Geometry Syllabus

  • Contact Info : Ms. Kathryn Wippel
    HHS Phone: (517) 339-8249
    E-mail is the best way to contact me.
    Note that e-mail sent during school hours will produce the quickest response.
    If emailing after school hours, I will generally respond the following school day.

    ● Pencil (for homework assignments)
    ● Calculator (scientific or graphing)
    ● Textbook (PDF online version available)
    ● Pens and Highlighters (for note-taking)
    ● Notebook or Lined Paper
    ● Graph paper (can be printed online)
    ● Binder or Folder (for organizing handouts)
    ● Headphones (compatible with your device for online learning
    ● Ruler (or any straight edge for drawing objects)
    ● Protractor (for measuring angles)
    ● Patience and a positive attitude (we will need a lot for this year!)

    Daily Procedures
    ● On a typical day (Mon/Thurs), we will review homework, engage in new learning by taking notes and practicing new material, then homework will be assigned.
    ● Students should use the “flex” part of the class period to do the homework. I will be available for help during many of these flex sessions.
    ● Students will be submitting pictures of their daily notes and homework in Google Classroom
    ● While we are learning online, videos of all new learning will be recorded and all notes, videos, assignments, and assessments will be posted in Google Classroom.


    Tests/quizzes - 60%
    ● While we are learning online, we will have weekly quizzes on Wednesdays. These quizzes will cover the material taught the week before. For example, the quiz on Wednesday of Week 5 will cover material taught during Week 4. These assessments will be timed.
    ● There are no retakes for assessments, so please prepare accordingly.

    Homework/classwork - 40%
    ● Most homework and classwork/notes will be graded on completeness (not correctness). If an assignment is graded on correctness, students will be notified beforehand.
    ● To receive full credit for homework, WORK MUST BE SHOWN. Please see the “Grading Practices” listed at the end of this document for more information on how assignments will be graded.

    ● Grades will be updated weekly in Skyward. I will not be posting grades in Google Classroom.

    Grading Scale:

    All classes at HHS use the following grading scale:
    A+ 100% - 97.5%
    A 97.49% - 92.5%
    A- 92.49% - 89.5%
    B+ 89.49% - 86.5%        
    B 86.49% - 82.5%
    B- 82.49% - 79.5%  
    C+ 79.49% - 76.5%
    C 76.49% - 72.5%
    C- 72.49% - 69.5%
    D+ 69.49% - 66.5%
    D 66.49% - 62.5%
    D- 62.49% - 59.5%           
    E 59.49%   or below     

    I have high expectations for the students in my classroom. I expect the students to achieve academically to their fullest potential. In addition, I expect students to contribute in a positive manner to our class. The following is a list of rules for our class.

    1. Respect yourself, classmates, adults, and their property.
    2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    3. Do your personal best at all times!
    4. Be prepared for class with your materials and attentiveness.
    5. Be responsible in the regular classroom and in the online classroom.

    Academic Integrity
    I realize we are going to have to be using an honor system a lot this year. Please take ownership of your own learning and do your own work. Any student who is caught cheating will receive a zero on the assignment, including tests/quizzes. Copying other students’ work or allowing students to copy your work are both considered cheating. Remember, your name (and the integrity associated with it) is worth more than a grade. Please familiarize yourself with Haslett’s Academic Integrity Policy and Distance Learning Norms if you have not already done so.

    The Haslett High School Attendance Policy will be followed. If you know you will be absent ahead of time, or for a considerable amount of time, please let me know as soon as you know so we can discuss what you will be missing. For online learning, you may have access to that day’s synchronous lesson for your review.

    Disclaimer Please note that some of these items will be subject to change as we adjust for this unusual school year. I will try to operate with grace and understanding and I’m asking you to do the same.

    Geometry Curriculum
    Geometry Topics: Semester 1
    Ch. 1: Foundations for Geometry ➔Points, Lines, Planes, etc.
    Ch. 2: Geometric Reasoning ➔Algebraic and Geometric Proofs
    Ch. 3: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
    Ch. 4: Triangle Congruence
    Ch. 5: Properties and Attributes of Triangles ➔Bisectors, Altitudes, Pythagorean Theorem
    Ch. 6: Polygons and Quadrilaterals 

    Geometry Topics: Semester 2
    Ch. 7: Similarity ➔Ratios and Proportion
    Ch. 8: Right Triangles and Trigonometry ➔Intro to Trig Ratios, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines
    Ch. 9: Extending Perimeter, Circumference, and Area
    Ch. 10: Spatial Reasoning ➔Finding Surface Area and Volume of 3-D figures
    Ch. 11: Circles
    Ch. 12: Extending Transformational Geometry ➔Reflections, Translations, Rotations

    Grading Practices

    To receive full credit for assignments, students must turn in high-quality work. Assignments that are graded for completeness should have all problems attempted thoughtfully. Don’t erase work you think is incorrect, then leave it blank. It is helpful for me to see your thought process. If you get stuck, write a specific question that addresses your issue. (NOT IDK) If it is a story problem, at the very least you should draw a picture and write down important information.

    Work needs to be shown! On many assessments, points are assigned to logical steps in the solving process. Failure to “explain” the process with mathematical steps, will result in forfeiture of points. I understand you may do some steps on the calculator or in your head. Unfortunately, you do not turn those in with your assessment, so if it is an integral part of the solving process you should include it in your solution. ○Most directions on assessments are specific in which method you need to use in order to receive full credit, so read them carefully.

    • Incorrect steps that somehow produce the correct answer will not receive full credit. (Ex: Forgetting a negative in one step, then dividing the positive by a negative and writing your answer as positive.)
    • Also, solutions should always be in the simplest form unless otherwise stated; this includes simplifying radicals and rational expressions and reducing fractions.

    We will be writing and analyzing problems and thought processes to build understanding and communication. Complete sentences are always appreciated. Writing about mathematics and being able to explain your thought process is an extremely useful tool for both the student and the teacher.

    • There are no retakes for assessments; you need to study and prepare accordingly.