• Course Description:

    Geometry is a course utilizing an intuitive approach, employing non-rigorous proofs and emphasizing practical applications. Topics to be covered first semester include introduction to proofs, parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, angle measurements and right triangles. Topics to be covered second semester include quadrilaterals, similar triangles, polygons, area and volume, right triangle trigonometry, and circles.

    Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Algebra I or Honors Algebra I or with consent of the instructor.

    Credit:  0.5 credit per semester


    Instructional Philosophy:

    I believe that students can optimize learning in an environment that promotes cooperative learning, individual accountability, and critical thinking skills.  We will accomplish this through development of the eight mathematical practices and the common core content standards.


    Required Text:

    Geometry: Concepts and Skills from McDougal Littell, 2005 edition


    Required Materials:

    ·       MacBook

    ·       pen or pencil

    ·       paper or notebook

    ·       scientific calculator (recommended)


    Behavior Expectations:

    MacArthur General are Respectful, Responsible, Resilient, and Resourceful:


        Understand and follow school policies.

        Talk respectfully and appropriately to your teacher, your peers, and any substitutes.

        Listen to others when they are speaking.

        Follow directions the first time.

        Have integrity—Be honest, credible, and reliable.

        Keep your hands and feet and other objects to yourself.  (KHAFOOTY)


        Be on time.

        Wear the correct uniform.

        Have no electronic devices visible.  This includes cell phone, ear buds/head phones, and MacBook, unless specifically directed by the teacher.

        Stay in your assigned seat.

        Return borrowed materials to the correct location. 

        Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.

        Do not engage in horseplay.

        Keep your hands off of the glass.


        Maintain a positive attitude.

        Stay actively engaged in class.  Do not put your head down.

        Persevere in doing your work.

        Do your own work.  Do not share your work, copy someone else’s work, or cheat on your  



        Come to class prepared—Bring your pencil, paper, calculator, MacBook, …

        Use classroom time wisely.


    Hall passes are for emergency use ONLY. Students deserve the maximum amount of time with me during their class period.  I will therefore ensure that all students are in my classroom as much as possible.  I will not give passes to the counselor, community, locker, etc., during my class time.  I will be more than happy to inform the necessary party of their needs so they may go during their lunch, before school, or after school. Students are urged to use the restroom before the class starts.


    Course Units:

    Semester 1

    o   Basics of Geometry (3 weeks)

    o   Reasoning and Proof with Segments and Angles (3 weeks)

    o   Parallel and Perpendicular Lines (3 weeks)

    o   Triangle Relationships (3 weeks)

    o   Congruent Triangles (3 weeks)

    o   Quadrilaterals (3 weeks)

                Semester 2

    o   Similarity (3 weeks)

    o   Right Triangles and Trigonometry (3 weeks)

    o   Area (3 weeks)

    o   Surface Area and Volume (3 weeks)

    o   Cirlcles (3 weeks)

    o   Probability (3 weeks)


    Essential Learning Outcomes:


    Semester 1

    o      Demonstrate their knowledge of the defined and undefined terms of geometry.

    o      Using a variety of tools, students will construct and transform geometric figures graphically and algebraically.

    o      Using inductive and deductive reasoning, students will solve problems, proofs, and real-world situations involving parallel lines, perpendicular lines, and angle relationships formed by those lines.

    o      Use inductive and deductive reasoning to solve problems and create proofs involving congruent polygons.

    o      Determine classifications based on characteristics of quadrilaterals and apply those characteristics to solve problems.

    Semester 2

    o      Use ratios and proportions to solve problems and prove relationships involving similar figures.

    o      Apply the trigonometric ratios, the Pythagorean Theorem, and its converse, to solve problems.

    o      Evaluate real-world and mathematical geometric problems that require determining the measures (base, height, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume) of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures.

    o      Solve problems involving eh properties of circles.

    o      Understand independence, conditional, and compound probability and use them to interpret data.


    Learning Standards:


    For a complete list of the mathematical common core standards please visit:


    For a complete list of the eight mathematical practices please visit:



    Grading Policy:


    Grades are weighted as follows:

    30%  =   Homework – Homework will be given daily to ensure mastery

    20%  =   Classwork – bell work and in class activities

    50%  =   Tests – approximately 6 unit tests will be given per semester


    Late/Make-Up Work: Homework assignments under 70% will be handed back and can be redone.  All redone homework and late homework may only improve your grade for that assignment a maximum of one letter grade.  Due dates for all assignments, including late due dates, will be posted on the north white board and on Google Classroom.  All redone assignments and late work must be turned in within one week of the original due date – no exceptions.  Extra worksheets and previous notes are available at the front of the classroom.


