Algebra I Syllabus

Algebra I

James Buck

Email: [email protected]

Voicemail: (303)982-0433


Teacher Availability:

Please email me (best way to reach me) or call me if you have any questions or concerns.  My office hours are Monday through Friday after school 3:15-3:45 and during my planning blocks 1, 3, and 8 in my room, B206.  If you need help, come see me.


Course Description:

Topics covered throughout the year will include review and study of:

  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
  • Modeling with Linear Functions
  • Linear Applications: Sequences, Piecewise Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomial Expressions and Equations
  • Modeling with Quadratic Functions
  • Modeling with Exponential Functions
  • Graphing and Interpreting Radical Functions
  • Descriptive Statistics


  • 3 – ring binder with loose-leaf paper or a spiral notebook for notes and homework
  • Pencil

Classroom Behavior Expectations:

  • Your actions should reflect respect, integrity, responsibility, and safety.
  • Respect every member of the class.
  • Be in your assigned seat ready to work when bell rings.
  • Have all necessary materials with you when you come to class.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.
  • No food or drink allowed in class. A bottle of water is acceptable.
  • No mp3 or other music devices are allowed in class unless otherwise discussed.
  • All cell phones will be turned off and out of sight during class unless used for an activity.


Grading Policy

Your grade is based on a weighted average of scores on homework, in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, participation.


Classwork/Homework 40%

Classwork 20%

Homework 20%

Assessments 60%

Quizzes 20%

Tests (incl. Final) 40%


Grading Scale









Below 60



Grading Information:

  • Work will be done in pencil, neatly.
  • Late work is accepted for reduced points.
  • All work must be shown.


Attendance Policy

  • In order for students to be successful in this class, it is essential that they attend class every day. The Lakewood High School attendance policy will be followed.
  • If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to find out what was missed and complete the make-up work within 2 days of absence.

    Homework Policy

  • In order for students to be successful in this class, it is crucial that homework be completed on a consistent basis. Assignments will be checked daily at the beginning of the class period they are due.  Please use the website to find homework you have missed.


  • If a student is absent on a test/quiz day, it is that student’s responsibility to schedule a make-up time. 

Extra Help and Extra Credit:

  • Students should take full advantage of the Study Deck and my office hours to get extra help on assignments and to study for tests.
  • Extra credit is extremely rare.


Teacher Expectations:  At this level of course, it is expected that students are working towards becoming self-advocates.  I will not seek students out to let them know about missing assignments or low grades.  All of this can be accessed online and should be checked on a regular basis.  Anything that appears to be incorrect should be brought to my attention so that I can verify and make corrections, if needed.  Likewise, if there is a concept or skill that students feel behind or confused on, it is the student’s responsibility to come to me and get extra help and clarification.  My goal is for all students to succeed in this class.  Part of that success is taking ownership and becoming responsible for your own grade.

Student Expectations:  Students can expect me to be on time and prepared to teach each day.  I will provide a safe and fun learning environment, where students can feel free to speak up, make mistakes and grow in their math skills.  I will grade things in a timely manner and have grades posted frequently.  My teacher website will change regularly.  Check it out.  It’s a great resource for the class!

It’s a great day to be a Lakewood Tiger!


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