I am not sure why your students do not see any geometry topics in eighth grade. There are 22 performance indicators in geometry that are supposed to be covered during that year (about half of them are pre-March and can be tested on the NYS assessment).
There are only about ½ as many geometry P.I.'s required in seventh grade.
I certainly agree that the HS Geometry course is challenging though. Good luck to all this June.
Galway Central School
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Ryley David Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 7:44 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Geometry Preparedness
In meeting with our middle school colleagues at a Superintendent's conference day this week, we discovered something interesting. The last Geometry that students see before entering the Integrated Geometry course is in 7th grade. The unit last about 4 weeks. Now we understand why our students came into Geometry this year lacking in fundamentals. Imagaine doing about a month of Geometry and then not doing any for 2 full years, then being put in a challenging Geometry course. Most of the basics (naming angles, bisectors, ...) had to be completely taught from scratch.