Taylor Sharpe » Algebra 1

Algebra 1


GSE Algebra I

Coach Sharpe – Room 4114

Email: [email protected]  Phone: 912-267-4210 ext. 3285

Glynn Academy High School School Year 2022-2023


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.

GSE Algebra I Units

Unit 1: Relationships Among Quantities

Unit 2: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

Unit 3: Factoring

Unit 4: Solving Quadratic Functions

Unit 5: Graphing Quadratics

Unit 6: Exponential Functions

Unit 7: Characteristics and Comparing

Unit 8: Data


  • School ID (EVERYDAY!!)
  • 1½ or 2 inch ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils (NO PENS!!)
  • Graph Paper
  • TI 84 graphing calculator (suggested NOT mandatory)
  • 7-8 Dividers

Grading Scale

The following are county determined grade weights for this class. One credit can be earned with successful completion of this class: the 9th grade mathematics credit (GSE Algebra I grade).


GSE Algebra I








Milestones EOC/Final Exam/Midterm




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.  


Make-Up Work

Make-up work is the student’s responsibility.  One day of make-up time is allowed to complete assignments for each day absent.  All work can be located in the google classroom.   If you have trouble locating the assignment, please email me that day.  If you are absent during a quiz/test, you must make arrangements with me within three days.  I will not allow you to take the quiz/test the day you return during class since you will then miss instruction.  Missed quizzes or tests must be made up before school or during lunch.



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, Edilo, GimKit

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.

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. They will be placed in the calculator holder at the front of the room if you want to use my calculator.  
  5. NO FOOD or DRINKS in the classroom (other than 1st Block 1st skinny Breakfast).  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 and with your friends and classmates for missed notes or assignments.

Consequences of Misconduct

  • Verbal Warning
  • Call home
  • Afterschool Detention
  • Referral to Administrator

**Severe disruptions will go immediately to an administrator.**

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. 

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, accessing the internet to look up answers or vocabulary, or exchange of information during a test situation.