Course Fees for LISD Students
Course fee if taken outside the school day:
Algebra I Semester A Credit - $150.00
Algebra I Semester B Credit - $150.00
* Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00
Course fee if taken within the school day:
Algebra I - Semester A Credit - $0.00
Algebra I - Semester B Credit - $0.00
Teacher: Sandy Lumley
8th grade mathematics
Course Description - Semester A
Welcome to Online Algebra! This course will start at the very beginnings of Algebra, answering questions like "What is an integer?" and "How do I do basic operations with fractions and decimals?" then proceed up through solving problems with functions and graphing data. No matter how hard I work as your teacher, you as the student must put forth the effort to grow in your knowledge and be an active participant.
The Algebra IA course will focus on developing basic Algebra skills in such a way that you will connect the learning to real life and other disciplines. Algebra1A includes the study of the real number system; the algebraic representation of a solution, and evaluation of situations; graphing as a tool to interpret linear relations and functions. The curriculum will emphasize use of correct vocabulary and proper notation. You should expect weekly live collaboration sessions with your teacher and peers. Using Zoom, you will work with your peers to learn about and solve application problems. Knowledge will be showcased through six summative assessments that include both written and multiple choice questions. Built-in structures for success will include but not be limited to pacing guides, weekly progress reports, and frequent feedback on work products submitted.
Course Description - Semester B
The Algebra IB course will focus on developing basic Algebra skills in such a way that you will connect your learning to real life and other disciplines. Algebra1B includes the study of: algebraic representation of solutions, evaluation of situations; graphing as a tool to interpret linear relations and functions, and solving and graphing polynomial functions. The curriculum will emphasize use of correct vocabulary and proper notation. You should expect weekly live collaboration sessions with your teacher and peers. Using Zoom, you will work with your peers to learn about and solve application problems. Knowledge will be showcased through six summative assessments that include both written and multiple-choice questions. Built-in structures for success will include but not be limited to pacing guides, weekly progress reports, and frequent feedback on work products submitted.
This course is housed in the Apex learning management system. You will read and take notes over online lessons with each lesson ending with an optional practice assignment and a required quiz. The self-assessments in this course allow you to gauge your understanding of the material before proceeding to a graded assessment. Graded assessments include collaboration sessions, quizzes, practice assignments, and exams. Each of the six units will end with a computer-scored test as well as a teacher-scored test.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers and your teacher using interactive tools such as Zoom. Zoom allows you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that enable all students to be productive 21st century learners.
Apex Grading Guidelines
This course is delivered using the Apex Learning Management System that uses a running point grading system. Your grades will include quizzes, journals, practices, forums, live class sessions, computer-graded tests, teacher-graded tests, and projects.
Semester grades will be based on your completed quality of work grade prior to taking your semester exams. Exam averages will be based on a combined average of a computer-graded exam (50%) and a teacher-graded exam (50%).
The final semester average is based upon LISD grading guidelines and will consist of the semester grade (85%) and the exam average (15%). By Lewisville ISD grading guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70% to pass the course. All semester exams are proctored.
Late Work Guidelines
All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).
A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted. VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines.
- Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
- Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
- Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.
If you earn a grade below a 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach, then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.
You will need the ability to access Google docs. A graphing calculator is recommended.
Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
Plug-ins: Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
Student must be able to download files: Yes
Software needed to complete this course: Zoom launcher (free download)
Pop-Up blocker: Off
Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Services for Students with Special Needs
For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.