Syllabus

General Information

  1. All questions regarding class content, class evaluation, class discipline and any other course concerns should be made to the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to modify any section of this syllabus at any time.
  2. The classroom web site contains the course syllabus, pacing guide, textbook and other pertinent classroom information.

Classroom Goals

  1. Follow all classroom rules.
  2. Work well with others.
  3. Complete all assignments (unless excused).
  4. Earn a final quarter grade of an 'A' or 'B.'
  5. Pass the science portion of Ohio Computer Based Assessment. Honors students will attain an 'Accelerated' or 'Advanced' score on the Ohio Computer Based Assessment.

Course Description

  1. Students in eighth grade will use scientific inquiry to discover patterns, trends, structures and relationships that may be described by simple principles. These principles are related to the properties or interactions within and between systems.  In addition, students will study the physical features of Earth and how they formed. This includes the interior of Earth, the rock record, plate tectonics and landforms.  Students will also study forces and motion within, on and around the Earth and within the universe. Finally, students will study the continuation of the species.
  2. Refer to the Pacing Guide available on the classroom web site for specific learning indicators and sequencing.
  3. Students enrolled in Science 8 Honors should achieve a deeper understanding of the science content.  Honors students will be expected to read and comprehend concepts discussed in scientific articles, apply a variety of mathematical skills to solve scientific problems,  write detailed explanations of natural phenomena, evaluate and synthesize scientific rationales, and work collaboratively with peers as productive members of a local scientific community.

Supplies

  1. Pencil and Pen (blue or black ink)
  2. Metric Ruler
  3. Calculator (4 function)
  4. Coloring Pencils, Coloring Markers, and Dry Erase Markers
  5. Folder or Small Binder
  6. Lined Paper/Notebook
  7. Scissors

Science Evaluations

1.  Summative Assessments:  This type of assessment is given periodically to determine at a particular point in time what students know and do not know.

  • Quizzes/Tests (80%)   
    These assessments will be worth points.  They will be recorded in the grade book and used to calculate quarter grades.  Examples include, quizzes, extended response essays, unit tests covering specific learning targets, and exams covering material from the 1st and 2nd semesters.
  • Projects/Homework/Activities (20%)
    These assessments will be worth points.   They will be recorded in the grade book and used to determine grades.  Examples include: posters, models, presentations and other various performance assessments.

2.  Formative Assessment is part of the instructional process (gathering information to determine what learning is going on at that moment). When incorporated into classroom practice, it provides the information needed to adjust teaching and learning methods. In this sense, formative assessment informs both teachers and students about content understanding at a point when timely adjustments can be made. These adjustments help to ensure student achievement of targeted standard-based learning goals.

  • Formative assessment should be thought of as 'practice.'
  • These assessments are not worth points in the grade book.  Formative assessment helps teachers determine the next steps during the learning process as the instruction approaches the summative assessment of student learning.    
  • Although not worth points, formative assessments are extremely important.  They provide a way for student to self monitor the things the already know and what they need to work on.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Follow the instructor's directions the first time.
  2. Be in your seat before the bell rings.
  3. Bring necessary supplies to class (e.g., charged Chromebook, pen, etc.)
  4. Don't talk when the teacher is talking or when a student is asking or answering a question.
  5. Keep all discussions on target with the lesson.
  6. Absolutely no bullying/intimidation, gossiping, name calling, put-downs, inappropriate language or yelling.
  7. Keep hands, feet and other objects away from other people.
  8. Don't use cell phones to call or text message in class.   If you carry a phone keep it out of sight and turn it off during class. 
  9. Don't use electronic devices unless approved ahead of time by the instructor for instructional purposes. 
  10. The student should NOT bring or consume food or beverages in the classroom.
  11. The student is responsible for the completion of all class work / homework assignments. 

Note: All rules that are delineated in the student handbook may be enforced by the instructor.

Make-up Work

  1. It is the student's responsibility to obtain, complete and submit assignments missed during an absence.  
  2. Students should refer to their Science 8/8H Google Classroom for all assignments before returning to class (e.g., if a student missed class on Monday, the student should review missed assignments and attempt completion before arriving to class on Wednesday.) 
  3. A student may earn up to 50% on unexcused late work when submitted by the next class following the due date.   
  4. All late work (excused or unexcused) must be "shared" by the student with the instructor.  Hint: click "share" and enter the instructor's email address.  The email produced will notify the instructor to grade the late work.  

Passes

  • Students are expected to be prepared for class with their necessary materials.  As a general rule students are not permitted to use the hall pass for retrieval of class materials from their lockers.
  • Students are expected to use bathroom facilities during study-hall, during lunch and between classes.  Students may use the hall pass once a week for emergency bathroom purposes.  A student will serve a lunch detention for each additional pass given to make up for the class time missed.

Note: Any student abusing the hall pass privilege will lose it for the remainder of the year.

Disciplinary Action

  1. A student demonstrating misconduct (esp. refusal to work, disrupting class, insubordination, etc.) may be removed from class to CLC (Controlled Learning Center) with a working lunch the following day and/or assigned an after-school detention.   Any further misconduct during the school week will result in additional disciplinary action (e.g., after-school detention, office referral). 
  2. A student that habitually demonstrates misconduct will be removed from class (CLC) and referred to an administrator.