Gateway Regional High School

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Algebra 1- 10th and 11th grade



Cynthia J. Valeski


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Course Description

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 8, teacher recommendation and scores on the Algebra Readiness Test and PARCC.

This course is a fast-paced course that allows students opportunities to take responsibility for learning.

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, computers, and calculator-based lab equipment. 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


Course Policies


Required and Recommended Materials

·      One-inch 3-ring binder (for math only!)

·      Pencil with an eraser

·      Chromebook

·      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 or email Mrs. Valeski to arrange a time to meet.


Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences