This Week in Geometry

January 11 - January 15

Grades

I have been trying to stay on top of grading and have been doing a pretty good job so far. Grades have been updated daily, but, if I cannot maintain that, it will be weekly (I am hoping to maintain daily or at least every few days).


A couple things to keep in mind:

1. If you see an (*) in the grade book, this grade is NOT missing. The grade book system defaults an assignment as missing if there is no grade entered. This star in the grade book means that a student was absent or simply that I have not entered those grades yet. This grade is not hurting your students grade as of now.

2. If you see a zero (0), the assignment is missing and is hurting your student's grade. This is an assignment that was either not turned in or was turned in with no name on it. Your student needs to make every effort to get this assignment turned in.

Copies of Assignments

If a student is missing an assignment for any reason, there are several ways they can get a copy of it:


1. I post copies of all daily work and notes pages on blackboard. Students should be able to access them anywhere they have Internet connection. Also on blackboard is a calendar where I post daily entries with detailed descriptions of what was done in class that day. I also post pictures of my notebook on blackboard so that students can see any notes they have missed.

2. I attach copies of anything that is a daily grade in skyward as well. Students (and parents) can access these files.

3. Students can ask me for any work they missed as well, but this method is not the quickest way to get work, as it usually has to wait until there is a chance during class for me to pull that work.


Students are responsible for keeping up with their notebooks and making sure they get any missed notes if they are absent. They are also responsible for getting their missing work.


Tests will NOT be posted online, so if a students misses or needs to retake/correct a test or quiz, they will need to come to tutorials.

Tutoring

As always, I am available for tutoring after school, if needed. My normal tutoring days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This week, I will have normal tutoring AND I will be around for a little while on Monday and Friday.

STAAR Review

Geometry students are going to be responsible for taking the 8th grade Math STAAR. The STAAR Math is at the end of March. The vast majority of the topics in the STAAR test were taught either last year in Algebra or are being taught his year in Geometry. While I am not worried about any of my Geometry students and believe that all of them will be more than capable of passing the STAAR, there are a few topics that are not taught in Algebra and Geometry but that are tested in 8th grade. To help students gain some exposure and practice on these topics, I will be sending home review packets weekly. These packets will cover 1-2 topics. Students will be given a packet on Thursday in class and it will be due the following Thursday. I will set aside 10-15 minutes each Thursday, if necessary, to answer questions over the packet being turned in. I will also be available during tutoring if any student needs help with these reviews. Students are encouraged to ask for help when needed and also to turn them in early, if they are complete (less chance of the packet getting lost).


Starting Monday, there will also be a sticky note board online for students to post any questions they have over the packets. I will make every effort to check the sticky note board every day. A copy of the review packets AND the sticky note board will be available on blackboard in the STAAR review section.


If you have any questions or concerns about STAAR or the reviews, please do not hesitate to ask.

Laptops

Just a reminder, laptops should be brought to class and should be charged every day. We need to make sure students have them when they need them in class,

This Week In Geometry

  • We will be xontinuing our Unit 5 - Right Triangles
  • Monday we will be continuing our discussion of the Pythagorean Theorem with some application problems
  • Tuesday - Friday will be special right triangles, specifically the 45-45-90 and the 30-60-90 triangles
  • Monday, January 18 will be a school holiday
  • Next test date: Thursday, January 28 (there is a slight chance that this will change and I will let you and students know as soon as I know more)

Questions??

If you have any questions about anything on this flyer, the class, or your student's progress in class, don't hesitate to email me: heather.elliott@crowley.k12.tx.us