Raynor Nelson » Algebra I

Algebra I

Glynn Academy High School


Coach Raynor Nelson – Room 4103

School Year: 2022 - 2023


Email: [email protected] Phone: 912-267-4210 ext. 3281                                                  

Course Description

The fundamental purpose of Algebra 1 is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades.  The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Algebra 1 uses algebra to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.  The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studies.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. The pacing suggested below will allow students to gain a foundation in linear, quadratic, and exponential functions before they are brought together to be compared/contrasted in Unit 7. 

Priority Standards

Unit 1 - Solving Equations

Unit 2 - Solving Systems of Equations

Unit 3 - Polynomials and Factoring Quadratics

Unit 4 - Solving & Modeling Quadratic Functions

Unit 5 - Modeling & Analyzing Quadratic Functions

Unit 6 - Modeling & Analyzing Exponential Functions

Unit 7 - Comparing & Contrasting Functions 

Unit 8 - Describing Data

Unit 9 - Review for the End of Course Test (May 17th)

Supply List:

  • School ID (EVERYDAY!!)
  • 1½ or 2 inch 3 ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils preferred…we all make mistakes
  • Graph Paper (Unit 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Graphing-Calculator TI-84CE Multiview
  • 10 Dividers (Syllabus/Info, Daily 10, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, EOC Review)

Grading Scale

The following are county determined grade weights for this class.  

GSE Algebra 1 (Math Credit)








EOCT (End of Spring Semester)



GSE Algebra 1 Support (Elective Credit)








Mid-Term (End of Fall Semester)




Below is a list that will be the core resources that we will use in Algebra I.

Desmos, Progress Learning, IXL, Delta Math, Google Classroom, Edlio, GimKit

Test Dates:

Unit 1 - 9/9, Unit 2 - 10/6, Unit 3a - 11/4, Mid-Term - 12/15-16, Unit 4 - 1/27, Unit 5 - 2/16, Unit 6 - 3/10, Unit 7 - 4/6, Unit 8 - 4/28, EOC - May 17, 2022



The primary purpose of homework is to provide practice for you.  To help ensure that you actually do the practice, I will check homework the day after it is assigned for completeness, unless instructed otherwise.  Appropriate work must be shown!


Late Assignments

Late assignments are accepted in the event of an excused absence.  Students will have 3 days to turn in from the missing day of school.  After 3 days, students will have an additional 2 days to submit the assignment but receive a 10 point deduction.  Please make every effort to check the website or Google Classroom for details of missed assignments.



Students may retake one major test for each semester which they would like to improve their score.  To be able to retake a test, the student must attend tutoring on the days designated and prove their competency of the content.  The highest grade will be recorded in Infinite Campus.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a retake.  If the student does not show up to the test at the agreed upon time, they forfeit the right to retake that particular test and must keep their original grade.


End of Course Test

All students are required to take an End of Course Test for Algebra I.  There are no exemptions to this as this is a State mandated requirement.  The End of Course Test will count as 30% of your overall final grade for this course.


Final Exam Exemptions

Final Exams will be given on May 25th and 26th.  If a student has fewer than 5 absences per semester, above an 80 in the class, and has no behavior referrals, then they will be allowed to exempt finals on the last day of school for that class in which they meet the requirements.  


Classroom Rules and Expectations

  1. Be respectful at all times!  This encompasses many expectations, which we will further discuss as a class.
  2. Come to class on time and prepared with the materials you need to work and be successful.
  3. Do not interrupt the class.  When I am talking, it is my turn.  If and when you have something to say, raise your hand and wait until you are designated to speak.
  4. While you are permitted to bring electronic devices to school, their use will NOT be permitted in the classroom unless otherwise noted.  This means they should not be used, heard, or seen while in my class.  You will put them in the cell phone holder at the beginning of class.
  5. No food or drinks in the classroom.  I will allow you to have water but it must be in a clear and closable container.  This is the ONLY exception!
  6. MAKE UP WORK IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Please check the designated location for missed handouts, Google Classroom, Teacher Website, and with your friends and classmates for missed notes or assignments.
  7. Participate and NEVER give up!  Don’t be afraid to be wrong, share your ideas, ask questions, or challenge ideas.  We are a team and are learning together; thus, we should always encourage and support others.


Consequences of Misconduct

  • Verbal Warning
  • Removal of Class and Student/Teacher Conference
  • Contact Parent/Guardian
  • Referral to Administrator

**Severe disruptions will go immediately to an administrator.  Your administrator is Coach Crews.**


Cheating (Student Honor Code)

Cheating can be defined in many ways.  The following list represents some forms of cheating that will be dealt with:

  • Taking information of any form into a test situation for the purpose of responding to test items or for the purpose of assisting others in responding to test items.
  • Plagiarism
  • Copying assignments, including homework, book reports, or other work which will be assigned a grade.
  • Giving or taking information concerning a test after one individual has taken a test and the same form of test is to be given in another classroom situation.
  • Talking during test situations, or exchange of information during a test situation.


A student or group of students that have been involved in cheating will receive a zero on the assignment or test, and parents will be contacted.**