Algebra B Syllabus

Madison High School
Algebra B
Mrs. Ibrahim/Ms. Martin

 Supply List: 

• You will need a spiral notebook for taking notes. 
• Your textbook.
• A folder to keep your assignments/quizzes organized. 
• A pencil!! I do not want to spend 5 minutes of class time waiting for anyone to find a pen/pencil to use. That will not be tolerated!

 Student Expectations: 

All students will follow the 3 P’s. 
Punctual – You will be on time and ready for class.
Polite – You will be respectful to me and to your classmates.  
Prepared – Bring all of your math supplies. 

  Attendance/Tardy Policy: 

•    If you are absent, do NOT ask me what you have missed because homework will be posted on your class poster on a weekly basis. 
•   In order to get homework for missing 3 days or more because you are going out of town, I need to be notified a week in advance!
•  You need to be in the room, NOT IN THE DOORWAY, when the bell rings or else you will be marked tardy!  

Parent Zangle Connect: 

Your parent/guardian can access parent zangle connect to see if you have any missing assignments and your grades.  To receive your log in and password, please email Teresa Thienel at

Students can also use this log in and password and check on a daily basis how they are doing in their classes!!!    


My policy this year will require that a student be allowed a hall pass only three times per semester and only to go to the rest room, library, office, locker, or to a special education tutorial.  Passes will NOT be allowed the first and last fifteen minutes of class.  Hall passes are each worth 2 percent extra credit and will be collected before the semester’s final exam.  Student’s can earn a total of 6 percent added to their final exam grade!! Also, one person at a time is allowed to leave the room. 

Student Disciplinary Procedure: 

There are several actions that will NOT be tolerated in my classroom.  Here are common examples: 

-         Using foul language in my class or even in the hallway  

-         Sleeping in class

-         Refusing to work on IN-CLASS assignments

-         Socializing rather than completing class work 

-         Walking out of the classroom without a pass

-         Being insubordinate by not doing what the teacher asks

-         Using teacher desk, computer, or closet WITHOUT permission

-         Does not have class supplies (pen/pencil, notebook/paper, textbook)   

-         Lining up at the door and waiting for the bell to ring

-         Refusing to give phone when caught texting in class

-         Having food/beverages in the classroom (Water is ok) 

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

I have a very strict policy for cell phones/electronic devices in my classroom.  Students should NOT have their cell phones/ipods/cameras in my room.  These devices should be kept in their locker and not on their belt buckles or pockets.   In other words, if it is visible, it will be confiscated.  If it is in your pocket and it accidently falls out, it will still be confiscated.  In other words, it does not matter even if you were not texting or if you were just checking the time. 

In-Class Assignments

You are responsible for completing the homework even if you are not present in class. Do NOT ask questions on problems you haven’t tried.  Homework and quizzes go hand in hand.  If you practice problems by completing the homework, you will do well on your quizzes.  You will NOT be allowed to take an I CAN quiz if you are not working on your in class assignment.  If you do not participate in class note taking or are not actively working on your assignments in class, you will NOT be allowed to take a quiz.  ALL Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes at Madison High School will not be giving points for homework. 


Extra help is available during lunch, during 3rd hour, or after school. You may come in anytime for help from Monday through Thursday.  I will have an appointment poster available on a weekly basis and you will be responsible for signing up and making an appointment!!

ALGEBRA B Course Outline/Goals 



I can identify and graph intercepts for a linear function. 

5-3 to 5-4


I can identify, calculate, and interpret rate of change/slope for a linear function. 




5-6 to 5-7


I can graph linear functions using key features such as slope and y-intercept. 

Chapter 5 EXT.

             I can graph absolute functions. 







I can solve a system of linear equations by graphing. 



I can solve a system of linear equations by substitution.



I can solve a system of linear equations by elimination. 

6-1 to 6-3


I can write a function that relates two variables described in a word problem.






I can add and subtract polynomials by combining like terms. 

7-7 to 7-8


I can multiply polynomials using the distributive property and combining like terms. 




8-2 to 8-4



9-1 to 9-2


I can interpret relative maximums, minimums, and symmetry in graphs and tables.



I can identify the domain of a function from its graph and interpret what it means.



I can illustrate key features of graphs given a verbal description.




(possibly more I CANS if time allows)

Grade Distribution

In all algebra, geometry, and algebra 2 classes, grading will be determined by the number of “I CANS” and capstones mastered.  Semester grade will be determined as follows: 

 Mastered I CANS/Capstones = 90% of grade, FINAL EXAM = 10% of grade

Progress reports and report cards would merely be an accumulative grade of how the student is doing so far

 After each “I CAN” taught, students will be given a 5 question version A quiz.  Students will need to get 4 out of 5 or better (which is an 80%) in order to be considered proficient.  If they receive below an 80%, students will have the opportunity to take version B quiz IF AND ONLY IF they go to tutoring.  Students will have 5 days to retake a quiz from the day they found out their grade.  They will still need to continue with the new content while trying to make up the quiz. 

 Capstones are 20-30 question unit tests that will determine mastery of “I CANS.”  Students CANNOT retake a capstone.  If a student did not receive an 70% or better on capstone, they can still try to master their “I CANS” by taking version C of quiz.  Once again, that is IF AND ONLY IF they attend more tutoring.  Keep in mind, the total “I CANS” mastered divided by the number of opportunities given to demonstrate mastery will be the majority of the student’s final grade.  Grading scale will be as follows: 

A = 90%-100%     B = 80%-89%     C = 65%-79%     I (Incomplete) = less than 65%

Because of the changes to grading, the “W” from absences that we have had in the past will no longer apply to our math courses.