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    Course Expectations:

    1. Students are expected to arrive on time with a positive attitude and to always do their best.

    Making an effort in life is Everything in life.

    2. Students are expected to bring the following items each day to class. 

    *Planners

    *Science notebook(no other subjects mixed within unless divided)

    *At least 1 pen(any color but red)

    *At least 1 pencil

    *highlighter(any color)

    3. Homework: Homework assignments will be noted within each student's weekly planner and will always be placed on our Science class page under the "Homework" tab.  

    If homework assignments are not in class on the specified due date, completed as per the directions stated, that grade will then be  marked as a zero(0).

    If the assignment is shown completed as per the stated directions at a later date, that grade will be rescored from a 0 to a 50. 

    When students make up missing homework assignments, they must do the work on a seperate sheet of paper and write their name, homework assignment title and current date before handing in to the late bin for consideration.

    If the assignment is completed on its due date but not as the directions have stated, that assignment will result in a 10 point loss for each direction not followed correctly.

    If the assignment is incomplete in anyway, that assignment will result in half credit with a score of 50.

     

    General Homework Requirements:

    Review all information attained in class (Notes, Diagrams, Videos).

    Record/Write any new information added.

    Complete the specific homework assignment for the night.

    Restate the questions when writing answers and never begin the response to a question with "Because".  

    Do not simply print the homework.

    Study all notes for a minimum of 10 minutes nightly.

    Each homework assignment will have specific instructions, notes, diagrams and video links when applicable. These homework assignments will be short in nature and will be graded for completion.

    In addition, students are expected to review their notes every night for a minimum of 10 minutes in order to be prepared for Assessments that occur weekly.

    (Extra credit assignments are not given to students at the end of the semester as a result of not performing as expected in class during the semester.)

    4. Participation: Students are expected to participate when questions are asked of the class. Each child is to cooperate with others within groups,  work to the best of his/her abilities independently, while also adhering to the directions given by the teacher. Exceptions for this will not be made. 

    Participation includes following directions, raising one's hand to engage in class discussions and the sharing of ideas, as well as working well within partnerships and group lab work.

    *Grading for Participation is as follows:
    Fully and consistently follows all directions and is engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 100 points


    Often and regularly follows all directions and is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 90 points


    Sporadically follows all directions and/or is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 80 points


    Rarely follows all directions and/or is engaged in daily discussions, partner and group activities and Labs. 70 points


    Follows directions but not at all engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 60 points


    Does not follow directions, nor is engaged in daily discussions, partner and/or group activities and Labs. 50 points

     

    My students are not here to learn to be a scientist. They are here to learn how to think, reason, attempt, fail, learn from failure, be surprised, be proven correct, and to explain/express all of these experiences to others in a educated and confident manner. 

     

    The most important people in the world haven't all been geniuses, scientists or leaders of state. However, all of the world's most important people have the same things in common; A desire to question, the will to work and the skills to Think, Reason & Communicate. 

     

    District Grading Rubric: 

    25% Participation

    25% Homework

    50% Assessments