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Creswell High School Algebra I


Instructors:  Mr. Gary Jones


Phone:         895-6064

Textbook:        Glencoe Mathematics: Algebra I; Holliday, Cuevas, Moore-Harris, Carter, Marks, Casey, Day, and Hayek

Required Supplies:

  • Scientific Calculator
  • Spiral Notebook for daily assignments and class notes
  • Notebook Paper & Pencil

Learner Objectives: (All objectives apply to the new “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:)

The student will:

  • Evaluate numerical expressions by using the order of operations
  • Evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions
  • Analyze data given in tables and graphs
  • Add and subtract integers and rational numbers
  • Multiply and divide integers and rational numbers
  • Analyze data using mean, median, and mode
  • Find the probability of a simple event
  • Solve equations of one step using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division
  • Solve equations of multi-step using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division
  • Locate points, graph points, and graph lines on the coordinate plane.
  • Model and solve real-world data with graphs of linear functions
  • Find the slope of a line from two points on a graph
  • Model and solve real-world data with an equation in slope intercept form
  • Solve inequalities of multi-steps using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division
  • Solve systems of equations by using graphing, substitution, and elimination
  • Solve real-world problems involving systems of equations
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide monomials with positive or negative exponents
  • Find products and quotients of numbers expressed in scientific notation
  • Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials
  • Find prime factorizations and greatest common factors of integers and monomials
  • Factor simple polynomials using various techniques
  • Model and solve quadratics by graphing, factoring, and using the quadratic formula

Grades: Your grade will be based on:

30% Assignments (Weekly Homework & Assignment quizzes)

15% Classwork, learning activities, and warm ups

30% Chapter tests and Quizzes

10% Projects

15% Semester Comprehensive Final Exam

Grades are broken down as followed:

A:  93% and above,           A-:  90% to 92.9%,           

B+:  88% to 89.9%,   B:  83% to 87.9%,    B-:  80% to 82.9%,

C+:  78% to 79.9%,   C:  73% to 77.9%,    C-:  70% to 72.9%,

D+:  68% to 69.9%,   D:  63% to 67.9%,    D-:  60% to 62.9%

F:     Below 60%


Each week there will be 2 or 3 homework assignments out of the book. Each Friday an “Assignment Quiz” will be given with questions from the homework. All homework will be turned in at the time of the chapter tests so students can use them as a study resource.

Tardy Policy:

First two tardies will receive a verbal warning, the 3rd will result in a lunch detention in Mr. Jones Classroom, and all tardies after that will result in an after school Detention.

Learning Activities and Warm ups:

At least three days a week we will begin class with a warm-up and notes to copy in student notebooks. Learning activities (comprehension worksheets done in class for practice and immediate feedback) are graded on effort and participation.

Projects:      We have a few small projects throughout the year.

Tests and Quizzes:

Each chapter will consist of two or three quizzes to check on progress. Occasionally, we will have short “POP” quizzes. Chapter tests will be announced a week in advance for students to spend time preparing for. Chapter Tests can be re-work for better understanding and improved grade score.

Final Exam:

A Cumulative exam will be given at the end of each semester. Five points of extra Credit will be given for students who show me this Syllabus on the day of the exam.

Make-up Work:

Make-up work for excused absences will be allowed and you have one day for every day you are absent to receive full credit. Make-up for unexcused absences will only be given a grade, up to but not more than, 50%. This includes quizzes.

In Class activities and practice problems cannot be made up unless you have an excused absence.


Class Standards:

  • Come to class prepared with notebook, pencil, calculator, and textbook.
  • Come to class with a positive attitude for learning and confidence building.
  • Get work done on time with accuracy.
  • Show respect to your classmates, teacher and the classroom.
  • Take care of your snack breaks and bathroom breaks before coming to class.