1_Introduction to Earth Science - Branches and Systems (1st day)
Welcome to the first day ofWelcome to the first day of
Earth Science!!!Earth Science!!!
WHY are we studying Earth Science?
•Hopefully you will gain an interest in, and
appreciation our home planet and our
surroundings by challenging yourself
mentally and actively pursue and answer
our Earth’s mysteries.
•Studying Earth Science will enable
students to make informed and
responsible decisions concerning
their environment. They will develop
attitudes and problem-solving skills
that will be useful throughout their
WeWe’re in it together…’re in it together…
Everything that happens onEverything that happens on
our planet is part of aour planet is part of a
complex set of interactionscomplex set of interactions
betweenbetween air, water, land,air, water, land,
and life.and life.
All Earth system science isAll Earth system science is
ultimately focused on theultimately focused on the
"How is the Earth changing and what are"How is the Earth changing and what are
the consequences for life on Earth?the consequences for life on Earth?““
It is required for
Students will earn a
verified credit for
graduation by a) passing
the Earth Science class
and passing the
corresponding b) the end-
of-course SOL tests.
It is a prerequisite for
upper level sciences.
1. What is your name?
2. What are your favorite hobbies?
3. What kind of music do you like?
4. What was your favorite movie this past summer?
5. Favorite summer memory?
6. If someone wanted to give you an unusual pet to take care
of, what kind would you select and why?
7. If your house was on fire and you had time to recover
ONE inanimate object, what would you save and why?
8. What two qualities do you consider essential in a friend?
9. If you could change one rule that you must follow at home,
what would it be?
10. What would you like to accomplish this year?
Interview the person next to you…
Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its
neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with
many interesting and practical applications. Some
Earth scientists use their knowledge of the Earth
to locate and develop energy and mineral
resources. Others study the impact of human
activity on Earth's environment and design
methods to protect the planet. Some use their
knowledge about Earth processes such as
volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes to plan
communities that will not expose people to these
Evaluation and Grades:
Nine weeks grades are determined using a “total points”
system average system, where the semester/course
grade is based on the total number of points earned,
divided by the number of points possible. During a
quarter, a student may earn the following points:
Tests: 100 points per test
Labs: up to 50 points.
Projects: up to 200 points
Classwork/Homework: 20 points per assignment.
Classwork and Homework is usually assigned on a
One project may be assigned after each semester and will
count as a test grade.
Grades are based on total points. So it is necessary for each student to
complete and turn in all assigned work. Total points do not put more
emphasis on tests or homework but on the whole. Each class will have their
Grades will be determined by the scale established by
Virginia Beach City Public Schools:
Grading in our class…Grading in our class…
Based on TOTAL POINTS…Based on TOTAL POINTS…
Assignments are notAssignments are not “Weighted.”“Weighted.”
Depending on the assignments, points mayDepending on the assignments, points may
Tests = 100 pts.Tests = 100 pts.
Labs = up to 100 pts.Labs = up to 100 pts.
Quizzes = up to 20 pts.Quizzes = up to 20 pts.
Homework = up to 20 pts.Homework = up to 20 pts.
How do you calculate your class average?How do you calculate your class average?
How do you calculate your classHow do you calculate your class
1)1) Quiz (20 points)Quiz (20 points)
2)2) Homework (20 points)Homework (20 points)
3)3) Test (100 points)Test (100 points)
4)4) Lab (100 points)Lab (100 points)
What is the total amount of points that
you can earn? 240 points
Example: 204 earned points/240 points
(Total possible points) = 85 % C
VBCPS Parent Portal is a powerful online tool for parents
and guardians to monitor their child’s progress in school.
Class assignments and progress will be updated on
a daily basis. Best of all, it can be accessed from any
computer connected to the Internet – 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Parents will have access to important
current school year information such as:
• Attendance records
• Student assignments
• Missing assignments
Parent Portal registration and login information:
•Textbook: Textbook: Holt: Earth Science ($74.95)
•2 inch 3-Ring Notebook Binder with dividers and
•dry erase marker
•loose leaf paper
•pen and pencil
Notebook organization is to follow these guidelines:
Division 1 -- Class Info -- Class Expectations.
Division 2 -- Warm ups -- daily warm ups.
