Office Hours: Advisement M,T,Th,F or by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course studies the different processes, relationships, mechanisms, and concepts that help us interpret our planet Earth and is based on the New York State middle school Earth and Space Science core curriculum along with an extended review of NYS middle school Physical Science and Life Science curriculum. It incorporates hands-on laboratory experiences and covers an array of core topics including: Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Climatology and the impact of human activity on the Earth.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY:
Students are expected to be punctual, prepared, productive, and polite. Cell phone and other handheld electronic device are not to be used in class, unless permission is granted (see below.) You are required to stay for the entire class period unless prior arrangements have been made. An unexcused early departure will be considered a tardy and will negatively impact your class professionalism/participation grade.
You are encouraged to speak face to face with me as often as possible regarding class communication. If I am unavailable in person, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is advisable that you do not wait until the last minute to ask questions.
CELL PHONES, COMPUTERS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Cell phones are to be turned off and placed face down on the upper right corner of your assigned desk. Once class has begun, use of all electronic devices should be limited to class-related tasks such as note taking and the viewing of class- related Internet sites. Any device which proves too great a distraction will be moved to your mail box until class is dismissed by the teacher. If special accommodations are necessary or special circumstances require you to take a phone call or check text messages, please speak to me before class. Any use of devices for purposes other than class work can negatively impact your class participation/professionalism grade (see Grading Policy for more details). Unauthorized use may also lead to consequences as outlined in the BCS Student Code of Conduct.
FOOD AND DRINK:
You may bring water bottles into class and may snack on whole fruits and vegetables only. Food will only be allowed if it does not prove a distraction to yourself or your classmates and that you clean up after yourself. This policy is subject to change at my discretion at any time.
MATERIALS FOR CLASS:
It is expected that the student bring the proper supplies to class each day:
3 Ring Binder
#2 pencil and a pen
Your school issued ipad
All grades will be calculated based on earned points/total points. You will be provided the possible points for each assignment/assessment as it is assigned to you. Additionally, your grade will include 100 points of class professionalism/participation per marking period.
Tests will be announced well in advance in order to provide ample time for studying. They will reflect all information from the class notes, worksheets, laboratory activities, supplemental activities and homework assignments. Students will also receive review sheets and sample questions prior to all topic tests. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and may be given at any time during a topic.
Assignments constitute both class work and homework. Both will be assigned on a regular basis and late assignments will not be accepted for a grade. Class work assignments are designed to provide insight and background knowledge on upcoming topics. Homework assignments are designed to reinforce topics covered from lecture notes, worksheets and laboratory activities.
GENERAL LABORATORY ACTIVITIES:
“Critical to understanding science concepts is the use of scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena.” (SED)
For a student to have a satisfactory laboratory report they must correctly complete all vocabulary, procedures, calculations, and discussion questions. If a student receives an unsatisfactory lab report or is legally absent on the day of the activity, they have until the end of that topic to make-up the activity for full credit. If a student does not resubmit the unsatisfactory lab report or does not make up the laboratory activity within that topic, that laboratory report will NOT be accepted for a grade.
EARTH SCIENCE LAB REQUIREMENT
“Critical to understanding science concepts is the use of scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Therefore, as prerequisite for admission to the performance test and written portion of the Regents examination in the Physical Setting/ Earth Science, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experience with satisfactory reports on file.” (SED)
For a student to have a satisfactory laboratory report they must correctly complete all vocabulary, procedures, calculations, and discussion questions. If a student receives an unsatisfactory lab report or is legally absent on the day of the activity, they have until the end of that topic to make-up the activity for full credit. If a student does not resubmit the unsatisfactory lab report or does not make up the laboratory activity within that topic, that laboratory report will NOT be accepted for a grade and is not eligible to earn credit towards their laboratory requirement.
Students are expected to make up any work during their absence(s). They will be given one week from the date of their return to school to hand in any missing work. Failure to turn in any missing assignments will result in a failing grade (0 points) for that assignment. Field trips, sporting events, music lessons, or any other extracurricular activities are considered an absence from class. Work assigned prior to the absence is due upon return to class.
To determine your final grade in the course, I will calculate your percentage by dividing your total earned points by the total points possible. These will be converted to letter grades as follows:
93-100% = A 84-92% = B 75-83% = C 65-74% = D < 65% = F
In class or paper based homework assignments are to be submitted to your classroom mailbox as outlined in the posted classroom procedure. All assignments should include your name, the date, your mailbox number, and your class period. Appropriate headings are posted in the classroom.
An assignment submitted after the assigned due date will lose 10% of its point value per day that it is late (an assignment worth 100 total points will lose 10 points per day.) The maximum number of days to submit a late assignment is 3 days. After 3 calendar days, the assignment is no longer accepted for a grade. Late labs (as defined in laboratory section) must still be submitted regardless of late/grading status. Excused absences will be subject to the absences section.
Labs which have been submitted on time that earn less than 65% of the total available points may be corrected and resubmitted to me for full credit. You must arrange a face to face meeting with me during which we will discuss your corrections and the information covered.
An additional assessment for any topic may be provided based on overall class performance. If an additional assessment is available, you must submit a study plan to me and have turned in all associated assignments to be eligible to sit for the assessment. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with me for you to sit for your assessment.
Please take advantage of extra help. Regularly scheduled extra help is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during advisement. You may also schedule an appointment during a mutually free period. In the event you are making up a laboratory activity, please make arrangements beforehand to ensure that all materials will be available.
Any student found cheating or copying from another student's work, or found to have plagiarized from other material (or using any materials for an assignment not completed by that
student) will receive a grade of 0 for the assignment in question, and may face further consequences according to the BCS Student Code of Conduct.