Pre-Algebra Syllabus

Pre-Algebra Course Syllabus


COURSE CONTENT:  The objective of this course is to gain a basic understanding of numbers, number systems, number relationships, computation, estimation, and measurement.  These concepts will be used to develop skills in mathematical reasoning, connections, problem solving, and communication.


MATERIALS:  You will need to bring your laptop each day to access resources such as your online textbook and your class website portal. You will need to bring a three-ring binder and notebook paper, as well as a PENCIL to class every day.  All written work must be in PENCIL.  Work not written in PENCIL may be returned to the student ungraded at the discretion of the teacher. A scientific calculator is recommended for assignments outside of class. In class, students will be using TI Nspire CX calculators in conjunction with a Navigator System.


GRADING POLICY: Since practice is the best way to master a skill, I stress the importance of participation in the lesson and homework in this course. Homework will be checked daily. Assignments must be complete and correct to earn full credit. The fourth zero in a marking period will result in the student being assigned an after school detention per the homework policy in the student handbook. There will be periodic quizzes and tests to make sure you are successfully mastering the concepts. Grading is based on a point system.  Your goal is to accumulate as many points as possible.  Your grade can be determined at any time by dividing the number of points you have earned by the total number of points possible. It is your responsibility to keep track of your grade.  This is a year-long course.  There will be a midterm halfway through the course and a final exam at the end of the course.  Your grade will be determined by averaging the marking period grades and the midterm and final exam grades. Since your grade should be a reflection of what you, not what your peers, have learned, cheating will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating on homework or an evaluation you will receive a zero for that grade. The grading scale is as follows:         93-100% is an A, 85-92% is a B, 77-84% is a C, 70-76% is a D, and below 70% is failing.


GETTING HELP: It is very important that you do not fall behind in this course as new skills build on previously learned skills. If you need help at any time, please schedule an appointment for individual instruction.


ABSENCES AND MAKING UP WORK: If you are in school any part of the day but will not be in class, you must turn in the assignment due that day and get the assignment for the following day. If you will be missing class for a field trip, sports, band, or chorus you are expected to get your work in advance and to get the notes so that you can come to class prepared the following day. In the event that you are absent from school, you will have the same number of days to make-up work that you were absent. If you are absent on the day of a quiz/test or the day before a quiz/test that was announced in advance, you must take the quiz/test the day you return. Assignments will be posted on the Sapphire Community Portal Class Page daily so that you can easily access them from home if you are not in class.



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