Earth/Physical Science 416 Syllabus
As a science educator my ultimate aim is to create a learning atmosphere in
which the student develops both intellectually and emotionally. It is my
firm belief that parents, students, and educators should work closely
together to achieve this goal. An organized notebook, to be reviewed and
signed by a parent each weekend, facilitates this process. The following
information should also be helpful.
Text: EARTH SCIENCE (Namowitz/Spaulding)
Three ring notebook, paper, pen, pencil, and highlighter.
I. Title Page
II. Table of Contents
III. Syllabus/Course Outline
IV. Lab Safety Rules
V. All written work in chronological order (notes, homework, tests,
current events, all other written work)
1. We will show respect for others as well as ourselves.
2. Bring ALL your supplies every day.
3. Keep ALL work in your notebook(neatly and in order). Homework will be
checked off daily.
4. The door will be shut at the bell and class will begin on time. Tardy
students will receive detention.
5. ALL work is to be done neatly and on time. If absent, students have one
day for each day out to complete work missed.
6. Hall/bathroom passes are for emergencies only.
7. During fire drills exit QUICKLY AND QUIETLY to the back parking lot.
Stand together as a class.
8. Follow all laboratory safety rules carefully. Disregarding the rules
will result in being removed from the work area and receiving a “0” for
9. Cheating is unacceptable. Your work is your own property; take pride in
it. Don’t give it away or take what belongs to someone else.
10. A record will be kept daily of positive and negative classroom behavior.
11. Students receiving a personal detention will report to my room (#221),
2:45 to 3:15 no later than the following day.
12. Severe or repetitive cases of inappropriate behavior will be dealt with
according to the detention/demerit rules in the student handbook.
13. Dismissal is by the teacher, NOT by the bell.
14. All missed labs will be made up during study hall (by prior arrangement)
or after school. Labs must be made up within the time parameters in the
1.Formal current event write-ups are due no later than the 15th and last day
of each month. Informal current event articles may be mounted, highlighted
and summarized for extra credit (up to 25 points) and placed in the back
of your notebook (due at the end of each quarter).
2. Projects/Reports are assigned once every quarter.
All work assigned receives points and will be recorded in your notebook.
Late work will receive no better than a B (one day late) or C (2 or more days
To compute your current grade:
1. Labs, test, and quizzes = 50% of the grade
2. Note/Homework (including extra credit), Project
and Formal Current Events = 50%
SEMESTER GRADE = each quarter 40%, semester exam 20%.
FINAL GRADE = numerical average of your two semester grades.
Students will receive a course outline. Although Chapter 6 is not
included we will be addressing environmental issues throughout the year. If
you or someone you know might be interested in contributing to our program
(ie. guest speaker), please let me know. I am looking forward to working
with you and having a great year in science.
Ms. Cleary NOTE: please communicate by email:
Student Signature__________________ Parent Signature___________________