Capital High School

Pre-Algebra, 2012-2013

Mrs. McKay



Welcome to Pre-Algebra.  In Pre-Algebra we will study foundational skills required to be successful in Algebra.  We will be working together to build a cooperative community of mutual respect and shared purpose, while we learn how math connects to our everyday lives. We will focus on problem solving skills throughout the year.


Scope and Sequence of Course

1st Semester:        Algebra and Integers

                             Algebra and Rational Numbers 

                             Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Functions


2nd Semester:        Applying Algebra to Geometry

                             Extending Algebra to Statistics and Polynomials


Textbook   Glencoe Pre- Algebra  (2008) 

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Materials Required

  • Calculator (scientific, no cell phones)
  • 3-ring binder (1½”) with 5 section tabs
  • Pens , pencils, and notebook paper
  • Graph paper


Daily Work

Daily work consists of assignments and in-class activities.  You should expect an assignment most days.  It is critical to do them as assigned and not to fall behind, as the topics we cover will build on each other.  You will keep your assignments in your notebook along with your class notes.  In-class activities provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by giving oral presentations, showing and explaining a problem at the document camera, creating posters, writing clear arguments, and helping fellow group members to understand without giving them the answers.

Tests and Quizzes

You will have quizzes periodically, every week or two.  Quizzes will contain questions related to concepts we have covered in class and are intended to give the student information about what he or she has learned. A poor quiz grade is an indication that a student should get additional help before the end-of-unit test.  Some quizzes will be taken as group quizzes and some will be taken as individual quizzes. Tests will be given at the end and/or the middle of a unit.

 Grades *

Your grade will be made up of the following percentages:

                   Participation                             =  5%

                   Notebook                                  =10%         

                    Daily Work                                = 35%

                   Quizzes and Tests                    =50%


All grades will be determined using the following scale:

A        92.5%-100%                  A-      90%-92.49%       

B+     86.50%-89.99%             B        82.5%-86.49%               B-      80%-82.49%

C+     76.50%-79.99%             C       72.50%-76.49%             C-      70%-72.49%

D+     66.50%-69.99%             D       60.00%-66.49%             F        < 60%

 * I reserve the right to adjust the scale or weighting if necessary.     


Mrs. McKay’s Promise to Students

1.)  I will work with you to meet your learning goals.

2.)  I will set high expectations and challenge you.

3.)  I will respect you and work with you to solve problems.

4.)  I will trust you until you give me reason to do otherwise.

5.)  I will promptly correct and offer feedback on your work.

6.)  I will come prepared to teach you everyday.


Classroom Rules

1.)  Students will act respectfully toward the teacher, self, others, and property.

2.)  Behavior that distracts from a learning environment or the learning process of any student will not be allowed.

3.)  Students will be in their assigned seat with all materials ready when the bell rings.  Class will remain in session until excused by the teacher.

4.)  No electronic devices or headphones in class (pagers, cell phones, video games, CD player, MP3 player, etc.)  Please turn these off and put them away before entering the classroom.  If seen or heard the device will be surrendered to the teacher and taken to the office until the end of the day.

5.)  No food/drink other than water is allowed in the classroom.

6.)  All assigned math work must be finished before other homework or activity.


Attendance Policy

1.)  Attend class daily. The concepts we are studying build upon each other. You will earn participation points daily - if you are absent you may make these up before /after school with an appointment to work with Mrs. McKay.

2.)  You must have your assignments checked off each day.  If you have an excused absence you will have 24 hours to turn in the assignment. 


CHS Math Dept Retake Policy  - Any test during the course of the semester may be retaken subject to the following guidelines:

1.)You may only retake two tests during each semester.

2.)Retakes will be scheduled by the teacher for a given day.

3.)Your new test score will be an average of the original test and the retake.

4.)There are no retakes on final exams.

5.)You will need to demonstrate that you have improved your understanding in order to earn the privilege of a retake.

6.)If you are absent when the first test is given, the retake is your only opportunity.



Students caught cheating will receive a zero on the test or assignment and parents will be notified.  This includes talking or any form of communication during a quiz/test/final, and copying another student’s work on assignments.


All other disciplinary policies will be followed from the CHS or OSD student handbook.