Tricia Bragg

 

 

Miss Bragg

Algebra 1B

Email tricia.bragg@wappingersschools.org

Phone – (845) 298-5100 ext 31207

 

2013--14 Expectations & Grading Policies

 

Algebra 1B is a REGENTS course which culminates in June with the Integrated Algebra I Regents Exam.  You must pass BOTH the course and the Regents Exam to graduate!  

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

 

A binder for packets, quizzes/tests, and LOOSE LEAF paper.  I give LOTS of packets in lieu of handing out a textbook so you will need somewhere to keep them organized.  A 2-3 inch binder would be fine, with dividers to break into sections:  packets, homework, quizzes/tests, loose leaf paper for class notes & homework.

          * If you prefer a separate spiral notebook to take notes in that is fine.  Many notes are                     taken in the packets that I hand out so a separate notebook isn’t necessary.  

 

Pens/pencils.  I prefer you take notes and complete assignments in pencil.  If you choose to use pen, you can use ONLY BLUE OR BLACK INK ON TESTS & QUIZZES!!   I WILL NOT GRADE AN EXAM IN ANY FUNKY COLOR (red, pink, purple, aqua, green, orange, etc.)

 

Scientific calculator OR a TI-84 (plus) graphing calculator**

** You will have a graphing calculator to use during class and it would be beneficial to have one at home as well since it does make some work easier.  However, you will at least need a scientific calculator at home for homework. 

 

EXTRA CREDIT:  Donate a box of pens, pencils, tissues, and/or hand sanitizer.  Each item you bring in will earn 2 extra credit points…for a maximum of 10 extra credit points per marking period J  

 

HOMEWORK

 

Homework will be assigned at least 3 days per week and graded on an effort basis. 

*4 pts…excellent effort…NEATLY done & all problems were attempted w/ appropriate work J

*2 pts – satisfactory effort…attempted AT LEAST half of the problems w/ appropriate work J

*0 pts – unsatisfactory effort…attempted less than half or did none of the problems L **

            ** A zero can receive 2 points if the assignment is completed and turned in the next day.

 

** IF YOUR HOMEWORK IS NOT OUT ON YOUR DESK AND READY TO BE CHECKED WHEN I GET TO YOU, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO!!

** IF YOU COME IN LATE WITHOUT A PASS AFTER I HAVE ALREADY STARTED CHECKING HOMEWORK, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO!!

  

 

MAKING UP HOMEWORK DUE TO ABSENCES:

If you are legally absent, you have as many school days to make up homework assignments as you are absent.  Example:  If you are LEGALLY absent 3 days, you have 3 school days to make up that work.  If you are absent and you do not show me a legal pass I will give you the work you missed but you can’t receive credit for it! 

* IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THE MAKE-UP WORK TO ME IN A TIMELY MANNER!  I WILL NOT REMIND YOU THAT YOU OWE ME WORK!! 

 

HOMEWORK BONUS:  For each week that you earn FULL credit on ALL homework assignments (minimum of 3 assignments), you will receive 4 bonus points.  That’s a total of between 30 & 40 bonus points for the quarter.

 

TESTS/ & QUIZZES

 

You can expect both announced and un-announced quizzes throughout the year.  Unit tests will be announced in advance.  If you are absent and you do NOT present a legal pass you will receive a zero on a quiz/test if you missed one that day!  THE LEGAL PASS MUST BE PRESENTED WITHIN 2 SCHOOL DAYS TO MAKE UP THE EXAM FOR CREDIT!!! 

 

YOU WILL HAVE 2 MAJOR EXAMS this year…a mid-term and the Integrated Algebra I Regents Exam in June.  The Regents is based on material covered both this year AND last year.  Your Regents Exam grade is also your final exam grade on your report card and is worth 20% of your overall average!   

 

COMPUTING YOUR QUARTERLY AVERAGES

 

I use a “total points earned” system for calculating your average.  I add up all the points you earn and divide that sum by the total points you could have earned.

 

                                    Ex. 1                               Ex. 2                               Ex. 3

                             Earn    Possible                      Earn    Possible                      Earn    Possible

           

HW/Notes                 160      160                                90      160                                80      160                 

Tests/Quizzes             450     500                             450     500                               240     500

Preparation/

Participation             160     160                                160     160                               100     160

Sub-Total                   770     820     (94%)              700     820     (85%)              420     820     (51%)

BONUS                         50                                            50                                            50

Totals                         820     820     (100%)           750     820     (91%)               470     820     (57%)

 

 

EXTRA HELP:  I will do my best to be available on Thursday afternoons from 2-3.  I may need to change the day of the week every now and then J   Please don’t wait until after a quiz/test to come for help!  You should know by your homework results whether or not you truly understand the material.