HONORS GEOMETRY and
HONORS GEOMETRY and
Geometry and Geometry Honors
Welcome to Geometry or Geometry Honors! In this course, you will be taught the skills necessary to pass the Geometry End of Course Exam (E.O.C), do well in the Geometry section of the SAT/ACT, and learn how to incorporate formal proofs while using Geometry skills. Throughout the school year, the student will be tested in a variety of activities that will be explained throughout the syllabus. The difference between Honors and regular Geometry is the amount of work and much more difficult tests. I am here to prepare you for college. This course is required for graduation by the Florida Department of Education.
Students are expected to come to class daily with pencil, paper, pens, index cards, graph paper, notebook, and other materials needed for daily lessons. Students are expected to be inside the classroom before the tardy bell rings and be ready for the day’s lesson, quiz, test, or activity. If you are not in the classroom at the final bell, you will be credited with a TARDY (see Tardiness).
The Goal of Geometry is to study Geometric terminology, concepts, history, and proofs. It is a full-year course and material will be covered in a timely manner. For students who have not passed the FCAT or E.O.C., this course will help them with passing that test. Additionally, this course should help students score higher on the SAT/ACT/ASVAB. This class is a learning environment and the student should NEVER be afraid to ask for assistance, additional help or lessons.
Class Materials List:
1) Calculator (Non-Graphing)
2) 3x5 Index cards!!!! You will be thankful after the first month of class. TRUST ME!
3) Graph paper will be needed!
4) 2” ring binder. Spiral notebooks and composition books are not acceptable.
5) Notebook Paper (a MUST in my class)
6) Pen AND plenty of #2 pencils
7) Textbook will be needed every class period. Students will work from them daily.
Attendance / Tardiness:
Students are expected to attend every class on time unless it is an excused absence. If you are absent, it is required that all work be made up the next class period. All classwork/homework assigned will be due to me within 48 hours. Quizzes/Tests will have to be made up by scheduled appointment for excused absences only. Please read your Student Handbook for policies regarding tardiness. ADDITIONALLY, the classroom door will be LOCKED from the outside. Once the late bell rings and the door is closed, please knock and wait patiently until I open the door to admit you with a tardy. If a tardy sweep is occurring, you are to report to I.S.D. After substantial tardiness (3rd Tardy), you will be sent to the dean for appropriate disciplinary action. I AM VERY STRICT ON THIS POLICY! You have been warned!
The course website will be through the ONCOURSESYSTEMS.COM website! If you go to the EHS website, it is linked through TEACHER PAGES. It is updated at least 1 day a week and the homework is posted DAILY!
This site is a VERY valuable communication tool with parents AND students. I would strongly suggest book marking it. I put test dates, notebook submission dates, important info, grades (statistically speaking), and much more on the site! Plus, there are some inspirational and interesting tidbits on the site. PLEASE check it out. I work hard on it to maintain its freshness. Plus, HOMEWORK/CLASSWORK assignments are posted at 2:00pm (not before) daily (automatically) on the Homework link! Trust me, this is great for ANY student!
Infinite Campus/Parent Portal
If you have not already done so, parents and students can obtain a form from the front office, fill it out, show their driver’s license or military ID, and have instant access to online grades, attendance, behavior, progress reports, etc. Plus, my website is linked through the parent portal! I update my grades every so often and definitely after tests/quizzes. You will know your grade at all times ONCE you submit this form!
My e-mail address is EHSMATH@hotmail.com. I will check this account regularly (probably daily) for any e-mail from students and parents. Do not expect an answer right away, but I do try to be prompt. Parents, I can answer most questions and set up phone and in-person conferences this way. Last year, I sent out extra credit and other great info for students on my E-mail network. Parents and students should e-mail me the FIRST WEEK of school to get on the mailing list! It is to your benefit as a student. Please add EHSMATH@hotmail.com to your address book so my e-mail does not get “filtered”. Thank you!
