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Harriton High School

Syllabus
Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

Lower Merion School District Mission


Committed to excellence and continuous improvement, the Lower Merion School District strives to ensure that all students achieve their
highest level of critical thinking and creativity, that they value themselves and the diversity of others, and that they are knowledgeable,
contributing citizens capable of excelling in a rapidly changing world. This is accomplished by individuals engaging in innovative, active
experiences tailored to myriad ways of learning and in partnership with our community.

COURSE
Geometry Honors
SEMESTER
Fall 2016 and Spring
2017

CREDIT
1
LOCATION
302

Teacher Contact Information


TEACHER NAME:
Mrs. Nicole Battaglia
EBOARD/MOODLE/WEBSITE
Temporary:
lmsdbattaglia.weebly.com

MEETING TIMES
Set 3 and Set 8

EXTENSION:
610-658-3950
EMAIL
battagn@lmsd.org

COURSE INSTRUCTOR SCHEDULE (OFFICE HOURS):


I am available during Lunch and Learn, at the Learning Center or by
appointment.
Students are encouraged to see any math teacher in the Learning Center for
assistance.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for those students who are independent learners with
an above
average aptitude in mathematics. It is a rigorous course that demonstrates
the axiomatic
development of geometry. The fast-paced course includes such topics as
congruency,
parallelism, similarity, circles, construction, and areas with emphasis placed
The primary purpose of this syllabus is to serve as a communication device for both student and parent/guardian. Contents of
this syllabus serves as a guide and not a script. Due to instructional, organizational and social unpredictability, items are subject
to change. Changes that could impact student learning and achievement will be communicated to both students and parents in a
timely fashion.
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upon
problem solving, logic, original proofs, and reasoning. The course also
includes surface
area and volume of solids in addition to an introduction to trigonometry. We
will use
coordinate geometry as a tool to connect algebra to geometry. Real world
connections
will complement the theoretical approach to this content.
COURSE OUTLINE:
Unit 1 Introduction to geometry; reasoning; logic
Unit 2 Introduction to proofs; basic concepts of segments and angles
Unit 3 Triangle congruence; development of proofs
Unit 4 Detour proofs; perpendicular bisectors
Unit 5 Parallel postulate; quadrilateral properties and proofs
Unit 6 Planes and 3D proofs
Unit 7 Polygons
Unit 8 Similarity and proofs
Unit 9 Right triangles; introduction to trigonometry
Unit 10 Circles; introduction to construction
Unit 11 Area
Unit 12 Surface Area & Volume
Unit 15 Geometric inequalities
METHODOLOGY/INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES:
This course combines both a lecture and activity format, with students
occasionally working in pairs or small groups. Each class will begin by
reviewing previously assigned homework. New material is then presented in
both lecture and workshop formats. Students will work in groups to perform
discovery activities on various course concepts.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK(S)/MATERIALS:
Rhoad, Milauskas, & Whipple, Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge.
McDougalLittell, 1991
Additional materials that each student must have for class:
Three-ring binder for handouts
Notebook or section of binder for homework, classwork, and quizzes
Pencils; pen may not be used on tests or quizzes
Compass and ruler
The primary purpose of this syllabus is to serve as a communication device for both student and parent/guardian. Contents of
this syllabus serves as a guide and not a script. Due to instructional, organizational and social unpredictability, items are subject
to change. Changes that could impact student learning and achievement will be communicated to both students and parents in a
timely fashion.
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A scientific calculator (If you plan to get a graphing calculator, it is


suggested
students get a TI-83 or TI-84 to familiarize themselves with it since it is
required for Algebra II.)
DISTRICT GRADING POLICY:
Final grades will be calculated according to the school district policy
using percentages. Each quarter will constitute 20% of the final grade,
the midterm, 9% and the final, 11%.
Students will receive a letter grade for each marking period according to the following scale:
Letter Grade
Numerical Range
A+
97 100%
A
93 96%
A90 92%
B+
87 89%
B
83 86%
B80 82%
C+
77 79%
C
73 76%
C70 72%
D+
67 69%
D
63 66%
D60 62%
F
0 - 59%

Floor = 50%

COURSE GRADING:
Students will be graded on demonstration of their understanding
through quizzes, team projects, chapter tests and individual projects.
Based on point system.
Grades are updated regularly and posted on PowerSchool.
It is the students responsibility to obtain and make up missed work
due to excused absences in accordance with the schools policy.
Missed work may not be made up for unexcused absences and cuts.
If a student has a concern about an assignment, I should be notified as
early as possible. Extensions or exemptions will not be granted at the
due date of an assignment!
HOMEWORK:
Homework will be assigned regularly. It is the responsibility of the
students to check their work before class and come prepared to ask
questions on problems they did not understand fully.
The primary purpose of this syllabus is to serve as a communication device for both student and parent/guardian. Contents of
this syllabus serves as a guide and not a script. Due to instructional, organizational and social unpredictability, items are subject
to change. Changes that could impact student learning and achievement will be communicated to both students and parents in a
timely fashion.
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Homework assignments are worth 2 points each.


Individual homework quizzes will be administered to check homework
effort. They will be worth approximately 10 points.
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION:
Students will be exposed to the Geometers Sketchpad software that comes
on their
district laptops. Exploration of concepts will utilize Sketchpad whenever time
permits,
and students are encouraged to use it outside of class to better investigate
new concepts. Internet resources, including interactive sites, videos, and
online research, will
supplement the textbook material. When technology is used in the
classroom, students are expected to follow the districts technology
policy. Failure to do so will result in loss of technology privileges.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
Cheating of any form will not be tolerated. As per the Student/Parent
Handbook, cheating on any assignment or test will result in a grade of zero
for that assignment or test. This grade may not be made up. Having a cell
phone or computer out during an assessment will constitute cheating.
Academic honesty is important for your future learning.

CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:

All mobile devices must be turned OFF before entering the classroom.
They must be stored out of sight. Otherwise, the device will be
confiscated and given to the students assistant principal.
Lateness to class without a note will not be tolerated, and will be
handled according to school policy.
Students are expected to be prepared for class, with homework and
questions ready at the start of class.

The primary purpose of this syllabus is to serve as a communication device for both student and parent/guardian. Contents of
this syllabus serves as a guide and not a script. Due to instructional, organizational and social unpredictability, items are subject
to change. Changes that could impact student learning and achievement will be communicated to both students and parents in a
timely fashion.
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Group work will occur often to reinforce cooperative working skills.


Students are expected to work in a respectful and diligent manner with
their assigned groups, which may vary on a regular basis.
Notebooks/Binders should be maintained in an organized manner.
Every effort should be made to minimize absences, as these are
disruptive to the learning process.
I expect an absence of behavior problems and a dedication to learning
on the part of every student.

The primary purpose of this syllabus is to serve as a communication device for both student and parent/guardian. Contents of
this syllabus serves as a guide and not a script. Due to instructional, organizational and social unpredictability, items are subject
to change. Changes that could impact student learning and achievement will be communicated to both students and parents in a
timely fashion.
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