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Mrs. Crozier's Science Classes 2010-2011

 

Walton High School
 2010 - 2011

The Next Dimension

 Syllabus

Biology

Physical Science

Environmental Science 


Welcome to Science! Each student in my classroom is encouraged to explore all aspects of science. Without the continued exploration of science, our world would be virtually impossible to function in day-to-day activities. Understanding the life cycle, the molecular and cellular functions of organisms, the way organisms in the universe revolve around each other and the constant follow of energy has been a key to advancement in human society. Science would not be understood without scientists being curious, having the drive to study the interaction of scientific processes and forming ideas.

Each scientist is a student of science because they are constantly searching for explanations of questions in which revolve around the answers of the words who, why, where, how and what. Likewise, each student in my class is a scientist and it is my goal that each of my students learns to appreciate, value and strive for answers to questions that are circulating in the world of science.

I would like to share some important information with you so that this will be a positive year for everyone. We have a class web site and I encourage you and your child to use it throughout the year.

Teacher Name:Mrs. Wyndy Crozier
Teacher Conference Time:6th period (1:08pm – 1:55pm) By appointment 
Teacher Tutoring Time: Thursdays- after school 
Contact Information:Please call Walton High School
(850) 892-1270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   or e-mail me at crozierw@walton.k12.fl.us
Classroom Location:Room  255 at Walton High School
Class Lunch:Lunch is divided among 4th period. My class has 1st lunch which is at 10:46 – 11:16 
Class Web Site:http://Crozier416.educatorpages.com

Class Web Site:

  • As a teacher, I feel it is vital to stay in contact with parents. I encourage you to visit the class web site as it is also an important avenue for students and parents. The weekly press release will be posted in the parent center of the web site for you to refer back at any time. The Class Web Site gives you a brief description of any important information that you need to be aware of for the success of your child. This will include when assignments are due, test announcements, projects information, important dates that are approaching etc. I will also give you a short summary of my weekly lesson plan so that you are always aware of the exciting things that are happening in your child's class. The Class Web Site help parents communicate with their child on activities within their science class.

 


Approximate Timelines and Due Dates of Long-Term Projects:

  • When projects are assigned, due dates will be announced at the beginning of the project. Approximate time line for long-term projects will be two to three weeks. There will be one to two projects each nine weeks and will be conducted 100% outside the classroom time.

Average amount of Homework:

  • Periodically, students will be given additional reinforcement assignments to complete at home to ensure necessary amount of learning for topics in science.

General Methods of Assessment and Grade Calculation:

  • Major grades = 50% (includes tests, projects, binder checks)
  • Daily grades = 45% (includes class work, participation (inc. behavior), homework, quizzes)
  • Reading assignment = 5% (warm ups, journal writing, reading and writing assignments)
  • Students will be given a class progress report throughout the nine weeks so that they are aware of their current grade in this class. It is required that the student also show you the progress report and have you sign it. It will need to go into their binder under “progress report” section. In addition, the school will issue mid-term progress reports to students and report cards, quarterly for all classes. During any time if a parent would like to discuss a grade or the progress of their child in science, please e- mail me.
  • 5 points will be deducted for No Name on an Assignment. Any No Names will be posted and remain for a certain amount of time and then discarded. After 9 wks of repeated behavior, 10 points will be deducted.
  •  5 points will be deducted from an assignment if a student’s handwriting is unreadable or too small to see. After 9 wks of repeated behavior, 10 points will be deducted.

  • 5 points will be deducted from an assignment if a student uses any other color ink besides blue or black. After 9 wks, 10 points will be deducted.
  • 5 points will be deducted from an assignment if a student doodles or draws on assignment. After 9 wks, 10 points will be deducted. Additional points may be deducted under teachers evaluation.

