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Seventh Grade Algebra Syllabus

Jessica Hennig: algebra

Email:  [email protected]

My conference period is during 1st period (8:05-8:50).

Phone: (713) 251-1600 (CSA main line)


This will definitely be a different year but I have full confidence that the kids will still learn everything they need to in order to be successful in their future math classes, whether you and your child have chosen face-to-face or virtual learning. Algebra is the foundation for all future math classes (and some science classes). Encourage your child to advocate for themselves. I won’t be able to see the kids’ faces, so this will hamper how quickly I see confusion. Communication and flexibility will be key. This is especially true for this class because this may be the first time your child is challenged in a math class. How they deal with frustration or how they respond to not understanding something immediately will be a huge determining factor as to how successful they are in this class.

Everything this year will go through itslearning, whether you and your child chose the face-to-face or virtual option of learning. The assignments will be in plans. If your child can’t find something in plans, please have them check the drop down button to make sure the appropriate dates are being shown. Itslearning has messaging; I will check these messages and my email frequently in order to be available to communicate with kids.

I am using IXL for the majority of their homework assignments; this is an online math program. I select specific skills to assign for them to practice. They will usually have multiple nights to work on the assignment. The amount of time it takes will vary quite a bit, depending on how well they know the material. Their score increases when they correctly answer a problem and decreases if they get it wrong (after that it will tell them how to solve it correctly). The kids are required to get a score between 90 (excellence) and 100 (complete mastery).

I will usually give students a review before every test. They will have at least two days to complete the review. Then I will post the answer key on itslearning. The students will have at least two days to correct their review. They will turn in the corrected review on the day of the test. Half of their grade on the review will be for originally completing it on time and the other half of their grade will be for the corrections. There will also be what I call concept quizzes. These are actually worth the same number of points as tests but are over a smaller number of concepts.

This information about graphing calculators is the same as on the parent letter: You are not required to purchase a graphing calculator for your student for algebra 1, but some parents/students go ahead and do it now. We will definitely be using them. I have graphing calculators in the classroom that they are welcome to use. I feel strongly about teaching students to solve algebra concepts in multiple ways: multiple ways algebraically and multiple ways with the graphing calculator. This is their first high school credit math class and they will need one for all their future math classes in high school and college, as well as the SAT/ACT tests. If you decide to purchase one this year I would recommend one from Texas Instruments. There are a variety to choose from. All of the following are graphing calculators that are on the approved list to use for standardized tests.These three have very similar buttons and functions and would be easy for your child to follow what we are doing in class: TI 89 Titanium, TI 84 Plus (there are multiple editions) and TI 83 Plus. This one is a very nice calculator but it is extremely different. It would require that your child do quite a bit of research and learning on their own: TI Nspire. This website tells you more about the Texas Instruments products https://education.ti.com/en/products .

General Policies

Low test scores:  Students scoring below an 80% will be required to correct their test. Students scoring below a 70% on a test will have the opportunity to retest. If they want to retest, within a week they need to finish their corrections and take the retest for a maximum of 75%.

Extra Help: 

  • “STREAM” – Students have 35 minutes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:35 – 11:10 for tutorials. They will go to each core subject one day a week. The day of the week they go will be determined by their class schedule (Tues will be their 4th period class; Wed will be their 5th period class, Thurs will be their 6th period class and Fri will be their 7th period class).
  • After school tutorials will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is a time for students to do make up work, work that was not completed on time, or just a study time for the student.  Teachers may assign it or students can just choose to go.  Parents may pick up their student at 4:10 or the student will ride a bus to their closest elementary school (the bus leaves promptly at 4:15).

Make-up work must be completed in the number of days the student was absent up to a maximum of 5 days.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the teacher to make up missed work.

Late Work will result in assignment 10% per day off the grade.


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