I hope that this message finds everybody well-rested and eagerly awaiting the start of a new school year. This website should be a useful tool that enables you to learn a bit about what is expected of you in the coming year. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please feel free to email me using the link below.
I hope that you will find this website to be a useful tool; please let me know if there is any additional information that you would like to see posted.
Students should come to science with the following supplies at the beginning of and throughout the year (if there is a problem obtaining any of the following, please let me know):
1.A three-ring binder, 1.5 - 2 inches thick (we don't use a book, so we rely heavily on our binders);
2.One set of 4-5 dividers (home-made or colored paper are fine);
3.A supply of pencils with erasers;
5.Three packages of 3x5 index cards (to make flashcards);
6. A highlighter;
7.A metric ruler for use at home (centimeters);
8.A simple calculator that can add, subtract, multiply and divide (the one required for math is more than adequate);
9.A small set of colored pencils (optional)*
*Colored pencils of varying qualities are in the classroom and may be used, however, they do end up quite worn as the year progresses.
Classroom Guidelines for Students: Do your job!
1. Please be considerate of others
2. Have a positive attitude
3. Come to class prepared to do your best
4. Show Integrity. Take responsibility for your own actions; you are responsible for your own work.
5. Follow directions the first time that they are given
6. THINK! Please ask questions and participate in class discussions- this is how you will learn!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
I reward good behavior, both academic and otherwise, with "Got Integrity" coupons or “Learning Loot” (tickets which can be traded in for point values on quizzes and tests) and the occasional homework pass. Students may not give away their tickets. Students must submit their loot at the time they turn in their test, not after (attach it with a paper clip or tape). I like to give rewards, so work hard to earn them!
General Classroom Procedures
1. Seats will be assigned on a quarterly basis and as needed: I will make a sincere effort to move people throughout the classroom during the year. You will be sitting with people that you know and those that you do not. I expect you to handle this situation in a professional and mature manner.
2. There is a sign-out sheet at the front of the room; please be sure to sign out each time you leave the room. If it is found that people are abusing the freedom to leave the room, they will be asked to take care of personal business outside of class.
3. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, and each situation shall be handled on a case-by-case basis. Consequences include:
a. Verbal warnings,
b. A time-out in the hallway,
c. A chat outside of class,
d. A call home,
e. After school/ lunch appointment during which a behavioral contract shall be agreed upon,
f. Detention (lunch or after school),
g. Administrative action (a referral).
4. If a student is sent out of class, the time that he/she missed shall be made up during lunch periods or after school (to be arranged by the teacher). Students sent out of class are responsible for making up any missed work.
5. If a student is sent out of class for any reason by a substitute teacher, they shall be faced with an automatic two- lunch detention consequence, no questions asked.
I hope not to have to use these consequences, but since I feel behavior is largely in the hands of the students, I shall be up front in providing this information so that they may make educated decisions regarding their actions.