Welcome students and families to F221! I am excited for another great year at Traughber Junior High and I am thrilled that you will be joining me in the adventure of navigating 8th grade Algebra 1 mathematics. I look forward to getting to know you!
Students will be expected to bring the following classroom materials with them to Each Class:
*We will have a class set of calculators; however, students may not bring them home. Therefore, it is necessary that students purchase a TI 83+, or a TI84+ graphing calculator for home to use on assignments.
Tests - 40%
Quizzes - 35%
Final Exam - 10%
Homework - 10%
Classwork - 5%
2 = Homework is complete
1 = Homework is late / incomplete
0 = Homework is missing
If you are absent for any reason. YOU are RESPONSIBLE for getting what you missed. You may have one extra day per absent day to turn make-up work for full credit. For example: If you are absent on a Thursday and Friday, your absent work will be due Wednesday. If you are going to be absent three or more days, please call the office and they will send a note around to the teachers to get you homework.
*Homework assignments will be posted daily on my website for your convenience!*
If you ever need extra help, DON’T HESITATE TO ASK! I am more than willing to meet with students when available. IMPORTANT: Let me know that you are coming so I can plan to be there ready to work with you. Another thing you can do is call a friend; they can usually be very helpful
Algebra 1 – 1.0 credit (2 semesters; .5 credit per semester) MEETS ALGEBRA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
This course focuses on the structure of the real number system. The solution of equations, inequalities, and systems of equations and inequalities is presented. Graphing, both as a means of displaying data and analyzing data in one and two dimensions, is an integral part of this course. Other topics include: exponents, function analysis, quadratics and their application and statistics. A sound foundation in arithmetic and pre-algebra skills is essential for success in this course. *A TI 83+, or a TI84+ graphing calculator is required.
Students will be RESPECTFUL. Everyone has the right to learn, the right to feel safe, and the right to be happy in this classroom. Talking out of line or disturbing the class will not be tolerated.
Students will be graded based on quizzes, tests, and other in class assessments. I will do my best to update grades on a weekly basis and I encourage you to use Home Access to regularly check grades. If there are any questions regarding a grade, please contact me immediately.
Homework will be assigned daily and is due at the beginning of class the next day. IT IS STILL EXPECTED THAT YOU COMPLETE EACH AND EVERY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT! You will not be ready for quizzes and tests if you do not complete the homework assignments.
I will check daily to see that homework is completed and then we will go over it together. All problems MUST have an answer. If you cannot solve a problem, try to figure out what it is about the question that you do not understand. Write it down and be prepared to ask for help. It is your responsibility to know what homework you have NOT completed. If you are unsure of what assignments you have NOT completed, come see me or check the assignment board. Late work will be accepted up to the date of the unit test.
Test and Quizzes
We will generally have one day for review prior to unit tests. Quizzes will be reviewed the day of the assessment. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, you will take it the next day. If you are absent the day of the review, you are still expected to take the quiz/test when you return to school. When studying for test and quizzes, study your notes, quizzes, and homework. These will best prepare you for the test.
RETAKES: All tests and quizzes are eligible for retake if students have no more than three missing assignments for the content covered on that assessment. Students must:
Tips for Parents and Guardians
- Please encourage your son or daughter to use their textbook and examples for help with their homework and studying.
- Monitor absences. In the case of an absence, the student is responsible for contacting either the teacher or another student for missed work. They must promptly complete missed homework/assignments. (Daily homework assignments will be listed on my webpage calendar)
- Encourage your son/daughter to seek help whenever necessary.
- Provide a quiet place for reading and concentrated thinking.
- Contact me as soon as a concern arises. Don’t wait until it becomes a problem. The more I know, the more I can do to help your student succeed.