Guidelines and Expectations

Expectations for Class Participation
  1. ​Teachers and students are expected to attend class daily, arrive on time with all required materials, and be prepared to begin class on time.
  2. Teachers and students are responsible for maintaining a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning and for participating in and contributing to class.
  3. Students are expected to give their best effort when interacting during class. Teachers and other students are expected to respect these efforts.
  4. Students are responsible for making up all work missed due to absence.

Expectations for Work Habits

  1. Teachers will provide assignments with expectations and due dates. Students may retrieve additional copies of assignments and check due dates on the class web site.
  2. Students are expected to complete all assignments in a thorough fashion by the date they are due. Assignments received after the beginning of the period on the day it is due will be considered late. Late assignments may be accepted after incurring a penalty (for the majority of assignments 10% per day deduction. If homework is discussed, it may not be submitted late for partial credit. If homework is not discussed, it may be submitted late for 50% credit). No late work will be accepted after 10 days.
  3. When absent, students are responsible for checking the web site and/or asking peers about what they missed and making up all missed work. You will have the amount of time you were absent to make up missed assignments or tests. Teachers must give students opportunities to make up work for excused absences.
  4. Students with known absences are responsible for speaking with the teacher and scheduling make-up exams or downloading the classwork in advance.
  5. Students are encouraged to work together on assignments, but must write up their work individually. Copying from other students is not acceptable behavior and the school’s academic integrity policy is clearly outlined in the student handbook.
Expectations for Engagement as Learners Together in a Classroom Community
  1. Teachers and students must show respect for all members of the class community as well as the classroom equipment and materials. Teachers are responsible for taking appropriate disciplinary action.
  2. Teachers and students must focus on the lesson and attend to classwork.
  3. During class teachers and students must speak to and with others respectfully, without interruptions or side conversations, and must respect all opinions.
  4. Teachers and students are encouraged to reach out to other members of the class for help and clarification.
  5. Students must accept responsibility and consequences for academic and social behavior. 

Adapted from B. Field


Grading will be conducted on a weighted category system. Everything you do in relation to the course will have a point value associated with it.

Assignments and Performance Tasks: 90%
Lesson Practice and Progress Checks: 10%

Course Materials

  • You will need a three ring binder as I use a large amount of handouts in class and for homework. This binder will be randomly checked throughout the year.
  • You will need to take notes each day in class – This may be a separate spiral bound, or composition type notebook, or loose leaf paper in your binder. Some graph paper is recommended.
  • You must bring a pen or pencil, and a couple of colored pencils to class every day. I will let you know when you need a calculator. You should have a ruler at home.
  • You must save all handouts in chronological, or date, order. For each unit, the handouts will be labeled at the top (eg: Biomes1, Biomes2, etc)
  • In the event that you are absent or misplace a handout, all work is available on this course website.
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