COURSE SYLLABUS Teacher: Mrs. Christy Edgar Byron Nelson High School Email: [email protected] Pre AP Geometry Phone: 817-698-5666 th Conference time: 6 period Room AC237 =================================================================================== The Mathematics Department is committed to creating an environment where all students will practice critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication to ensure academic success. In our efforts to provide each student with an excellent Mathematical experience, we ask the cooperation of our students and their parents regarding certain behavioral, procedural, and material issues. Course Description: The anticipated sequence of topics is as follows: 1st Six Weeks 2nd Six Weeks 3rd Six Weeks Foundations of Geometry Midpoint and Distance Reasoning Transformations Lines Triangle Properties Similarity and congruent triangles 4th Six Weeks 5th Six Weeks 6th Six Weeks Triangle Relationships Right Triangles Trigonometry Quadrilaterals Area Solids Properties of Circles Probability Supplies Each student should bring to class daily: Composition notebook/spiral pencils/eraser notebook paper graph paper Tablet (fully charged) Each student is being asked to bring 4 AAA batteries for classroom calculator use. Calculators: A graphing calculator is available for use in the classroom, but is not available for check-out to any student. Students opting to use their own personal calculator must be prepared to have all memory (including programs and applications) cleared before formative assessments as required by teachers. Students may not use a personal calculator for any summative assessment. For working at home, a TI-84 Plus is recommended. If purchasing a new calculator, please do not select the TI-89 or any calculator with a CAS. A CAS enabled calculator is not permitted on any course assessment or standardized test. COURSE POLICIES & PROCEDURES Class expectations A. Be Prompt - Students are to be seated and ready to begin class when the bell rings. Tardies and the related consequences will be handled per district policy. B. Be Prepared – All materials should be ready for use and assignments completed by the start of each class session. C. Be Polite – Students are expected to be polite and respectful of teachers, peers, AND their property. D. Participate Appropriately – In order to be successful, it is necessary for students to actively listen, participate, ask questions, take part in class discussions, and complete assigned tasks. E. Be Productive – Utilize class and tutorial time to complete assignments and ask questions. F. No cell phones or I-pod devices during class- These are not to be seen or heard during class. All violations will be taken up and turned into the office as per the BNHS Handbook. G. Students should take care of their personal needs between classes. Restroom visits will only be given for extreme emergencies and at the teacher’s discretion. Failure to be prepared for class, be polite to teachers and peers, or participate APPROPRIATELY in class will have consequences as outlined in the Code of Conduct. Possible consequences include: Verbal warning Detention Parent contact/conference Office referral Grading: FORMATIVE grades (classwork, homework, and quizzes) will account for 40% of the student’s six-weeks average SUMMATIVE grades (TESTS and PROJECTS) will make up the remaining 60% of the six-weeks average The semester exam will account for 20% of the semester average. All quizzes and tests will be announced in advance. Tutorials: Tutorials are generally available in the morning (8:00 – 8:30) and afternoon (3:50 – 4:15) There will be at least one Geometry teacher available for tutorials on most days. A student may seek tutorials from any of these teachers. Schedule is posted outside my door. Lunch tutorials are generally not available. Check with individual teachers concerning possible exceptions and appointments for lunch tutorials. Alterations in the tutorial schedule due to campus or district meetings will be announced as far in advance as possible. Absences/Late Work: Homework will be given frequently to increase the student’s understanding of the material. Homework should be ready to check or turn in at the beginning of class on the due date. Assignments should include work shown (a list of answers with no work is NOT acceptable) to receive credit. Work missed due to an absence will be accepted upon the student’s return (one class day late per class day absent) with no penalty assessed. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any work missed due to an absence. Any work assigned prior to an absence is to be turned in the next attended class period (immediately upon the student’s return). Since quizzes and tests are announced in advance, students who are present on the day of the quiz/test will be expected to take it as scheduled. Students that are absent on the day of a quiz/test must complete it the day of their return to class. A unit calendar is available on netschool (moodle). Assessments & Retesting: Announced quizzes will be given throughout each unit. One quiz grade per unit test will be dropped provided the test grade is higher than the quiz grade over related material. Tests will be announced in advance. Students should turn in all electronic devices (other than a graphing calculator) to the designated (teacher monitored) location for the duration of any test. Devices will be returned when all tests are turned in. Students caught using ANY electronic device during a test will have their test confiscated and appropriate consequences regarding any academic dishonesty will be assigned. Per district policy, a determination of academic dishonesty (cheating or copying) will be based on the judgment of the teacher and disciplinary and/or academic consequences for such actions will be determined by the teacher and campus administrator. A retest will be offered if a student scores a grade less than 70 on any given test. The retest procedure for Geometry is as follows: All homework for the unit must be completed before a retest will be made available. The student will attend a tutorial session with the teacher to correct the original test (no points will be awarded). The retest must be completed within 1 week of return of the original test. While the retests will cover the same concepts covered in class for any particular unit, students should expect the format of the retest to include up to 75% short answer or essay questions. The 2 test grades will be averaged and recorded per district policy. Retest MAY be offered if a student scores a grade of 70+ on any given test. The retest procedure for Geometry is as follows Corrections must be done during tutorials with a geometry teacher A retest can be taken to gain points back. The average of the two tests will be the new grade. While the retests will cover the same concepts covered in class for any particular unit, students should expect the format of the retest to include up to 75% short answer or essay questions. Retakes must be completed within 1 week of return of the original test unless an exception has been granted by the teacher. Suggestions for performing your best in Pre-AP Geometry: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Form a study group with friends who are also in Pre-AP Geometry. Work with your classmates on assignments both in and out of class. Collaborate on work, but don’t copy other student’s work. Attend tutorials when you are having trouble finishing an assignment. Manage your time wisely. Expect to spend extra time working on individual projects and studying for APS Quizzes and tests. Don’t get discouraged. When you are feeling overwhelmed or helpless, seek encouragement from family and friends and from your instructor. This is a tough class, but you are up to the challenge. Don’t give up! Keep up with the work. Complete your assignments as soon as you receive them; don’t wait until the end of the six weeks. When you are absent, work diligently to get back on track as soon as possible. Keep your eye on the goal. You are taking this class to prepare yourself for rigorous AP courses and college level coursework in the future. Remember when you are struggling that the reward is worth your efforts.