Assignment Policies and Procedures
Dear Parents and Guardians,
My policies and procedures are listed below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please note that while these policies have been set, I expect students to come to me with concerns or extenuating circumstances and we can try our best to work out a solution on a case by case basis.I believe all students can and should succeeed in my class, and that there is no situation where a solution cannot be found.
Purpose of the Course--General Information
The purpose of this course is to introduce the concepts of physical science to your student. They will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of the characterisitics of matter, the basics of force, motion, and the transfer of energy, as well as the fundamentals of waves, light, and sound.
Types of Assignments
Students are given several types of assignments in this course:
End of Topic Assessments: These are entered as assessments, and are open note. These are also the assignments that are subject to the retake policy for the district (tests). If your student wants to retake an EoT Assessment, they need to let me know within 2 weeks of the original assessment. The material in this class builds on itself, and it is difficult to justify allowing a student to move very far forward when they do not grasp the material well enough to pass an open note assessment. If the student is going to study and re-take an assessment for a better grade, they need to do so before the rest of the quarter's information has been placed on a poor foundation.
Vocabulary Quizzes: These are 10 question quizzes given in pairs. Typically, students are given a chunck of 14 words a few days in advance of the first quiz. If they score an 80 or a 100, they do not have to take the 2nd quiz. If they scored below an 80 on the first quiz, then they must take the second, given a few days later. I will average the two scores together, which boosts a poor score, and enter only one score in my gradebook as an assessment. Please note that students who are absent one of the days a vocab quiz is given will simply have whichever quiz they took stand as their grade. I try not to take valuable classtime or directed studies resources for 10 question vocabulary quizzes.
Labs: Science is a hands on course, and we typically have labs about once a week. Unfortunately the nature of a lab means that if a student misses class they are unable to make the assignment up. Lab assignments are put in as both daily and assessment grades depending on the length and difficulty of each, and students that miss that assignment due to an absence will simply be exempted from the entry in the gradebook and the missing assignment will not be counted against them (nor will an extra 100 or 90 be added to help them). Alternatively, if a student was not marked absent and simply did not turn in the assignment, or failed to claim a no-name paper, a 0 will be entered for the assignment.
Daily Grades: A variety of dialy grades will also be taken, some individually and some as part of a group. Please note that not every assignment in class is graded, but every one will help as practice for the ones that are.