Geometry Syllabus Fall 2012
School of International Studies
At San Diego Educational Complex Mr. Contreras, H
Geometry 1-2 email: email@example.com
20012-2013 Phone# 525-7455 ext. 41157
Office Hours & Tutoring
Monday and Wednesday
2:30pm -3:30 pm
School of International Studies Mission Statement:
To engage, enlighten, and empower all students to live successfully in a global community.
Overview: To succeed in Geometry 1-2, students should have passed both semesters of Algebra,
Advanced Algebra, or Algebra Exp. 9. Geometry 1-2 is a standards-based mathematics course
that, through investigation and problem solving, prepares students to:
Meet the California Content Standards for Geometry, see below
Pass the mathematics part of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
Articulate to Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus, and International Baccalaureate (IB)
Math Studies and pass the IB Math Studies Exam
Succeed on the PSAT, SAT, and college math placement exams
Meet our school’s Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs,) see below
Appreciate the contributions to mathematics of women and men internationally
Successfully use mathematics beyond the classroom.
Required Supplies: These supplies must be brought to each class meeting unless otherwise
Textbook: California Geometry: issued by library
Workbook: issued by teacher
Graphing calculator: TI-83+ issued by teacher with signed contract
Geometry Kit: issued by teacher with signed syllabus
IS student agenda : issued by Connections teacher
Three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper, graph paper, and dividers to keep organized notes,
assignments, and handouts: provided by student
Pens/pencils with contrasting colors: provided by student
Students are expected to maintain an organized notebook of notes, class activities, homework
assignments, and all handouts distributed in class including this syllabus and to record
assignments and due dates in their agendas. Students and parents are encouraged to review
and discuss the students’ notebook and agenda periodically.
Classroom Code of Behavior: Students are expected to respect the teacher and their
fellow students and their property and behave in ways that promote a positive academic
environment. Students are expected to abide by all school rules as stated in the student handbook
section of their agendas. Students who violate these rules will be penalized and repeated
violations will be referred to the Principal. Some of these rules are restated here:
No food or drink
No headphones; no ipods, MP3 players, etc.
No cell phones
All food and drink items, cell phones, ipods, etc. including the headphones must be placed out of
sight in backpacks before entering the classroom and remain put away until you have left the
room. Cell phones and music players must be turned off. Electronic devices such as calculators,
palm pilots, and laptop computers may be used only for academic purposes as approved by the
teacher. Cell phones may not be used as calculators or as cameras. Contraband items will be
The door will be closed and locked when the bell rings for the start of class. Tardy students
must report to the 800 bldg. patio to be escorted to class later.
Citizenship Grade: Students will begin the semester with 20 citizenship points. Penalty
points will be deducted as follows for violating class rules.
Unverified absence, truancy (A, Z) Minus 5 points
Unverified absence (U) Minus 2 points
Unexcused tardy (T) Minus 2 points
Unexcused tardy >30 minutes (W) Minus 3 points
Saturday School make-up (K) Clears penalty for A,Z,U,T,W above
Food or drink in class Minus 2 points
Device confiscated Minus 2 points
Disruptive behavior Minus 3 points
Equipment not returned by due date Minus 10 points
The following general rubric will be used in determining citizenship grades. Students who earn
U’s in citizenship may be banned from some school events.
E Excellent 18-20
G Good 16-17
S Satisfactory 14-15
N Needs Improvement 12-13
U Unsatisfactory 0-11
Academic Grade: the class percent is calculated using a weighted average as shown below.
The following class percents are required to earn the following letter grades. The School of
International Studies does not issue D’s.
