Geometry 2 Honors

    2012 - 2013


    Metro Tech High School                                           Mrs.  Parra                                              Room:   9231 

    e-mail:  eparra1@phoenixunion.org    Phone:  602-764-8000 ext. 69231  Office hours:  Mon – Fri 11:30 - 12:30
    GENERAL GOAL:   This course is the second semester of a two semester series on basic Euclidean Geometry designed to provide students with the mathematical background necessary to meet college entrance requirements.  Successful completion of Geometry1 (usually in an honors section) is a prerequisite for taking Geometry 2-Honors.


    OBJECTIVES:   At the end of Geometry 2 Honors, the student will be able to:

    1.      Use relationships of segments, lines and angles related to circles

    2.      Identify similar figures and the relationships of their sides, angles, and areas

    3.      Identify and use properties of transformations on the coordinate plane

    4.      Solve problems using right triangles and basic trigonometry

    5.      Calculate angle measures and areas of two-dimensional figures

    6.      Identify three-dimensional figures. Calculate their surface area and volume.




    1)      Maintain your 3-ring binder.

    2)      Maintain student planner.

    3)      Take and keep notes.

    4)      Obtain a Geometry textbook

    5)      Do daily homework.

    6)      Participate in class activities.

    7)      Take tests and quizzes.

    8)      Self-assess understanding of the course procedures. 

    9)      Use a graphing calculator as required.

    10)  Attend tutoring as directed.


    You will need to bring the following materials with you each day to class:

    • Pencils, erasers, and a colored pen
    • 3-ring binder, loose leaf paper, and set of 5 dividers (for class notes)
    • Student planner
    • Graph paper

    Absences:  Students are required to be in attendance daily. The school’s attendance policy will be implemented but realize that even missing one day of math can be the difference between understanding and struggling through Geometry.  It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work has been missed in the event of an absence.  An unexcused absence on a date when a test or quiz is given will result in a zero score.   Make-up times will be individually scheduled.


    Students who arrive after the final bell without a pass are tardy.  Students must sign in and attend MART during lunch period the next day.  


    EVALUATION:  The semester grade will be determined by combining three marks - the mark for the first nine-week term, the mark for the second nine-week term, and the mark for the final examination.

    1.      The final exam will be 20% of the semester grade.

    2.      Each term will be 40% of the semester grade.

    3.      The grading scale will be as follows for all term and final exam marks:


    A         90-100%

    B         80-89 %

    C         70-79 %

    D         60-69 %

    F          59% or less


    The term grade will be weighted as follows:

    30%     assignments, class activities, and notes          

    70%     tests and quizzes        



    I will be available at lunch Monday through Friday in room 9231.  I will make an effort to be available at other times if arrangements are made in advance. 


    ASSIGNMENT POLICIES:  All assignments MUST contain, in the right-hand corner of the page: first and last name, date, course name and period number, and the name (page and problems) of the assignment.


    For ALL assignments:

    ·         Show calculation and work in pencil, even if you do it in your head or on a calculator.

    ·         When you get stuck on a problem, solve it as far as you can, then write a short explanation of your difficulty, and get clarification as soon as possible (i.e. MASC, Advisory or tutoring).

    ·         Use your notes and textbook as resources.

    ·         Check your solution(s) on the answer wall before summiting.


    Be proactive about creating study groups, using outside resources such as dictionaries and websites, and discussing problems with each other. At times we will we will all be algebra teachers; therefore, be willing to share your ideas with others and to support your reasoning to help each other understand new ways to solve problems. Math is not a spectator sport…..PARTICIPATE!


    Extra Credit will be available for students who wish to challenge themselves beyond the class requirements. Extra credit is only for those students who complete all required assignments. Extra credit is not a substitute required assignments. Late assignments will be marked down. All late assignments must be turned in by the day of a chapter test. 



    Copying someone homework is CHEATING but helping another student with their homework and explaining how to do problem is acceptable. Students that caught cheating by me, any other teacher, staff member or parent will earn an automatic zero on any homework, test or quiz...NO EXCEPTIONS. That means the person giving the answer as well as the person receiving answers.


