Algebra 1

**North Olmsted High
School**

**Miss Tomsik**

**2007-2008**

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__Overview of
Course:__

This course is designed to be part of the regular mathematics program. Students entering the course should be able to exhibit a mastery of general math and pre-algebra skills. Special emphasis will be placed on review for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Topics of study include: linear equations/inequalities, basic functions, graphing, exponential functions, quadratic equations/polynomials, and preliminary geometry concepts. Successful completion of this course will render a student prepared to study Geometry as the next course in this series.

__Textbook:__*Algebra I *(McDougal-Littel)

__Supplies:__

Ø 3-ring binder (1” or bigger, hard cover, name and period ON FRONT)

Ø Set of tabbed binder dividers (at least 5)

Ø Notebook paper

Ø Graph paper (quarter inch grid, 50 sheets or more)

Ø Pencils and Pens

Ø Book cover

Ø Calculator (OGT calculator)

** Course
Requirements: **
Each day, every student is responsible for

Ø Textbook with cover

Ø Attending class

Ø Having assignments prepared

Ø Taking daily notes

Ø Taking all tests and exams

Ø Class materials (notebook, pencil, paper, book, etc.)

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Daily Expectations:
**Each day, every student is
expected to

Ø Pay attention

Ø Follow directions

Ø Actively participate in all classroom activities

Ø Be respectful of classmates and teacher

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__Daily
Responsibilities: __

Ø Being on time and prepared for class daily (late = 15 min. detention)

Ø Honoring all school rules

Ø Acting in an appropriate manner

Ø Honoring classroom procedures

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__Consequences:__

Students are expected to follow all rules outlined in the North Olmsted High School student handbook and abide by my outlined expectations and responsibilities. An appropriate consequence will be assigned to students who fail to follow classroom and/or school rules. Consequences will include: verbal warnings, detentions, phone calls to parents, conferences with student and/or parent, removal from class for the period, and administrative/guidance office referrals--depending upon the frequency and severity of the behavior that is interfering with the learning process.

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** Classroom
Procedures:** Topics to be
addressed in class

Ø Homework policies (collection, headings, etc.)

Ø Notebook set-up

Ø Make-up work

Ø Being prepared for class

Ø Appropriate reasons and times to leave your seat (pencil sharpening, waste can, etc.)

Ø Restroom / Hall pass Policy (3 per quarter)

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Grading:**
Grades will be based on homework, tests, quizzes, projects and notes.
Grades will be calculated by dividing TOTAL POINTS EARNED by TOTAL POINTS
POSSIBLE. Typically, total points are comprised of

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Homework/Class work *It is expected that ALL students complete ALL
assignments. Homework will include test review assignments and worksheets.
Students are encouraged to utilize their Student Planner to keep track of
homework and all other assignments.

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*Quizzes*
Quizzes will be given between tests and may or may not be announced. Students
may have several non-calculator quizzes at the beginning of the year.

*Tests*
A 100-point test will be given after each chapter of study. Students will be
given review assignments to prepare for tests.

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__Tutoring:__

Should you find that you need to seek additional assistance on homework, studying for tests, etc., you may arrange a time to meet with me before school, after school, or during my planning/conference period.

__Extra Credit:__

Extra credit assignments
will be available to the *entire* class once per quarter. No individual
extra credit assignments will be given. Extra credit may be earned for putting
homework problems on the board.

__Make-up Work:__

In the case of absence,
students have the **number of days absent plus one** (as per the student
handbook) to make up homework assignments. Students returning from an absence
will be required to make-up a missed test on the *day of their return, or as
soon after as can be possibly scheduled*. (Exceptions will be made for
long-term absence and for students who have missed material included on the
test.) It is the student’s responsibility to acquire/arrange all make up work.
Students will be allowed “1 free late” homework assignment per quarter.

~As the year progresses, there may be the need for additional assignments or modifications to the expectations and policies contained in this syllabus.~

August 28, 2007

Dear Parent / Guardian:

Please take a moment to review with your son/daughter the attached syllabus for Algebra 1. It is my belief that with mutual support and cooperation, teachers, students and parents can work together for a successful year.

Please complete and tear
off the form below and return it to school with your son/daughter **by FRIDAY,
AUGUST 31, 2007**. This will be an indication to me that you have read the
attached syllabus and are aware of what is expected of your child in Algebra
1for the 2007-2008 school year. All **supplies should be obtained by FRIDAY,
AUGUST 31, 2007 as well.**.

If you need to reach me for
a conference, please call **(440) 779-8799** and leave a message. You may
also reach me via email at **gtomsi@leeca.org**. I will get back to you at
my earliest convenience.

Thank you in advance for your help in keeping your student well equipped, organized and on-track this year!

Sincerely,

Mathematics Teacher

North Olmsted High School

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**Student’s Name:
______________________ Signature ____________________**

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**Course: Algebra
1 Period:
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**Miss Tomsik,**

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I have read the guidelines and rules for the Algebra 1 course in which my child is enrolled.

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**Parent or Guardian’s
signature ________________________________________**

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Date: _______________**