Course Syllabus

Algebra I Syllabus.docx

CP Algebra I                                                                                    Mr.Averill

Course Syllabus 2016 – 2017                                              Dover High School


Classroom:     331                                         Email:

Website:        Teacher Website on High School Page

Textbook:       Glencoe Algebra I                               Cost: $90.00


This syllabus should be kept in your math notebook at all times.

Course Goals

The course will address linear and nonlinear functions in a Cartesian plane.  The areas of focus include a review of order of operations with the real number system.  Students will be able to write, solve, and graph linear and nonlinear functions. There is also an overview of probability, statistics, and central tendency.

Course Description

An Algebra I course that addresses primarily linear relationships at a traditional pace. The areas of focus include variables, solving equations, graphing and the real number system. Additional topics will include exponents, polynomials, quadratics and some statistics.

REQUIRED:  Teacher recommendation.


  • Semester I
    • Expressions, Equations, and Functions
    • Linear Equations
    • Linear Functions
    • Equations of Linear Functions
    • Linear Inequalities


  • Semester II
    • Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
    • Exponents and Exponential Functions
    • Quadratic Expressions and Equations
    • Quadratic Functions and Equations

Instructional Techniques

  • Collaborative Instructional Strategies
  • Lecture
  • Independent Practice


  • Your quarterly grades will be broken down as follows:

    Tests:               40% of grade

    Quizzes:          30% of grade

    Homework:     15% of grade

    Classwork:      15% of grade


  • Quizzes, Tests, and Projects are “critical thinking applications” and they are your competency evidence. PROCESS is what is important, NOT just the right answer.


  • Homework is given as practice. Homework is for students to be able to self-assess.

    Regular nightly homework practice will be given and is expected to be completed.


  • Daily Warm-Ups based on homework and class discussion will be given and collected/used for formative feedback. These will model the types of questions that will be on quizzes and tests.



Dover High School Competencies:

  1. Students will use numbers, operations, and arithmetic to solve math science and technology applications.
  2. Students will write expressions in equivalent forms in order to solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations.
  3. Students will manipulate linear models and use them to solve real world situations that exhibit a constant rate of change.
  4. Students will construct and apply linear, quadratic and exponential models and be able to give real-world examples of each.
  5. Students will build functions and use function notation in a variety of contexts.
  6. Students will display, describe and analyze data in a variety of ways in order to make predictions and solve problems.

Absent and Make-up Work

If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to check their syllabus/calendar/webpage to get the make-up work and notes. Students should also communicate with other students in the class about missing notes.

Do not wait until the next class to find out.
Whenever possible, assignments should be completed and brought into the next class.

Assignments (including homework) due on the day you are absent should be handed in before the next class. Drop them off in the classroom or scan them and email them to me electronically. (Send as a PDF or Microsoft Word attachments.)

If you are ABSENT on a Test or Quiz day, you will have 1 week to make it up. You will setup a time before or after school or study/open period to take the assessment. It is up to you to make sure to make an appointment. You should make your appointment the day you return to class.


Assignment and Binder Expectations

  • Homework assignments will be posted each day in class and online and may be updated if necessary. Each assignment should be completed, preferably in pencil, on a clean sheet of paper. In the top right-hand corner, write your name, the date, and the assignment number. All work must be neatly shown for credit. Write down any questions that come to mind as you complete an assignment so you will remember to ask in class.


  • Homework will be checked daily. Each assignment is worth a total of 5 points, based on completeness, following directions, neatness, and if on time. Full credit will be awarded for on time and complete work. Incomplete work will not be given full credit.


  • Every student is expected to keep an organized binder for this course. This binder will serve as the students’ source of information and all the students’ practice will be contained and kept for the entirety of the class.



Behavioral Expectations

Students will follow the DHS rules and regulations as defined in the student handbook. Please be aware that these things will be noted, recorded and reported.

  • The DHS tardiness policy will be strictly enforced.


  • All electronic devices must be put away before entering the classroom. Any cell phone used during class without your teacher’s permission prior to use, will result in a verbal warning. Continued abuse of the cell phone policy will result in a written referral to the student’s Dean and an email and/or phone call home.


Classroom policies/procedures/expectations:

  • Students will work to the best of their ability at all times
  • Students will follow the DHS rules and regulations as defined in the student handbook
  • Students will act respectfully and responsibly at all times
  • Homework will be assigned daily.



After School Help

I am available after school by appointment. To make an appointment please ask me before or after class. Please do not ask during the class period to make an appointment. If you do not sign-up for an appointment, I may not stay later than the school day and/or will not be available to help you. If you have a pressing matter on a day that I cannot stay after school, please communicate with me personally or via email. Special arrangements can be made for students who cannot stay after school.

Class Materials

Recommended Materials:

  • 1 ½ ” Binder
  • Section Dividers
    • Suggested Sections (Notes, Homework, Class Starters)
  • Pencils
  • Lined Paper
  • Textbook (Required)

Class Resources

  • Online textbook
  • Dover High School Web Page
  • Mr. Averill’s Google Classroom Page



Each student will receive a copy of the textbook used for this course. Each student is expected to bring his or her textbook to and from school every class day. Students will be asked to complete problems from the text at night for homework and may be asked to use the textbook in class. Every student is also responsible for covering their textbook to help protect the book from damage. Every student will be asked to show that their text book has been covered and will receive a homework grade for completing the task. All students are responsible for returning their textbook in a similar condition to what they received it at the end of the course.