Geometry Syllabus

Stacey Cotty


See my website: Stacey’s Geometry 2017-2018


How does structure and form direct our thinking, problem solving and understanding of the world?

Welcome to Geometry (literally "earth measurement" in ancient Greek). The purpose of this class is to help you refine your logic power by analyzing structure and relationships in both geometric figures and geometric models of real world situations. You will create and dissect figures, make conjectures, draw conclusions, generate proofs and in many cases be able to discuss mathematical objects without using any numbers at all. Throughout, the emphasis will be on explaining your reasoning more than having the “right” answer.

We will explore the essential question above using the Carnegie Learning Geometry curriculum. This curriculum combines collaborative exploration of geometry concepts and skills with individual practice. Along with learning about Geometry, we will make connections between your Physics and Earth Science classes.


  • Tools of Geometry, including Construction and Geometric Notation

  • Transformations of Points, Lines, Planes and Shapes

  • Algebra in the Context of Geometry

  • Geometric Proofs

  • Area and Perimeter on the Coordinate Plane

  • Properties of Triangles

  • Properties of Quadrilaterals

  • Three Dimensional Figures

  • Similarity and Congruence

  • Properties of Circles

  • Probability



  • Use the class website

  • ABHS Academic Behaviors of Preparation, Listening, and Focus

  • Respect for personal and psychological space of others

  • Respect for the importance of our classroom learning time

  • Actively participate in your Cooperative Group Role

  • Curiosity - ask questions, even if you think you have mastered a topic...dig deeper

  • Strive to develop the 7 Habits of Mind and Heart

  • Don’t Panic

We will follow the school's handbook regarding school rules and expectations.



We all make mistakes, and sometimes our behavior doesn't help the class move forward. Usually, a reminder or a short private conversation takes care of the issue and we can all move on. If that is not enough,  I will contact your advisor, call home and/or assign Common Good Crew. If a behavior directly interferes with the learning environment or involves refusal to follow directions, I will send you to student support until you can come back and participate appropriately.

If a problem persists, then we will arrange a meeting with your parents/guardian and advisor.


I will ask you to email your advisor, study hall teacher and parents with 2 action steps that will help you improve your learning and performance in the class if your performance starts to slip. Below are some flags that would prompt academic interventions:

  • Grade in the class slips below passing
  • Missing two consecutive assignments
  • Not passing two consecutive assessments (tests, quizzes, exit slips etc…)
  • After 2 absences
  • Assessment grade lower than 60%



Attached, and on website


You may submit work missed due to excused absences within one week of the absence(s). Work from unexcused absences requires a late pass.


Available after school on Tuesdays, until 4:30. I also invite you to check in with me during lunch on Wednesday in the front lobby. Other times by arrangement.



HABITS: Group roles, Academic Behaviors, and class activities                                              20%

DAILY CLASSWORK: Focused Assignments/Mathia software in class                                    50%

SKILLS: Quizzes/Exit Tickets/Tests                                                                                                   30%

The semester grade combines the total points from both quarters and includes a final exam grade that is 15% of the entire semester grade.  The final exam assesses skills from the entire semester.

Academic Behaviors include classwork (warm-ups, practice), homework, and note/agenda checks. Not everything we do in class is graded. When it is, the grade will usually be based on evidence of Focus and Preparation, rather than correctness.

Focused Assignments are assigned near the end of a unit and are a place to demonstrate your ability to use the skills we learned in the unit. In most cases, you will submit a “rough draft” of the Focused Assignment. If not completed proficiently, it will need to be re-submitted within one week of return.

Mathia is the online tutorial system we will use in class. About 90 minutes of class time a week will be spent working on this, and you may be expected to complete some work as homework. Mathia is individualized and responds to your effort and skill level. Grading here will be based on your progress towards goals.

Quizzes/Exit Tickets/Tests will happen at various times, with Exit Tickets being the most common, at the end of most classes. Most of the time, you will complete a “preview” version of each test and quiz. This will give you a sense of what material we will learn next and will allow you to set goals.

You will receive one late pass per quarter. Without a late pass, the grade for any late work is reduced by 10% per day late.. Without a Late Pass, late Focused Assignments may not be re-submitted. Unused late passes are worth 5 points of extra credit.


        Focused Assignments can be resubmitted if:

a. You turned it in on-time

b. Demonstrated focus per the Academic Behaviors when it was assigned


        Quizzes can be re-taken if:

a. The corresponding Focused Assignment has been completed proficiently

b. You correct the incorrect problems AND annotate your incorrect processes and solutions

d. Schedule a time outside of class to take a re-take quiz (same types of questions as original)

Student:________________________________________ Date: _____________

Parent/Guardian: ________________________________ Date: _____________