• Academy Park High School
    Course Syllabus
    Algebra 1

    Teacher Information
    Name: Mrs. Palm
    Phone: 610-522-4330, Ext. 6342
    Office location/hours: Room 342, Tutoring offered on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:25 - 2:50
    Course Information                                                                                                                                          
    Credit Hour: 2                                                                                                                                           
    Marking Periods: 4                                                                                                                  
    Class Location: Room 342                                                                                                                        
    Time: Blocks 1, 3, 4                                                                                                                          
    School Attributes
    The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academic RESULTS!
    Course Description
    Algebra is the study of relationships between known and unknown quantities and the concepts arising from them. This course is the foundation for high school mathematics courses. It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics. Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions and relations. Real world applications are presented within the course content and a function's approach is emphasized.
    Algebra 1 is a full-year course consisting of 4 marking periods split between two semesters.  All students are required to take a mid-term exam in January and a final exam in June.  Algebra 1 uses a combination of tests, quizzes, class work, homework, and projects for evaluation.  Students will be assigned homework most nights and are to use these assignments as a review of the daily lessons and a preview into the next day.

    Textbook: Algebra 1 Common Core, Pearson

    Suggested Materials
    • 2 Notebooks
    • Graph Paper Notebook
    • 3-ring Binder or Folder
    • Scientific calculator.  School calculators are NOT guaranteed for every student.

    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives
    Students who successfully complete Algebra 1 will be competent in the following areas:
    • Graphing: create and interpret graphs
    • Patterns: identify the existence of a pattern/sequence and extend using the pattern
    • Problem Solving: estimation strategies and real world problems
    • Algebraic Expressions: create, build using algebra tiles, and combine terms
    • Linear Equations/Multiple Representations: solve single and multiple variable equations
    • Systems of Equations: create a system of equations and solve using various methods
    • Quadratics: create, manipulate and solve quadratic equations and interpret their graphs
    • Inequalities: create, manipulate, graph and solve inequalities
    • Exponents: use exponent laws to simplify algebraic expressions
    • Data Representations: create graphs to represent a data set and use measures of central tendency
    • Functions and Relations: identify domain and range
    • Probability: determine the probability of events and demonstrate mastery of combinatorics
    Student Evaluation
    The grading system for the 9th Grade Mathematics Department at APHS for each marking period is as follows:
    *   Tests                                                                   40%                                                                                 
    *   Quizzes/Projects                                30%                                                                              
    *   Attendance/Participation                10%
    *   Class work                                        10%
    *   Homework & Mini Quizzes                10%                                
    The grading system for the 9th Grade Mathematics Department at APHS is as follows for the final grade:
    *   1st Marking Period                           20%
    *   2nd Marking Period                         20%
    *   Mid-Term Exam (January)                10% 
    *   3rd Marking Period                          20% 
    *   4th Marking Period                          20%
    *   Final Exam (June)                            10% 
    Attendance Policy
    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.

    Classroom Expectations
    1.  Come to class on time; you must be in your assigned seat when the bell rings. 
    2.  A warm-up or mini quiz based on the previous day's lesson, will be given at the beginning of class and will be collected 5-10 minutes afterwards.  Extra time will not be given if you are late to class.  If you are late (unexcused) and miss the mini-quiz, you will receive a zero.
     Come to class prepared with materials and assignments.  Hall passes will not be given to go to your locker.
    4.  Be respectful and courteous to your teacher and classmates.  Use appropriate language at all times.
    5.  Heads must remain off the desks at all times.  NO SLEEPING!
    6.  Raise your hand and wait to be called on; please do not shout out.
    7.  Cell phones, iPods, school bags, hats, or hoods are strictly forbidden and will be confiscated if seen.
    8.  At the end of the block, remain seated until the bell rings.
    9.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to inquire about any missed assignments or notes.
    10.  Keep your hands and feet to yourself.  Horseplay will not be tolerated.
    11.  Please do not bring food to class; bottled water or juice (must have a lid) is ok.
    12.  Unexcused absences/class cuts will result in a zero for that day.  That includes any tests/quizzes given that day.
    13.  Hall passes will not be given out during instruction.
    14.  Cheating is a serious offense (whether it is on assignments or assessments) and will result in a grade of zero for any participants. 
    15.  School ID's must be worn around your neck at all times or a discipline referral will be written and given to your principal.

    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.