Algebra I syllabus

Mary Kuchta

South Dakota State University


Algebra I Syllabus


Instructor: Mary Kuchta

Junior High phone: 402-644-2516

Course Outline:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following topics:

  1. Connections to Algebra
  2. Properties of Real Numbers
  3. Solving Linear Equations
  4. Graphing Linear Equations and Functions
  5. Writing Linear Equations
  6. Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities
  7. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  8. Exponents and Exponential Functions
  9. Quadratic Equations and Functions

Classroom Procedures:

You are expected to be in your seat and quiet when the bell rings. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused tardy and the student will be expected to retrain before or after school.

Student Expectations:

  • Write assignments in your agenda each day.
  • Bring loose-leaf paper, binder, pencil, math book, earbuds, and grading pen every day.

Grading Procedures:

Exams: 70%

Quizzes: 15%

Graded Daily Homework: 10%

Bellringers/Notes: 5%

Homework policy:

  1. Assignments will be given regularly.
    1. Homework provides practice for the students to master the new skill.
    2. Test questions will come directly from the homework assignments.
  2. Homework Redo’s:
    1. Students will be required to redo any homework problems missed if their assignment scores below an 80%.
    2. Students have the opportunity to redo any homework assignment for a better grade.
  3. Homework Passes:
    1. Students will be given 1 “free” pass for homework each quarter to be excused from an assignment.
    2. Students will be given 1 “late” pass for homework each quarter to receive full credit on a completed assignment that has been turned in late.

Flipped classroom:

The lessons will be presented in videos so students can learn at their own pace. Students will be required to watch the videos outside of class if possible. There will be minimal technology devices available for students to use in class for students who are unable to access technology outside of school. The purpose of flipping the classroom is to allow students more work time during class and more one-on-one time to ask the teacher questions. Students will be required to bring their own ear buds every day.

Test Policy:

  1. Tests will be frequent (given approximately after every 5 lessons)
  2. A passing grade is considered an 80% or above.
    1. If a student doesn’t receive a passing grade (at least an 80%), they will be required to retake the test at least one time.
    2. The student will have to come to the retake math room after school the Wednesday following the test. If this time does not work, the student must set up a time with Mrs. Kuchta to come in before or after school.
    3. The retake will be a different form of the test (not the exact test)
    4. The highest grade will be given.
  3. All students have the opportunity to retake any test to help the student master a skill and fix their mistakes.


Cheating is not allowed. Consequences for cheating will be determined by the teacher.

Extra help:

Please come into my classroom outside of class time for additional help in math. I’m here if you need any extra help, just set up a time with me.