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Instructor:        Serena Lederer                                                                          Class: MA27

Email:                                                                   Room Number: 102

Phone:              (480) 472-4516



Textbook: Big Ideas Math, Algebra I.  Larson & Boswell, 2015. Khan Academy 


Prerequisite Concepts:

Prior to Algebra I, students should have studied: variables and expressions, solving equations, constructing and analyzing tables, using equations and graphs to describe relationships between quantities, linear equations, and systems of linear equations.


Course Description:

Students will contrast exponential, quadratic, and linear functions as they explore models using familiar tools of tables, graphs, and symbols.  The connection between functions and equations is made explicit to give students more ways to model and make sense of problems. Also explored is statistical analysis.



The expectations for a high school mathematics student is rooted in their needed ability to explore concepts at a higher level than they have been previously exposed to.  Students will be required to:


1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.          5.  Use appropriate tools strategically.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.                                     6.  Attend to precision.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of       7. Look for and make sense of structure.

    others.                                                                                  8. Look for and express regularity in

4.  Model with mathematics.                                                         repeated reasoning.                

Therefore, all students are expected to willingly communicate their ideas respectfully (to peers, teachers, and guests) within the structures provided by the teacher.  The demonstration of proficiency in Algebra I will be measured through participation, the quality in notes, classwork, and assignments; and through individual mastery of assessments (quizzes and tests).



       Tardy and Sweep:  Students are considered “tardy” if he/she is not in the room prior to the conclusion of the final bell.  All tardy students are sent to room 406 and will not be allowed to participate in class. 

       District Policies: All district policies will be followed which includes dress code, cheating, harassment, bullying, and due process.

       Passes: Students may not use a pass in the first or last 10 minutes of class.

       Food and Drink: Water only in a closed container.

       Personal electronic Devices: Devices may only be used for academic purposes at the teacher’s discretion. 


Semester Grading:

Assignments, Classwork, & Notes (20% of semester progress): Classwork is designed to expose the students to Algebra I concepts and gives them the opportunity to communicate their understanding to peers, argue reasoning, challenge previously held notions, and learn skills such as organization and note-taking.


Assignments are designed to give students the needed practice with the concepts they learned through the classwork.  Students should use assignments to individually measure whether they are “getting it” or not.  This work is graded on completion and effort.  To ensure its effectiveness and that the students do not fall too far behind, all assignments must be submitted by the specified due date to receive full credit.  Late assignments will not earn more than 70%.


Tests & Quizzes (80% of semester progress):

Quizzes are the teacher’s first (official) measure of the students’ individual mastery of the Algebra I concepts.  The teacher will use quiz performance to make decisions for the progress of the class and students will use their quiz results to determine what he or she needs to work on prior to the exam.   


Tests are the final measure of the students’ individual mastery of a particular unit.  The culmination of classwork, assignment, and quiz performance should serve as a means to prepare for the unit exam.


Re-takes of both tests and quizzes are allowed.  Any student who desires to re-take a test or quiz will need to meet with me individually to discuss preparation and timing of the re-take.


Excused Absences: Students with an excused absence on a particular due-date, quiz, or exam will have the same amount of days plus one to make up the work.


Final Semester Grading:

The final semester grade will be calculated using the continuous semester progress described above and a final exam.

       The semester progress is 80% of the final semester grade.

       The final semester exam is 20% of the final semester grade.



It is highly recommended that all students possess the following materials to aid in their success.

       Folder or binder pouch to collect notes, classwork, & assignments.

       Pencils, erasers, colored pencils, highlighters

       notebook or notebook paper

       graphing calculator (TI-83+ or TI-84)

       Access to the internet after school (home, library, family, or friends).


Tutoring and Office Hours:


Ms. Lederer is available in room  102 mornings from 7:35 to 7:50 and afterschool from 3:00 to 4:00.