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Welcome To DeRidder High School
•Students often ask me “Why do we need this, when will I ever use this?” I reply “We have 4 core subjects for a reason. We need English so we can communicate effectively with reading and writing. We need Math; as it is the language of the universe and is involved in everything we use in our daily lives. We need History; because if we do not know what happened in the past, then we will be destined to repeat it in the future. We need Science; because everything we have in our daily lives was made by science and all of the previous core subjects came about due to science reasoning and the human thought process and our quest for knowledge to learn all that is learnable and to reach for our very existence and survival in the infinite unknown called The Universe. Knowledge is a powerful thing, it rules the world and allows us to become anything we choose, and literally to reach for the stars. An old NBC commercial ends with “The more you know, the further you go”. I truly believe this with all of my reasoning. How About You?
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Physical Science is a combination of basic principles of physics and chemistry.
GRADING POLICY: Missed work should be made up within 5 days of the excused absence.
HOMEWORK/LABS/BELLWORK = 50% A = 100-93
TESTS/QUIZZES = 25% B = 92-85 PARTICIPATION = 25% C = 84-75
Final Exam = 1/7 of Final Grade D = 74-67
Pre/Mid/Post Test = 0% F = 66-0
*No Name on any assignment or any assignment not turned in on time results in a “0”at "my" discretion.
CLASSROOM POLICIES: The physical science classroom is a strict, disciplined, and ordered class. The students must follow strict safety rules while in the lab; as well as, strict rules of behavior in the class. If a student becomes a safety hazard in the lab, he/she may not be allowed to participate in labs; which means they would have to do research articles on the lab being taught to get the points they would lose; which could be strenuous due to the number of labs the students do during the year. Right choices are essential to the order of the class and any infraction will be dealt with promptly and appropriately based on the choice the student makes. Consequences will be assigned accordingly and appropriately. Talking after the bell is strictly forbidden, each infraction is 100 lines; which is compounded by another 100 lines if it is recurrent. Teachers at DHS are required to teach bell-to-bell; which means if the majority of the students finish their activity or assignment before the end of the class and are talking and socializing, I am required to give them another assignment or activity. This is not punishing the whole class; but following policy and maintaining order; as there is no free time in my class. I encourage you to explain to your child that it is expressly forbidden to socialize while in the labs or class; as this could easily result in an accident and safety in the science labs is a must. If the student is confident they have the correct answers, they should study their notes or read the chapter until time to switch to the next lab or end the labs for the day. Homework counts for half of their grade; therefore they should not choose not to do them. I do not tolerate any disrespect or talking back or bad attitudes of any kind in my class. If this occurs, I will not hesitate to punish them with lines, put them out of my class, write them up, or call the parent on the spot and have the student explain to the parent what I am having a problem with. Please inform your child that this is my class and they are attending it for a grade. I have asked them to get 2 folders, one for their graded assignments and old notes; which will be collected for a 100% test grade at the end of the year, and one for their current notes and current assignments; which I give them for another 100% test grade. They are not allowed to lose them or damage them. The consequence for this action is for them to get another copy from my website. You can check their progress anytime you wish by checking their assignment folder to see how their grades look on homework, labs, and tests; which must be kept by them in their folder; unless they did not do the assignment or assignments at all. The students can check their progress during each grading period; as I will be asking them to write down their assignment grades on a grade sheet which is to be stapled in the folder they bring to class each day, when I hand them back, and I will teach them how to average their own grades. I also ask them to have a composition book or paper, a basic calculator, a #2 pencil, and a black or blue ink pen. No other color of ink is permitted. All labs are done in class and are usually more than one day activities. If they miss several days during labs, they are allowed to get help from members of their lab group to get and understand what they missed, or they can write 250 words on the topic of each lab for the missing points. To make up a video quiz, they may stay after school to watch the video and take the quiz, or they can take the quiz without the video Tuesdays at lunch or from another class, or they can write a 250 word essay on the topic of the video. To make up a test they may stay after school or take it Tuesdays at 1st lunch, or any day at 2nd lunch, or come from another class if that teacher allows them to. They have 5 days to make up work if the absence is excused. If they missed an assignment, they also have 5 days if excused to make up the work, this does not mean if they missed the date we turned in work that they have five days, this is due the day they come back. It is the students’ responsibility to check with me when they missed class to see if they need any papers, assignments, labs, or to turn any of these in. It is essential that they take responsibility and do the best they can, and ask for help when needed; as the majority of the exit test in science is physical science, basic concepts of physics and chemistry (how the real world works); as well as geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, earth science, etc.; which is covered during the year in physical science. A basic study guide for the final exam will be accessible if they want it. It is very important that they pay attention when we go over chapter tests; as all of the questions on the final exam are selected from these chapter tests, word for word. If a student is absent when homework, labs, and notes are handed out, they will need to see me. The students can access my new website at: http://dhs-d.groupfusion.net; where they can download and print any homework, labs, and notes they may lose. I also have a school website: http://www.oncoursesystems.com/school/view_webpage.asp?id=467422; which you can access and can go to the classroom site from there. We have textbooks on CD-Rom; which students with a computer can check out for the year to take home with them and use as needed and is exactly the same as the textbook. Keep in mind they will already have notes with examples and pictures; as the textbook is only used for extra reading, as a resource. The physical science books are very expensive; therefore, students are not to share lockers; as they might lose the book they sign for. They MUST not lose their textbook; as I have to account for each one and they would have to pay for a lost book. The new textbook can be found online at: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do.
1.Test: You may stay after school, come from any hour except 4th, 1st lunch on Tuesdays, or any day at 2nd lunch.
2. Video Quiz: You may take the quiz without watching the video (not recommended), or stay after school and watch the video and take the quiz, or write a 250 word essay on the title/concept of the video. You may also go to our class website and watch the videos and make up the quiz. 3. Labs: You may get what you missed from your lab by discussion, or write a 250 word essay on the concept of the lab, or if applicable, come from another class to complete; if still set up. 4. Bellwork: When time allows; such as after a lab is complete for the day, you can look it up on the lab computer to complete. Portfolio - 100% Test Grade
Consists of all of your old notes; which will be needed to study for the final exam and answer the final exam study guide.
Folder – 100% Test Grade
Current Chapter Notes
Bell work answer document
New Physical Science Textbook Online! Online Resources for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Louisiana Science Programs! 1. Visit the ConnectED website at: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do 2. Enter the Username (see below) 3. Enter the Password (see below) 4. Click the Login button For Online Student Edition: Talk to Instructor to obtain a User Name and Password
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
1-Black or Blue Pen
1-Notebook/Paper for Notes
1-Calculator (A Must Have!)