comparing Sets of Data

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