Welcome to Eighth Grade Science!!!
What can you expect from me?
Create a learning environment that is conducive to learning
Provide inquiry based science lessons
Provide you with effective time management, organization and study skills
Ensure my expectations are clear and distinct
Give clear, structured directions
Encourage active involvement; Increase class participation
Implement a wide range of activities
Abide by policies and rules in place at our school
Make this year a positive experience for all!
What do I expect from you?
Follow classroom procedures
Respect classmates, classroom, and teacher
Be on time for class -
Be prepared for class
Follow directions on assignments
Stay on task
Use time effectively
Participate in class
Speak only when appropriate
Produce legible and accurate work
For minor classroom disruptions....
1st Verbal warning
2nd Demerrit and a phone call to parent/guardian
3rd Office referral
For Major classroom disruptions.....
****** Consequences will depend on the severity of the action
Late Work Policy
Each assignment will have a specific due date, and it is expected that you hand in the assignment on that day. However, I do realize that things do come up, and we all can make mistakes. If you fail to turn in an assignment, either homework or a class work assignment, you will have until the next class meeting to hand in the assignment. At this point, the grade will be reduced by 1 letter grade. If you choose not to turn in the assignment for a late grade you will be required to stay after school with me for an ACADEMIC DETENTION to make up the assignment, and the highest grade you can receive is a 70. If you fail to complete the assignment (or show effort that you are working towards an end), you will receive a 0 for the assignment. No late assignments will be accepted after this point.
If you are having difficulties completing an assignment, please contact me before the start of class - either email me or see me after or before school. I will be much more understanding if I am made aware in advance. Do not wait until the start of class to inform me you didn’t understand an assignment.
Make Up Work Policy
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what work you missed while you are out. The amount of time you are given to complete assignments you missed while you were absent will depend on the difficulty of the assignment(s), and the amount of time you were out. You will need to meet with me to make arrangements.
If you are absent on the day of a quiz, test, presentation, or major writing assignment is due, you will be expected make it up or hand it in on the day of your return.
1) At least once every other week, you will be given a grade report. Here, you will see all of the assignments that have been given, the grades you received on the assignments, and your current average. After grade reports are distributed, you will need to have a parent/ or guardian sign and return it the following class for a homework grade. If the form does not come back with you, a phone call and/or email will be made home to discuss the grade. I will also announce the distribution of progress reports on my website.
2) You will be graded based on the following components: Class Work/ Participation, Homework/ Preparation, Test/Quizzes, Projects/CLAS. SEE CHART FOR EXPLANATION OF EACH COMPONENT AND PERCENTAGE.
Class Work/ Participation
For this component, you will be graded on accuracy, completion, and quality of class assignments. In addition, you will be graded on your participation in class. You can become an active participant in class by completing activities, working in groups, and being involved in classroom discussions.
For this component, you will be graded on accuracy, completion, and quality of homework assignments. In addition, you will be graded on whether you were prepared for class or not. Being prepared means you came with the assignment(s) due on that day, as well as, text book, binder, and writing utensils.
For this component, you will be graded on accuracy, completion and quality of tests and quizzes.
For this component, you will be graded on accuracy, completion, and quality of projects and comprehensive local assessments. At the end of every unit, you will be given a formal and/ or informal assessment.
1. (1) 1-2” inch three ring binder (Due to the many handouts you will be receiving this year, I strongly recommend that you try and obtain a 2” binder. However, a 1” or 1 1/2” binder will be acceptable.)
2. 5 dividers w/ tabs
?You will be expected to divide your binder into the following sections:
- Science News
- Lab Activities
- Test & Quizzes
There will be one notebook quiz per quarter. You will receive a quiz grade for each check. Please keep your notebook organized!
3. 1 subject spiral bound notebook
4. Writing utensils
- pens (black and blue only) and/or pencils
STUDENT: I will be available to you Monday thru Friday until 3 p.m. and possibly on other days if requested. I will make you aware at the beginning of the week of my availability. It is always a good idea to let me know that you will be coming for extra help!!!!!
PARENT/ GUARDIAN: Feel free to call or e-mail me at any time with any questions regarding your student’s progress. Also, if you want to come in and meet with me, you do not have to wait for conferences. Please visit my teacher web page for daily homework assignments, agenda, and any announcements.