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Course Syllabus-Alg 1

Algebra 1

Wellsville High School/Middle School

Course Information: 2017-18

Mr. Barry L. Richards


(785) 883-2057 Ext# 3121

Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Room 112

Plan--5th Hr






Course Description


The Algebra I course begins with connections back to that earlier work, efficiently reviewing algebraic concepts that students have already studied while at the same time moving students forward into the new ideas described in the high school standards. Students contrast exponential and linear functions as they explore exponential models using the familiar tools of tables, graphs, and symbols. Finally, they apply these same tools to a study of quadratic functions. Throughout, the connection between functions and equations is made explicit to give students more ways to model and make sense of problems.


Throughout this Algebra I course, students should continue to develop proficiency with the Common Core's eight Standards for Mathematical Practice:


 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

 2. Use appropriate tools strategically.

 3. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

 4. Attend to precision.

 5. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

 6. Look for and make use of structure.

 7. Model with mathematics.

 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


 These practices should become the natural way in which students come to understand and do mathematics.


Classroom Expectations


1.Be on time.

2.Be respectful.

3.Be prepared—writing utensils

4.Work hard.


Materials and Texts


Students will be provided with a workbook that will remain in the classroom.  All lessons will be done on-line through Agile Mind.  Supplementary materials will be added as needed to ensure concept understanding.  A scientific calculator will be provided.




Types of Assignments


In class participation—worksheets, note taking, group work



Potential Group Projects- team building, cooperative learning, group presentations

Semester Final


Guidelines for Term Grading


      20% Homework, projects

      20% Class Participation

      60% Tests/Quizzes


NOTE: Using this new Agile Mind curriculum, this is subject

              to change to best fit student’s needs.



Semester and Final Grades


            1st Semester Grade + Final (15%)

            2nd Semester Grade + Final (15%)



Assignment/Make Up Policy


MISSED ASSIGNMENTS ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!  It is your duty to talk to me about the assignment as soon as you return.  You may also email me. 

MAKE UP WORK is designated for students who have excused absences.  If you are absent and it is excused, you must speak to me about any make up work.

LATE WORK—I require all work to be completed and turned in and it will be up to teacher discretion on the amount of credit given for late work.




Plagiarism and/or cheating will not be tolerated.  There are severe consequences for those involved with academic dishonesty.










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Classroom Number:
Room 112
School Phone:
785 8832057 ex3121