Supplies

1. Three ring binder (can not share with another subject)

  • All assignments, notes, test, and class progress reports will be placed in this binder.
  • At the end of the nine weeks, I will check the organization of the binder and give a binder test which will have questions that students will be able to answer if they are keeping their binder organized and in proper manner.
  • The major grade will consist of 70 points of the binder test questions and 30 points will be on the actual organization of the binder which will be directly graded by the teacher.
  • Students will be told 2 weeks prior to test and will be reminded each class period. If the student does not bring their binder on the day of the test, it will be a zero as a test grade (see above for grade scale).
  • Random Binder/spiral checks will occur so students must bring their binder/spirals each class period.

2. Six dividers for three ring binder

  • Five dividers need to be labeled as: Class Notes, Assignments, Tests, Lab Assignments, and Class Progress Reports 
  • The sixth section needs to include notebook paper and will be used to put any important announcements written on the board during class.
  • Each divider listed above needs to be labeled and be placed in the binder.

3. A one-subject spiral notebook Labeled with name and Warm-Ups/Journal/Objectives(will need one to start of the year but may need more throughout the school year)

  • This is for journal writing, warm-ups, 0bjectives and lab activities. Student will need to put their name on it and turn it in to the teacher. The student places their spiral in a hanging folder in a container. Each day, students will get their spiral and write the date, objective and warm up. Throughout the nine weeks, students will have objective/warm-up checks quizzes.

4. Pencils or Blue or Black ink pens (no other colors allowed)

  • 5 points will be deducted from an assignment if a student uses any other color ink besides blue or black. After 9 wks, 10 points will be deducted.

    There is a box of used pencils by the assignment box that students can use. These pencils are any that have been left within the classroom after students leave. Out of respect to all students, it is asked if you borrow, please put it back. If there are no pencils in the box, students will not be able to borrow from teacher.

5. Loose-leaf notebook paper

  • Students will need paper for class. There is a box of paper by the assignment box that has paper in it. Students may borrow paper from this box if there is some there. Out of respect to all students, only borrow paper if you do not have some and try to bring some to replace. If there is no paper in the box, you can inform the teacher. However, unless there is more paper, student is unable to borrow from teacher.

6. Additional supplies:

  • Students will need to bring in 1 glue stick, 1 small Elmer's liquid glue and a pack of colored pencils. They will be brought at the beginning of the school year and will be considered class supplies.
  • Although not required, it is appreciated if you donate tissues and hand sanitizer to the class.
  •  Students and parents will be notified if any additional supplies are needed.

Daily behavior worksheet:

http://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/behavior_checklist.html

Classroom Rules

1. Always be in your seat when the bell rings and prepared to start class (pencils sharpened, assignments ready)

2. Do not get out of your seat without permission (lab situations exluded)

3. Only talk when its appropriate.

4. Respect the space and property of your peers.

5. Obey all schools rules (see Student Handbook)

6. Bring your textbook, binder, spiral and other materials with you everyday!

Consequences

1. Warning - not all violations will get a warning first.

2. Removal from Class

3. Conference with parents or office referral

* 3 Tardies will result in after-school detention.

lab tools Lab Rules

1. Read, undestand and follow Lab Safety Rules with care. 

2. Stay on task.

3. Follow directions carefully.

4. Absolutely no eating or drinking.

5. Remember, Lab assignments are to be recorded in Lab Spiral and will be randomly collected.

6. When lab is complete, return materials according to directions and clean up your area. 

Consequences

Violation of these rules may result in termination of privileges or other disciplinary actions.


Responsibilities

1. Science can be a very difficult course in the amount of reading and the memorizing of terms. You are expected to keep up with the reading and take notes everyday.

2. You should always have your homework turned in at the beginning of class. If you turn it in later, even during the class period you will get a late deduction (1/2 off). This means you can't complete your homework during class and expect to get full credit.

3. Some of the assignments and projects in this class are group work. You are expected to do your share of the work. If I observe that you are not doing your share, you may be removed from your group and required to do the project by yourself - this is only fair for those that are really doing the work.

4. Do not whine or complain about assignments, projects or taking notes. As a high school student (an institute of "higher learning"), you're going to be expected to learn a wide variety of topics. The goal of the school is to give each student a well-rounded education so that they may be successful after graduation, whether that means going to college or getting a job.

