Co-Taught Algebra I Syllabus
Ms. Shea & Mr. Estep

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Textbook: Each student will receive a login to access the online textbook. Hard copies of the textbook will be available for in-class use. Textbooks are available to students for check-out on an as needed basis.

Course Materials: It is required that each of the following items be brought to class every day.

  • Notebook
  • Folder or binder
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Graph paper
  • Scientific Calculator (TI 30XIIS is recommended and will get your through most high school courses. It is the most user friendly and will last. Please do not purchase any calculators that say they are for statistics or business. They will not have the functions necessary for high school courses!)
  • Charged Laptop
  • Charger
  • Earbuds/headphones

Grading Practices: Grades are calculated based on the following weighted percentages. Think of your grade like a pie. Different assignments go into different pieces of the pie, and bigger pieces have a bigger affect on your grade!

1st Semester

2nd Semester

  • 57% Quizzes and Tests
  • 25% Assignments
  • 10% Comprehensive Final Exam
  • 8% End of Course (EOC) Exam

Letter grades are earned based on the following percentage scores.

  • 90-100 - A
  • 80 - 89 - B
  • 70 - 79 - C
  • 60 - 69 - D
  • 59 and below – F

Progress Reports: Students will be given progress reports several times throughout the year. Students who are currently standing at a D or F will be required to have his or her progress report signed by a parent or guardian and turned back in to Ms. Shea or Mr. Estep within 2 school days.

Homework/Daily Assignments

Homework will be a mixture between hand-written paper and online assignments. It is essential that students get into the habit of practicing problems by completing ALL assigned homework and extra work, when necessary. Homework turned in on time will be accepted for 100% credit based on completion and/or accuracy.  This is going to be a change for some of you. Get into the habit now!

Most hand-written paper assignments will be checked for completion while most online assignments will be graded on accuracy. The following things are what Ms. Shea is looking for when grading on completion:

   1. Did the student attempt all the problems?

   2. Did the student show the appropriate amount of work for each problem?

   3. Is the homework legible and organized?

In order to keep homework assignments organized, students will fill out a weekly Stamp Sheet. Notice that the only point values that can be assigned are "0", "6", "8", and "10". This means that homework that is less than half complete will not receive any credit for that day. Stamps Sheets will be collected every Friday. See below regarding late work.

Make-up & Late Work:

Make-up work due to excused absences will be accepted for full credit based on the
policy outlined in the LHS Student Handbook (work due after number of days absent + one additional day). When turning in make-up work, you should write the date of absence on top and place it in the make-up basket.

Late homework can only be turned in if the assignment is 100% completed. Incomplete, late assignments will not be accepted. Late work will be accepted for a maximum of 60% credit if turned in before taking the unit test. Once the unit test has been administered, late work will no longer be accepted.

**Make-up quizzes/tests

  • If you miss only the day of the test, you have two school days to make-up the test.
  • If you miss multiple days prior to the test, you have the number of days absent plus one additional day to take the test.

It is the student's responsibility to schedule a time to take the test. Remember, the longer you wait, the more difficult the test will become.

Tutoring: Ms. Shea is available most days before school at 7:45 and after school until 4:00. Tutoring is also available throughout the week during Liberty Hour. You may elect to attend Liberty Hour, or you may be assigned to required tutoring.

**During any unit, if you are missing two or more assignments, I will assign you to Liberty Hour until the assignments are turned in.

  • Monday: No tutoring
  • Tuesday: Tutoring in 505
  • Wednesday: Sophomore Advisory/Tutoring in 505
  • Thursday: No tutoring
  • Friday: Tutoring in 505

Mr. Estep's tutoring schedule:

  • Monday: Tutoring in 508
  • Tuesday: Tutoring in 508
  • Wednesday: Freshman Advisory/Tutoring in 508
  • Thursday: No tutoring
  • Friday: Tutoring in 508

Student Responsibilities for Liberty Hour:

  • **If student is struggling with current topic they are welcome and expected to attend LH to receive help, even if not assigned. Teacher can also assign student upon request.
  • Have a plan upon arriving you're tutoring session (What are you going to work on?)
  • Use tutoring time productively (Games, social media, videos, etc. are not good uses of time)
  • Check LH assignments daily and attend all assigned tutoring sessions.
  • By school policy, students must remain in the same classroom until LH has concluded.

Tardy Policy: Students are expected to be in the classroom prior to the bell ringing. Tardies are only excused with a signed pass. If you are more than 10 minutes late to school for the day, you must check in with the Attendance Office before coming to class. Additionally, students are expected to remain in their seats until dismissed by the teacher. The bell starts class, and the teacher dismisses class.

Technology Policy: It is the responsibility of the student to check Ms. Shea's Google Site daily for course information, assignment postings, weekly schedules, and/or handouts and other materials.

Other Student Expectations:

  • Respect the teacher’s discretion as to when or when not to use technology
  • Use proper grammar and punctuation in all email communications
  • Only use laptops/cell phones/earbuds/headphones during class if directed to do so by a teacher
  • Have earbuds/headphones available for daily instructional use
  • Check student school email daily

Food & Drink Policy: Quiet snacks and drinks with lids are permitted, however, absolutely no peanuts or nuts of any kind are allowed due to student allergies. Make sure if you have a chocolate bar that it does not contain any nuts.  Sharing of food/drinks is not allowed. If messes are left behind, this privilege will be taken away.

Classroom Culture & Expectations:

  • Be prepared with materials and classwork.
  • Be on time (see tardy policy).
  • Be responsible.
  • Be respectful to classmates, teachers, yourself, and the classroom/building.
  • Work BELL to BELL.
  • Check grades at least once a week.

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating on quizzes, tests or homework results in an automatic 0, office referral and parent conference. No exceptions.

Consequences: Inappropriate behavior, missed Liberty Hour tutoring, or tardies to class will result in conferencing with students and/or a parent if necessary. Repeat offenders will be given detentions or office referrals.

Contact Information:
April Shea
Email: ashea@liberty.k12.mo.us
Twitter: @asheaLHS
Phone: 816-736-5340 ext. 2859

Matt Estep
Email: mestep@liberty.k12.mo.us
Twitter: @coach_estep
Phone: 816-736-5340 ext. 2776