**∏ **__Welcome Math Explorers to Algebra 1 Part 1__** ∏**** **

**Teacher – Ms. Ohlson**

** Course Description**: This course is the first half of a complete Algebra 1 curriculum. Material covered includes, but is not limited to, linear equations, variable expressions, systems of linear equations, graphs and linear inequalities.

** Essential Questions**:

- How do we use linear equations?
- How do we solve basic equations?
- How do we graph linear equations?

** Materials Required**: Students should have a binder and/or file in which to keep class notes, hand-outs, quizzes, tests and problem solving tasks. Students should come prepared with pencil, paper and textbook to class. School calculators may be used in the classroom only so you may wish to purchase a calculator for home use.

** Homework**: Practice outside of the classroom is critical to the successful understanding of any math course. I expect each student to regularly complete the homework assigned. Homework is graded on effort and completeness. All assignments should be neat and work should be shown, the date, unit assignment and students name should be clearly written. Course homework and other information are available at my website http://sbhs.sbschools.net/users/johlson/ .

** Grading Policy (Quarterly Grades)**:

**Class work (20%):** The class work category includes completing explorations, investigations, in-class assignments and class participation.

**Homework (20%):** The purpose of the homework assignments is to practice, review, reinforce, analyze, extend, or reflect upon past and present concepts and to prepare you for the next topic. We will check, discuss, and review the assignment during the next class period.

** Tests and Quizzes (60%):** You will have frequent quizzes and unit tests. It is important to study and be prepared!

** Semester Grade**: 40% each quarter plus 20% for midterm/final exam.

** Final Grade**: Each semester is worth 50%.

** Attendance Policy**: If you are absent for any reason (illness, group, field trip, sports, etc…), you are responsible for making up the work you missed. You should make sure you get homework assignments in advance if possible and complete the work prior to the next class. If you miss a quiz or test it is your responsibility to reschedule with me as soon as possible. Make-up times for math are per the school schedule.

** Behavior**: The student is expected to demonstrate respect towards themselves, other students and the learning environment. Students are expected to be in their seats and ready to work when the bell rings.

** Communication:** Please feel free to contact me directly with questions and concerns. You may contact me at johlson@sbschools.net.