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Algebra 1AB      


Math 8


Math 7


Math 6

How To Be An Amazing Math Student


  1. Come to class every day. Math builds on itself like a story. Missing something can have negative consequences for a long time.
  2. Always do all of your homework. Math skills are like basketball skills or any sport skills. You can be out of practice. The more you practice, the better, faster, and more accurate you will be. This will make it easier to learn new, harder things. You'll also remember it for longer and will perform better under pressure, such as on a quiz or test.
  3. Check your answers (if given) as you do your homework. If you get a question wrong, then go back and solve it until you get it right. Be sure you understand what your mistake was.
  4. Always show your work. Organized work leads to organized thinking. Plus, if you get a question wrong, you can go back and see why.




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Welcome to a new year of math! In this course, you will learn to use new models and methods to think about problems as well as solve them. You will be developing powerful mathematical tools and learning new ways of thinking about and investigating situations. You will be making connections, discovering relationships, figuring out what strategies can be used to solve problems, and explaining your thinking. Learning to think in these ways and communicate about your thinking is useful in mathematical contexts, other subjects in school, and situations outside the classroom. The mathematics you have learned in the past will be valuable for learning in this course. That work, and what you learn in this course, will prepare you for future courses.

In meeting the challenges of this course, you will not be learning alone. You will cooperate with other students as a member of a study team. Being a part of a team means speaking up and interacting with other people. You will explain your ideas, listen to what others have to say, and ask questions if there is something you do not understand. In this course, a single problem can often be solved several ways. You will see problems in different ways than your teammates do. Each of you has something to contribute while you work on the lessons in this course.

Together, your team will complete problems and activities that will help you discover mathematical ideas and develop solution methods. Your teacher will support you as you work, but will not take away your opportunity to think and investigate for yourself. Each topic will be revisited many times and will connect to other topics. If something is not clear to you the first time you work on it, you will have more chances to build your understanding as the course continues.

Learning math this way has an advantage: as long as you actively participate, make sure everyone in your study team is involved, and ask good questions, you will find yourself understanding mathematics at a deeper level than ever before. By the end of this course, you will have a powerful set of mathematical tools to use to solve new problems. With your teammates you will meet mathematical challenges you would not have known how to approach before.





                               Math 6                                                                 Math 7                                                                                        Math 8


Introduction and Representation                        Introduction and Probability                            Problem Solving                                                                                                                                                     


Arithmetic Strategies and Area                           Fractions and Integer Addition                         Simplifying with Variables


Portions and Integers                                           Arithmetic Properties                                         Graphs and Equations


Variables and Ratios                                             Proportions and Expressions                             Multiple Representations 


Multiplying Fractions and Area                          Probability and Solving Word Problems          Systems of Equations


Dividing and Building Expressions                     Solving Inequalities and Equations                   Transformations and Similarity


Rates and Operations                                          Proportions and Percents                                   Slope and Association


Statistics and Multiplication Equations            Statistics and Angle Relationships                     Exponents and Functions


Volume and Percent                                            Circles and Volume                                              Angles and Pythagorean Theorem


                                                                                                                                                                 Surface Area and Volume




CPM: Core Connections                       





  1. Be Respectful – follow directions; be kind to classmates; always encourage one another to excel, keep behavior under control; no chewing gum while in class; avoid distractions that may affect your learning or others, such as ipods, cell phones, hand held video games, putting on make-up etc. Please turn cell phones off or turn to vibrate mode during class.
  2. Be Responsible – show up prepared and ready to work in your assigned seat when the bell rings; be neat on all the work you do for this class
  3. Always Remember – remember the school set rules and classroom rules at all times; we ALL need to work together to create a highly productive environment in OUR classroom.


Note: Any students that do not follow rules will be dealt with in the following manner: Reminder, warning, detention, extra assignments, call home, referral, parent shadowing, class suspension. Any items that may become a distraction in class will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school week.



You will need to bring your pencils, composition notebook(s), textbook, and homework to class on a daily basis unless told otherwise. It is highly recommended that your buy graphing paper notebooks.


=>  Composition Notebook:

                                                            The Notebook will have the following:


~>   Math Course Syllabus glued to the first page of your notebook

~>   Assignment sheets glued into the notebook.

~>   Worksheets, Quizzes, and Tests will be glued to the notebook as the year goes by

~>   Homework is not required to be in your workbook. It is highly recommended that all   

        homework be kept together in a 3 ring binder for record keeping.



There will be assignments that must be completed in a timely manner. The assignments are to be neat and legible including the heading at the top right hand corner of the paper:



Note: a single absence on the day prior to a test or quiz will NOT excuse you from taking the test or quiz on the scheduled day. It is the responsibility of the student to contact another student or myself for information about the class if absent. (Exchange phone numbers with classmates.)



Students are expected to attend classes consistently. Too many absences will lead to loss of points in the class. Students need to be in class in order to stay on task and up to date on the new lessons taught.

Anyone with excessive tardy/absences (10 per SEMESTER) will more then likely FAIL the course.



Make-up work will ONLY be allowed for students with excused absences. Any truant absence will not qualify for make-up work/test. Students returning from absences will be held responsible to find out what was missed on the day(s) of absence. Any make-up work not completed within the allotted time will be considered a zero.



Students will be given a grade based on a cumulative grading scale. The cumulative grade is determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of points possible.

Grading Scale:

100% - 90%                 A

89% - 80%                   B

79% - 70%                   C

69% -   55%                 D

                                54% -                            Fail                            



After the second week of school if any child has a letter grade of C or lower, he/she will be highly recommended to attend after-school tutoring. Tutoring is available with myself throughout the week at break times if student(s) see me and schedule in advance. There is also tutoring before and after school hours. The student and parent(s) are held responsible to make sure he/she attend tutoring in order to improve overall grade. Grades will be updated weekly for all to check and keep track of progress at any time.