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Environmental Science Syllabus

Environmental Science Syllabus 2014-2015

         Mr. Greg Moss

        Room Number 214

                 School Telephone Number (770) 684-5432

          Email:  gmoss@polk.k12.ga.us


Twitter:  @gmossrhs

         Website:  http://www.polk.k12.ga.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=556

Course Description:  The Environmental Science curriculum is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the impact humans are having on the environment.  The course will include a study of the air, water, and land surrounding an organism or community, which ranges from a small area to Earth’s entire biosphere.  The Environmental Science Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) will be covered throughout this course. There will be no End Of Course Test (EOCT) for this particular course.  In place of an EOCT, a comprehensive final will be administered during finals week.

Textbook:  Holt:  Environmental Science

Course Requirements:  All students are required to participate in small group activities, laboratory activities, and in-class activities. Students are required to take notes in class and keep these notes organized in a physical or digital format.

Other course requirements consist of:

-Reading of assigned text material, which will include vocabulary and questions in various forms (such as classroom discussion, multiple choice assessments, true/false assessments, and word relationships)      


-Daily sponge activities/journal writings/warm up activities

-Homework assignments

-Section Quizzes & Tests

-Unit Tests & Projects


-Article Reviews

Materials Needed: Blue/black pen, pencil, loose leaf paper, and organizer for notes and papers, iPad or other digital device that is fully charged.

Grading Policy:

Tests/Projects  60%

Daily Work/Labs  20%

Final Exam  20%

*Daily Work includes Classwork, Homework, Quizzes, Writing Assignments, and Labs.

Make-up Work Policy: For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the grading period window once the time has passed.

Re-Test Policy: Any student can retest any chapter test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends tutoring as directed by the teacher. The student must retest within two weeks of the grade being returned. The higher of the two grades will be recorded. This excludes benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as EOCT, Milestones, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), and major projects and research that required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (ie: research paper).

Exam Exemption: Exam exemption policies must be approved by the superintendent each school year. Any and all exemption policies do not apply to EOCs, AP exams, or any other PSD mandated examinations.

Late Assignment Policy: Students are expected to turn in all completed assignments at the time scheduled by the teacher.  No late classwork assignments will be accepted.  Projects will be accepted one day after it is due resulting in a 10 point reduction.

Homework Policy: Students should be prepared to turn in completed assignments when due.  A grade of zero will be given for homework not turned in on time.  If you are absent the day a homework assignment is due and taken up, be ready to turn it in when returning to class.

Extra Credit Policy: Bonus questions are normally included on all tests.  Opportunities for extra credit may be given to the whole class during the course of the school year. No individual extra credit will be given.

Class Policies/Rules:  All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.

Progress Report Dates: Sept. 16, Dec. 2, Feb. 24, May 5

Report Card Dates: Oct. 28, Jan. 21, March 31, June 10, 2015

Class Policies/Rules: All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.

There are to be NO variations on these procedures, unless prior approval has been obtained from the principal and the curriculum director of PSD.

*ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE requires a final exam, but does not require an EOC.


Miscellaneous: I will be using Remind (formerly known as Remind 101) along with the PSD Website, Twitter, and Edmodo to help keep students and parents informed of the happenings and important dates in Environmental Science.  Remind is a free service that is available for both mobile devices and email accounts.  If you would like to sign up for notifications concerning Environmental Science class, follow the below directions:

  • Mobile devices
    • Text @envsci15 to (678) 981-8694
  • Email

To navigate to my website, go to www.polk.k12.ga.us .  At the top of the page, hover over “Schools”, scroll down and click on “Rockmart High School”.  When redirected to the RHS website, click on “Teacher Websites” at the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page.  Scroll down the page to the “M’s” and click on “Moss, Greg”.  This will be my home page.  To navigate to the Environment Science information, click on the heading “Environmental Science”.  This will carry you to all of the information regarding the Environmental Science class.  Here, you will find information regarding class assignments, announcements, upcoming events, and study material.

You can also follow me on Twitter.  You must first sign up for a Twitter account.  Once established, search for @gmossrhs then click “Follow”.  I will Tweet any class announcements, reminders, and current events or discoveries in the field of Science.


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Environmental Science Syllabus 2014-2015


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