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8th Algebra 1 Syllabus

Stratford MS                                                                                        Planning Period 12:30-1:20

Mrs. Hinkle

Room # 103

School phone#: (580) 759-2048



Algebra 1 Classroom Syllabus


Course Description: Success in future math courses will depend upon a student having competence in fundamental Algebra-1 skills and concepts. Through the Algebra-1 course, students will simplify and evaluate expressions, solve linear and quadratic equations, simplify variable expressions, problem solve, and graph on the Cartesian coordinate plane.


Course Goals:                    •Develop proficiency in using algebra to solve problems in everyday life.

• Expand his/her understanding of mathematical concepts.

•Improve his/her logical thinking skills.

• Gain an understanding of algebra as a study of the structure of the systems of real and complex numbers.


Textbook:                           Pearson Algebra 1. Textbooks will be kept in the classroom unless the teacher says otherwise. (Homework) This reason is because the textbooks are not used every day. However, each student is able to check out a textbook whenever needed. Textbooks are to be kept in the condition received. If book is lost or stolen, cost of replacement is $70.


EOI Exam:                            It is mandated by the state of Oklahoma that all students who take Algebra 1 must pass the End-Of-Instruction exam. The test is given in late April and it covers the OAS objectives as determined by the State Department of Education. Passing the test is mandatory to graduate high school.


Supply List:                         One subject notebook



                                                All supplies will be provided in the classroom


Grading Policy:                 All assignments are given a total number of points possible. All problems must be attempted, work shown, on time, and in pencil. Overall grade are based on points. Test will be worth 100 points.




Class work:                         All assignments must be completed and turned in the correct box, by the beginning of the class period the following day. Students are required to show all their work. Incomplete will be given a zero. Very little extra credit work will be available.


Tests/Quizzes:                  Tests will be given at the end of every Unit. Students that receive a grade lower than a C on a test will be allowed to retake the test provided. It must be taken within a week of the original test and the new grade will replace the old grade (only if higher). Semester Tests count as a double test. The students EOI score will be their second semester test score.  Quizzes are given randomly throughout the school year as teacher feels needed. Quizzes count the same as tests but are quite a bit shorter in length and range in difficulty.


Notes/Warm ups:           Class notes are required and should be taken in the class notebook. This notebook will be turned in the day of every nine weeks test to be reviewed and given a grade for content and organization. Warm-ups are also required to be kept in the student’s math folder.


Late Work:                          All late work (without an excused absence) will only be worth half credit. (If the students choose to abuse this I will stop accepting any late work from that student.)


Absences:                           Students are expected to make up all work missed when absent. It is the student’s responsibility to check the missing assignment folder and/or the teacher for assignments. If a student is absent the day an assignment is due, they are expected to turn it in the day they return to school. Time allowance for make-up work to be completed and returned to teachers is equal to the number of days absent plus one day.



Other:                                   We will start out the year with no electronics; you will have a write up if you enter my classroom with these objects. Later in the year if the class as a whole has good behavior the class may receive rewards on this rule.




Behavior Code:                 1. Respect yourself, your teacher, and your classmates.

2. Come to class prepared. (Notebooks and pencils)       

3. Quietly remain in assigned seat unless given permission otherwise.

4. Listen while the teacher is speaking.

If a student chooses to disrespect the classroom guidelines, the following actions will be taken:

First time                       Verbal warning

Second time                  Teacher/Student conference

Third time                      Parent contact/detention

Fourth time                   Office referral


***Dependent on frequency and severity of the offense, the student may advance to any level or be sent directly to the office***