    Absent Work: It is your responsibility to find out what you missed when you were absent from class.  You have two days to complete make-up work for every one day you have an excused absence.  This includes tests and quizzes.  Failure to make arrangements will result in a zero. I follow school policy with unexcused absences: see your student handbook for more details.  I will mark unexcused absences with UNEX online.  If you have any questions about an unexcused absence, please contact your community.


    Grading Scale:

    100-90%             A

    89-80%               B

    79-70%               C

    69-60%               D

    59%  >                F


    MacArthur High School Incompletes and Revisions Policy Statement

    The expectation is for all assignments to be completed and turned in on the date the assignment is due.  Incomplete work on assignments or revisions to assignments cannot be accepted unless arrangements are made with the teacher.  Retakes and revisions on assessments may be accepted at the sole discretion of the teacher, with the exception of instances involving academic dishonesty (see Academic Dishonesty Policy).  Prior to assessment retake opportunities, all incomplete assignments, revisions, and/or additional assignments may be required.  Arrangements need to be made with the teacher for retakes or revisions immediately.  Due to the extensive planning that may need to take place on the part of the teacher, re-takes and revisions, times for retakes, and any modifications required are at the discretion and convenience of the teacher.




    MacArthur High School Assessment Procedures and Testing Environment

    ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS & EXPECTATIONS:  At MacArthur High School, student assessments are taken very seriously, since it is the only measure of student progress and achievement.  To guard the integrity of the assessment, to ensure the results are a measure of the student’s progress or achievement and no one else’s, to establish an academic atmosphere for the assessment, and to aide the teacher in monitoring the assessment, the following guidelines have been established:

       All electronic or communications devices (cell phone, smartphone, iPhone, iPod, mp3 player, or other media player, or gaming system) should be turned off and out of sight (other than permitted calculators or laptops) during the assessment.  If the device is SEEN or HEARD during the assessment, the student’s assessment and answer sheet may be collected and NOT scored.

       Any food or drink, including water, is not permitted in the room during the assessment (unless approved in advance with a note from the nurse for medical reasons).

       Students should already know that restroom passes are for emergencies only.  Students are to use the restroom during passing period and not during class time.  Should a student need to leave the room for a restroom break, extra time will not be allowed on the assessment.

       Behavioral expectations of the student:  The following behaviors are prohibited during the assessment.  Students may be dismissed; their answer document will be collected and may not be scored if they are found:

      Continuing to work on an assessment after time has been called.

      Looking at another student’s assessment or answer document.

      Giving or receiving assistance, sharing or exchanging information about the assessment by any means, real or electronic, during the assessment.

      Attempting to remove assessment materials, including assessment questions or answers, from the room by any means, real or electronic.

      Having or using any electronic device after tests have been distributed.

      Using a prohibited calculator or laptop.

      Using unapproved assessment aids (notes, books, or any cheat sheets, etc.).

      Not following instructions or abiding by the rules.

      Exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior.

      Creating a disturbance.


    Final Exams:

    Final exams are an important end of semester assessment and must be taken seriously.  They count for 20% of the semester grade.  Final exams are cumulative and reflect the learning that has occurred during the semester.  Should a parent have a need for their student to take the exam early, it is ultimately the

    responsibility of the student to work with their teachers.  The student will need a written request signed by a parent and the community administrator before working out arrangements with the teachers.  Students with IEPs will follow IEP accommodations, even if the final exam is taken early without needing parent and community administrator permission. Due to the extensive planning that may need to take place on the part of the teacher for exams to be given early, times for early exams and any modifications required are at the convenience of the teacher.  Make-up times are built into the exam schedules.  It is strongly encouraged that the student takes advantage of those resources, rather that early exams.


    Academic Dishonesty Policy

    Should it be discovered that a student is cheating on any assignment or assessment, the student shall receive a zero with no option for a retake.  Actions that constitute cheating include, but are not limited to:

      Giving or receiving assistance, by any means, real or electronic during an assessment.

      Sharing or exchanging information about the assessment by any means, real or electronic, during the assessment.

      Attempting to remove assessment materials, including assessment questions or answers, from the room by any means, real or electronic.

      Having or using any unapproved electronic device after assessments have been distributed.

      Using unapproved assessment aids (notes, books, cheat sheets, electronic applications, etc.).

      Deliberate misrepresentation of work.

      Integrating the intellectual work of another person (including another student) into one’s own class work without giving proper credit.

      Copying another person’s work (including another student) and claiming it as one’s own.

      Restating a text or passage without citing the authorship of the original work.




          The instructor may amend the syllabus at any time using his/her discretion.






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    attached syllabus and course guidelines for Geometry at MacArthur High School. I understand


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