Course Guidelines - Geometry 2023/24
Mr. Knavish (Mr. K)
Phone: 330.653.1416 x4298
Mr. Paul Milligan
Phone 330.653.1416 x3487
In this class we will cover the learning objectives in the Ohio Learning Standards for High School – Geometry. A list of some topics include (but is not limited to): transformations, angle measurements, congruence and similarity, formal and informal proofs, trigonometric ratios and probability.
Three Ring Binder - Much of our class notes will be paper-based so students will need a way to keep the notes organized.
District supplied iPad - We will use the iPad frequently, for class, homework as well as tests. It is very important that the iPad is charged for every class.
A fine point stylus for iPad - Some material and homeworks assignments will be distributed on the iPad via Google Classroom. Students will be free-hand writing on the iPad and submitting documents. You DO NOT need to buy an expensive Apple pencil or equivalent. I have used either an Adonit Note ($40 on Amazon) or this one I got on Amazon (for $14).
Scientific Calculator - We will be using scientific calculators frequently in this class. We will have some available for classroom use, but students will need access to a scientific calculator to complete the homework. Some acceptable scientific calculators include TI-30 series or the TI-36 series. (Please note that the TI-34 will not work for this class)
Students that have graphing calculators are welcome to use them, as long as they are the standard Hudson Math Department models (TI-84 Plus or TI-84 Plus CE). If you plan to purchase a graphing calculator, please make sure it is one of the models above. A graphing calculator is not required for geometry, however students may need one for a future Math course. If you choose to purchase a graphing calculator, please make sure it is a TI-84.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr K. before you purchase a calculator. These aren’t cheap and I want to make sure you know why and for what you are spending your money.
Graph Paper - Graph paper will be required on occasion. We will not be using it like notebook paper, but we will need it on occasion.
Paper/Pencil - Students should be prepared with pencils and erasers for each class. Because of the nature of note-taking in Geometry, some students will find it helpful to have colored pencils and/or different colored highlighters available daily.
Grades will be 70% Summative and 30% Formative
These are “traditional” tests that are designed to assess the student’s mastery of the subject
Test grades are not curved.
I will provide an opportunity for students to retake summative assessments to improve their grade. The student must correctly complete test corrections and remediation as assigned before they are eligible to retest. Students that score below 70% on any summative assessment will be scheduled for a retest. Students that score 70% or above may retest, if they choose.
Formative assessments consist of quizzes, homeworks, team tests and similar exercises.These assignments allow the students to earn points for a grade, but are mainly designed to give the students and instructors a feel for how well the students are mastering the material.
It takes some practice to master most mathematical concepts, so students should expect daily homework. The daily homework usually will consist of doing several problems on DeltaMath and the scores will be available immediately after completion. We will also have weekly homework that consists of selected problems from the book. For problems from the book, students have access to the answers and help through the eBook website. We will have homework quizzes on these assignments where students will be given a few problems directly from the homework to redo in class.
Late Work and Absences
Homework is given to provide students practice for the summative assessments and to give both teachers and students information on how well the student is mastering the material. As such, students are expected to complete the work as assigned. With that said, we understand that things happen. Occasional late work will be accepted with no loss of points, provided the work is submitted at least 3 days before the summative assessment for the unit. However, repeated late homework (starting at 2 missed assignments in a row) will result in corrective actions. These actions may include assigned Explorer Periods, short detentions, loss of credit and/or referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal for further action.
Students that are absent are responsible to complete work as assigned or make other arrangements with the teachers. This includes due dates, as the class notes and assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.
Monitoring Due Dates and Grades
The best way to monitor student progress and work is via Home Access Center (HAC). The dates and grades there are the official ones. The dates and point values may not always line up between Google Classroom, DeltaMath and HAC. If there is a conflict, we go by HAC.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Please refer to the student handbook for expectations and consequences.
Material submitted may be screened through applications designed to detect plagiarism and determine originality.
Collaboration on homework is accepted and encouraged, but each student should understand everything they submit.
There are several ways for students to receive help
Math Lab - The math lab is open every period during the school day. It is also open starting at 7:30 AM on all days but Wednesday.
Online - YouTube has a ton of help available. Khan Academy is a good, free resource for help. Most daily assignments will be on DeltaMath, which has built in help videos.
Explorer Period - Students can walk into our classroom on Tuesday 10:35 and 11:05 AM for help. Students may be assigned to attend Explorer Period at the discretion of the teachers.
With Mr K- Please contact me directly to schedule time before or after school for individual help. Scheduling is requested so I can control the number of students in my room at a time to ensure I have time for everybody..
Peer-to-Peer - There is peer-to-peer tutoring and homework help through the school on Thursday’s after school. There is also peer-to-peer homework help through the Hudson Library. Specific information on these options will be published when available.
Please check Mr. K’s district website for updates and changes.