Tests/Quizzes – 80%
There will be at least four 100-point tests and/or quizzes given in my class per nine-weeks. These tests are going to require you to show your work to receive credit. They will range from 20-30 questions depending on the unit and the difficulty. CHEATING is not allowed and the offender(s) will be dealt with accordingly. This is a college bound class, so I am preparing you for college courses! Tests will be done with paper and #2 pencil (as part of the test is scantron). Quizzes are usually 5 questions and are given at the end/mid-chapter of a section or unit.
Homework/Class work/Participation – 20%
It is my philosophy that homework is meant for practice of the skills taught. I will collect random assignments for 1, 2, or 3 points extra credit added to your test. These times WILL NOT be announced. If you have an excused absence, I will accept the work upon your return. I will not accept unexcused absence work. Classwork is a necessity for doing well. In my experience, students who do the work usually get an “A”, “B”, or “C” in my class. It is okay to make mistakes on this work, but make sure when we go over the questions in class that you correct your mistakes, learn from the mistaken, and study the material. The test is where you prove to me that you have learned the material! I reserve the right to change this policy and make the points count for part of your overall grade. 10% of your overall grade will be determined through the school-wide Continuous Improvement Model.
It is required that you obtain a 3-ring notebook. You would need at least a 2-inch ring binder for this class. These will be collected periodically and graded. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEM UP TO DATE! Your notebook should be divided into the following sections: syllabus, class work/homework, notes, vocabulary work/reading objectives, and tests. PLEASE: NO PAPER FOLDERS OR SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS! You need to be able to take paper in and out of your notebook easily! It is to YOUR advantage to have this precious study guide! In my experience, the notebook helps students to pass the FCAT or End Of Course Exams. Additionally, it becomes a great SAT/ACT prep guide, and students pass my class. Plus, if you are a point or two away from the next letter grade, having this to “argue” your point why you should get the next letter grade is to your advantage.
There will be various forms of extra credit throughout each nine-week period. This will be mainly a bonus question on the end of a test. You must pay attention and be present in class to obtain this credit. NO MAKE-UPS ARE GIVEN FOR THIS! Do not ask for any extra credit from me. I will let you know when it is available. Please make sure you are “up to date” with me in regard to assignments. Extra credit is just that… EXTRA!
Grading with Grading Scale:
Your grade will be made up of the following:
A = 90.0-100% B+ = 87.0-89.9% B = 80.0-86.9% C+ = 77.0-79.9%
C = 70-76.9% D+ = 77.0-79.9% D = 60-66.9% F = 59.9% and below
Determine your semester grade:
Each Nine Weeks is 35%. Your semester and end of course exam is 30%.
Every young adult has the right to learn and in order to do so you must have discipline to achieve this goal. Warnings, detention, parent phone calls/conferences, dean referrals, and other disciplinary measures will be taken to achieve the maximum level of learning in class. I am here for you, the student. However, I have high expectations for all my students. I will go more into this during the first few days of class. Class rules will be posted in the front of the classroom. It is your responsibility to read and understand these rules. Per EHS policy and School Board of Alachua County Policy, NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES (Cell Phone, I-pod, game devices, etc.) will be allowed in my class!
Detention will be given in my class for misbehavior, excessive tardiness, and minor classroom rule infractions. Detention will be given 24-hours in advance so parents will know when to pick up their child at school. Times will be 2:45 pm -3:15 pm. It is to your advantage to prevent detention from occurring. ATHLETICS or CLUB ACTIVITIES DO NOT EXEMPT YOU FROM DETENTION!
The textbook used in Geometry should be brought to class daily unless otherwise instructed. You are required to bring your textbook, notebook, pencil, index cards, paper, and other materials necessary to do well in my class. PLEASE, cover your books with a book cover. This year’s textbooks are 1-year old and will cost you in the neighborhood of $70.00 if damaged.
