• Howard Middle School 2017 – 2018 Algebra 1 Honors Syllabus


    Ms. Cooper-Davis/Ms. Coop

    Email: Janice.Cooper-Davis@marion.k12.fl.us

    Dear Students,

    Welcome to our class! This year we will learn a great deal of mathematics – together. You will learn to work individually and in cooperative groups. As with learning anything new, practice is required (…yes, that means HOMEWORK!) You should expect to be challenged and expect to make mistakes. You will learn by understanding and correcting these mistakes. Do your best and you will be rewarded with a positive experience in this class!

    The goal of this Algebra class is to continue the study of algebraic concepts learned in previous math classes. It includes operations with polynomials, creation and application of linear functions and relations, algebraic representations of geometric relationships, and an introduction to nonlinear functions. You will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. We will also investigate and explore mathematical ideas to develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Since our Algebra program is problem centered, this means that we will investigate mathematical ideas within the context of a realistic problem, as opposed to merely manipulating numbers.

    Passing this course and the associated EOC/FSA is a graduation requirement. Your performance in this class will have a substantial impact on your success in future mathematics courses, so build a solid foundation!



    Classroom Textbook (A textbook will be provided to keep at home as well)

    Spiral Notebook (College Rule)

    Loose Leaf Paper

    Graph Paper

    TI-30Xa Calculator (Calculators are available for use in class on a first come, first served basis.)

    Pencil (Wooden or Mechanical)


    Grading Policy: A student’s overall grade in the course represents how well the student was able to demonstrate mastery of content on formative and summative assignments and assessments given at specific times throughout the semester. The final exam grade represents the level of demonstrated mastery of all course content at the end of the semester.


    Grading Summary:

    40%   Tests/Projects


    • These will be given at the middle and end of each topic/unit. Since one of the goals of this class is mastery, students obtaining a grade of 70% or lower will be required to make corrections on any problems missed on tests. If you receive lower than a 70% on a test, parents will be required to sign the test and you will return it to me with corrections.


    • As our schedule allows there will be several projects assigned during the school year in addition to the regularly assigned homework.

    50%   Classwork/Quizzes/Unit Assessments


    • Classwork will be given regularly and will be required to be completed individually, with a partner, or in a station as a part of a small group.


    • Quizzes will be given several times each week as a check to see the progress on particular topics. The results of this will allow me to adjust my teaching to accommodate all of my learners so they can achieve to the best of their abilities.

    Unit Assessments

    • These will be given at intervals determined by the county.

     10%   Homework

    • Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned daily. It is due and will be reviewed at the beginning of class the following day. To receive full credit for an assignment, you must use pencil, write each problem, and show all accompanying work. This PRATICE is essential! Homework assignments will be randomly collected and graded during each unit. Homework quizzes may be given based on previously assigned problems. Homework turned in after the beginning of class will be considered late and will only receive ½ credit after class or the next day ONLY.

     Grading Scale:

    90%-100% A

    80%-89%   B

    70%-79%   C

    60%-69%   D

    0%-59%     F

    Make up work due to absence:

    It is the student’s responsibility to see me the day you return after an absence and ask for make-up work. If you miss a quiz or test, you must talk to me when you return to determine when to make up the assessment. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, you are expected to take the exam the day you return. Other work missed because of absences may be made up during a time mutually convenient to the teacher and student involved. Students are expected to take the initiative in planning such a time and should do so no later than the second day following their absences from class. In the case of verified illness, or an emergency, which extends over a period of time, arrangements should be made with the teacher involved to consider a revised date. Students shall have the number of days equal to the number of days absent to turn in completed make-up work, unless a greater extension is granted by the teacher.

    Academic Integrity:

    Academic honesty is an essential part of any school community. Marion County Public Schools seeks to promote the importance of honesty as a basis of respect and cooperation among all of its members. Academic dishonesty/cheating, in any form on a graded assignment, will not be tolerated and will result in no credit for the assignment. Examples include, but are not limited to; turning in work as your own when someone else has done all or part of the assignment, knowingly giving or receiving information about answers to homework, quizzes, or tests, and plagiarism.

    Classroom Expectations:  

    • Arrive to class on time.
    • Be prepared for class with the appropriate materials and completed homework.
    • Be respectful of others at all times.


     **Please make sure that you check the Teacher Website for homework/classwork assignments and updates.**