Forensics Syllabus

Forensics' Website

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Classroom expectations

1.     Be an active listener while teacher is talking

2.     Remain in your seat

3.     Raise your hand to contribute to class

4.     Food is reserved for the cafeteria (water ok)

5.     Be respectful


Failure to abide to the rules will have consequences:

1.     Verbal warning

2.     Speak to teacher after class

3.     Detention

4.     Call home/parent conference

5.     Visit to principal

6.     In school detention

*When you see me raise my hand, it’s a good time to focus on me and pay attention.

Tentative schedule for semester

·      1st week

o   Intro to classroom expectations

o   Expected classroom behaviors

o   Lab safety

o Ice breakers

o Thinking outside the box activities

·      2nd week

o Intro lab

o Lab reports

o Lab safety/cleanup

o Lab expectations

·      Grading System

·      100-90% A

·      89-80% B

·      79-70% C

.  69-60% D

. <59% F

Sample assignments:

·      Take home Quizzes

·      Notebook

·      Homework assignments 

·      Hands on activities/Experiments

·      Lab reports/CER's 

·      Chapter tests/PBL Projects/Engineering Models 


            Tests can be given at end of each unit, so please be aware of upcoming test dates (I will let you know at least a week in advance).  Any cheating will be automatic zero, and automatic referral to office. Quizzes can be given at any time, be sure to keep up with your notes and homework.



Will be given at least 2-3x a week. Individual assignments will be assigned and turned in the electronically or physically the NEXT DAY.  Most labs consist of a post-lab section that is assigned as homework, if not finished during class.  If you are absent due to valid reason, you are given the amount of days missed to make up any work.

Late Work

The last day to turn in any late work will be on the date of current unit exam/project. No exceptions!


    It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he/she missed during absences.  A student is truant if he/she is more than 15 minutes late to class or leaves without permission or has an unexcused absence.  Students may not be allowed to make up work when truant.  

A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in their seat when the bell rings.  You receive one free pass, more can be earned through in-class prizes.  However, constant tardies will follow the same consequence protocol.  School policy will be enforced on all absences/tardies according to district policies

Tips for Success

1.     Come to class

a.     If you miss information, get it from someone else or check my website

2.     Bring recommending materials

a.     Composition notebook

b.     Writing utensils

c.  Laptop/electronic device

3.     Take good notes

a.     Summarize my notes in your own words

b.     Listen to what I say, not necessarily what is displayed

4.     Take advantage of my office hours (M,T,TH 30min after school) or by appointment

5.     Try, try, and keep trying

a.     Don’t give up

b.  Its ok to fail, as long as learn from it

6.     Have fun

a.     Don’t get stressed when things don’t click

b.     Remember when you were younger, how fun it was discovering new things

7.     Do your homework!