Division 3 -- Notes -- lecture notes (in chronological
order: date and unit).
Division 4 -- Graded assignments –class/homework,
tests, quizzes, and labs.
•Students should be in their seats and ready to begin
class when the tardy bell rings.
•Discussion/lecture/lab – Cornell style notes will be
•Formal/informal assessments, quizzes, reviews, and
•Your first and last name, date, and block is to be
written on all of your assignments.
Students will be dismissed by the teacher not
by the bell!
Daily homework for all classes
includes completing assigned work,
finishing any unfinished classwork,
studying notes, and completing
MAKE UP WORK
•When absent, a student should refer to our class website for important
assignments and announcements:
•Work may be made up for excused absences only. Unexcused absences
will result in a grade of zero for each missed assignment.
•It is the student’s responsibility to see the teacher for make-up work
immediately after an absence. This should be done at an appropriate
time, usually before or after class.
•If a student is absent only on the day of a test, it must be made up on the
very next day of class.
•All other work must be made up within one week of the absence. For
example: A student is absent from class Monday and returns to class on
Wednesday. The student will ask the teacher for makeup work on
Wednesday and it is due by Monday at the latest. Long-term absences or
extenuating circumstances will be discussed individually.
•Any work not made up will receive a grade of zero.
Help is available daily in room 701. I am usually available before school at
6:40 and after school.
•Students must sit in their assigned seats
•Students must raise their hand to be recognized by the teacher and
should not interrupt the teacher or another student while they are
•Food and Drink in the Classroom--
•Students may not leave class to get food. School breakfasts are
permitted in class during the first 10 minutes of arrival in the event
of late buses. Students may consume healthy beverages from
closeable bottles (exception: computer labs, science labs and
library). Energy drinks and sodas are not allowed. No deliveries of
food from outside of school are allowed.
•Students will not be allowed to leave the room without a
•Students must help to maintain the school facilities and respect the
property of others
•Honor Code--As a student of Kempsville High School, you are
expected to practice complete honesty in all school-related matters.
Use of Student Owned Technology--
•The use of student owned portable
communication devices is encouraged. A Red /
Yellow / Green system will be used to indicate the
level of use permitted; with red meaning use is
prohibited, yellow meaning use is allowed at
teacher discretion, and green meaning use is
allowed at student discretion. Students are
expected to adhere to all guidelines listed in the
*Science requires hands-on labs.
Any student who cannot follow the rules or
behave in a mature and responsible manner will
lose the privilege of working in that lab and lose
credit for the assignment. Misbehavior in class
may also require phone calls/emails home,
detentions, and referrals to the office.
TUTORING & EXTRA HELP
•Extra help is available upon request. Please ask for assistance
as soon as you are having difficulties. I am available most
days after school until 2:35PM in room 701.
•If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact:
myself at: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Or call the Guidance Department at 648-5461
Or visit our class website at:
Kempsville High School
1.Attendance is required. Missing more than 6 absences
per semester will result in failure.
2.Tardies – Excessive tardies will result in disciplinary
3.Be prepared - have textbook, notebook, paper, pens
4.Study daily objectives by writing them in your
7.Formal/Informal assessments, quizzes, reviews, and
9.Appropriate behavior is expected.
1.Students are issued a student planner and are required to bring it to school daily.
2.Students must write their legal name (no nicknames) in the designated place.
3.Planners are used for all hall passes. No additional hall pass pages will be issued.
When all hall pass sections are used up, the student will have to purchase a new
planner or stay in class.
4. Teachers will ONLY write passes in the planner. (Exception: A student who is called
to the office or clinic) NO PLANNER = NO RELEASE.
5.Students are NOT to alter their planners, i.e. tearing out pages, folding them up, etc.
If a planner is altered in any way or contains any foul or improper language and/or
pictures, it may be taken and given to administrator. The student must purchase a new
planner at the cost of $5.00.
6.Planners cannot be loaned or borrowed. Doing so will result in disciplinary action.
7. Students should write their daily and weekly assignments in the planner.
8.Planners should be used for communication between home, school, and teacher.
9.All late arrivals/early releases must have their planners when checking in to or out of
school. The weekly calendar pages will be used for late arrivals/early releases.
Students who do not have their planners when arriving late or leaving early
are subject to Saturday School or ISS.