Mr. Stevens Geometry Syllabus Dear Parents: It is time for a new

Mr. Stevens
Geometry Syllabus
Dear Parents:
It is time for a new school year to begin, bringing with it a multitude of exciting challenges. I am looking forward to working with you and your child over the
next several months. We have much to accomplish but I am confidant that working together as a team we can all be successful.
Please feel free to contact me through the school office or by email, [email protected] I will try to respond promptly to your inquiries. I believe that good
communication between you, your child, and me is essential to a successful school year.
Course Description:
The main focus of geometry is on plane and solid figures and their properties. A major emphasis is triangle properties and relationships. Coordinate graphing,
slope, and linear equations are also presented.
Through the study of geometry, the student will:
• Develop proficiency in using geometry to solve problems in everyday life
• Expand his/her understanding of mathematical concepts.
• Improve his/her logical thinking skills
• Gain an understanding of geometry as a study of the mathematical relationships of objects in the world around us.
• Gain an appreciation of how mathematics relates to the world of work.
Honesty & Personal Integrity
I place a great deal of trust and confidence in the students concerning being honest during all quizzes and tests. Cheating will result in a zero being recorded
on that quiz or test, a discipline referral being written, parents being notified, a three day “In School Suspension” being assigned and an automatic “U” in
conduct for that nine week grading period.
1. Be “in” your seat when the tardy bell rings. Student’s should also already have their pencils sharpened, the previous day's assignment out and on their desk,
and begin reading the textbook concerning the current days assignment. Failure to do so may result in a tardy slip being written.
2. Always bring an “Admit Slip” from the Attendance Office with you to class on the first day you return from an absence. Failure to do so will result in an
unexcused tardy being recorded while you go to the Attendance Office to get an “Admit Slip.”
3. Always be courteous and respectful to your teacher and to your classmates.
4. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized by the teacher before speaking out in class.
5. Use the restroom and water fountain between classes.
6. Always be awake and alert during class. Failure to do so may result in a referral being written.
7. Tests and quizzes are always announced several days in advance. These tests and quizzes will only cover material that has been discussed and
demonstrated in class, followed by a “recommended homework assignment” and then reviewed the next day in class. It is therefore, the
student’s responsibility to “make up” quizzes and tests missed during an excused absence. This can only be accomplished by coming before or after school
and taking a “make up” test or quiz. All make up work must be completed in the number of days absent. For example, if a student is excused absent for three
days, the student has three days to complete missed assignments starting with the first day the student returned to school. After this allotted time has expired
a zero will be given for any work not made up. (All “make up” quizzes and tests will cover the same material as the regular quizzes and tests but will be a
completely different version of the quiz or test.)
8. Students who are absent for any preplanned school sponsored event (ie. Field trip, sports activity, band or chorus contest, etc.) are responsible for
informing me several days in advance of the absence and for attempting any missed assignments before returning to school. It is recommended that they take
any quizzes or tests before they leave for this absence. However, if they choose not to do so, they are subject to the policies for “make up” quizzes and tests
listed above.
9. Remember that all rules set forth in the Shelby County and Houston High School Student Handbooks are also applicable to this class.
10. This “Expectations for Success” form is to be signed by both the student and their parent. It is then to be returned to me for a grade.
Grading Scale:
Numeric Grade
Letter Grade
Grading System:
Grades will be determined in the following manner:
30 % Class Work / Homework
30 % Quizzes
40 % Tests
Repeated behavioral infractions will be reflected in student’s conduct grade. Students' conduct is graded as Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs improvement or
Unsatisfactory, and the initial letter "E", "S", "N", or "U" is used to report the conduct grade.
Attendance Policy:
Germantown Municipal School District believes that regular attendance is a necessary requirement of all students. All students are expected to attend school
each day that school is officially in session. Only the following reasons will be considered for excused absences:
Student illness
Death or serious illness within the student’s immediate family.
When the student is officially representing the school in a school sponsored activity.
Special and recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of their faith.
Legal court summons not as a result of the student’s misconduct.
Extenuating circumstances over which the student has no control as approved by the principal.
If necessary, verification is required from an official or other source to justify absences.
Office Hours:
I am typically available for student questions, clarification of assignments, tutoring, and make-up work before school from 6:30 A.M. until 7:00 A.M. and after
school from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. Scheduling a time to meet would be greatly appreciated.
Late Work Policy:
It is expected that all work should be completed and turned in the day it is due when asked for by the teacher. If not turned in at the appropriate time 10
points will be deducted for each day the assignment is turned in late.
Supply List:
A scientific calculator such as a TI-30 or graphing calculator such as a TI-84
Notebook paper
1st Quarter Class Schedule
(This Class Schedule Subject to Change)
Chapter-Section Topic
1-1 Points Lines & Planes
1-2 Linear Measure
1-3 Distance & Midpoints
1-4 Angle Measure
1-5 Angle Relationships
1-6 Two-Dimensional Figures
1-7 Three-dimensional Figures
2-1 Inductive Reasoning & Conjecture
2-2 Logic
2-3 Conditional Statements
2-4 Deductive Reasoning
2-5 Postulates & Paragraph Proofs
2-6 Algebraic Proof
2-7 Proving Segment Relationships
2-8 Proving Angle Relationships
3-1 Parallel Lines & Transversals
3-2 Angles & Parallel Lines
3-3 Slopes of Lines
3-4 Equations of Lines
3-5 Proving Lines Parallel
3-6 Perpendiculars & Distance