**Pre-Algebra Syllabus - 2016-2017**

**Mr. Artes – Room 201 –**

**bartes@rsu14.org**

**Office Hours – By Appointment with 12-24 hour notice & confirmation**

**Course Description**

Students will learn the use of algebraic expressions and sentences to model real-world situations. The course includes work in linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and polynomial functions as well as matrices.

*A scientific calculator is suggested*.

**Course Topics**

Unit 1 - Algebra and Whole Numbers

Unit 2 - Using Decimals

Unit 3 - Number Theory

Unit 4 - Rational Numbers & Fractions

Unit 5 - Basic Operations and Rational Expressions

Unit 6 - Ratios, Proportions, and Percents

Unit 7 - Integers

Unit 8 - Exponents, Square Roots, and the Pythagorean Theorem

Unit 9 - Equations from Geometry

Unit 10 - Graphing

Unit 11 - Geometry

Unit 12 - Data, Statistics, and Probability

**Course Materials**

Pens/Pencils EVERYDAY

Notebook

**Course Grading System**

Assessments (Tests/Quizzes) – 100%

**Standard Operating Procedures**

**Daily Must-Do’s**

- Always be on time
- Always bring all necessary materials (writing utensil, notebook, binder, textbook, laptop, etc.)
- Always be alert, pay attention, participate, communicate
- Always arrange to make up assessments if you miss them

**Weekly Must-Do’s**

- Check Infinite Campus for up-to-date grades
- Evaluate your progress of your understanding of the content
- Arrange a time to meet after school to clear up misunderstandings

**Quarterly Must-Do’s**

- Frequent after school hours for understanding
- Keep PACE throughout the quarter, not just at the end of the quarter
- Pay attention to make up dates for assessments (options 1, 2 and 3)

**Assessment Policies**

As your grade for the class is based entirely on the assessments that are given, the following protocol will be put into place should you not achieve a desired grade on that assessment. Along with the protocol, there are homework & class work expectations pair with each tier:

**Assessment Possible Points Homework/Class Work**

Level 0 Assessment (original) 100

Level 1 1st Retake of Assessment 100 All homework/class work must be completed

Level 2 2nd Retake of Assessment 85 All homework/class work must be completed

Level 3 3rd Retake of Assessment 70 All homework/class work must be completed

**Habits of Work Rubric**

As a new practice as of late, Windham High School has implemented a Habits of Work (HOW) rubric that gauges behaviors in the classroom for each individual student. The rubric can be seen here: HOW RUBRIC

A students HOW will be an ongoing grade (on a scale from 1-4) throughout the course of the year. If a student would like to learn how to improve upon their HOW grade, they should come see me.

**Cell Phones**

Phones should be put away at all times during class, unless you have completed all of your homework/class work for the day. If I see a phone out at an inappropriate time, I will take it. If I take your phone, the first offense is you will get it back at the end of the day. When someone is talking, headphones should be put away.

**Phones should not be used as calculators, and will not be allowed to be used as a calculator on assessments. You will not be able to listen to music during class work/homework/assessments with either your phone or your computer.**

**Academic Integrity Standard**

Windham High School recognizes that academic integrity (honesty) is absolutely vital to the purpose of all schools. All students are encouraged and expected to model academic integrity. Failure to do so jeopardizes the core and foundation of sound educational practice. Therefore, students who choose not to practice academic integrity are not only harming themselves, but are also jeopardizing the educational mission of our high school. The Windham High School community understands that guidelines surrounding student work must be followed in order to ensure an environment that cultivates academic integrity.

Academic Integrity is defined as the practice of performing your work and assignments within the guidelines set by teachers. It includes never representing another’s work as your own.

Examples of Academic Dishonesty would include: (but are not limited to): Writing formulas, codes, or key words on your person or any other objects for use in a test or quiz. Using hidden reference sheets or copying during a test or quiz. Copying, faxing, duplicating or exchanging assignments that will each be turned in as an “original.” Using information from stolen tests or answer keys. Using programmed material in electronic devices when prohibited. Exchanging answers with others (either giving or receiving answers). Taking someone else’s assignment and submitting as your own. Submitting material, written or designed by someone else, without giving the author/artist name and/or source. (E.g. plagiarizing; use of translators; submitting work created by family, friends or tutors). Taking credit for group/lab work, when little or no contribution was made. Assisting others to cheat. Violating any teacher classroom rule in regards to test taking and reports. Although not part of this standard, all students are encouraged to report to a teacher or administrator other students who are engaged in Academic Dishonesty.

**All other rules and policies outlined in the WHS Student Handbook must be followed.**