A: 90% and above B: 80-89% C: 70-79% F: 69% and below
Assignments: weighted 25%
Notes/Activity: assigned often, due by the end of class
o Student needs to take notes every day, and notes will be graded daily.
o Investigations and problem-solving activities; standards-based
o Collaborative or individual, open book, open notes
o Students may revise an activity to full credit
o Students with excused absences may make up an activity
o The last day an activity including revisions will be accepted is exactly one week
from the day it was assigned
Homework: assigned daily, due at the next class meeting
o Students may revise a homework to full credit
o Students with excused absences may make up a homework
o The last day a homework including revisions will be accepted is exactly one week
from the day it was assigned
Project: assigned occasionally
o To be completed individually by working independently over an extended period
of time with intermediate due dates for drafts, opportunities for revision, and a
firm due date for the final draft
o Students who are absent on a day when a draft or the final draft is due must turn it
in upon their return to class.
o Late work will be penalized
Quizzes: weighted 50% of class grade
o Completed in class weekly
o No collaboration, closed-book; standards based; show all workings
o No revisions
o Students with excused absences must make up a quiz before the next class
meeting or during class immediately upon their return to school
Cumulative Tests: weighted 25% of class grade
o Completed twice per semester, see schedule
o No collaboration; closed-book; closed-notes; standards based; multiple-choice
o Graded one point per problem, score then scaled; no revisions
o Students with excused absences must make up a benchmark before the next class
meeting or during class immediately upon their return to school.
Parents and students should check their mathematics grade regularly on
Zangle and see recent assignments on Mr. Contreras webpage accessed
through the IS website. http://is.sdhs.sandi.net/
Content and Pacing for Geometry
Our course consists of the following units of study, corresponding textbook chapters and
California Content Standards (see below) and an approximate pacing schedule.
Unit Textbook Standard Pacing
Introduction to Geometry Chpt 1 1,3,8,10,16 Sept
Reasoning and Proof Chpt 2 1,2,3,4 Sept
Parallels and Perpendiculars Chpt 3 1,2,4,7,12,13,16 Oct
Triangle Properties Chpts 4 & 5 1,2,4,5,6,12,16,17,21 Oct-Nov
Quadrilateral Chpt 6 1,3,7,12,13 Dec
Similarity Chpt 7 2,4,5,7 Jan
Right Triangles and Trigonometry Chpt 8 14,15,18,19,20 Feb
Area and Volume Chpts 10 & 11 7,8,10,11,19,20,22 Mar-Apr
Circles and Transformations Chpts 12 & 9 2,7,12,17,18,21,22 April
Coordinate Geom. & Algebra Rev. “Alg. Skills” 17 May-Jun
California Content Standards for Geometry:
1.0 Students demonstrate understanding by identifying and giving examples of undefined terms, axioms, theorems, and inductive and deductive
2.0 Students write geometric proofs, including proofs by contradiction.
3.0 Students construct and judge the validity of a logical argument and give counterexamples to disprove a statement.
4.0 Students prove basic theorems involving congruence and similarity.
5.0 Students prove that triangles are congruent or similar, and they are able to use the concept of corresponding parts of congruent triangles.
6.0 Students know and are able to use the triangle inequality theorem.
7.0 Students prove and use theorems involving the properties of parallel lines cut by a transversal, the properties of quadrilaterals, and the
properties of circles.
8.0 Students know, derive, and solve problems involving the perimeter, circumference, area, volume, lateral area, and surface area of common
9.0 Students compute the volumes and surface areas of prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and spheres; and students commit to memory the
formulas for prisms, pyramids, and cylinders.
10.0 Students compute areas of polygons, including rectangles, scalene triangles, equilateral triangles, rhombi, parallelograms, and trapezoids.
11.0 Students determine how changes in dimensions affect the perimeter, area, and volume of common geometric figures and solids.
12.0 Students find and use measures of sides and of interior and exterior angles of triangles and polygons to classify figures and solve problems.
13.0 Students prove relationships between angles in polygons by using properties of complementary, supplementary, vertical, and exterior angles.
14.0 Students prove the Pythagorean theorem.
15.0 Students use the Pythagorean theorem to determine distance and find missing lengths of sides of right triangles.
16.0 Students perform basic constructions with a straightedge and compass, such as angle bisectors, perpendicular bisectors, and the line parallel
to a given line through a point off the line.
