Marin Catholic High School
The objectives of this course are:
Students are taught the concepts and terminology associated with each of the following oceanographic and marine biological topics. This is a general outline:
WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THIS CLASS?
To be successful, put a lot of effort into coursework, do your assigned reading and take thorough notes in class. If you want help with your note taking, come see me. Most importantly, if you begin to fall behind, come see me asap! Very important: work on your SEMESTER PROJECT all semester long!!
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
The environment of our classroom needs to be a safe one where discovery, discussion, and critical thinking foster great learning. In order for this to be a reality to you, as students, you have some responsibilities.
You should check this site frequently. You will find important announcements, the weekly agenda, homework assignments, and interesting links to websites. The Powerpoint lectures will also be available to download.
WHAT IF I AM ABSENT?
You should know by now what to do if you miss school. For excused absences, see p. 3 of the Parent-Student Handbook. Unexcused late work is not encouraged, but infrequently unavoidable. Late work is docked an entire grade for each day past the due date.
If you miss a test or quiz, you will be expected to make it up the day after you return to school. MAKEUPS ARE GIVEN BEFORE SCHOOL AT 7:00 AM. It is YOUR responsibility to schedule your make up.
WHAT IS MY SCIENCE BINDER AND HOW DO I ORGANIZE IT?
Organization is KEY to your level of success in this class. Your science binder should have this syllabus in the front followed by the five sections. The five sections are: Homework; Classwork & Handouts; Notes; Tests & Quizzes; and Labs. Your name and class should be easy to locate on the front of your binder.
Participation is key in this classroom. Everyone is encouraged to participate in class discussions & interactive lectures, laboratories, etc. Participation also includes being in your seat and on task when the bell rings (at the beginning and end of the period) and not disrupting the learning process for those around you.
Most quizzes will be announced (one day prior) but occasionally a small, unannounced pop quiz will be given. The reason for quizzes is to make sure that you are current with the material. There will be one test per chapter/unit covered.
Each student will further enhance their marine experience by taking on an outside research project, which will include practical, hands-on experience in the field. The subject is of your own choosing; a list of suggested topics/sources will be distributed. There is one project each semester. Class field trips will, hopefully, be taken when appropriate.
The following chart is a guide of the grading breakdown.