5. Stay organized. The volume of information and handouts you'll have in high school is tremendous. You are expected to keep track of your own assignments, be prepared for tests, and know important due dates. use your binder to help you here. Use it!

6. Personal business, such as phone calls, restroom visits and other things should be conducted during your passing times and lunch periods. Do not expect teachers to give you passes to do these things.


WHS Tardy Policy:

  • For each nine weeks, the following policy is in place. 1st and 2nd warning is verbal warning. 2nd tardy has a parent contact. 3rd tardy results in an office referral and is signed up for After-School Detention. 4th tardy earns a 2nd day of after-school detention. 5th and beyond is up to the principal discretion.

Topics:

 Home-room teachers have locker combinations.
 This year students are only allowed to have draw-string book bags!


CLASSROOM GUIDELINES

  1. Be Respectful to Everyone
  2. Be On Time (in your seat ready to work when the tardy bell rings).
  3. Be Prepared (bring all materials to class each day).
  4. Have a good attitude
  5. Everyone is Responsible to help clean the classroom each period
  6. Follow ALL directions the first time given.
  7. No eating or drinking (unless I have given you prior permission)
  8. Put name on any assignment

CONSEQUENCES

  • Borrow or buy supplies
  • Phone calls to parents, Detention, stay after class, student/teacher/parent conference
  • Office referral
    (cell phones and electronic devices will be taken up and turned in to the office)

REWARDS

  • Free homework pass
  • Treats

 


MAKE-UP & LATE WORK

  • You will have one day for each day absent (excused)to make up any daily work that you missed before it is considered late. You will have one tutorial period (approximately one week) to make up any tests or quizzes that you missed. If you do not make up the work you missed within the time allowed it will be recorded as a permanent zero. You are responsible for finding out what work you missed. You will be able to refer to class web site to see what you missed if you were absent. You may also get make up work from the color-coded hanging make up organizer by the door.

RESTROOM / NURSE

  • To minimize disruptions to the learning process students will be allowed five hall passes for the entire semester. This includes restroom, getting a drink, locker or any other reason for leaving the classroom. Please make an effort to take care of personal matters during passing periods or lunch.
  • At the end of the semester, students will turn in any unused hall passes. Any passed turned in will give the student 3 points to a test grade in their second nine weeks. If a student does not use any hall passes, that is 15 points that will be added to their lowest test grade.

High school grades count toward graduation and grade point averages determine scholarships in college. It is a good idea to keep close tabs on your child’s grades, progress, and new friends they make. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time. If we work together, I know this will be a successful year. I am excited about teaching your child and I encourage you to become involved with your child’s educational success. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or if you would like to touch base with me.

Sincerely,
Wyndy Crozier
Walton High Science Teacher


REQUIRED FORMS-DUE 2nd FRIDAY OF SCHOOL!

Safety, Lab and Photo Agreement

Please answer the following questions on these pages as it is vital for communication between myself and parents. Return ASAP.

Student name ____________________________________________ Period __________

LAB SAFETY AGREEMENT

Students will be removed from the science activity area by the teacher if:

1. Their personal appearance or dress is such that they can cause injury to themselves or to other students.

2. They are behaving in such a manner that they can cause injury to themselves or to other students.

3. They are not following the prescribed safety rules for the science activity area or the particular science activity being conducted.

4. They are going beyond the limits of the science activity into areas that may lead to an unsafe situation.

5. They have not completed the pre-experiment activities that will allow them to work safely in the

laboratory situation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I would like to inform the school that my child has the following physical or medical situation(s) that could affect their learning in a science class (for example: specific allergies, etc.)

1. ____________________________________________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________________________________

CONTACT LENSES

Contact lenses are controversial in the science laboratory. Some experts feel that they are an added risk if there is chemical splashed in the eye. All students must wear safety goggles to prevent any such accident. As a parent, the decision is yours.

