Gateway Regional High School
Algebra I / Grade 8 / Periods 7-8
Google Classroom: hxlhst0 & Khan Academy: AJ4AT5
The Algebra I curriculum is comprised of the following major concepts or ‘Big Ideas’: (1) tools of algebra; (2) equations and inequalities; (3) rational and irrational numbers; (4) polynomials; (5) functional and relations; and (6) linear systems. While knowledge of content is being developed students are engaged in hands-on and cooperative activities that encourage mathematical reasoning, problem solving, communicating and making connections. Through these activities students utilize technology such as graphing calculators and computers. In addition they are encouraged to think more critically through activities that involve investigations, explorations, and discovery. Finally, evaluation appears in several formats: tests, performance tasks, and long- and short-term projects.
Course Expectations and Assessments
- 1st Marking Period - Assessments will evaluate the students on the the following units of study: Numbers & Expressions and Solving Equations & Inequalities.
- 2nd Marking Period - Assessments will evaluate the students on the the following units of study: Functions and Systems of Equations.
- 3rd Marking Period - Assessments will evaluate the students on the the following units of study: Polynomials and Quadratic Functions.
- 4th Marking Period - Assessments will evaluate the students on the the following unit of study: Modeling with Functions.
- Attendance Policy – Be On Time!
- Absent Work Policy - Work assigned prior to and due on the day of a one-day absence is due on the day of return. Students will be given the same number of days to complete and turn in work as the number of days missed.
- Homework Policy - Homework will be assigned on a regular basis. All assignments will be listed on PowerSchool. Homework will receive a check mark if it is complete.
- Test Retake Policy - A test can be retaken before the next primary assessment is given. The higher score will be used. A student will only be eligible for a retake if the student submitted test corrections and completed all homework assigned to prepare for that assessment.
- Cell Phone/Chromebook Policy - Cell phones should be set on “silent” and all electronics should be invisible during class instruction, unless otherwise noted by Mrs. Gailliout.
- Grading Policy
- 50% - Primary Assessments - Benchmarks, Unit Tests
- 35% - Secondary Assessments - Quizzes, Performance Assessments, Other In-Class Activities
- 15% - Supportive Assessments - Quick Checks, Classwork
Required and Recommended Materials
- One-inch 3-ring binder (for math only!)
- Pencil with an eraser
- Ear buds with an audio jack to be used in the chrome book
Extra help will be provided on an as-needed basis. Please see Mrs. Gailliout to arrange a time to meet.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences
- Be Prompt - If you are late you will be expected to have a valid pass.
- Be Prepared - Students are to come to class each day with all necessary materials needed to participate in the activities of the day.
- Be Polite - Respect your teacher and fellow classmates. All persons in the classroom are to be treated with common courtesy and no words or actions intended to cause anyone harm will be tolerated.
- Be Positive - Leave all negative attitudes and profanity outside the classroom.
- Participate - Ask questions when you do not understand. Get involved in class discussions and group work
Please remember that you start each marking period with an A - It is up to you to do your very best!