Respect yourself, other students, school property, and the Teacher (substitutes too) at all times.
Do not interfere with another student’s right to learn.
Come to class prepared each day. Bring all materials with you each day (including an open mind and a positive attitude).
Class begins the moment the bell rings. All students should be seated in their assigned seats, and working on the “Do Now”, ready to begin work when the bell rings. An official pass must accompany all late arrivals.
Always follow all safety rules in the laboratory and classroom (i.e. absolutely no eating or drinking in the classroom at any time).
I will be available for extra help every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:45 PM. I will also be available Thursday mornings from 7:15-7:45 AM.
Please use this time for questions or help before you feel like you are in trouble. If you cannot meet during the regular extra help times we will work out another time, just speak to me. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question!
All work counts towards your grade. All quizzes and tests will require a parent/guardian signature to acknowledge grades.
Tests (50%): about 2 per quarter, approximately 100 points each
Quizzes (20%): about 3 per quarter, approximately 25 points each
Labs (25%): about 5 per quarter worth 25-50 points per lab depending on scope of lab. Late labs will be penalized 10% per day. When working with lab partners, each student must participate equally in their groups’ tasks.
Homework (5%): 10 points per fully completed and on time assignment. Late assignments will only be accepted if due to an excused absence.
Extra Credit: Students will be given the opportunity to earn extra credit if ALL of their homework and lab work has been fully completed and on-time for that quarter. Extra credit assignments will be posted on the eboard and announced in class.
Weekly Quizzes – A ten to fifteen minute short answer/multiple choice quiz designed to help assess student’s comprehension of recent class work before proceeding to a new subject. Topic Examinations – A full-period test comprised of multiple choice, essay and short answer questions. Homework Assignments – Nightly reading and short answer assignments designed to either review the prior day’s lesson or begin exploring a new subject. Laboratory Reports – Will be assessed on completeness and accuracy. Progress reports will be available on Infinite Campus Portal which will always be kept open.
The grading policy outlined above applies to the student’s quarterly grades. The final grade will be an average of the four quarterly grades and the Earth Science Regents. The ILS Examination counts as 20% of the student’s final grade.