EARTH SCIENCE SYLLABUS AND OTHER INFORMATION
Hello and Welcome to Earth and Environmental Science
DEAR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FAMILIES:
We are fortunate to be working together this year in a class with such exciting and relevant subject matter. You will have numerous opportunities to think critically about these issues and problem solve, as well as use your imagination and collaborate on life skills-rich projects. The Triangle and Triad regions, as a whole, have an abundance of resources, as well as individuals with expertise in various areas of the earth and environmental sciences.
I have been in the classroom for over two decades and have been part of the Hawbridge community since 2016 I continue to be very excited to be here! You can count on me to be fair, enthusiastic, creative and be a consistent communicator.
Your success in my class can be summed up this way:
- always give it your very best - a good attitude is a wonderful attribute
- be open to learning new things and new ways of doing things
- regularly ask questions for clarification on instructions or content.
- consistently communicate, especially when things aren't going so well
- do your part to help ensure our classroom has a great learning environment
Some of you are used to my wikispace web site (from your student’s older sibling(s) having been in my class. Wikispace no longer exists, so I have a new web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will not have a class calendar within this web site, as with my previous one.
STUDENTS AND PARENTS STAYING INFORMED
All assignments and calendar reminders will be on Google Classroom. Please feel free to sign up to your son/daughter’s class or ask them to share it with you. I will post regularly updated reminders, etc. on the board in front of the entry table (across from the E.C. classroom door. Students may take a photo of the board that pertains to their class if that is a good method of reminding. Sign up for your son/daughter’s class text message “REMIND” feature. I will provide the code. I will not overuse it, maybe once per week. It is likely that when a remind message is sent, it will consist of multiple texts (one after the other) as there is a limit to the number of characters per message.
There will be assessments in the form of quizzes (4-5 during a nine-week period), with one longer “test” towards the end of the grading period. The test will come with a study guide. Students may choose to retake a quiz with a low grade. The best times for that are during Bridge period (in my room) or after school. I will average the two grades. Retakes must be done within one week of the original quiz. The final test cannot be retaken and it will mostly consist of questions similar to the ones on the previous quizzes.
I expect students to do their best in completing work in class. Bridge period may be used to complete work if there was not enough class time. I am happy to give reasonable extensions, especially if time was used wisely in class. If a student has been goofing off, he/she will not get the extension. There will be a number of multi-day assignments or activities
EIGHT SQUARE (weekly current events homework)
Each week students will submit a short report on a current event/science in the news. I developed a new template for this initiative, which gives each student choice in his/her category, source of the information and how it is to be presented. Students and parents will be given a handout that explains how it works. The weekly assignment must be submitted via Google Classroom unless the option that’s chosen requires it to be hand drawn.
POWERSCHOOL AND GRADES
I try my best to keep PowerSchool updated. There are times I record assignments into PowerSchool before students begin working on them. If you see a blank on any assignment, it means it was either not graded - or not yet assigned. If you see a zero, it can mean one of a few things: the assignment was not handed in - or - the assignment was handed in without a name. (I do maintain a "no name" folder where students can search). Students will have to ask me to see this folder. The last reason for a zero is due to my error in not entering the assignment. I will always enter the points once this error is uncovered.
Students who complete an additional Eight Square current events assignment may earn extra credit. I will have a sample 3-ring binder for each class that students can use to compare with their own notebook. Many times, a grade at the end of the nine-weeks is “borderline.” If a student falls into this category, he or she may submit their excellent notebook for the higher grade. The submitted notebook must contain all materials handed out, and all assignments, in order and neat.
I will always do my very best to adhere to student accommodations as listed in an IEP or 504 Plan.
If a student who does not have such accommodations has extenuating circumstances, which may lead to late or incomplete assignment, I would call a meeting with that student and his/her parent to develop a reasonable plan for completing work.
SUPPLY WISH LIST
On my web page is a class supply list for students. I have also included a classroom supply "wish list" if you are able to make a donation. I am seeking several larger items (microscopes, document camera, vacuum pump and bell jar). You or someone you know may have connections to a local university or college where these items may be available due to being replaced.
I welcome parent volunteers during indoor or outdoor activities. If I am able to pinpoint a day ahead of time, I will send out an email and remind text ahead of time requesting volunteers. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer to let me know what days and times are best for you.
EARTH AND SKY TRAIL CLUB
I am the advisor for the Earth and Sky Trail Club. Our club is open to new members who are in high school. In a nutshell, we are developing six National Park-quality signs (4x5 ft.), each with its own theme: geosphere atmosphere, hydrosphere, exosphere (space), sustainability and ecology. Our timeline for completion is two to three years from now. We will have these seven signs distributed around Saxapahaw for the public to view. The signs will include text, photographs, and illustrations done by club students. Each sign will have QR codes that will access Hawbridge student-produced and edited videos related to the theme of the sign.
We are also looking for area businesses to sponsor each sign (pay the cost) for a tax deduction. By "area" I mean businesses in Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties. Each sign's sponsor will have their logo and information imbedded in the sign.
1. Get any handouts for class and walk into room calmly. You are expected to be in class on time. Have a note if you are going to be late.
2. Sit in your assigned seat and get materials out for the day - see board by entry table for information
3. Abide by sign for personal electronics (keep in backpack unless instructed otherwise)
4. Remain quiet during lecture and instructions; raise hand if you have a question or comment
5. Stay on task and follow directions during activities; work with your assigned group
6. Do not leave for restroom during instruction/directions unless emergency
7. Stay in seat until dismissed - no walking around classroom. Unless instructed otherwise.
8. Follow guidelines for class outdoors. I will do the best I can to provide active outdoor experiences.
9. Expect lunch detention where you will thoughtfully complete a reflection form based on the 16 Habits of Mind. The teacher supervising lunch detention will have the form to give you.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR CLASS
A three-ring binder I will often have notes and diagrams (hole punched) to place in the notebook. If you are absent, I will put aside whatever was handed out for you (with your name on it) upon your return.
A composition notebook for writing short essays and reactions to videos, TED talks, demonstrations, etc. This is a small, thin notebook in which pages are NOT torn out.
Drawing supplies will come in handy for science. While I will have these materials, it is always nice to have your own. You may have a preference for the type of fine-tipped marker or pen you use. One idea that has worked well for students I've taught in the past: Put your materials in a pouch with a zipper or a small container. I can find a place to keep these in the classroom if you prefer not to carry it around with you. Include some regular pencils, ultra-fine tipped pens or markers of various colors (i.e. pilot or sharpie), colored pencils, eraser, sharpener, a small straight-edge, a small template for sketching circles, etc.
A scrapbook is optional. If you are the artist type and would like to have a nice keepsake at the end of the year, consider keeping a scrapbook of your work.