**Algebra 1**

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**Instructor:**Mrs. Lisa Anne Sowatsky sowatsky@monroecatholicschools.com

**Instructional Methods:**This class is a combination of lecture, modeling, and practice.

**Required Materials:**Algebra textbook, binder, pencils, scientific calculator, loose leaf paper

**Calculator:**You will need a scientific calculator for this class (i.e. TI 30X IIS). A graphing calculator is not required.

**Classroom Rules:**

- Come to class prepared. Each day you will need your required materials and completed homework.
- Be respectful. Treat yourself and others like they are Jesus.
- Follow all school-wide rules.

**Catholic Virtues in Education:**Failure to show virtues may result in a think sheet to be completed by the student.

**Class Participation:**Active participation in class is important to your success. Participation includes, but is not limited to: taking notes, engaging in class discussion and activities, and completion of assignments.

**Homework:**Homework assignments must be completed for this class. You must copy down the problem,

**show your work**or explanation on paper, and make all necessary corrections in

**pencil**. We will begin class by going over any questions. Any problems that you got wrong should be corrected

**before**you turn it in. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points and is graded on an EFFORT BASIS. You will earn 10 points by having the assignment complete, showing your work, and making all corrections.

**Complete homework definition:**A genuine attempt has been made on each assigned problem.

The main reason for homework is for you to show me

**you got your answer. Math is about communicating your thinking, either through writing an explanation or through showing your steps. In other words**

__how__**, you must show your work in order to show your thinking.**A paper with only answers on it will receive very little points.

**Late Homework:**Homework that is not turned in on the due date is considered late and will receive partial credit. It is to your advantage to keep up with the homework as several late assignments can seriously affect your grade. Missing homework will be entered into PowerSchool as a zero until the assignment is turned in. Late homework will only be accepted until the end of the quarter.

*No name papers are considered late.*

**Extra Help:**If you are having trouble with homework, please ask for help. I am available before and after school except when there are meetings. Screencasts of the notes are available on my website. Many teachers also post their lectures on YouTube or you could also use Khan Academy. Use as many sources as possible. Remember to ask for help right away. Many of the topics in this class build on each other and you can get behind very quickly.

**Quiz/Test Corrections:**You may make corrections to your quizzes and tests to earn back one half of the points you originally lost. This is a good way to help your grade and gain the skills that you will use as a foundation for the rest of your mathematics classes. Quiz corrections must be turned in by the next Friday and test corrections must be turned in by the next test. See Quiz/Test Guidelines for more information. If you need help with your corrections, please ask.

**Effort and Conduct Grades:**

- Will be included in honor roll status
- EFFORT: You start each quarter with an A. Failure to show effort (tardy, late/missing homework) results in your effort grade being lowered.
- CONDUCT: You start each quarter with an A. Points will be deducted for behavior that does not follow the Catholic Virtues in Education.

**Grade Weights:**

- Tests: 40% Quizzes: 30% Homework/Classwork: 30%
- Semester Grades: 1st and 2nd Quarter 40% each, Exam 20%

Please note that the semester grades are calculated according to the SMCC Grading Policy shown above. Honor Roll Status is determined by the MCES Grading Scale.

Chapters we will complete this year:

Chapter 1 Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Chapter 2 Solve Linear Equations

Chapter 3 Graph Linear Equations and Functions

Chapter 4 Writing Linear Equations

Chapter 5 Inequalities

Chapter 6 Linear Systems

Chapter 7 Exponents and Exponential Functions

Chapter 8 Polynomials and Factoring

Chapter 9 Quadratic Functions

Additional topics may be added as time permits.