Algebra A-1 - Grade 9

  • Algebra (A-1)  Common Core (9th grade)

    Course Syllabus School Year: 2019 – 2020

    Instructor(s): K. Ashline and M. Rafalko

    Credit: 1 High School Credit

    Textbook: Binder Packets

    Course Description:Algebra (A-1) Common Core is the first year of a two year course designed to enable the student to pass the Regents, Common Core Algebra exam, at the completion of the second year. The topics include: algebra, system of equations, radicals, rational expressions, transformations, coordinate geometry, parallel lines, circles, probability, and statistics. Student will NOT be given a New York State Regents Exam at the conclusion of this course, but will take it at the end of next year.

    Items used during this class:

    a.  Writing utensils: pens (no green ink accepted) and/or pencils

    b.  Notebook: loose-leaf or spiral

    c.  Calculator: may be used on all quizzes and tests. Since many scientific calculators now have the ability to do symbolic notation, they will NOT be allowed on any graded assignments. Graphing calculators will ONLY be used on any graded assignment. If you have one that is great, but if not, one will be provided during class.

    Grades for this course will be based on a composite of performance in:

    1.  Tests (35%): Tests will be given periodically throughout the course and will cover all of the material in a basic unit of study, along with questions from previous units. Tests will always be announced ahead of time and must be made up if they are missed on the assigned day.

    A final exam will be administered during the designated school-testing schedule in June.

    2.  Quizzes (25%): Student’s retention of course content will be assessed periodically and a grade will be given. The quizzes will be limited in scope and length and most quizzes will be announced ahead of time. It is the student’s responsibility to make up the quiz within two days or they forfeit the makeup option. 

    3.  Classwork & Homework (20%): Classwork will need to be completed by the end of class and will be done with a partner or group depending on the classwork assigned. Some of the homework assignments will be collected and graded, but the majority will be spot-checked. If the student’s grade for a spot-checked homework assignment is zero, then the “make-up” assignment will be worth only half credit. Students will be given bonus questions before each test, which will help them better prepare/study for the test. These bonus points will be placed in the classwork/homework category.

    4.  Class Participation / Teacher Evaluation (20%): This grade will include daily attendance, student behavior, classroom participation, daily work effort, and class preparation. (Preparation includes a student’s ability to bring required materials to class on a daily basis).

    5.  Final Average:This grade is found by each Quarterly grade being doubled and the Final counting once.

    All grades may be accessed at any time on my web page for the school: . If for any reason you are having a difficult time accessing the grades, please notify me immediately and I will walk you through the procedure. Share this information with your parents so that they can be informed as to your successes in the class!!



    Mathematics is a subject, which will require the BEST of all possible attendance. If it is necessary to be out of class, please…

    (1) call a classmate to find out the assignment and the material covered in class.

    (2) call the office and have your assignments sent home.

    (3) e-mail me at during the day so that I can let you know what you are missing.

    (4) report to me upon your return to be sure your work is “up-to-date”.

    Absences will cause you to possibly fall behind the class. This is a fact of life, and is not a punishment to anyone. According to our school attendance policy, a student must not exceed 18 days per school year for a full year course. As per the attendance policy, students who miss more than 18 days will not receive course credit.

    Family Vacation:  Students who take vacation trips during the school year shall be considered unexcused absence.  It will be the obligation of the parent and the student to see that work missed is made up, and if necessary, secure a tutor without undue demand upon the classroom teacher.  In addition, the following will be expected:

    (1)  Notification should be given three days prior to leaving, if work is being requested.

    (2)  All work assigned will be due the first day the student returns to school or zeros will be assigned.

    (3)  All assessments missed during vacations will be made up the first day the student returns to school or zeros will be assigned.

    (4)  If the grade book closes prior to the students return due to the end of a marking quarter.  Then the work will need to be done before leaving or zeros will be assigned to all missing assignments and assessments.