Geometry Course Syllabus
Mrs. Jones, Grades 9-12
** All school procedures and policies from the student handbook will be followed. Accommodations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP's) or Personalized Education Plans (PEP's or 504's) or English as a Second Language (ESL Plan) will be followed. Conferences may be scheduled upon request.
Course Rationale - Geometry provides students with knowledge about shapes and properties and assists with the development of spatial sense, critical for further study in mathematics and for everyday life.
Proposed Objectives - All objectives stipulated in the Alabama Course of Study for Geometry will be covered. Material covered will also satisfy the objectives for the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.
Student Resource Title - McDougal Littell "Geometry"
Materials Needed - 1" - 2" 3-ring binder Loose Leaf Paper Composition book
Pencils Graph Paper
Optional: Scientific Calculator (Students will need a calculator for homework.)
Assessment - A variety of assessment styles will be utilized including but not limited to formal chapter tests, quizzes (announced and unannounced), daily class work assignments, homework checks and special projects.
Graded Determination Precedes -
Term Average: Homework/Daily work 15%
Chapter Tests 50%
Final Course Grade: First Quarter Avg. 50%
Second Quarter Avg. 50%
Make-up Work - Absent students should contact another student when possible or refer to STI home for the homework assignment. Students will consult the classroom calendar for missed homework assignments upon return. If a student misses a quiz, the chapter test grade will count as the quiz grade. If a student misses a Chapter test, the student is required to take a make-up test. Should a make-up test become necessary, they may differ from those given at regular test time. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all work is made up when he/she misses class. Students will be allowed time to make up work as specified in the handbook.
Discipline Policy - One of the most important lessons educators should teach is discipline. The purpose of my discipline policy is to insure the rights of each student to attend Gulf Shores High School in a safe, positive, and productive learning environment. Improper behavior is the choice of the individual and he/she will be expected to accept the consequences of that behavior. Likewise, proper behavior is a choice and will be rewarded appropriately.
Conferences - I look forward to working with each of you and hope that you will contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You are encouraged to call the office and leave a message to schedule an appointment for before or after school. You may also contact me by using the above listed email address.
Be on Time
First Offense: Warning
Second Offense: Break Detention (Practice Multiplication Tables)
Third Offense: After School Detention
Fourth Offense: Office Referral
Severe disruptions will be handled on an individual basis and may result an immediate office referral.
Positive email home (random)
Positive phone calls home (random)
•1. Homework - As in every math class, it is imperative that students practice every night the objectives covered in class. In order to encourage students to do their homework, I will be checking homework everyday. Students are to have their homework on their desk as they complete the warm-up. Homework may be turned in one (1) day late with a deduction of ten (10) points. However, I will only accept three (3) late homeworks per nine-week grading period. For homework to be counted, all work must be shown.
•2. Warm-up - Every class will begin with a warm-up exercise. Once a student has entered the classroom, he/she is expected to begin working on the warm-up exercise immediately. Students should not wait for the tardy bell to ring. After a limited amount of time (five to ten minutes), we will go over the answers. Students are required to correct warm-ups in a different color pen. I will take up the warm-ups as a set (10 at a time). Absent students are required to indicate they were absent on their warm-ups. Students will receive a daily grade for each set. Students are expected to copy the problems, attempt the problems and show all work. Failure to do so will result in points deducted.
•3. Journals - On Fridays, I will give the students a topic and ask them to write in their journal their feelings concerning the topic. This will be a quiz grade.
•4. All Tests, Homework, Classwork and Quizzes must be completed in pencil and done on LOOSE LEAF NOTBOOK PAPER or standard copy paper. Sheets torn from spiral notebooks will not be accepted. All papers must have the following information in the upper, right hand corner: FIRST and LAST name, Date, Chapter and Page number (if applicable). Any paper turned in without this information, will be considered incomplete and points may be deducted.
A notetaking guide is used to detail the important concepts of each section. These books will be checked once every 9 weeks. The notetaking guide is due on the last day of new classwork in the quarter and will be graded for completeness. All vocabulary, examples and checkpoints must be completed. This will be counted as a test grade.
At least one project will be assigned per semester. Projects will be worked on in class as well as at home. Projects will be counted as a quiz grades.
•5. Passes - Each student is allowed three (3) passes per quarter. These may be used for whatever is deemed necessary. They should, however, only be used for emergency situations. Emergencies do no happen FOUR times in a quarter. I will sign off on their pacing chart to indicate a pass was used. Students who choose not to use their passes will be rewarded with up to 30 bonus points added to their lowest daily grades. Any student, who uses all their passes but feels they must leave the room anyway, will be assigned break detention.
•6. Tardies - A student is tardy if they are not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings. All tardy students will be required to return with a tardy pass from an administrator. All tardies will be handled according to the Student Handbook.
•7. End of Class - Whenever possible, students will be given an opportunity to begin homework in class. Students are expected to use their time wisely. Students, who do not will be warned once, then assigned break detention. The teacher, not the bell, dismisses students. Students should not "pack up" until told to do so.
Please stress to your student the importance of being organized and doing homework every night. It is important that students come to class prepared to work. Please see that they have an ample supply of notebook paper and pencils at all times. I hope these procedures will encourage students to cultivate good study habits as well as improve grades. I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in these matters. Please sign below.
Mrs. Wendy Jones
Geometry Course Syllabus and Class Procedures
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