17.0 Students prove theorems by using coordinate geometry, including the midpoint of a line segment, the distance formula, and various forms of
equations of lines and circles.
18.0 Students know the definitions of the basic trigonometric functions defined by the angles of a right triangle. They also know and are able to
use elementary relationships between them. For example, tan( x ) = sin( x )/cos( x ), (sin( x )) 2 + (cos( x )) 2 = 1.
19.0 Students use trigonometric functions to solve for an unknown length of a side of a right triangle, given an angle and a length of a side.
20.0 Students know and are able to use angle and side relationships in problems with special right triangles, such as 30°, 60°, and 90° triangles
and 45°, 45°, and 90° triangles.
21.0 Students prove and solve problems regarding relationships among chords, secants, tangents, inscribed angles, and inscribed and
circumscribed polygons of circles.
22.0 Students know the effect of rigid motions on figures in the coordinate plane and space, including rotations, translations, and reflections.
School of International Studies Themes, Programs, and ESLRs:
Internationalism: In Geometry, we will use multicultural examples of mathematics and
celebrate the contributions to mathematics of women and men from all cultures.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: In Geometry, we will develop the
mathematical knowledge, logical reasoning skills, and mathematical communication
skills for students to enter the IB Program in their junior year. Most Geometry students
will take the IB Math Studies Exam in their senior year.
ESLRs: Through investigation and problem-solving in Geometry students will be
o Global Communicators who are able to speak, read, and write about mathematical
content and reasoning using correct mathematical language and symbols
o Collaborative Workers who are able to work in teams to understand and analyze
mathematical concepts and problems
o Self-directed Learners who are able to identify their strengths and use them to
achieve academic goals, set expectations, develop a plan for and evaluate their
work, prioritize, and use time effectively to meet deadlines
o Technology Users who are able to effectively use graphing calculators and
computers to learn mathematics and solve problems in mathematics
o Problem-Solvers who are able to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills such as
analysis, synthesis, and evaluation and identify problems, conduct research,
analyze data, and summarize results
o Effective Citizens who are able to contribute their time, energies, and talents to
improve the quality of life in our school and understand how their actions, or lack
of actions, affect oneself and others.
Fall 2012 Geometry Mr. Contreras
Student and Parent/guardian Information Sheet and Contract
Student name (please print) ______________________________ per. ___
STUDENT: Please read the Syllabus carefully before signing this document.
I understand what supplies are required for the class as stated in the syllabus and agree to bring
them to each class meeting. I understand and will abide by the Class Code of Behavior as stated in
the Syllabus. I understand the structure of the class and the criteria by which I will be graded as
stated in the Syllabus. I understand that by returning this paper signed by my parents or
guardian I may be issued a Geometry Kit and that I must return this equipment in good
condition or pay a replacement fee of $5.
Geometry Kit #
Student signature _______________________________________ Date _____________
Student email (please print) ________________________________________________
Please keep the syllabus in your notebook for use daily in class. Please return this signed page to
PARENT/GUARDIAN: Please read the Syllabus for Geometry and discuss it with your student. By
signing below you acknowledge that you read this documents and understand the requirements of the
class and that you approve that your student be issued a Geometry Kit that must be returned in
good condition or a replacement fee of $5 be paid.
Please fill in the information below and make a note of the contact and tutoring information.
Your student must return this signed information sheet and keep the syllabus in his/her notebook
for use in class.
Parent/guardian name (please print): ____________________________________
Parent/guardian signature ____________________________________________
Relationship to student ____________________ Daytime phone________________
Parent email: ____________________________ (please print legibly!)
(Continued on back page)
Students: In the space below please hand-write neatly, briefly, and in complete
sentences, your responses to the following:
1. What is your biggest concern about your math class this year?
2. What are some of your goals in high school, in college, and in life and how
important is success in this math class to meeting those goals?
3. What is the most important thing your teacher can do this year to help you to
succeed in mathematics?