Class Procedures

Science Policies & Procedures

Welcome to 7th grade science. My name is Ms. Remez and I am very excited to have you in class this year. In 7th grade science we will explore chemistry and life science. This year, the science department is introducing a new program for students to learn the Next Generation Science Standards.

"IQWST™ (pronounced eye-qwest), is a program that allows students to investigate questions relevant to their lives by conducting investigations; collecting and analyzing data; developing and using models to explain phenomena, and engaging in argument from evidence, all in a literacy and discourse-rich environment. Lessons are organized into thematic units that support students as they build understanding of core ideas in science as well as understanding and use of scientific practices. Students also pursue their own original questions in units that integrate the fundamentals of Physical Sciences, Life Science, and Earth & Space Science.

Grading Scale

A 92-100%

B 83-91%

C 74-82%

D 65-73%

F 64% and below

Semester grades are based on the total number of points possible from all assignments, labs, and tests in the quarter.

The grades are broken down as follows:

Classwork, homework, and science notebook assessment: 25%. The point values for these grades range from 5-10 per assignment.

Labs, projects, tests, & quizzes: 75%. Each of these grades will be out of 100.

When a student does not pass an assessment they will have the opportunity to earn a passing grade. A “Contract for Improvement Points” will be given to the student. They have two school days to make correct corrections to the assessment and obtain a parent/guardian signature on the form. If this is turned in the student’s grade for the assessment will be changed to a passing grade. If it is not corrected and signed, they will receive the original grade they earned. I am here to help you be successful. If you ever feel that you do not understand a concept or an assignment, please take responsibility for your learning and let me know. We can then schedule a time to meet outside of class.

Behavior Expectations

1. First violation-verbal warning

2. Second violation-parent from call from student or teacher

3. Continuation of behavior after a phone call has been made will result in a classroom detention.

4. Severe violation-Severe misbehavior such as fighting, verbal abuse, or any act of gross insubordination will be referred directly to the office.

*Note that if your name is written down by a substitute teacher for not following behavior expectations you may earn a lunch detention.

Homework

Homework is due at the beginning of the class period that it is due. The expectation is that you have your homework completed when it is due. Late work will be accepted one day after the due date for 50% credit per the district policy.

Absences

You are responsible for obtaining make-up work. When you return, go to the WHILE YOU WERE OUT bin. Each class has a folder, find your class period and the packet with your name on it. You may find that the while you were out tells you to come to this site to find what you missed. That information will be under the chemistry or biology tab. You are responsible for answering the warm up questions when you are absent. (This includes missing class for band or other school related absences.) They will be included with your missed work. You have the number of days you were absent to make up the work. If an assignment was collected the day you were absent, it is your responsibility to turn it in the day you return to school.

Each student should have purchased 2 composition notebooks for use in science class. These notebooks will be used for warm ups, notes, and assignments. Each notebook will be used in conjunction with the 2 different units of study this year.

Materials to Bring to Class

You will need to have the following materials with you each day in class:

  • Science notebook (SNB)
  • IQWST Workbook
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Colored pencils or markers (not Sharpies or other markers that will bleed through the notebook pages)

Washroom/Hall/Water Fountain Passes:

The 7th grade policy states that you will be allowed to leave the classroom 10 times each quarter. This includes washroom, water fountain, and locker. You MUST have your assignment notebook with you in order to leave the classroom. Your assignment notebook is your hallway pass. Once you have used your passes for the semester you will not be allowed to leave for any of these reasons. Use your passes wisely.

Start of Class:

At the beginning of each class period, directions will be listed on the board. Students are responsible for writing down the question and the answer each day. These will be checked periodically for a classwork grade.


I look forward to a great year with you! Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions!