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South Gibson County High School

Algebra 1 B
Spring 2018

Contact Information:
Alex Ward Room: 118 warda@gcssd.org http://sgc-ward.weebly.com

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” ​ ~Albert Einstein

Course Description:
Algebra 1 emphasizes linear and quadratic expressions, equations, and functions. This course
also introduces students to polynomial, rational, and exponential functions with domains in the
integers. Students explore the structures of and interpret functions and other mathematical
models. Students build upon previous knowledge of equations and inequalities to reason, solve,
and represent equations and inequalities numerically and graphically.

Text and Supplies:

Algebra 1, Volume 1 and 2​, Kanold, Burger, Dixon, M. Larson, and Leinwand
1. Loose notebook paper
2. 3 ring binder
3. Pencils / Pens
4. Graphing calculator (optional)

Assignments and Grading:

● Tests:
We will have a test every 2 to 3 weeks, and sometimes sooner. All tests will be
cumulative, meaning that all previously covered material will be on the test. Grades will
be figured using 80% for formal assessments (tests and projects) and 20% informal
(Daily assignments, homework, etc.)
● Daily Assignments:
Daily assignments cover a broad range of in class assignments. We will have a bell
ringer almost everyday, as well as an in class assignment. These will be graded by effort
and/or accuracy.

● Homework:
I encourage all students to attempt any homework given and if you have any questions or
need help, do not hesitate to ask. There will not be an unreasonable amount of homework
given at any time. However, homework is important to prepare students for college.
A: 93-100% B: 85-92% C: 75-84% D: 70-74% I: Incomplete

Progressive Grading:
The goal of the teacher is to ensure all students master the standards, obtain a rich knowledge of
mathematics. Progressive grading is part of this class to ensure these things. Progressive
grading is used to allow students to be able to “change their grade” throughout the semester.
Students must maintain knowledge of all content covered to be successful on classroom tests and
the end of year test. Therefore, as we go throughout the semester, each test will contain new
material and parts of older content. All students are required to complete all tests. If a student is
unhappy with a previous test grade, and a new test contains material from that chapter, a
student’s grade on that section of the new test can replace the old test. Because of the
cumulative nature of all tests in this class, students will have multiple opportunities to improve
their grades. There will be NO retakes throughout the semester. Each student’s grade will stand
until the material is tested again on another test in the future. Material covered on each test will
be announced so students can study accordingly. Failing this course is possible. If, after all
academic support and progressive grading, the grades remain failing, a decision will be made
about retaking the course or credit recovery. This decision will be made with the administrators,
parents, and the teacher based on student performance and what would benefit the student the

Class Participation:
It is expected for students to engage in meaningful participation while in the classroom.
Throughout the semester, students will engage in a variety of learning techniques. Students must
actively participate in any class activity assigned. Students should answer questions, offer their
insights, and stay on task each day. This will lead students to master the state standards.
Specific expectations for each activity or assignment will be explained in detail, so the students
will know what is expected of the.
Participation Examples (but are not limited to):
○ Daily in-class comments/input/dialogue
○ Small group activities
○ Partner Assignments
○ Preparation for class
○ On task behaviors
○ Compliance and respect for class norms and procedures
Classroom Norms and Procedures:
There are district and school wide norms and procedures that will be followed in the classroom
as well. These are located in the student handbook and on the website.
Classroom Expectations:
1. Be in your seat with supplies, calculator, and phone put away when bell rings.
2. Be respectful to everyone.
3. Be willing to participate activities.
4. Be attentive and ready to learn.

It is very important that students miss as little school as possible. I do know that some absences
are unavoidable. In the event of an absence the student has 5 school days to return any make up
work from the day that the student returns to school. As for tests, the student must make up a
test the day they return, unless the student has missed a significant amount of consecutive days
before the test.

Restroom Breaks:
Students should go to the restroom before and after class. There are some cases when a student
may need to be excused to go to the restroom. Students will get 5 restroom breaks in my class
each semester. Failure to sign out will result in the loss of all bathroom privileges. Only one
student is allowed to leave for the restroom at a time. Students are to only use the restroom
closest to my classroom with no exceptions.

Cell Phone Policy:

All cell phones should be turned in before class starts in the calculator / cell phone pocket that is
assigned to you. Failure to do so will result in your phone being taken up and turned in to

There is absolutely no food that should be consumed in the classroom. Water in a clear water
bottle is the only drink that is permitted in the classroom. Food/drink items may be placed in the
designated area in the front of the room, but it is not to be retrieved until after the class has been
dismissed. Food/drink that is left in the classroom will be thrown away at the end of the school

Tardy Policy:
In the event that you are late for class without a note from a faculty member, you are to sign the
tardy log. After three tardies I will turn you into administration for disciplinary action.
Algebra Course Calendar:
Unit #1: One-Variable Equations + Inequalities [3 week]:
Unit #2: Introduction to Linear + Non-Linear Functions [3 week]:
Unit #3: Linear Functions [2 week]:
Unit #4: Linear Inequalities/Systems of Equations + Inequalities [2 week]:
Unit #5: Exponential Functions [2 week]:
Unit #6: Polynomials/Factoring [4 weeks]:
Unit #7: Quadratics [8 weeks]:
Unit #8: Statistics [2 weeks]
TN Ready Review [1 week]
Geometry Preview/End of Course Project [2 weeks]

[Note: Time periods are approximate and some material was previously covered in Algebra 1 A]

TN state standards can be found at


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instructional materials; teaching materials; teaching aids; handouts; and tests that are developed
by and graded by their child’s teacher. Parents wishing to inspect such materials should contact
the building level principal in writing.
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contents of Coach Ward’s Algebra 1 Syllabus. I also understand that the syllabus
is subject to change at any time during the semester.

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