Instructor: Kimberly Magginson Email: kmagginson@bcps.org
Room: 300 Phone: 4108870618
Grade book: www.engrade.com/kmagginson
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Course Description:
The primary focus of Algebra, a course required for all diploma bound students, is the application of skills to representing situations and solutions verbally, numerically, graphically, and algebraically.
Goals of the Course:
 Students will master at least 80% of the course content in order to score proficient or advanced on the Maryland State Assessment while simultaneously building critical thinking skills.
 Students will use developed knowledge to pass the High School Assessment which is needed to graduate from high school.
Textbook:
Glencoe Algebra 1, 2005
Book’s website: www.algebra1.com and www.glencoe.com
Online Textbook Information Login: ALG105 Password: beP8emEK
Course Outline:
 Application of Real Numbers
 Statistics
 Solving Linear Equations
 Patterns and Graphing
 Analyzing Linear Equations
 Probability
 Linear equations
 Systems of Equations
 Characteristics of Functions
 Polynomials
 Factoring
Graded Components
Grade Breakdown Grading Categories
A = 90100% 60%  Classwork
B = 8089% 20%  Assessments (Short Cycles, Benchmarks, Tests, and Quizzes)
C = 7079% 10%  Homework
D = 6069% 10%  Projects
E = <60%
Classwork:
Will consist of, but is not limited to:
 Warm ups/ drills
 Practice problems
 Assignments from the book
 Puzzles
 Anything completed during the class time
 Exit Tickets

Homework
Most of the homework assignments will be completed out of the book. All homework will be checked the next day either for accuracy or for completion. Homework will be given 4 to 5 times per week.
Projects
Projects may be given out quarterly. Each project will relate to topics learned within that quarter. Most projects will be completed at home.
Proficiency Procedure
 Any assessment, project, paper, or essay that does not meet minimum standards (75%) may be redone for additional credit.
 A redo will only be allowed if the student has attended at least one coach class pertaining to the material being assessed on the redo.
 A redo will be permitted only if the original assignment was completed on time.
Course Expectations
Quantity and Quality of Work
 Course work will be graded for accuracy. Make sure your work is not only complete but also accurate.
Study Time:
· Each student needs to study at least one hour per day for Algebra 1 coursework. During this time, students should complete homework, review classwork notes/examples and preview next lesson or chapter. More time should be set aside to study for test and quizzes. Math is a subject that builds upon itself. Therefore the skills covered in each lesson must be mastered in order to move forward and successfully complete the course.
Late and Makeup Work
 If you are absent, you will be required to make up missing work. This will include one coach class in order to learn the material or get extra help form the teacher.
 Late class work or homework if the student was present in class will not be accepted.
 For all assessments please refer to the proficiency procedure.
Interpersonal Behavior
 Students are expected to respect each other’s thoughts, opinions, and personal space.
 No inappropriate language!
 No hats, headbands, backpacks, headphones, jackets, hoodies, or cell phones!
General Classroom Rules
 Respect yourself, adults, and peers
 Have all materials in class. This includes 2 pencils, binder, folder, books, and your brain.
 Raise your hand to be acknowledged
 Remain in your seat unless directed
Consequences
Refer to PBIS
Lateness to Class
Unexcused
1^{st} lateness (depending on time frame of lateness) sign into logistic log and will be verbally warned
2^{nd} lateness sign into logistic log and receive a lunch detention
3^{rd} lateness sign into logistic log and receive a minor referral with a parent phone call.
Persistent lateness – further action from team/administration consequence
Excused
If students are late with a pass, they are to come in and sign in the logistic log. Then give their pass to Mrs. Magginson and sit down and get started with the lesson.
Other Information
Materials Needed for Class:
 Three Ring Binder with math sections – Drill/Warmup, Classwork, Homework, Assessments
 Folder
 2 pencils
 Book (covered)
 Highlighters
 Willingness to Learn!!!!
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION