PRE-AP GEOMETRY & Geometry

Welcome to Pre-AP Geometry

Welcome to a wonderful year in geometry and Pre-AP Geometry. My name is Mr. Sims and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together this year. I look forward to helping you reach your goals in math! The biggest keys to success in geometry is to not get behind, do the work, and meet challenges head on. Nearly every problem in geometry is a puzzle to be solved and learning to solve puzzles can be learned like any other skill. We are going to have copious amounts of fun, voluminous amounts of learning, and ample challenges to sharpen our minds. Let's have a wonderful year!

About Me

Walking the great wall of China, playing with aborigines in Papua New Guinea, Riding around the pyramids, desert driving in the middle east, beautiful beaches, a wonderful wife, two amazing kids.... That's my life. To all this I now add one of the greatest adventures I've ever had: Teaching. This part of my adventure has been going on for a total of 8 years (including this one) right here in Hutto. I've taught everything from 5th grade to the high school level and I've loved (almost) every minute of it! My greatest privilege is to help you learn whatever math you want to learn to better yourself and prepare for your future. I myself am always learning. Currently rocket science and astrophysics are what intrigues me. I'm a big fan of Space-X and I love whats going on in the frontiers of science. What intrigues you? I'd love to know the trajectory that your life is on and see where you end up some day. You never truly know what you are capable of until you challenge yourself way beyond what you ever have! I look forward to helping you in that!

Syllabus (Pre-AP GEOMETRY)

This is the Pre-AP Geometry syllabus for the year.

Pre-Ap Geometry Syllabus 20-21

Syllabus (Geometry On Level)

This is the Geometry Syllabus for the year:

Sims Syllabus 20-21*ADD WEBSITE AND TUTORIAL TIMES

Supply List

  • protractor

  • compass

  • ruler

  • pencils

  • really good erasers

  • graphing calculator or scientific calculator (must have "sin", "cos" and "tan" on it) [I highly suggest that if you have not bought a graphing calculator for high school math that you do so this year. You will need one for Pre-Calc, Alg 2, Calculus and even use it through college. Having one makes a huge difference in familiarity with it's use

  • graph and notebook paper

Grading Policy (Pre-AP GEOMETRY)


General Grade Breakdown

Your grade in Geometry is comprised of 60% Test grades and 40% Daily grades. Make sure that you are studying for tests and turning in every assignment. A zero has a massive impact on your average. Do the work and get the grade you want. I do not believe in extra credit work. I believe in doing the work right the first time. Get the work done to the best of your ability and you will be successful.

A final exam each semester constitutes 15% of your semester average.

Frequency of Grades:

Daily/Homework: Minimum of 2 per week

Assessments: Minimum of 3 per 6 week grading period.

Grade Entering

Grades will be updated every Monday; therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to seek the opportunity to recover upon notification of a failing grade. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure grades are updated per campus policy.

Grade Recovery

Failing grades not recovered within the 3 days will be recorded as the final grade earned. Recovered grades are eligible to receive a maximum grade of 70%. The corrections policy will be explained in class and correction papers will be available to help students do corrections in the appropriate manner.

Retesting

The student must complete all of the following actions before they can retest:

· Must attend tutoring prior to retest for reteach

· Must complete all missing homework/daily assignments prior to retest; no grade will be awarded

· Must correct the original test prior to retest

After a student has satisfactorily completed these actions, they may retest. They must retest prior to the next assessment administration. Semester final exams are not subject to retesting. Recovered assessments are eligible to receive a maximum grade of 70%.

Late Work Policy for Daily Assignments/Homework

If a student fails to turn in a daily assignment or a homework assignment, a grade of zero will be assigned and the assignment cannot be recovered. Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to submit daily assignments or homework assignments late. Students who have an excused absence on the day an assignment or the homework assignment is due must submit the assignment the day they return.

Late Work Policy for Asynchronous Assessments

If a student fails to turn in an asynchronous assessment (ex. a project, take home test/essays, etc.) on the day it is due, the student will receive a zero. Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to make-up asynchronous assessments. The grade which is earned is the grade which will be recorded.

Grading Policy (On level Geometry)


Grading Policy

Report card grades will be comprised of the following elements:

55%

Assessments

45%

Homework / Daily

*quizzes and weekly warm ups will count as half a test grade

Semester exams are worth 15% of total semester grade.


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an assignment or examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to academic and/or disciplinary consequences. Some work may be required in a synchronous setting to ensure academic integrity.


Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

  • taking someone else’s assignment or portion of an assignment and submitting it as one’s own

  • submitting material written by someone else or rephrasing the ideas of another without giving the author’s name or source

  • presenting the work of tutors, parents, siblings, or friends as one’s own

Cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • in any way duplicating assignments which are turned in, wholly or in part, as original work

  • exchanging and/or providing assignments with/to other students, either handwritten or computer generated, whether it is believed they will be copied or not

  • giving or receiving answers during tests or quizzes (It is the student’s responsibility to secure his or her papers so other students will not have the opportunity or the temptation to copy.)

  • accessing a test or quiz for the purpose of determining the questions in advance of its administration


**This policy pertains to all school-related tests, quizzes, projects, reports, homework assignments, or in-class assignments. No assignment is exempted from this policy.**


Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

If a student is caught plagiarizing, cheating, or engaging in academic dishonesty, the following will occur:

  • The teacher will explain to the student the nature of the offense and its consequences.

  • The student will earn a zero for the assignment and will not be allowed to recover the assignment.

  • The teacher will contact the student’s parents.

  • The teacher will inform the grade level administrator by writing a referral.

  • The grade level administrator may extend the consequences within the range defined by HISD Student Code of Conduct.

Late Work Policy for Assignments/Homework

An assignment is considered late if it is not submitted on the due date. A max of 70% can be earned on a late assignment if it is received within three school days after the original due date and has been completed with a good faith attempt and is 100% complete. When a student submits an assignment late, the student has forfeited the opportunity to recover the assignment. Students who have an excused absence on the day an assignment is due must submit the assignment the day they return.

Late Work Policy for Asynchronous Assessments

An assessment (ex. a project, asynchronous test/essays, etc.) is considered late if it is not submitted on the due date. Students will be allowed to make-up the assessment, for a max of a 70, and the teacher will provide the assessment make-up criteria and timeline. Students who have an excused absence on the day the assessment is due must submit the assessment the next day.


Recovery of Daily Assignments/Homework

Students will be given 3 school days from the time grades are posted on Family/Student Access to recover a daily/homework failing grade (69% or below). In order for a student to recover a failing daily/homework assignment, the student must have made a good faith attempt (teacher discretion) on the original submission and on the recovery submission. Recovery assignment grades will be awarded according to individual course criteria. The teachers may choose one of the following methods for the student to demonstrate mastery:

  • Providing an alternative assignment

  • Allowing for corrections to the assignment

  • Allowing the student to redo the original assignment


It is the responsibility of the teacher to communicate their recovery methods to the student and parent through their course syllabus, website, email, or direct communication.


Retesting

The student must complete all of the following actions before they can retest:

  • Must attend virtual tutoring prior to retest for reteach

  • Must complete all missing homework/daily assignments prior to retest; no grade will be awarded

  • Must correct the original test prior to retest


After a student has satisfactorily completed these actions, they may retest. They must retest prior to the next assessment administration. Semester final exams are not subject to retesting. Recovered assessments are eligible to receive a maximum grade of 70%.


Grades will be updated every Monday; therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to seek the opportunity to recover upon notification of a failing grade. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure grades are updated per campus policy.


Failing grades not recovered within the 3 days will be recorded as the final grade earned. Recovered grades are eligible to receive a maximum grade of 70%.


Frequency of Grades:

Daily/Homework: Minimum of 2 per week

Assessments: Minimum of 3 per 6 week grading period.



Contact me

Charles.Sims@huttoisd.net

Ph: (512) 759-4700 Ext 6159