Passes will be granted at the discretion of the teacher. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO PASSES will be given during exams, quizzes, or lectures. Please use the bathroom before or after class or during seatwork time with permission and a pass from Mr. Moramarco. If I feel you are abusing your hall pass privileges, I will no longer allow you to leave my class. ONLY one person may leave the room at any particular time. NO PASSES WILL BE GRANTED TO GO TO THE LOCKER, USE THE PHONE, or ATTEND ANOTHER TEACHER’S CLASS.
Cell Phones/Pagers/Electronic Devices:
Mr. Moramarco does not permit cellular phones/pagers/electronic devices in his classroom. They are not to be used as calculators either. If a wireless device is seen in Mr. Moramarco’s classroom, it shall be obtained by Mr. Moramarco, and per EHS policy, it will be taken to the dean’s office, a referral will be given, and your parent will be able to pick it up from there. The second offense results in In-School Suspension, and the third offense results in Out-of-School Suspension. Please make sure your phone is POWERED OFF. Vibrations and buzzing still disrupts the class. Please respect your fellow classmates and instructor and make sure your phone is off. Mr. Moramarco greatly appreciates it.
We will have at times a classroom visitor. These range from a fellow teacher to Mr. Charbonnet to Superintendent Boyd. You will give these visitors your respect and behave like young adults. We may have a few guest speakers as well. You will be quizzed on guest speaker lectures.
If the class remains on schedule and is achieving the goals set forth for the class, there will be rewards offered during the semester. These range from pizza parties, fun classroom games, and prizes to extra time to complete homework/class work, class discussions, and other rewards. These are ONLY obtainable if we remain on task, learn the material, and no disciplinary actions are needed. I have been known to give winter holiday/end of the school year socials after the semester and final exams are given! I believe in rewarding my students, but they have to earn it!
I am planning to give out $250-$500 at the end of the school year. This will go to the student (or divided by students) who achieves high excelling test scores in the class AND on the FCAT/End Of Course exam. This is my way of showing you that I want to invest in your future. If you put your mind to it, you can live any dream you have ever had or will have.
Course Final Exam:
The Geometry course is required that ALL students take an END OF COURSE EXAM given by the State of Florida. The test is given on computer! Mr. Moramarco cannot override this exam. It is my duty to cover the New Generation Sunshine State Standards before the exam scheduled for mid to late April. If you are in class, learn most of what I teach, and can apply the knowledge, you will easily pass this exam. The exam, as mandated by the Department of Education, must count 30% of your SEMESTER grade.
More rules, changes to this syllabus, and additions may be added at the discretion of the instructor.
PLEASE PRINT AND RETURN TO MR. MORAMARCO WITHIN 5 CLASS DAYS OF ENTERING THE CLASS!!! IF IT DOES NOT PRINT, SIMPLY CUT AND PASTE THIS TO A WORD DOCUMENT AND PRINT IT!
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRINTER, WRITE ON A SHEET OF NOTEBOOK PAPER AND PLEASE SIGN/DATE IT!
I, ______________________________ (parent/guardian name), have read over the attached syllabus with my son/daughter and we understand the rules, grading policy, discipline actions, cell phone/pager policy, rewards, and other information in the syllabus.
I understand that this contract counts for a 100-point homework assignment grade and should be returned to Mr. Moramarco the first week of entering the class. I also know that failure to sign this and turn it in does NOT exempt my child from the information stated in this contract.
If I have any questions, I will call Mr. Moramarco at the school (955-6704) or e-mail him (EHSMATH@HOTMAIL.COM) and set up a meeting time to discuss this syllabus with him.
Parent/Legal Guardian’s Signature
Student’s Signature Student Name: (Print Please)
Home Phone Number (Parent)
Work Phone Number (Parent)
E-Mail Address (Parent) (if any) ---- PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY!
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ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MR. MORAMARCO (Medical info, IEP, 504…):