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  1. Navigating High School Algebra I

  2. Why take Algebra in Eighth Grade?

  3. AFTER COMPLETING ALGEBRA THE STUDENT WILL • Receive a high school math credit. • Quickly progress to higher mathematics classes. • Complete one of the four required high school math credits. • Free up room in an often overcrowded high school schedule.

  4. What requirements come with Algebra I ?

  5. HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT • Teachers have a 20 day evaluation period to determine if placement is appropriate. Following this students may not drop Algebra I. • Students may miss a maximum of 10 days. • Students must make up all days over 10 during summer school or scheduled make up sessions. • Students who miss more than 30 days get no credit for Algebra I.

  6. THE CURRICULUM • Students must cover the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in Algebra I as well as Eighth Grade Math. • Students must take the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam, and pass it to receive credit. • Students must take the Eighth Grade EOG test.

  7. OTHER HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS • Students who pass the EOC as well as the Algebra I class will move on to Geometry. • Students are not allowed to repeat Algebra I if they pass the class and EOC. • The Algebra I EOC will be calculated in as 25% of the yearly average. • The Algebra I grade and EOC score will be placed on the student’s high school transcript but do not influence the GPA.

  8. How will Algebra I differ from previous math classes?

  9. GRADING AND ASSESSMENT • 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. • Students will explain their thinking on all problems and show their work.

  10. General Grading Policy • Unit Tests will count three times. • Quizzes will count twice. • Unit Homework will count three times. • Classwork will count once. • Short answer questions will be counted right or wrong. Whereas open-ended questions will be graded using a rubric.

  11. Homework • Homework will be assigned and checked daily. • There will be a cover sheet with the Unit’s homework given at the beginning of each unit. This sheet will include a student self-assessment, homework assignments, a reflection, and a chance for extra credit. • Homework will be posted on the ACRMS Algebra website.

  12. OPEN-ENDED RUBRIC • Open-ended questions will be scored using this General Scoring Rubric: • For most open-ended mathematics tasks, credit can be assigned in decreasing amounts according to the following levels of performance. This general rubric has six scoring levels corresponding respectively to 0 to 5 points.

  13. OPEN-ENDED RUBRIC • 5 Points (100): Contains complete response with clear, coherent, and unambiguous explanation; includes clear and simple diagram, if appropriate; communicates effectively to identified audience; shows understanding of questions, mathematical ideas, and processes; identifies all important elements of question; includes examples and counterexamples; gives strong supporting arguments.

  14. OPEN-ENDED RUBRIC • 4 Points (90): Same as 5 points, but may not be as clear and may not communicate ideas effectively. • 3 Points (80): Contains good solid response with some, but not all, of the characteristics as 5 point rubric; explains less completely; may include minor error of execution, but not of understanding.

  15. OPEN-ENDED RUBRIC • 2 Points (70): Contains complete response, but explanation is muddled; presents incomplete arguments; includes diagrams that are inappropriate or unclear, or fails to provide a diagram when it would be appropriate; indicates some understanding of mathematical ideas, but in an unclear way; shows clear evidence of understanding some important ideas while also making one or more fundamental, specific errors.

  16. OPEN-ENDED RUBRIC • 1 Point (60): Omits part of question and response; has major errors; uses inappropriate strategies. • 0 Points: No response; frivolous or irrelevant response.

  17. EXPECTATIONS • Students will attempt to complete all homework. • Students will study notebook and review sheets to prepare for quizzes and tests. • Students will have a graphing calculator to use at home and at school.

  18. EXPECTATIONS • Students will attend tutoring sessions as needed to get extra help. (Available one afternoon 3:00-4:30 per week.) • When students are absent they will check the website to get the homework assignment that they miss. • Students will bring textbook and all materials to class and home each day.

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

  20. HOW CAN YOU HELP? • Make sure that your child has the materials needed for class: TI-83 Plus or TI-84, 2” binder with dividers, graph and lined paper, and pencils. • Verify that your child has completed homework nightly. • Arrange for your child to attend tutoring sessions as needed.

  21. HOW CAN YOU HELP? • Minimize absences. Do not schedule appointments during your child’s Algebra class. • Do not schedule vacations during scheduled schools days. • Check the website for homework assignments when child is absent. • Email teacher if you have questions or concerns.

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