My student (will, will not) be wearing contact lenses in the lab. (Parent initials _______)

Safety and Lab CONSENT

I, _______________________________________ (student signature), have read all of the Rules and

Procedures including those reviewed during class. I understood what they meant when my teacher discussed them, or I had the teacher explain them to me. Date: _________________

I, _______________________________________ (parent signature), have read all of the Rules and Procedures including the Lab Safety Agreement. I have discussed them with my child and feel that my child understands what they mean. Date: _____________________

 

Photo CONSENT

I understand that photos taken in the classroom may have my child in it. The photos may be printed and place within the teacher’s classroom and memory book. I give permission to Miss Cunningham to do this__________________________________ (parent signature). I give permission to place photos in the media center on the class web site providing no personal information is enclosed on the web site. ___________________________________ (parent signature).

 

lab safetyScience is a hands-on laboratory class.  Students will be doing many laboratory activities that may require the use of chemicals, laboratory equipment, and other items which, if used incorrectly, can be hazardous.  Introductory physics is not primarily a lab class, but we will be doing a few labs that require students to understand the basics of lab safety.

1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory. No horseplay of any kind will be tolerated.

2.  Do your share of the lab; do not rely on your lab partner to do all of the work.  Before starting the lab, work out a way to share the responsibilities.

3. When first entering a science room, do not touch any equipment, chemicals, or other materials in the laboratory area until you are instructed to do so.   The lab also has many items in storage; do NOT poke around in cabinets or drawers.

4.  Read lab instructions carefully.  Many questions you might have are answered in your lab handout.   Do not skip steps, follow the directions in the order they are given.  

5. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory.    

6.  You may be required to wear safety goggles – usually when chemicals or glassware is involved in the lab.

7. Keep your area clean and free of clutter.  Backpacks should be left in the classroom or stored at the front of the lab where no one will trip over them.   Leave your lab table the way you found it.

8.  Do not wander around the room, distract other students, startle other students or interfere with the laboratory experiments of others.   Stay in your assigned area; do not “visit” your friends on the other side of the lab.

9.  Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment including: first aid kit(s), and fire extinguisher.  Know where the fire alarm and the exits are located.

10.   Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the teacher.

11. All chemicals in the laboratory are to be considered dangerous. Avoid handling chemicals with fingers. Always use a tweezer.   Never taste any chemicals (even if it seems safe) in the lab. 

12.  Never remove equipment or chemicals from the lab, unless you are given permission.

**Failure to follow lab safety rules will result in you being removed for the lab and receiving a zero. **

SIGNED:  _________________________________________  DATE:  ____________________

Parent Information Form Please answer the following questions on this page as it is vital for communication between myself and parents. Return ASAP.

Student Information

Last Name
  ____________  First Name   _____________


                                  Preferred name ________________


                                Your home phone (____)_____-______


Parent /Guardian Information Male guardian name   ______________ Relationship to                 student                      ____________
Male guardian place of work _____________________________________
His Work phone (____)________ His Cell phone (____)________
                                          His e-mail _____________________________
   Does this guardian need a translator? If so what language? _____________________
    What is the best time to reach him? ______________________
Female guardian                       name  ______________Relationship to Student  ___________
Female guardian place of work _____________________________________
Her Work phone (____)________Her Cell phone (____)________
                                          Her e-mail _____________________________
Does this guardian need a translator? If so what language? _________________
What is the best time to reach her?  
Emergency contact                               1)  Emergency contact name __________________________________________________________________________
                                  Relationship to you __________________________________
                  Work phone (____)___________ Cell phone (____)___________
                           2) Emergency contact name __________________________________________________________________________
                                         Relationship to you _____________________________________
                  Work phone (____)___________ Cell phone (____)___________     
 

 

 

 

Click Here for Safety, Lab, Photo

Agreement and Parent

Information Forms

Required Materials

Textbook

A 3 Ring Binder

6 Subject Dividers

Loose Leaf Notebook Paper

2 Spiral Notebooks

Black/Blue Pens or Pencil

Colored Pencils

1 Glue Stick

1 Elmer's Glue Bottle

DUE MON. 8/23!

Grading Scale

100-90 A

89-80 B

79-70 C

69-60 D

59-Below F

 

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