MR. MORGAN’S WAYS
FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR
Welcome back for another fun and exciting year of science. Knowledge of science is very important in today’s increasingly competitive and global society. Mastery of science concepts translates to better jobs after school. I like to have fun and present science concepts in terms of real world situations. In order for this to happen, the classroom setting must be structured and conducive to learning. This can only occur when the following things occur:
SCIENCE CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
- Come to class prepared. (sharpened pencils, pens, notebook, paper, textbook, planner, and completed homework).
- Follow all class procedures and norms.
- Read and follow all directions.
- Obey all teacher instructions.
- Show respect for the feelings and personal property of others.
- Challenge yourself to always give your best effort.
- Come to class with a willingness to learn new things.
- Respect the teacher and the teacher will respect you. Please refrain from talking when the teacher is talking.
- HAVE FUN!
SCIENCE CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:
- Enter the classroom QUIETLY and ORDERLY!
- To be on time, you should be in your assigned seat with all the required books and materials you need. THOSE NOT ON TIME WILL BE COUNTED AS TARDY!
- Begin working on the Science-Starter (Warm up). You will only have 10 minutes.
- Raise your hand to ask permission to get out of your seat for any reason (throw away trash, sharpen pencil. etc.)
- Wait your turn to speak (raise your hand to ask a question or give an answer).
- You must ask permission before getting any supplies from the storage cabinets, shelves, or the teacher’s desk.
- You may only work on other assignments or read a book when your science assignments are completed, with the permission of the teacher.
- No one is allowed within the teacher’ desk area.
- Classroom disruptions will NOT be tolerated.
SCIENCE CLASSROOM SUPPLIES:
- 3-ring binder notebook (3 inch)
- colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers and hi-liters
- pencils / pen (blue or black ink)
- 12 inch ruler with centimeters
GRADING: A = (93 - 100) D = (70 - 76)
B = (85 - 92) E = Below 70
C = (77 - 84)
- CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK will count as 25 % of your grade.
- LABS/Projects will count as 25 % of your grade.
- QUIZES will count 15 % of your grade.
- CHAPTER /UNIT TESTS will count as 25 % of your grade.
- PARTICIPATION will count as 10 % of your grade.
Grade Breakdown % Description
Graded work done in class or at home. Most work falls under this category. Assignments will be written in student’s agenda and signed by teacher
Labs: There will be opportunities for students to learn by hands-on activities. This includes Lab Reports. These activities reinforce concepts taught in class.
Projects: meant to be fun and allow students to express their individuality and creativity. They also reinforce concepts taught in class. A Science Fair project will be completed.
Quizzes are a way to ensure that students do their classwork/homework. It also reinforces learning.
At the beginning of each Chapter/Unit, students will be given a baseline assessment. This does not count as a grade. However, the tests at the end of each chapter or unit will be very similar to the baseline test. This way, each student’s growth can be charted and measured.
This reinforces accountability and responsibility. (see below)
A PARTICIPATION grade will be recorded on each progress report for the following:
· being seated at the beginning of class
· bringing materials to class (pencil / notebook / paper / textbook / agenda/ homework)
· clean, neat table area at the end of class
· pushing in chair at the end of class
- I grade classwork/homework based on effort not accuracy. This means that each question/problem will be attempted. If all questions/problems are attempted, the student will most likely receive a 100 grade whether or not the answer is correct. The correct answer will be given when the assignment is reviewed.
- Failure to complete assignments on time can result in ASD.
- Work will be accepted late for full credit until progress reports, after which a zero will be recorded.
- Students are responsible for making up any assignments missed due to an absence. Missing tasks (graded classwork or tests) can be completed before or after school. Any graded assignments, tests, or projects not completed during a nine weeks grading period will be recorded as a zero.
- A weekly list of missing assignments will be posted on my website.
- Only students that display proper behavior will be allowed to participate in hands-on labs. Alternate assignments will be provided.
TESTS and Quizzes
- Quizzes are mostly vocabulary. Students should study new vocabulary daily.
- CFA's and PA's will be given to chart your child's progress.
- Chapter tests will include vocabulary, short answers, essays, and EOG type questions.
I look forward to a GREAT year of science!
Thank you for your support!
You may contact me at TMS
MY EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org