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Algebra Syllabus 2016-2017 
Ms. Meyers - 
Mr. Kyale* - 
* note: Kyale is pronounced like the university Yale with a k sound added to the start of the syllable.

Course description:  We will build on what they know to discover the rules and applications of Algebra. Emphasis will be placed on scholars’ ability to analyze information in the form of numerical data, and look for a way to model the data mathematically. Presentations will be an almost daily part of the course. Scholars will develop the ability to clearly communicate the logical approach they have taken to solving problems. All scholars must present. Scholars are encouraged to respectfully challenge each other’s thinking and offer various viewpoints in order to lead each other to ever better methods. There are many ways to successfully approach mathematical problems. The more you know the more you gain. Proportionality will be a reoccurring theme connecting the world around us with numbers.


Course objectives:

Scholars will:

·       Learn to connect numbers with properties of objects such as length, volume or weight.

·       Develop fluency with mental math.

·       Use mathematics to model real world problems and solutions.

·       Lean the art of Socratic dialog. Ask questions that lead your peers gain understanding.

·       Understand that mathematics is a tool for organizing ideas and addressing questions.

·       Prepare for success on the ACT and SAT.

 Materials required: You must have these materials by Monday, September 12

·       Writing utensil (preferably pencil)

·       Spiral notebook for this class only

·       Folder for this class only


1.     Proportional Reasoning

2.     Foundations for Algebra

3.     Intro to Functions

4.     Linear Equations and Inequalities

5.     Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities

6.     Modeling with Non-linear Functions

7.     Quadratics

8.     Statistics


Ideas for if you need help:

1.     Check your notes for similar examples or helpful formulas.

2.     Ask a friend to help you get started, but don’t copy their work!

3.     Go to and search for the topic we’re studying. You can watch a video or try some practice exercises to help you feel more comfortable with the topic.

4.     Email Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale with your specific question.

5.     Come in any day before school. Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale will always be there at 7:30.

6.     Arrange a time to stay after school with Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale.

Academic Integrity:

·       Students who have exactly the same work will both receive 0s.

·       Students who are cheating on quizzes, tests, and exams will also receive a 0.

·       Plagiarism will also result in a 0 on that assignment.  

·       If you are helping your friend, make sure that you don’t tell them the answer. You can show them where they made a mistake, you can say that you got a different answer, you can ask questions, you can talk through examples together. If you don’t know

·       how to help without letting them copy your work, have them go ask Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale for help.


Grading:  Grades will be determined using the following percentage breakdown:

Participation: 15%

Homework: 15%     

Mastery: 50%

Growth: 10%

Final Exam: 10%            

A = 100% to 90%

B = 89% to 80%

C = 79% to 70%

D = 69% to 60%

F = 59% and below


Participation (and professional status): Mr. Kyale uses participation points to model how our professional community and managers view our contributions to society:

● See Active Participation with Scholar Points and Conditional Homework Addendum for details.

● Make sure your parents understand that 30% of this grade will start at 0%. That is and F. And each scholar must earn his or her way to a higher Scholar Point Status.


● See Active Participation with Scholar Points and Conditional Homework Addendum for details.

● Make sure your parents understand that the entire homework grade will be at 0 while expectations for  


Your mastery grade will include mental math objectives and content-related objectives for the current unit. These grades will come from quizzes, tests, projects, conferences, and other opportunities for you to show that you have mastered the content. Some standards will continue across unit and you will have multiple opportunities during each semester to demonstrate mastery of a particular standard.


This category refers to how much improvement a student demonstrates on a set of college- readiness related-standards, as measured by periodic “interim exams”.

Final exam

The final exam will be a cumulative assessment at the end of the semester based on standards assessed throughout the semester. There will be no retakes on the final exam.


Absences: If you are absent, you must copy the notes from someone on your own time- NOT during class. You also need to get the work you missed from Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale.

·       Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero for any assignments due the day of your absence as well as any participation or homework given the day you missed.

·       Students with excused absences must turn in assignments due the first day of your absence the day you return, or they will be considered late. You will have one day for every day missed to complete all assignments given during your absence.

