Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- What should I bring to class every day?
- Do I need anything else for science class?
- Are homework and classwork graded?
- What if I need extra help?
- Why do I have to use # 2 pencils?
- What is a bell ringer question?
- How is my notebook to be organized?
- Do you give extra credit?
- What if I am absent?
- What are your expectations of me during class?
- Do you have classroom rules?
What should I bring to class every day?
Every day every student should bring to class the BMS planner,
three ring binder for the day with looseleaf, and several # 2
pencils. It might be helpful to get two binders and put the A
day subjects in one and the B day subjects in the other or you
may prefer to get one 3" binder and put all four subjects in that
single binder. It is especially important that you have your
planner with you at all times as you may not go anywhere in the
building, not even to the water fountain, without it. Please do
not bring markers or pens with you. You do not need them.
Do I need anything else for science class?
I provide colored pencils when needed. I have rulers, scissors,
glue sticks, dry erase markers, and almost anything else you may
need for class. Goggles are required for science labs. The
science department has been provided with three sterilizing
cabinets for goggles so each science teacher has a class set of
goggles and they can be ready to use again in ten minutes.
Therefore, students no longer have to purchase science goggles.
Are homework and classwork graded?
Homework and classwork are graded. Homework may be checked as
complete or incomplete or it may be graded. Classwork is graded
on a percentage. Homework and class work are part of the notebook
and should be kept in the notebook. Absence is not an excuse for
not having all assignments completed.
Students are expected to check the online teacher pages for the homework.
What if I need extra help?
Extra help is available most mornings beginning at 8:15 AM in
Room 503. Please give me one day's notice that you are coming
in. Please keep that in mind if you plan to come in for help or
make up tests. When you come in for extra help, please bring
your notebook with you and have specific questions
for me. When asked what you need help with, please do not ever
say "everything" or "I don't understand anything." If you keep
up with your work and ask questions every time you do not
completely understand the topic at hand, you will always be able
to tell me exactly in what area you need more instruction.
Why do I have to use # 2 pencils?
The reason I want only # 2 pencils is because of the tendency of
students to write on the desks. I have spent much time trying to
remove ink amd marker from the desks' surfaces. When it comes
time to clean a desk, pencil marks are much easier to remove.
What is a bell ringer question?
The bell ringer question is a question based upon the Standards
of Learning for science. If you are absent from a class, you are
excused for that item. Ten questions are added together to make
one quiz grade.
How is my notebook to be organized?
Each day the assignments are written on the board along with the
day's date. All pages have a number and a title which is on the
board. You should copy the information onto the Table of
Contents. When worksheets or information sheets are passed out,
immediately put your first and last name, date, and the notebook
page number in the upper right hand corner of the page. If you
do this each time, your notebook will be organized at all times.
Do you give extra credit?
Those students who do their work completely and carefully
and turn it in on time usually do not need any extra credit. On
rare occasions I will offer extra credit.
What if I am absent?
If you are absent, you are expected to make up all work. I have
a sample notebook in the classroom so students may check it
against their notebooks. I also have the current Table of
Contents on this web site under Physical Science Notebook or
Earth Science Notebook. If you miss a test or a quiz, you are
expected to make arrangements to make it up. If I have collected
an assignment, you are expected to give it to me upon your return.
Homework is on this web site and also on Teacher Pages. Please
check them often as you are responsible for the information.
What are your expectations of me during class?
I expect my students to enter my classroom quietly and
immediately answer the bell ringer question(s)and define the Word
of the Day. I expect them to be silent after the tardy bell
rings. I expect students to refrain from talking during class
unless they are directed to do so and then it will only be about
the work at hand. Talking includes asking your neighbor a
question or asking for a pencil or paper. If I am called to the
door, silence is expected. If a substitute is taking the class,
the same rules apply. Students are expected to be polite and
respectful to me, other adults, and to each other. In class we
use formal language in writing and speaking. School is your job
and mine. I do my best and I expect no less than your best.
Do you have classroom rules?
My rules can be found in the VBCPS Code of Conduct and the BMS
Handbook/Planner. I follow the rules and regulations in those
two documents and I expect my students to do the same. I feel
students should know how to behave in a classroom and a school by
this time. Therefore, I do not expect to have any problems with
behavior, dress, or cell phones.