Class Rule - Make smart choices! Do your part to be a good student by making smart choices ...
Doing your work (on time)
Using class time wisely (from the first minute to the last)
Bringing your materials (pen/pencil, HDSN, charged laptop)
Participating in class
Treating others (and their property) with respect,
Don't disrupt class and make it difficult for others to learn or hard for me to teach.
Class Challenge Each class will earn points by following the rules, giving good effort on all class work, and completing all their work on time. Points will be deducted for poor behavior, wasting class time, not completing work, etc. Classes can earn rewards as they reach specific goals, such as candy/gum, free time, snack days, or teacher treat day.
Class-Yes – If I say “Class”, you are to respond with “Yes” and wait quietly for me to continue. If you don't respond well, I will repeat the process until I have your attention.
Hands & Eyes – If I say “Hands & Eyes”, you are to put your hands on the table and look at me (not at your laptops or other materials).
Got It? - If I ask this question, you should show me a thumbs up, thumbs down, or somewhere in the middle to show me how well you understand a concept or topic.
Grading Scale 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D Below 59 F
How are grades calculated? Grades are based on total points. Assignments, quizzes, notes, & tests are worth 100 points each. Homework counts as 1 grade, quizzes and notes count as 2 grades, and tests/project grades count as 3 grades. Grades are posted weekly on the back cabinets.
Late Work Policy - If a student forgets an assignment at home, leaves it in their locker, or just doesn’t’ do it at all, he/she will receive a zero for that assignment. The student may serve an after-school detention within one week of the assignment's due date to full credit for completing it and turning it in.
Excuse Cards If you forget to bring your materials (laptop, pen/pencil, notebook, etc.) to my class, you will have to fill out an excuse card as a pass to get your materials. During 1st semester, 5 excuse cards will earn you an after-school detention. During 2nd semester it will only take 3 excuse cards to earn a detention. No Cheating Zone - Students must do their own work! Cheating will result in all the people involved earning a zero grade on that assignment, quiz, or test and possible referral to the office. Remember ... It’s ok to give help or hints, but it is NOT ok to give answers!
Corrections: Students may correct class quizzes and tests to earn a better grade (1/2 point credit). Corrections must be done within one week of the date of the quiz or test. For tests, students need to use a correction form in order to receive credit.
Make-up Work: You will have 2 days for each day you were absent to make up the work assigned while you were gone. Any work that was due the day you were absent is due when you RETURN TO CLASS. If you have been absent, you need to check my classroom website and/or the chalkboard to see what you missed. Extra copies of worksheets can be found in the top bin by the classroom computer. I will provide copies of quizzes and tests, which must be done in my room during class or study hall.
Pass Procedure - Located in the tan bin by fire extinguisher You must ask permission before you are allowed to use a pass to go to the restroom, office, or library AND must have your pass sheet stamped by me. No pass sheet = an excuse card to use a pass or you don't get a pass! NO PASSES to the lockers are allowed during classes or between periods unless you fill out an excuse card (metal basket on filing cabinet) for forgotten materials!
Do you use a textbook for your science classes? I use a variety of activities and resources to help students master the topics presented in class, which includes online articles, EDPuzzle videos, my own textbooks, and in class presentations. Students will use a Handy Dandy Science Notebook (HDSN), which is my version of an "interactive science notebook" for all science classes. All class worksheets and activities will be glued into the notebooks along with other information presented and/or discussed in class. The notebook should have everything needed to prepare for quizzes and tests. The HDSN will be integrated with the 1:1 laptop program we are continuing this year.