There is no text for this course.  Your lessons are designed based on the Common Core modules posted on engageNY.com and the website emathinstruction.com created by Kirk Wieler.

    I will also be using any other resource I can find online and in textbooks that I have available to me. 


    We will be concentrating on the skills needed to be successful on the Common Core Algebra 1 Regents Exam.


     All Algebra 1 students will be taking the Common Core Algebra Exam in June.



    1. No food or drinks – except water – allowed in the classroom at any time.
    2. Class begins on time. Be seated with all materials ready to go.
    3. A student’s personal electronic device(s) are not allowed in the room at any time. If one is seen, it will be confiscated until the end of the class period.  If a student repeatedly possesses an electronic device during class, a referral to the principal will occur.


     Tests:  40%     Quizzes:  20%      10 week test:  20%     Homework:  10%     Participation:  10%



    1. Homework will be given every class. ALL necessary work must be shown in PENCIL.  Homework is collected and graded in the following manner:

     Every class day, a die will be rolled at the beginning of class.


    EVEN NUMBER ROLL (graded out of 10 points)


    0 - nothing turned in or just a page of answers or homework has be done in pen


    1pt is deducted for every two questions that are incorrect.  Please understand that if no work has been shown, the question will be considered incorrect.

    If a question has been skipped, it is an automatic 1 pt deduction.



    ODD NUMBER ROLL (graded out of 3 points)

    This is considered an “effort” grade


    0 - nothing turned in or just a page of answers  

          (or partially complete in PEN)

    1 - assignment has been attempted

    2 - assignment is almost complete or the  

         assignment is completely done in pen or

         work has not been shown

    3 - assignment is completed in pencil, neatly,

         and all work has been shown



    In order for the students to receive a perfect score regardless of the value of the die roll, the assignment must also be done on the proper paper with a proper heading, be neat, and have all necessary work shown.  

    1. Students must take notes during class and review the notes every night and while working on homework.
    2. Late homework will not be accepted.
    3. If a student is absent from school, he/she is still responsible to complete any homework assignment given.
    4. If a student is absent from school, he/she must contact the teacher on the day he/she returns to school to make arrangements to make up any missed tests or quizzes.

    SPECIAL NOTE    Field trips, music lessons, and other missed classes where a student is still considered IN SCHOOL do not count as absences.  A student is responsible for any material covered just as if he/she had been present in class. 

    1. Notebook quizzes will be given twice per marking period. 
    1. The participation portion of the class average is based upon the following: class preparation, tardies, unexcused absences, behavior, etc.  Each student begins each marking period with a grade of 100 for participation.  Any infraction of the above listed criteria loses 3 points per incident from the participation grade. 
    1. Any test or quiz grade of 85 points or higher earns a coupon (student choice).

    Coupons can be used for things like:  replacing lowest homework grade with perfect score, bonus points for future test or quiz, or a pencil, etc. 

    1. Daily required materials: pencil, pen, eraser, 3- ring binder (with looseleaf paper) and calculator.


    (TI-nspire graphing calculators are provided for student use while in class only.)

     Required Materials

     3 – ring binder (Most students like to get (2) 1.5-inch binders: one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester)

                     with 4 dividers

                                    1)  NOTES

                                    2)  HOMEWORK

                                    3)  QUIZZES

                                    4)  TESTS


    Looseleaf paper (no spiral notebooks, please)


    Pen or Hi-liter or colored pencil 


    scientific calculator