sfhsphysicalscience Mrs. Witt
South Florence High School Planning: 2A & 7B
Physical Science

Thursday, 1/24

-write-up for 1/11 lab worked on in class with the remote
computer lab

Monday, 1/28

-"Planetary weights" activity
-density formula and notes
-lab write-ups due Friday, 2/1, these must completed
  on your own time - no more class time will be used

Mrs. Witt's Classroom Expectations

Welcome to my science class.  Forget all of the bad things that you have heard about science and prepare to work hard and have fun!

I will make frequent use of the internet.  Class agendas, assignments, quizzes, etc. will be posted at this and other announced web-sites.  If you don't have a computer at home, remember that you can access these sites from any computer at the school and the public library. 

I am at school by 8:00 a.m. and I don't leave until 4:00 p.m.  You may call me at home at 383-6142.  Parents and students can also schedule an appointment with me through the guidance office by calling the school at 664-8190.  Both my home and school email addresses are listed above and can be used.  Please allow me a day or two to respond.  If you or your parents have e-mail at work or at home please send me a brief note so that I can save your address, this will enable me to send you updates and reminders.  THANKS!

I. Assignments

A.  All assignments are to be completed on time or there will be a penalty.

B.  Keep a record of all assignment grades on the grade sheet that I will give you, which should be in the front of your portfolio.

II. Labs

A. All lab reports should follow the given lab report template.

B. Graded labs should be kept in your folder and are fair game for lab or notebook quizzes.

C. Any violation of lab safety will be dealt with strictly.

D. All students are required to have a signed safety contract on file before they are allowed to participate in lab.

E. Missed labs must be made up after school within 5 school days.

III.  Tests

A.  There will be NO communication with anyone other than myself during tests.

B.  Only assigned materials will be used during a test.

C.  No graphing calculators are allowed on any test. 

D.  Tests are largely problem oriented; strictly memorizing information won't get you a passing grade.
E.  Generally, tests are worth twice as much as the homework/classwork material that the test covers.

IV.  Retests

A.  The Friday on the week after a test, there will be a retest.

B.  The retest will not be exactly the same test, but it will be very similar (same number and types of questions, same difficulty level, etc.)

C.  The retest will always be after school. NO EXCEPTIONS.

D.  If you cannot stay after school on Fridays, then make sure you do well on the test the first time.

V.  Grading

A.  I use the total point system, so the importance of a particular assignment can be determined by the number of points that it is given.

B.  You will be given a grade sheet to use to keep track of your grades, so you should be able to tell what your grade is at any given time.  So don't ask me!

C.  Each grade will be given as points earned/possible points.  Divide the top score by the bottom score and multiply the result by 100 to determine your grade on that item.

D.  Add up the top scores from all of your assignments.  Add up the bottom scores from all of your assignments.  Divide the total top by the total bottom and multiply the result by 100.  This will give you your class grade at that time.

F.  The lowest daily grade will be dropped at the end of each 9 weeks.

VI.  Projects

A.  There will be at least one or more major projects during the year.

B.  Information, including requirements and grading scale, will be provided later.

VII.  Portfolios

A.  Every student will be required to maintain a portfolio.

B.  The portfolio will be kept in a three ring binder with dividers between each chapter/section.

C.  At the beginning of each chapter/section you will be given a portfolio assignment sheet that will explain and list all of the assignments.

D.  The portfolio will be turned in a week after the test over the material in that chapter/section and will usually be returned within a week.

E.  Each portfolio chapter/section will be a separate grade, usually roughly equivalent to the test in points.

F.  You pick which level of portfolio that you complete.  Everyone is required to complete the C level (which is basically a notebook), but you can choose to complete extra assignments to earn a B or an A on the portfolio.

G.  B and A level assignments that were completed and turned in on time, but did not meet the grade requirement to be counted towards your portfolio will be returned to you.  You will have one week to correct/redo the assignment and turn it in again for credit.  This basically means that anyone who really wants to can earn an A on each portfolio!

VIII.  Behavior

A.  You are expected to take an active role in discussions, activities, and especially group work.

B.  You are expected to exhibit mature behavior and to treat others with courtesy and respect.

C.  Offenses will be dealt with according to the severity and/or frequency of the problem.

D.  All district and school policies must be followed at all times.

E.  You will be given two passes to the bathroom per semester.

IX.  Required Supplies

A.  3-ring notebook with dividers.

B.  Scientific (not graphing) calculator.

C.  Paper, pens, and other supplies that you might need, including Kleenex.  

X.  Absences

A.  All school and district polices must be followed.

B.  You are responsible for all missed material and work, I will not keep up with your assignments for you.


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