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Principles of Algebra and Geometry
Mr. Williamson  *  *  (607) 564-9955 x3210
2016-2017 School Year – Newfield Senior High School
Course Goals
  • To investigate, discover, learn, and apply the basic concepts of Algebra and Geometry.
  • To further develop an understanding and appreciation of mathematics as a formal system.
  • To further develop your reasoning skills.
    General Expectations                                               
  • Be respectful.
  • Be responsible.
  • Be ready to learn.
    General Rules
  1. All students must follow the rules and guidelines in their student handbooks.
  2. Obscene or offensive language or behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  3. If a student does not use class time wisely, they will not be allowed to seek extra help outside of class or after school.
Course Description
            This course will be divided up into two main parts. The first semester will focus on reviewing and expanding upon what was taught in Algebra 1. The second semester will focus on introducing the basic concepts of Geometry. This is the second year this math elective is being offered, so the course outline may be revised throughout the year to adapt to the needs of the students. The intention of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of Algebra concepts and skills and to bridge the gap between the Common Core Algebra 1 and Common Core Geometry courses.
            There are six marking periods, each consisting of a number of graded assignments that are worth the following:
Homework Quizzes
40% 60%
            Each lesson will consist of homework checks, which are graded for completion. Occasionally, I may collect homework and assign a grade for either correctness or completeness. For some days, a grade will be assigned for how well students work during the period, if they used their time wisely to complete all required tasks. Quizzes will be given periodically and will be graded for correctness. There will be some unannounced mini-quizzes throughout the year. The final average is calculated by averaging the six marking period grades with the Midterm and final exam grades (eight grades total).
Student Binders and Other Daily Supplies
            Each student will be expected to have with them every day:
  1. A graphing calculator and straightedge (ruler). (4 AAA batteries needed)
  2. Pens (blue or black ink ONLY) and pencils.
  3. Their 3-ring binder.
                Each student’s binder should contain the following sections:
  4. A section for taking notes during class.
  5. A section for storing homework assignments. (This section can be recycled after each marking period.)
  6. A section for storing graded assessments (quizzes).
    Midterm and Final Exams
                Each student in this course will be required to take a midterm exam in January and a final exam in June. Each exam will be worth the equivalent of a marking period grade, and will be averaged with all six marking period grades to determine the student’s final course average. The midterm exam will cover all material in the first semester (Algebra portion) and the final exam will cover all material in the second semester (Geometry portion).
    Making Up Missed Work
                If a student is absent from school, that student is responsible for approaching the teacher to ask about missed work. Students should check their folder for all missed notes and assignments.
                If students have questions about the lesson material they missed, they are expected to come see a math teacher for extra help before or after school, or during a free period. Students will NOT be able to ask for help on previous assignments during a lesson, since the focus is on the new material being learned. All missed quizzes must be made up within two days of the student’s return to school. If a student was present for a review day, then they are expected to take the quiz the day they return to school.
    Checking/Grading Homework Assignments
                Students are responsible for completing their homework assignments and asking for help at the appropriate times if they do not understand particular problems. Homework will rarely be collected, but will always be checked. It is vital that all homework assignments be completed since this is the best time for a student to practice the skills learned in the lesson.
                Homework assignments will be given a score of 2 (complete), 1 (incomplete, but a fair attempt was made), or 0 (little or no attempt was made, or homework is missing).
    Late Work
                No collected homework will be accepted after two days of its due date, unless the teacher has granted an extension. Therefore, no student will be given a chance at the end of each marking period to make up missed assignments. Students are expected to be responsible for completing all of their homework, whether or not it was collected on the day they were absent.
    Student Misconduct
                All students are expected to abide by all rules within the student handbook. If it is determined by the teacher that a student is in violation of the student handbook guidelines during class, then the teacher may assign one after-school detention with the teacher to that student. If the disruptions or insubordinations continue, then the student will be written up and will therefore be assigned a consequence from the office, such as an after-school detention in the office or a suspension.






Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Superintendent
District Office
247 Main Street
Newfield, NY 14867

Phone: (607) 564-9955
Fax: (607) 564-0055

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