Syllabus / FAQ

What will I learn this year?
7th grade science includes study in all disciplines of science through a life science focus. Visit each of the individual unit pages for more details.

Will we have homework?
Yes. In order to use our short time together each day effectively, homework will be assigned weekly.

How will my grade be calculated?
In each 9wk grading period, students will earn grades classified as either 'major' or 'minor'. Major grades make up 60% of the term grade and minor grades make up 40%. (This is different from Intermediate School.)

When is tutoring?
W/F mornings, 7:45am-8:10am
T/Th afternoons, 3:40pm-4:10pm

What if I'm absent?
It is the student's responsibility to get any make up work he/she missed while absent. In our classroom, there is a 'Make Up' work bin that is organized by date. If you are absent, check the bin first. If you have any questions or do not find anything for the date you were absent, please speak with Mrs. Knight at an appropriate time at the beginning or the end of the class period. Students will have one day for each day missed to make up the assignments.

What if I'm tardy?
Class periods are relatively short in junior high so it is essential we begin and end on time. There is a 4 minute passing period between classes which is ample for getting from one class to another. Tardies are counted in every class period and documented in Skyward. 
... 1st tardy: warning
... 2nd and more: lunch detention - Assistant Principals pull report on Friday and students serve on Monday
... excessive/habitual: Asst. Principals determine consequences

What are Mrs. Knight's classroom expectations? 
In order to maintain an effective learning environment, Mrs. Knight uses class rules that are adopted from Whole Brain Teaching. 

What happens if I am not following expectations?
On the occasion, a student may have a tough time following the classroom expectations which not only affects his/her learning that day, but also the learning of others in the class. We will follow this 5 step plan:
.....1. Redirect/Warning
.....2. Refocus/Written reflection
.....3. 15 minute detention
.....4. 30 minute detention
.....5. Office Referral

If a student's behavior is egregious (outstandingly bad/shocking), the student will receive an office referral.

What is the class policy on food and/or drinks?
Dry snacks and bottled water with cap are ok during the first 10 minutes of class.

Food and/or drink is not allowed in the science classroom as a general safety rule when we are doing lab activities.