

Math Department Franklin County High School 700 Tanyard Road Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151 

GEOMETRY TA SYLLABUS COURSE #0323MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT MRS. BRENDA OVERHOLT brenda.overholt@frco.k12.va.us Prerequisites: C or
better in Algebra 1 TA
CONTACT INFORMATION: Parents or students are encouraged to contact me for conferences or homework help in the following ways. Contact information is also on this website. COURSE OVERVIEW: The study of geometry includes properties of geometric figures, trigonometric relationships, and reasoning to justify conclusions. Methods of justification will include paragraph proofs, twocolumn proofs, coordinate proofs, and verbal arguments. A spiraled development of formal proof involving inductive and intuitive approaches as well as deductive axiomatic methods will be used. The course includes emphasis on two and threedimensional reasoning skills, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric models to solve problems. A variety of applications and some general problemsolving techniques including algebraic skills will be required. Calculators, computers, graphing utilities (graphing calculators or computer graphing simulators), dynamic geometry software, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning. Students will take the state SOL test for Geometry near the end of the course and will receive the geometry credit required for graduation.
CLASS MATERIALS: Our textbook is Glencoe’s Geometry (2012). The textbook is also available online with login information from me as well as on a CD. A 3ring binder is required for notes and homework. Students are allowed and encouraged to use calculators at all times. A TI83 or TI84 Plus can be borrowed from the school after parents sign a letter of responsibility to return it, but students should consider purchasing their own to have one available for nonmath classes. Only certain calculators are allowed to be used on the SOL test, so please check before buying any calculator other than a TI83 Plus or TI84 Plus. Students may not put nonschool approved programs on borrowed calculators. A borrowed calculator will be supplied with one set of new batteries per semester if needed, but additional batteries are the student’s responsibility. TUTORING AND MAKEUP WORK: When absent, Geometry TA students are expected to check with me or a classmate or my website to learn the day's assignment and to keep up with the class, if possible. Students need to arrange to make up tests, quizzes, or labs the day they return from an absence, but be aware that our school policy requires an absence to be properly documented by a note from home before makeup work can receive credit. Tutoring is available any morning before school by 8:00 AM, and students are welcome to stop by as needed. I’ll also try to stay after school one day per week; students who stay after with me should have a plan for a ride home by 4:30. EVALUATION PROCEDURES: Points will be given for all assignments (5), tests (100), quizzes (20100), and notebooks (50). Extra credit must be earned from the Geometry Problem of the Week (see important information on the website). The number of points received will be divided by the number possible to determine the grade. The final grade will be the average of the two semester grades. The SOL test is given in place of a final exam with extra credit for those students who pass it. Because this is a T/A course, an extra .5 is added to the student's grade. For example, an A is worth 4.5 points instead of 4.0. Students who earn an advanced pass the SOL test have 2 points added to their final average. *Important note to parents: It is my policy to inform students of their current averages the next day after a test or quiz. Students always know their level of achievement. Please ask your student or me whenever you want this information. Parents can also login to Power School to see their student's grades at any time by getting a password from their student's guidance counselor. NOTEBOOK EXPECTATIONS:
Store all notes, homework, tests, quizzes, handouts, or worksheets in the
notebook chronologically. Everything should be dated. Notebooks
will be evaluated with a quiz each nineweeks.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:






January 2012 