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    Common Core Geometry and  Geometry+  Expectations
    2018-2019

     Introduction:

    Welcome to what will be an enjoyable year of mathematics at Roy C. Ketcham High School.  This year in Geometry we will expand on your previous knowledge of equations, formulas and coordinate geometry.  We will also introduce topics such as Constructions, Euclidean Geometry, Proof, Circle Geometry, and Trigonometry.  My objective is to show you how these topics are used in the real world and how geometry will help you think critically and spatially. 

     

    Teaching Strategies:

    My goal is to create a challenging, fun and interesting learning environment for every student. I believe

    students must be actively engaged in a variety of activities designed to stimulate interest,

    motivate students, and teach to all learning styles. These activities will include, but are not

    limited to, cooperative activities, discovery activities, class projects, the use of the graphing

    calculator and computer technology.

     

     

    Student Behavior:

    Students will be expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner towards

    both their teacher and fellow students. Behavior that disrupts our learning environment will not

    be tolerated. All students must report to class on time and be prepared for the day’s lesson. Cell Phones and

    other electronics should be turned off and out of sight during class. Learning Geometry requires your

    full attention. If we all rememberto treat others as we want to be treated very few problems will arise.

     

    Effort:

    In order to be successful in this class, you will have to put in time and effort. Regents Geometry is a rigorous course.  You will be asked to think more abstractly than you have in any previous math course. You will need to pay attention and try your best in class, do all of your homework and class work, study your notes on a nightly basis and seek out extra help when needed.  Ask questions as soon as you have them.

     

    Grading Policies:

    Students have a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Therefore different types of assessments will be considered when calculating a student’s average. This system will allow students with different strengths to succeed. Each student’s grade will be divided into the following categories: Tests and Quizzes, Homework,  Classwork, and Regents Reviews.

     

    Quarter averages with be computed by a total point system and determined as follows:

     

                Points earned   = Quarter Average

                Total points    

     

     

     

    *** Progress reports are given to students approximately every 2 weeks.  These must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned. ***

     

    Final Course Average is calculated as follows:   20% for Quarters 1,2,3 and 4 and 20% for the Regents Exam.

     

     

    Tests and Quizzes:

     

    Tests will be given at the completion of each unit.

    Quizzes will be given on a regular basis. These quizzes will help you break up the unit

    into smaller, more manageable parts.

     

    Please note that an absence the day before an exam will not be accepted as an excuse not to take the exam, because we will always complete a test’s material beforehand.

    The dates of tests and quizzes are posted on my website.  It will be updated weekly.

     

     

    Homework:

     

    Homework will be assigned regularly. In order to master math concepts you need to practice. Homework will be checked daily. Homework is always posted on my website and updated weekly. Each completed assignment will earn 4 points towards your quarter average. Homework is important and can substantially raise or lower your average.

     

     

    Extra Help:

     

    Extra help day is Tuesday. You can make-up assignments, get help for a test or quiz or just complete your homework. If the assigned day is not good for you, please see me and we will schedule another time. I am always available to help!!

     

     

    Supplies:

     

    • Notebook (3-ring binder preferred)
    • pens/pencils
    • compass/straightedge (ruler)

     

     

    Teacher Contact:

     

    Parents and students can reach me at Leah.Kastanis@wcdsny.org.  E-mail is the best way to reach me and I do check my e-mail daily and will respond promptly. I can also be reached at 298-5100 x50875.  Please feel free to contact me at any time. 

     

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mrs. Leah Kastanis

    Math Teacher