    If you have an excused absence for a test, you will be able to take it outside normal class times on a different day. Tests need to be made up before the next chapter test is given.  If you have done poorly on a test you may retake the test outside normal class times. Retakes must be completed before the next chapter test is given or before the next full moon, whichever comes last.


    CLASS NORMS:  Do only the things that promote learning for all.

    1)  No talking during class-wide teaching.

    2)  Be in your seat and work from bell to bell.

    3)  Wear ID badges above the waist every day, and follow the dress code.

          4)  No electronic devices are to be seen and phones are turned off.

          5)  No eating, but water bottles are permitted.

          6)  Refrain from cursing

          7)  Respect EVERYONE and EVERYTHING


    DISCIPLINE POLICY:  All class room rules/policies are posted and visible to all students in my class. School policies can be found in the student procedure handbook. These policies and procedure will be enforced at all times in my class, which means once you set foot into my class before school, at lunch, during class, after school, shorten days, half days, late start schedule; I WILL ENFORCE ALL THE RULES!!!

    CONSEQUENCES: If any student chooses NOT to follow class room or school rules

    First Offense:              Name on board*(warning)

    Second Offense:         One Check*(5 point deduction)

    Third Offense:            Two Checks*(10 point deduction and a call home)

    Fourth Offense:          Three Checks* (Referral and all points lost)

    *Names and checks are erased at the conclusion of each school day*


    Automatic 30 minute detention:  An automatic 30 minute detention will be given for chewing gum, eating, or drinking substances other than water in class.  All detentions MUST be served the day given (1st, 2nd, 3rd hours) or the next (5th, 6th, 7th hours) lunch in my room 9231.  MART WILL be assigned for failure to serve detention and referrals written for students refusing to “comply with ANY reasonable request.”


    Electronic devices:  Electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, pagers, electronic dictionaries, MP3s, CD Players, PSPs, electronic games, etc.) disrupt learning, teacher instruction, and will be confiscated if SEEN (even to check the time) or HEARD (even if you forget to turn it off). You will be given a warning at the first offense. For the second offense, said problem will be confiscated, delivered to security, and returned ONLY after a face-to-face meeting with a parent/guardian of record...NO EXCEPTIONS. Therefore, each offense will be dealt with through the referral process.

    REWARDS: If any student chooses TO follow class room or school rules


    • Praise and the joy of learning
    • Positive notes or calls home
    • Five (5) point rewards
    • Success in college, career, and life





    • Bring pencil, paper, student planner and assignments to class every day
    • Seek help immediately if a topic seem difficult
    • Participate in all aspects of the course in and out of class
    • Maintain student  planner
    • Attend tutoring
    • Communicate concerns to teacher and parents and counselors
    • Check progress reports on genesis website or student copy
    • Check homework every night
    • Check student planner every night
    • Sign student planner every week
    • Communicate concerns to student, teacher and counselor
    • Attend student intervention meeting
    • Create a safe environment for learning
    • Provide progress report
    • Check student planner every week
    • Assign and provide tutoring 
    • Communicate concerns to students, parents and counselors



    A Student enrolled in Honors classes should be held to a higher standard than students in regular classes.  Students should be willing and able to engage with the concepts at a higher level. Also, students should be more responsible in doing all homework, taking good notes, studying for tests, maintaining good organizational habits, obtaining extra help when needed — all of which will help you to become a better student, both now and in the future. Inability to maintain the responsibility of being in an Honors level class will result a student being moved to a regular class.


    PERSONAL STATEMENT:  I do want students to learn math, but I prefer for them to learn the skills that math helps them develop to be more successful in life. In addition, keep the following in thoughts in mind:

    • I don’t know is unacceptable….Ask for help!
    • Set goals every week and recognize your accomplishments
    • Bring a positive attitude and a smile to class.
    • Never, ever give up!