August 23, 2011
Dear Students and Parents
Welcome to Algebra 1B, the second year of our two year Algebra 1 program.† Algebra 1B will consist of both an extensive review of Algebra 1A, and in-depth coverage of those California Algebra 1 standards not covered in 1A.
Itís important that both parents and students understand that Algebra 1 can be a rigorous, demanding, and sometimes very difficult course.† Practice is crucial and successful students complete their homework.† If a student is struggling with the tests in Algebra 1, they are often either neglecting or struggling with their homework.† For that reason, parents are strongly encouraged to check their studentís homework daily.† Their daily assignments and links to homework help sites can be found in my weekly lesson plans on my teacher page on the school website, specifically http://www.tulelake.k12.ca.us/ths/Teachers/blarsen/lp.htm.† If a student needs tutoring, Iím available during their class-time, before school, after school, and during 9th period.† I strongly encourage students who are having difficulty to take advantage of this service.† We will also be covering the previous dayís most challenging problems at the beginning of each class.
The Quarter grades in Algebra 1 will be weighted as follows:
Warm-up Exercises (done daily/graded weekly)†††††††††††††††††††††† 5%
Citizenship (quarterly/tardies weekly)†††††††††† † †††††††††††††††† 5%
Notebooks (graded each unit)††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 10%†††††††††††
Homework (checked daily/grade entered weekly)†† †††††††††††††††††† 35%
The Semester grades are weighted at 40% per quarter and 20% for the final exam.
I encourage parents to contact me with any questions or concerns.† The best way to reach me is by e-mail at email@example.com.† You can also reach me by telephone at 667-2292 extension 243 or you can generally find me in my classroom, Room 9, before and after school.
Students will not be allowed to leave the classroom
v Cell phones can never be seen or used in Room 9.† If they are seen or heard, or if there is a suspicion they are being used, they will be taken away.† They can be picked up in the office at the end of the day.
v MP3 players (ipods), can never be used during the lesson portion of your math class, nor can they be used during tests.† Occasionally, with permission only, students will be allowed to use these devices during seatwork.
v Daily homework assignments will be due at the beginning of the next class period.† Late assignments will be accepted until a cut-off day near the end of each quarter and will be graded at approximately 75%.
v The heading on each assignment will be at the top of the page as illustrated in the following example:
††††††††††† Algebra 1B P.3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Mathis Fun
If you finish your work or a test early you must read
or do quiet work.†
v You †will not be released from your chairs at the end of the period until the teacher says, something like ďHave a good day.Ē