Class Rules #1 - Make smart choices! Follow directions quickly. Complete all your work on time. Use your class time wisely. Don’t cheat – Do your own work. Be prepared for class by having all your materials. Raise your hand for permission to speak or to leave your seat.
#2 - Respect everyone! Don’t borrow things without asking. Don’t talk about other students or teachers. Be polite and helpful to your fellow students! Don’t disrupt class or bother other students. Raise your hand to talk and leave your seat. Listen while other people are talking.
#3 - Keep your dear teacher happy! I am happy when all my students are learning and enjoying science class! I am not happy when someone makes it difficult for other students to learn or 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, etc. Classes can earn rewards as they reach specific goals, such as candy, gum, free time, or teacher treat day (brownies).
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 their hands on the table and look at me (not at their 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 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 opt to serve a lunch detention and may earn full credit for completing it and turning it in. NOTE: Grades are checked every Friday for all classes. Students with an overall grade in any class less than 60% will be assigned a week of silent lunch detentions until the grade improves.
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 work to earn a better grade (1/2 point credit). Corrections must be done within one week of the day the assignment, quiz, or test is returned by the teacher. Students need to cross out the wrong answer and write the correct answer next to it along with the correct page numbers from the HDSN (science notebook). Students may correct any class work with the exception of extra credit – not just those with scores below 70%.
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 on the wooden cabinet. 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! Exception: Students in 5th hour RtI classes may use up to 2 passes per day to go to their lockers to get materials, visit the library/other classroom, or use the restroom.
Excuse Cards If you forget to bring your materials (laptop, pen/pencil, notebook, assignment, etc.) to 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 a silent lunch detention. During 2nd semester it will only take 3 excuse cards to earn a silent lunch.
How often are grades checked? Grades are checked every FRIDAY. If you are earning less than 60% in any class, you will be assigned one WEEK of silent lunches to give you time to get all your work completed and raise your grade(s). You will have to serve the ENTIRE week even if you get your grade raised earlier in the week. If you fail to improve your grade, you may have to serve another WEEK along with after school DETENTIONS. Reminder … Check your grades every day! You should know whether or not you have failing grades and make the effort to avoid getting on the list!