Physical Science Classroom Guidelines - Syllabus

  1. CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

                                                                            

                    TEACHER INFORMATION

                                                                            Richard James, Room 224

                                                                        School Phone:  (828) 686-3852

                                                                  E-mail:  richard.james@bcsemail.org

 

* the beginning of the semester is going to be a fluid situation. Grading is an on going process and we are working diligently with our department to solidify a plan. We do expect you to do your assigned work and you will get a grade for that work.

 

EXPECTATIONS - 

1.    Follow all school rules.

2.    Respect others and their property.

3.    Come to class prepared every day with your notebook, paper, and pencil/pen.

4.    Always try your best and communicate with me when you experience problems relating to class.

5.    Have a good attitude toward yourself, your fellow students, your work, and your teacher.

 

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY

The following policy will follow the school-wide discipline plan

 

Minors

1st offense—warning

2nd offense—Smart lunch detention (30 minutes)

3rd offense—Call home/Smart lunch detention (30 minutes)

4th offense---Administrative referral 

 

Midders

                        Administrative referral

 

Majors

                        Removal from class by an Administrator

 

GRADING

School Grading Philosophy:  The focus of grading at Owen High School is to give students accurate and meaningful feedback that supports and encourages student learning.  Student grades are based on mastery of course content. Grades are based primarily on summative assessments (tests, performances, projects, etc.), with little weight on formative assessments (daily practice, homework, etc.).  The purpose of daily practice and homework is to learn, receive feedback, and to clarify or correct errors in thinking or understanding.

All Physical Science classes normally use 
Standards-Based Learning which is a system of academic instruction, assessment, grading and reporting that is based on students demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.  If mastery does not happen initially, students will be given additional opportunities to show mastery.  This method is not easily possible for virtual learning, but if we return to regular face-to-face learning the class will move back to Standard-Based Learning.

Standards-Based Learning is a system of academic instruction, assessment, grading and reporting that is based on students demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.  If mastery does not happen initially, students will be given additional opportunities to show mastery.

 

The state of North Carolina requires that final grades be reported as a number grade on a 10-point scale for all students.

A = 90 – 100   B = 80 – 89     C = 70 – 79     D = 60 – 69     F = below 60

Final grades will be calculated using the following weights for the 9-week grading periods & final exam:

1st 9 Weeks = 37.5%

2nd 9 Weeks = 37.5%

North Carolina Final Exam (NCFE) = 25% 

Letter grade               100 pt scale

A                     100 – 90         (Superior Effort)

B                     89 – 80           (Good understanding of the material)

C                     79 – 70           (Basic skills mastered)

D                     69 – 60           (Lacks knowledge of skills and/or concepts)

F                      59 – 0             (Insufficient mastery of material)

 

Each nine-week grading period will count 37.5% toward the final grade.  The final exam will count 25% toward the final grade.

FINAL EXAM

All students will be required to pass the North Carolina Final Exam (NCFE).

 

NOTEBOOKS

All students are required to have a three-ring notebook to be used specifically for Physical Science class.  Notebooks will be organized during class and will count toward each unit grade. This serves as a required artifact of student achievement in Physical Science.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

If you are absent from class for any reason (including school-related activities), it is YOUR responsibility to get the assignments and set-up a time during smart lunch to make-up any missed classroom activities, quizzes, or tests. 

 

In-School Suspension (ISS)

If you are assigned to ISS, you are responsible for completing all work I send to you AND all assignments/activities completed during class.  All work must be turned in to the ISS supervisor.  Tests and quizzes will NOT be given in ISS.  If you are assigned to ISS on a day that a test or quiz is given, you must take the test or quiz before or after school within three (3) school days of the last assigned ISS day.

 

REMIND

I use a program called Remind messaging app to keep students and parents up to date.   Once you are registered for your class it will send a text to your phone whenever I send out an update.

 

Get text notifications

text the class code to the below number. 

Text Number: 81010

Follow the instructions that you receive.

Class code list will be emailed to each student based on their assigned block.


Get email notifications.

  • Join online:
    Visit remind.com/join and enter the class or school code and your email address.
  • Join from your inbox:
    Send a blank email to code@mail.remind.com. (If the class code were @math, for example, you'd send a blank email to math@mail.remind.com.) You'll get a response with more instructions.