Algebra 1 COURSE INFORMATION
Instructor: Juana Medina
School
#: 9403691141
Email: jmedina@dentonisd.org
Conference
periods: A2 & B4
Tutorials:
T/W 8:158:45 or after school by appt
Course description: Algebra 1 develops the structure of the real
number system through the study of the different techniques used to solve and
graph linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and to simplify and factor
algebraic expressions. Students will
learn to solve problems that exist in the real world by using algebra. Development of critical thinking skills and
the ability to communicate math are emphasized.
Textbook: McDougal Littell Algebra 1. Also available on the web at
www.classzone.com
Supplies
needed every day:
Composition Book for
notes/homework/reflections, Practice Workbook (you will get these at school),
pencils/erasers, RED pen, Guyer High School agenda. A calculator is recommended for home use. Calculators will be available for student use
during class, but may not be checked out or taken home.
The
next items will be assigned per classroom :
1st (box of tissue/pencils)
A3 (germex/box of tissue)
A4 (roll of paper
towels and colored/reg computer paper)
B2 (6 glue sticks or 2
tape/4 AAA batteries)
B3 (Lysol wipes/box of tissue)
5th
(dry erase markersdifferent colors)
Grading 


Major Assessments (Tests/
Projects) 
60% 
(3 each nine week period) 

Minor Assessments (Quizzes/ In
Class Work) 
40% 
(there will be one every lesson) 

Total 
100% 

***Students will receive a
Progress Report every 3 weeks. Parents, please ask for it and check grades
online. Responsibilities of the
Instructor: · You can expect me to be on time and prepared for
class. In the case of a substitute,
detailed plans will be arranged to give you the opportunity to continue
learning without interruption. · You can expect me to be honest about any mistakes that I
make and to correct them as soon as I am made aware of them. · You can expect fair and equal access to the material that
I will present in this class. I will
not allow any disrespect in the class. · You can expect your tests to be graded and returned in a
reasonable amount of time. Responsibilities of the Student: · You are expected to read and abide by this syllabus and
the student handbook and will be held accountable for all information
contained in them. · You are expected to come to class on time prepared with all materials needed and all assignments
completed. · You are expected to take notes over the material in this
class and to read assignments carefully.
In the case of absence, it is YOUR
responsibility to obtain any handouts and assignments missed and to complete
them in a timely manner. (See homework
and makeup policy) · You are expected to seek help in class by asking questions
when you do not understand a topic. If
further understanding is needed, you are expected to seek help through
tutoring. If no attempt is made, I
will have no sympathy and no choice but to give you the grade you deserve.
Be Respectful, Be Prepared, Be Responsible! 

Class
Expectations: In order to
maintain an environment for SUCCESS, we will follow the following classroom
procedures:
1. Be quiet when the teacher is
talking and raise your hand if you need something.
2.
Be quiet during independent practice, quizzes, and tests.
3.
Be seated during the entire class until the bell rings unless told otherwise.
4.
Be respectful of everyone in the class and follow instructions.

1. Warning
2. Phone call to parent / Teacher
assigned detention
**Teacherassigned Detentions given
by me will be held in the morning during my tutorials on a day chosen by me.
3. Disciplinary Referral
** AllSchool Detentions given by
administrators will be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:155:15.
Tardies
If you are late to class, you will
enter quietly and take your seat. If you have a note, hand it to me first.
Unexcused tardies will be recorded every time. I will not excuse you if you do
not have a note from the office or another teacher so don’t try to convince me.
Consequences: 
1. Warning
2. Teacher
assigned detention
**Teacherassigned Detentions given
by me will be held in the morning during my tutorials on a day chosen by me.
3. Disciplinary Referral
** AllSchool Detentions given by
administrators will be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:155:15.
Tutorials  (Math Center…Algebra 1 teachers) 
·
Students
are required to bring their notes over the topic they need help on to
tutorials. You will not be allowed entry without notes and attempted
assignment. If you are retaking or making up quizzes or tests you should have
notes plus any or all homework relating to the assessment including test
reviews.
·
Each
math teacher will hold tutorials at varied times during the week. If a student’s math teacher is not available
at a time needed, any other math teacher holding tutorials will be able to
help. In addition, the Math Center will be available in the mornings and
afterschool every day for help.
Warm ups
Each night with your homework
assignment you will also be responsible for reading the lesson ahead. This is
not to teach you the information, but so that terms and concepts that I teach
in class will sound less foreign and my lesson will be your second exposure to
the information rather than the first.
Homework 
1. Homework is for YOUR practice of
the new material.
2. You will be quizzed daily over
most assignments so I can assess your understanding of the material. Quizzes
are usually timed. You may use your notes and assignment to help you, but
remember you must finish in the allotted time. If you don't know how to do it,
you won't finish and will need to retake it.
3. If you fail to prepare for the
quizzes by not doing your homework then you are responsible for the grade you
receive. IN ORDER TO RETAKE A QUIZ OR TEST ALL HOMEWORK MUST BE COMPLETED. I will
not allow any retakes whatsoever without completed homework.

· Students are responsible for getting
notes from the class or classes they missed from another student or the teacher
and schedule a time with the teacher to take any missed quizzes or test. All
classroom assignments, activities, quizzes, and tests are posted on my website
and I update it frequently. There's no excuse for not knowing what was missed.
· When a student is absent the class before
a test (a review day), the student has a week from the day he comes back to
class to make up the test he missed. If a student misses the day of the
test, but was in class for the review he/she will be expected to take the test
upon returning. Makeups and retakes are done during tutorials only. Few
exceptions are made for using class time for retakes and makeups. A missing
grade (Msg) counts as zero, and it will be updated once the student makes up or
retakes the test.
· All students may retake quizzes one time
for full credit if they are unsatisfied with their grade. · C ***Corrections and all homework
must be completed and turned in to me at the time of the retake or you will
not be allowed to retake. Corrections need to be completed during my
tutorials or in the Math Center and include the signature of the teacher that
helped the student. · ll All retakes will be done during
tutorials and in one sitting as designated and scheduled by me. · The highest grade will be accepted
and replace the lower grade in the grade book.

· It is a Math Department policy that students will have the option to
retake tests once. It is required that the student correct the test with me,
complete all homework assignments, and complete the test review before retaking
the test. Retakes will be allowed within the week following return of the
original test. Times for the retakes will be determined by me. The higher test
grade will replace the lower in the grade book.
***YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE UP, RETAKE, OR CORRECT
ANYTHING THAT IS OVER A WEEK OLD UNLESS YOU HAD MULTIPLE ABSENCES! DO NOT WAIT
UNTIL THE END OF THE SIX WEEKS AND TRY TO FIX EVERYTHING!
Math Center
The GHS Math Center has been set up
to help any student with mathematics. That could simply be homework help or
even additional instruction on a difficult to master concept. Students could
also use the Math Center to get caught up when they have missed a particular
lesson. The Math Center will be open from 8:00 to 8:45 am and from 4:15 to 5:00
pm in the Library. A couple of Math teachers will rotate between morning and
afternoon shifts, and will develop a fairly convoluted system—probably
webbased—to inform you when they will be there.
Expectations
I, as your teacher expect every
student to succeed. It is my job to make sure I meet the needs of every
student. In order to do so, I count on open communication between myself, your
parents, and you the student to know when you are struggling.
YOU WILL PASS THIS MATH CLASS!