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Navigating High School Algebra I (Math I)

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Why take Algebra in Eighth Grade?

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Receive one of the four required high school math credits. Quickly progress to higher mathematics classes. Free up room in an often overcrowded high school schedule. WHY?

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How will Algebra I differ from previous math classes?

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Students must maintain a detailed notebook containing investigations, homework, and notes. Students will have fewer grades each nine-weeks. The majority of grades will come from tests and quizzes. DIFFERENT?

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THE CURRICULUM Students must cover the Common Core Math I Standards as well as the 8th grade Standards. Please note there is a new curriculum starting this year! Visit our website for a link to see it.

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TESTING Students must take the NC Math I Assessment, and pass it to receive credit. The NC Math I Assessment will count as 25% of a students final yearly average. Students must also take the Eighth Grade EOG test.

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What requirements come with Algebra I ?

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HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS Teachers have a 20 day evaluation period to determine if placement is appropriate. Following this students may not drop the class. Students may miss a maximum of 10 days. All days over 10 must be made up. Students who miss more than 30 days get no credit for Algebra I.

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HS REQUIREMENTS CONT. Students who pass the EOC as well as the class will move on to Geometry/Math II. Students are not allowed to repeat Algebra I if they pass the class and NC Math I Assessment. The Algebra I grade and NC Math I Assessment score will be placed on the students high school transcript but do not influence the GPA.

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What are the expectations for the students?

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Students will attempt to complete all homework. Students will study notes and review sheets to prepare for quizzes and tests. Students will attend tutoring when needed. EXPECTATIONS

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When absent, check the website to get the class work and homework missed, or email the teacher. Also, get the notes upon returning to school. Students will bring textbook and all materials to class and home each day. EXPECTATIONS

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How can parents help their child achieve success in Algebra I ?

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Make sure that your child has the materials needed for class. Verify that your child has completed homework nightly. Arrange for your child to attend tutoring sessions as needed. HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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Minimize absences. Do not schedule appointments during your childs Algebra class. Students must be present 2/3 of the class to get credit for attending. Do not schedule vacations during scheduled schools days. Check the website for homework assignments when child is absent, or email the teacher. PARENTS HELP CONT.

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Read the weekly team emails and email teacher if you have questions or concerns. Check Engrade often!

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NEEDED MATERIALS 2 binder with two dividers Graph and lined loose paper in the binder Spiral 180+ pages Pencils EVERY DAY Graphing Calculator Students may want highlighters. NOTE: Book replacement cost is $87.

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GENERAL GRADING POLICY Unit Tests will count three times. Quizzes will count twice. Unit Homework will count twice. Class work will count once. Short answer questions will be counted right or wrong, whereas open-ended questions will weigh heavier. Justification is a MUST!

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS Before each Unit Test there will be a review sheet and study session. Do your homework. Be ready for Notes Quizzes. Utilize the Internet.

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HOMEWORK Homework will be assigned daily. For the first semester HW will be accepted one day late with a parent signature. Second semester it will not be accepted late at all. Each Unit will have a chance for extra credit HW points at a students request.

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HOMEWORK We will try to make sure the HW is posted on the website daily. However, students should use the agenda to write it down each day. Students should get a few phone numbers for people in the same class in case they need to phone a friend about HW.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS As the ACRMS Cheerleaders say, Youve got to want it, to win it.

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QUESTIONS? Mrs. Heather Rejzer heather.rejzer@bcsemail.org Mr. Randal Hylemon randal.hylemon@bcsemail.org ACRMS: (828) 298-7484

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