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Welcome Back to another school year- It is going to be INCREDIBLE!!
Dear Students and Parents,
Thank you for choosing BHCA -  I am delighted to be your science teacher this year!  
Sharing the wonder of our world through science is the richest experience I can imagine - so I feel privileged to participate in your learning.

Email is the best way to reach me: weavepj@bayhaven.org

Mrs. Paula Weaver  MEd
Science Department Chair
BETA Club Sponsor

HIGH EXPECTATIONS * HIGH ACHIEVEMENT


Academic Expectations: 

 1. Be prepared to learn:

Be on time.  If tardy, quietly sign the Tardy sheet near the door. 

Bring your planner, textbook, and pencil to class every day. Have homework complete before class starts.

Don't wait to study until the night before a test.  Study a little bit every day to keep up.  Try to stay aware of current events that relate to what we are studying - scientists are constantly learning from a variety of sources.

2. Participate in class:

Work with those at your table – if the teacher is not talking, ask two before you ask the teacher for clarification. We are all learning together.

A composition book will be used for bell-work each day, it will stay in the classroom. Keeping this up to date and neat will help you do well on tests. 

3.  Follow Behavior Expectations: (so our time is spent learning)

You are “at work” so practice professionalism; that means polite behavior and doing your job, of learning, well.  

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. - Albert Einstein


Behavior Expectations:
Behavior expectations are posted in the classroom - follow them.  Consequences for not following rules may result in a note to parents in your planner which will require parental signature.  Other consequences may result in a phone call home, a parent conference or exclusion from extracurricular activities after school and other social events.
1. Listen and follow directions at all times.  Raise your hand to be recognized- don't speak until it is your turn.
2. Act with respect towards others - property, space, and feelings.
3. Be in class on time, do not be tardy. If tardy, sign the Tardy sheet and go quietly to your assigned seat.
4.  Sharpen pencils before class begins; never while the teacher is talking. 
5.  Use your class time wisely; work with urgency - do not interrupt others opportunity to learn.
6.  Restroom: fill out pass in your planner, the teacher will sign your planner and dismiss you to leave. 
7.  No backpacks or string bags are permitted in class.

Beginning of class procedure:

Enter quietly, read and follow the BELLWORK instructions on the board and place your books at your assigned seat.  

 Get out a pencil, sharpen it if necessary.  

 Get Bellwork book and begin.   

When finished with Bell Work – open your planner to the correct day - check for homework on the assignment board.

End of class procedure:

When notified by the teacher that class is over

Make sure you have written your homework into your planner      

Put away all supplies used in class.              

Scan your table and floor for trash to be thrown away. Stand behind your chair with your things.  The teacher – not the bell – releases the class.

Missed assignments due to absence from school.  You are responsible for all missed/make-up work. Check the class website while you are absent for missed work.  Try to get caught up as quickly as possible.

Science Labs require students to follow the safety rules outlined in the safety contract.  If you are not trustworthy enough to be safe and follow the safety rules, then students will only observe the lab and will be given a related assignment to do instead.  

If you miss a lab due to absence, the lab might not be able to be reenacted for you, therefore you will be given the opportunity to do another related assignment for equal class credit.  

Collaborate with lab partners and others at your table.  This means doing your job and helping others do theirs too.  We are all learning together.  Teamwork makes the dream work!

Please let the teacher know if there are conflicts or misunderstandings at your table,  making it difficult for you to do your work.  Always let me know if you have difficulty seeing, hearing or understanding the lesson or the rules - that way we can improve your chances for successful learning.

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT GRADING POLICY:
Your academic grade can be found in FOCUS and is determined by combining:
                                                             6th     7th     8th   
Homework/Classwork/Class Participation: 15%  15%   10%
Quizzes and Labs:                                   30%  25%   25%
Tests and Projects:                                  55%  60%   65%
Assignments that are missed due to an absence and not made up in a timely manner earn a grade of 0.
Late work, if accepted, will not be given equal credit as work turned in on time. 
Students will be notified if late work will be accepted with a reduction in credit.  
Major projects turned in late will lose points each day they are late. 




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