Late Work:

·       Late work will bring your homework grade to a zero and require meeting with Mr. Kyale or Ms. Meyers outside of class to complete a recovery plan that will be more rigorous than the initial work.

Active Participation with Scholar Points and Conditional Homework Addendum:

Active Participation (and professional status): Mr. Kyale uses participation points to model how our professional community and managers view our contributions to society. 
60% our Participation will be Daily Participation: 
● An unexcused absence will Lower your daily participation grade. 
● Daily class participation cannot be made up. You must perform well on Do Nows, group work and discussions in class every day to maximize your Daily Participation grade. 
10% of your participation grade will be Professional Conduct.
● This portion of the grade starts at 100%. The following actions may bring it to 0%. 
● Lying to a teacher or lead scholar, dishonorable conduct as a lead scholar, cheating. 
● Be honest and honorable to keep your Professional Conduct grade at 100%.
30% of your participation grade will be based on Scholar Points.
● Scholar Points are intended to model how mangers and colleagues view your contributions to the field of study.
● Scholar Points (P) start at zero. 
● Scholar Points (P) start at zero. 
● Make sure parents know this part of the grade will start as an F. 
● It takes 50 Scholar Points (P) to raise this part of the grade from 0 to 50%. 
● From 50 points, every time your Scholar Points double, your grade will rise half way to 100%. 
● The following function shows how scholar points effect their 30% of your participation grade. 
● <50 P → 0%, 50 P → 50%, 100 P → 75%, 200 P → 88%, 400 P → 94%, 800 P → 97%, 1600 P → 98%, 3200 P → 99%, 6400 P → 99.6%, 12800 P → 99.8%, 25600 → 99.9%. 
● The highest scoring scholar in each class will earn 100% if they have more than 800 P. 
● Scholar points may be given and taken away. 
● An unexcused absence or missed homework will cost 5 Scholar Points. 
● Misconduct related to lead scholar responsibilities may halve or quarter Scholar Points. 
● Getting through the semester with no missed days will double Scholar Points. 
● Never being tardy or using the bathroom pass will double Scholar Points. 
● Always having homework done well and completed on time will double Scholar Points. 
● 5 scholar points are earned each week for participating in class. 
● More points may be earned by successfully applying for and filling lead scholar positions. 
● Scholar Points may also be earned for extraordinary work or subject related projects completed outside of class. 
● Each scholar is responsible for letting the teacher or class manager know when they reach a new level of scholar points. No notice, no grade boost. Keep track of your own Scholar Points. 
● Make sure your parents know that you should have at least 100 P before first quarter. 

● Make sure your parents know that homework is graded conditionally. You start with 100%. 
● Your grade for homework will never be less than 95% while you are meeting expectations. 
● As soon as homework is poorly done or past due, the entire homework grade will go to 0% until you work with Mr. Kyale or Ms. Meyers to get back on track. This will require more work than the initial assignment. Once on track your grade will return to the maximum. 
● The maximum will be reduced by 5% if it takes more than a week to get back on track, or homework is neglected more than once. 
● Homework assignments will be given frequently. Your homework must be finished before the beginning of class on the day it is due. 
● During projects, you will be asked to complete components within a specified timeline. This part of your project grade will count towards homework.

Honors: Learn skills to succeed as a grad student and earn a doctoral degree (PhD). 
 Scholars wishing to earn Honors credit will have to meet to the following in addition to all other expectations: 
Earn more than 800 Scholar Points.
o Gain and maintain a 20 P position as a Lead Scholar in good standing.
• Fill a position listed as 20 P per week.
• Fill a 10 P position and do extraordinary work to ensure a 10 P bonus every week.
• Gain teacher approval for a new position worthy of 20 P per week.
• Create a commission with a rubric for tracking progress worth 20 P per week. 
o Tutor small groups of peers.
o Meet teacher outside of class on a regular basis.
o Complete artifacts related to objectives in accordance with teacher expectations.
▪ (example: make a short pamphlet to help peers understand functions.)
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