Fall 2019 Course Syllabus

    Ms Kim



    Classroom Expectations

    1.  Be respectful to yourself, other students, and the teacher.
    2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    3. Respect others’ property.
    4. Arrive on time with your materials, ready to work.
      ***An office referral will be given each time a student accumulates 4 tardies.***
    5. Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronic devices must be turned off in the classroom. If they are seen or you are caught using one of these items, it will be turned in to an administrator.
    6. Please stay in your seat until the bell rings to end class.
    7. Drinks with closing tops are allowed. If drinks are spilled, you are expected to clean up your mess.
    8. Strive to be successful.
    9. If you have a question, do not hesitate to ask! I am here to help.


    • County and School discipline policies will be followed.
    • If student behavior is unacceptable, parents may be contacted and may be asked to attend a student/parent/teacher conference to discuss the student’s conduct.


    Course Description

    Algebra 1 Part 1 is the first semester course of a two-semester algebra sequence. The course is designed to help students understand the basic structure of algebra and acquire proficiency in applying algebraic concepts and skills in authentic situations. The course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. The active engagement of students along with the use of manipulatives and technology, such as calculators and computers, will allow students to develop an understanding of mathematical principles. Topics include variables and expressions; solving equations and inequalities; linear functions; and graphing and writing linear equations.


    Unit 1: Expressions and Equations

    Chapter 1: The Language of Algebra

    Chapter 2: Real Numbers

    Chapter 3: Solving Linear Equations


    Unit 2: Linear Functions

    Chapter 4: Graphing Relations and Functions

    Chapter 5: Analyzing Linear Equations

    Chapter 6: Solving Linear Inequalities

    Chapter 7: Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities



    3-ring binder (2 inch)

    Composition notebook or 1-subject notebook

    2-subject notebook (to keep in the classroom)

    Pencils and erasers


    Ruler (6-in)

    Red pen (or any other bright color)

    Scientific calculator – to use in class/at home (CASIO fx-300 PLUS is a good model)

    Graphing calculator – this will be provided by the teacher to use ONLY in the classroom. Each student will be assigned a calculator number and is responsible for that calculator during his/her block. The teacher should be notified as soon as he or she notices damage.

    Textbook – Students will be using a textbook from a class set. Students are not issued a textbook to take home.



    Grades are determined by the following means each nine weeks:


    Major assessments (tests)                                             50% of grade

    Minor assessments (quizzes)                                         40% of grade

    Participation (bellwork/classwork/homework)   10% of grade

    A final grade will be assigned using the Augusta County grading scale.

    A+       98-100             B+       88-89               C+       78-79               D+       68-69      F       50-59

    A         92-97               B          82-87               C         72-77               D         62-67

    A-        90-91               B-        80-81               C-        70-71               D-        60-61



    This will mainly be for students to communicate with Ms. Kim to ask questions on homework. This will NOT remind students to do their homework! That is your responsibility!

    Download the Remind app by going to the following links in your Internet browser:


    You can also receive text messages by texting @kimblock1 to 81010


    Homework Homework will be online most nights. Each student gets 2 attempts at every online homework assignment. You will know if you got a question correct or not, so use the second attempt to get a higher grade! Each student is expected to try all assigned homework problems. Students should show their work and answer for each problem in their homework notebook. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class. Students should not be finishing their homework in place of completing the assigned bellwork. Only homework that is late due to absences will be accepted. Leaving your work at home is NOT an excuse.


    Quizzes and Tests – Quizzes will be given as needed, and tests will be given at the end of a chapter. DO NOT wait until the day of the test or the day before to ask questions. It is not enough time!


    Missed Work – It is the student’s responsibility to get the missing work from the teacher, copy notes from another student, and complete and turn in missed work.

    • The student must show the teacher all completed make-up work to receive credit.
    • If the student returns to school on a test/quiz day but had prior knowledge of the test/quiz, the student will be required to take the test/quiz.
    • If a student is absent for a test or quiz, he/she may be required to come in before or after school or during Gladiator Block AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    • Students will be expected to turn in missed work the next day, but will be given a maximum of three days to turn in the work; after this time the student could be given a zero for the missing work.


    • Every student will receive a progress report mid-way through each nine weeks.
    • The Infinite Campus Gradebook will be updated weekly.
    • ***Students who have a final grade of 89.5% or above AND have only five absences in the class will be EXEMPT from the final exam.***


    Tips on how to study for Algebra 1


    1. Have a three-ring binder to be used just for math. Put a date on every page (both notes and assignments). Try to keep it organized.
    2. Write down the notes and example problems and make notes to yourself if you need help remembering why we did a particular step in a problem. ASK QUESTIONS if you do not understand.
    3. Mark the problems that you missed on homework assignments and put down the correct answer as we go over it. It is always a good idea to redo these missed problems to see if you can get to the correct answer in order to study.
    4. Ask to go over missed problems so that you can see where you made your mistake and make yourself a note as to what you did wrong. That means you need to write down all your steps as you work the problems so always show your work.
    5. Go over several of the previous day’s missed problems every night before starting the new assignment. That way you will know if you understand problems you missed.
    6. Look over the notes and examples given before you start a homework assignment.  This will help you do the homework.
    7. Come in before or after school if you have a question about a particular homework problem or make sure you ask in class
    8. If you miss a class, please make sure you collect the missed work from me and complete. It would be a great idea to stay after school even if it is just for 20 minutes in order to catch up on notes. If you missed a test, a class period is never enough time to finish so please try to make arrangements to stay after school!