•                                Mrs. McMillon's Syllabus



    Welcome to

    Algebra 1

    201t - 2018


    Newsletter sidebar 1Mrs. McMillon

    Email: smcmillon@duncanvilleisd.org

    Room:  M100 and M107


    Greetings Parents and Students,

    My name is Mrs. McMillon, and I welcome your son or daughter to my class.  I look forward to this being a great year as we are on the PROWL to success!

    I am starting my 3rd year at Duncanville High School and my 20th year teaching. I am an Algebra I co-teacher. I started my career as an accountant and then a college economics instructor. My husband and I moved from Abilene. We are glad to be closer to our grown daughters, not to mention the Rangers!


    I am very excited to be at DHS and teach the awesome Duncanville Panthers. I enjoy showing students that math will not only benefit them their entire lives, but it can be fun. Whether it’s teaching math to students or leading Bible studies, teaching is my true passion.




    TEXTBOOK:  Pearson Texas Algebra I © 2016

    E-TEXT and other resources: www.pearsontexas.com


    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Algebra I expands the foundation of K-8 basic understandings of number, operation, and quantitative reasoning; patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking.  Exploration of Functions (Linear and Non-Linear), Solving Equations and Inequalities, and problem-solving through mathematical experiences. Year at a glance is as follows:

    1st Nine Weeks:

    Unit 1: Linear Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities (one variable)

    Unit 2: Introduction to Functions

    Unit 3: Investigation of Linear Functions and Inequalities (two variables)

    2nd Nine Weeks

    Unit 4: Application of Linear Functions

    Unit 5: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

    Unit 6: Laws of Exponents, Expressions, and Factoring

    3rd Nine Weeks

    Unit 7: Quadratic Equations, Simplification of Numerical Radical Expressions

    Unit 8: Investigation and Application of Quadratic Functions

    Unit 9: Investigation and Application of Exponential Functions

    4th Nine Weeks

    Unit 10: Arithmetic & Geometric Sequences

    Unit 11: Making Connections

    Unit 12: Cost Comparison Analysis

    COURSE EVALUATION:  In accordance with district guidelines, each nine week’s grade will be determined as follows:

    60% of your nine week average will be based on TEKS mastery level achieved on unit tests, HW, daily quizzes, classwork, and other assignments for each standard. 

    40% of your nine week average will be from your mastery of common assessments, three and nine week cumulative assessment and/or District semester exam.

    DAILY QUIZZES/TESTS: Quizzes will be given over HW, lessons presented and activities done during class.  They will serve as checks for understanding to drive instruction.  Students are expected to complete assigned work to ensure success. 

    HOMEWORK: There will be frequent written and online homework assignments on concepts learned during class. If no written HW is assigned students are responsible for reviewing notes nightly. CHAMPions practice skills consistently!

    NON- SUBMITTED WORK:  It is the responsibility of the student to turn work in on time. Late assignments will be accepted.

    ASSIGNMENT IMPROVEMENT:  Please refer to Assignment Improvement form on pg. 5 with outlined guidelines for this opportunity.

    ABSENTEE WORK:  It is the student’s responsibility to collect missed work from the assigned file folder.  The student has the same number of days to make up work as he/she was absent.  If a student is going to be out several days, it is highly encouraged to get assignments, by giving me prior notification so I can prepare material so that you will not get behind.  Students are responsible to check the class website for assignments, videos to assist with the topics covered during an absence. Example: If a student is absent from class on Monday they should not wait until Wednesday to get work. If they are at school Tuesday, they are to come by and pick up their missed assignment.  Students are welcome to come in for “Hook Sessions” if they have questions about the missed work.  I do not stop class to give missed work, students are responsible for coming in before or after school if it is not in the assigned file folder.


    “You are CHAMPs!” Refer to CHAMP procedures!

    • Have all materials, supplies, and work for class every day.

    • Be in dress code including ID badge.  Failure to be in dress code will result in a referral.

    • Be respectful to others and their belongings.

    • Do your own work – no copying.  Cheating will result in no credit received for assignment (0). There will be plenty of time for GROUP COLLABORATION!!

    • Be productive with your time in Algebra 1 by doing Algebra 1 work. 

    • Technology (anything that requires a battery) may only be used in accordance to district policy.



    • No Students are permitted behind my desk nor remove anything from my desk without permission.

    • Classroom is to remain clean at all times, CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!

    • Headings MUST be on all assignments or paper will be discarded.  Refer to poster in class (Name, Date, Class Pd/Day... In that Order)

    • Be in your seat with pencils sharpened and working on “DO NOW” when bell rings.


    • Glue Sticks
    • Pencils, Loose Leaf paper
    • Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener
    • 2 pens
    • Ruler
    • 4-pack of new Duracell AAA batteries
    • 2” Binder for graded papers
    • Spiral for Interactive Math Notebook
    • Colored Pencils/Markers
    • Graph Paper

    OTHER CLASSROOM SUPPLIES (can be stored in class): 

    • Box of Tissue
    • Hand Sanitizer

    Helpful Math WEBSITES:

    Nspire calculators will be accessible to students in class.  Students are not required to buy calculators but if one is desired for use at home or for use throughout high school and college in math and science courses, the  TI Nspire is recommended.


    CALCULATOR on Phones:

    Android: Go to Playstore: Download Wabbit

    iPhone Users: No free ones known at this time.


    Mr. Chaney



    3:10 to 4:00

    Mrs. Clark


    Tues. & Wed.

    3:10 to 4:00

    Mr. Dickerson



    3:10 to 4:00

    Mr. Dickerson


    Mon. thru Fri.

    7:00 to 7:20

    Mr. E. Hawkins


    Mon. & Thurs.

    3:10 to 4:00

    Mrs. Moore-Mathis


    Tues. & Thurs.

    3:10 to 4:00

    Mr. Okemwa



    3:10 to 4:00

    Mr. Swisher


    Wed. & Thu.

    3:10 to 4:00


    All Smart Phones: Download DESMOS graphing calculator at your app store

    TUTORING: “Hook Sessions” are available, do not wait to CATCH the concepts you need. 



    Wednesday/Thursday Afternoon: 3:10 – 4:00

    Appointments can be scheduled if needed with prior notice.

    Students must obtain a pass from their   Algebra 1 teacher and are required to sign in/out on provided log.

    *Students may go to any Math instructor for assistance. They are not limited to come to me for tutorials.  I encourage students to get explanations from other teachers; getting another perspective always helps. 



    Bringing your own electronic device (smartphone, tablet, laptop computer, etc....) is encouraged, but will be used for instructional purposes only according to the classroom teacher’s direction.