Camden Hills Regional High School

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Algebra 1 Part 1
Mr. Burns
Room 316 - Period Red/White 1 & Red/White 3

This is a full-year class that meets everyday and covers the first half of the content of Algebra I.  The class is designed to give students more time to understand and learn the abstract concepts of Algebra I.  Students will learn to work with variable expressions and patterns as well as solve linear equations.  Homework will occasionally be given.


My expectations for you are very simple. 

BE PROMPT - I expect that you are on time to class and ready to work when I am. (that means in your seat with your book, binder, and sharpened pencil out, ready to go) 

BE POLITE AND POSITIVE – I DO NOT TOLERATE NOR APPRECIATE put-downs, name calling, or the “just kidding” humor toward your fellow students.  We’re all in this together and we should treat each other with respect.  You should also participate in classroom discussions and activities and listen attentively.

BE PRODUCTIVE – I expect all work to be turned in on time and fairly neat.  I also expect you to do your best on everything to you do for me.  If you cheat, there are serious consequences, both from me, and from the school. (Pg. 13 of your student handbook)

BE A PROBLEM SOLVER – Our universe is growing everyday.  We’re required to learn new things and solve new problems daily.  I don’t expect you to understand everything the first time you learn it.  We don’t learn that way.  If you are having problems with something, try to solve it constructively.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.   I love questions, and I love students who ask questions.

Grading Policy:


Most assignments will be completed in class, however homework will occasionally be given and I expect it to be completed by the next 80 minute class.  Any homework which was turned in to me the day that it was due may be “redone” within one week to increase points on the assignment. 

Homework is usually worth 5-10 points depending on length.  If nothing was handed in on the due date, the homework may not be redone and the student will receive a score of 0.  Please show all work on homework- failure to show work may result in a lower grade.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by an excused absence slip or as part of a special accommodation.  Homework will be posted on iTunes U and on the white board in my room.

Tests: You can expect to have a test at the end of each unit.  These will generally take a whole period and will be worth around 100 points.

Quizzes will always be announced!!!  I don’t think it’s fair to surprise you with quizzes.  Generally, I will give about 2 quizzes per unit.  They are designed to be short and quick and will usually be worth around 25 points.


 A+ 99-100                            C+ 83-84

A 95-98                                C 78-82

A- 93-94                              C- 76-77

B+ 91-92                              D 72-73

B 87-90                                D- 70-71

B- 85-86                               F 0-69


Assignments can be found on our class's iTunes U course page as well as the white board in the back of my classroom.

Please note that you must "enroll" in the iTunes U course to view its materials and it may take 12-24 hours to be officially "enrolled". Please e-mail me for the enrollment code.