Classroom Policies

 Classroom Policies


Dear Parents and Students,

  Welcome back from what I hope was an enjoyable summer!  The 2009 - 2010 school year at TMS will be filled with new challenges and exciting learning experiences.  You will also need to meet high expectations, especially as life science students.  In order to ensure success in science class, it is essential that students, parents, and teachers work together.  To that end, I ask that you review the following information on classroom rules and grading policies that will be in effect throughout the school year.  

 Please review, sign and return this contract as soon as possible.  You will receive another copy for your records.  


Classroom Rules

1.  Follow directions the first time they are given.

2.  Come into the classroom quietly, get to work immediately.

3.  Raise your hand if you'd like to speak or get up.

4.  No cursing, teasing, name-calling or put-downs of classmates.

5.  Group work means using library voices.

Science Supplies:  Students are expected to bring the necessary science supplies to class every day.  This includes in the science binder with folder, homework, writing instruments (pencil only!), and student planners.  Students are expected to enter class notes, diagrams, worksheets, graded quizzes and any other relevant information given during class into their science binder.  This way, we can see student progress.  There will also be binder tests!

Homework:  To be counted for full credit, homework must be fully completed with honest effort on time!  No trips to the locker will be permitted after the bell rings.  To be counted for half credit, late assignments must be completed by the end of the day, or students will stay after school to complete it.  Homework assignments and due dates will be posted on my website: 

Absences:  The student is responsible for turning in assignments on time, including make-up work.  When a student has been absent, assignments will be placed in the absent folders in the classroom.  Students should retrieve these assignments the day he or she returns to school.  The student has however many days they were absent to complete the work.  Work due on the day the student was absent must be turned in the FIRST day they return to school!  IT IS THE STUDENT'S  RESPONSIBILITY TO TURN IN MISSED WORK!  Failure to do so will result in zeros for those assignments.  

Extra Help:  I am available on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school for help in ANY subject!  However, students may drop in at any time on any day. 

Grading Policy:  Grading will be handled on a "total points" basis.  However many points the student earns in a marking period divided by the total possible points will be the student's grade.  Homework will be worth 5 points each.  Projects will be worth approximately 30 points, quizzes about 20 points, tests about 35 points and so on.

Extra Credit:  Students may earn extra credit through summarizing science current events articles and by answering questions on the "I Wonder" board.  Each will be worth 1 point toward the final average for the marking period.  There is a limit of 5 extra credit assignments each marking period.  All assignments must be turned in by the end of the marking period.  

**Please feel free to email me at any time if you have a concern, question, or information about your child you think I should know.  I look forward to working together!  Also, please visit my website at:

I have reviewed this information with my child and we both understand what is expected of him/her this year.


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Parent Signature

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  I look forward to working with you this year!

Mrs.  Mach