Environmental Syllabus

    Environmental Science SyllabusFirst Semester

Ms. Hammonds

Room 296


Email: aamu222@yahoo.com or mstish2@tmo.blackberry.net

Website: www.lhammonds.educatorspages.com                 

  TEXTBOOK: Holt: Environmental Science                 



This course was designed with a hand on approach, to help the students to consider such diverse issues related to the environment as mechanisms of ecosystems, food production, natural resources, air and water quality, waste disposal and management, and other topics. Social, political, and economic aspects of man's interaction with the natural environment are discussed.

CLASS EXPECTATIONS:This course will require students to maintain a notebook and they must bring it to class everyday as well as their textbooks. This will be a grade and checked daily.  The items listed below will be needed to succeed in this course.
  • 3 ring- binder/ spiral notebook / composition notebook ( choose one)
  • Paper
  • Pen and pencils
  • Divider tabs for each area; notes, homework, journals and warm-ups, labs, and quizzes. I do not give back test but the students will know their grades.
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer ( for class use)- given as extra credit
  • Ruler
  • There will be a list of items posted for the semester that the students can bring randomly for extra credit. The amount of credit and the items will be provided in class

  HOMEWORK POLICY   All work is due for full credit on the due date. I have a progressive grading policy for homework. This allows the student to receive a possible 75 if the assignment is 1 day late, a 50 if two days late, and on the third day a 25. After the third day a grade of Zero is given and will stand. SECOND CHANCE WEDESDAYI will be available after school on Wednesday in order for students to make up labs, test, and retakes. If the student retakes a test or quiz, the highest grade allowed is an 85, even if he or she makes a 100. There is a clipboard located in class for all students to sign up. This is voluntary    ABSENCES/TARDIES TO CLASS   If for any reason you are not in class, it is your responsibility to find out what assigns were missed and turn them in 3 day after you return. The progressive grading is a little different with absences. You have 3 days to receive full credit. On the fourth day the highest grade is a 75 on the 5th day the highest grade is a 50. After that a grade of a zero will be given. When you return to class, sign the make up book which will be locate in class, and write down your assignments. I am keep accurate attendance so it will be your responsibility to turn the assignment in on time. If special conditions are present, speak with me to make arrangements. TEXTBOOK Students will be assigned a textbook. Your child is held accountable for ensuring that it is returned by the end of the semester in the same condition it was received. Students will be charged for damage such as tears, graffiti etc.  

 GRADING POLICY Homework         10%        Tests                                      25%         Final                                    15%Labs                                       10%      Class work                             25%                                                Total Grade 100% 

*Some projects will count as test grades. You will be informed as to what those assignments are. Tutoring will be Mondays after School from 3:15 to 4:15 and Thursday s 7:40-8:05. If additional help is needed, speak with me to make arrangements for more time. Sincerely, Ms. HammondsEnvironmental / Physcial Science Teacher