• Mrs. Below-Bronson

    Clyde-Savannah High/Middle School

    2019-2020

     

    High School Living Environment Course Description

     Course Description

     Welcome to Living Environment!

    I hope it will be a fun and exciting year! I am looking forward to teaching/working with you and helping you have a successful year in living environment.  Below are a few general guidelines you should know.

     Course Units:

    Semester 1

    1. Scientific Inquiry
    2. Cells and Biochemical Processes
    3. Body systems and Homeostasis

    Semester 2

    1. Reproduction, Genetics and Biotechnology
    2. Evolution
    3. Ecology

    General Guidelines:

    Students are expected to respect each other, school property, personal property of others, the teacher, and themselves.  Specifically students are expected to abide by the following rules:

    1. Know and follow the rules of Clyde-Savannah High School.
    2. Actively participate in class.
    3. Be considerate and courteous to all in the classroom.
    4. Observe all safety rules!
    5. Take responsibility for your own actions.

     Class: 

    Class time will be used to develop an understanding of fundamental biology concepts.  Students will be involved in lectures, discussions, multimedia presentations, research, and group work.  ATTENDANCE is CRITICAL!  Many activities cannot be replicated on an individual basis.  Students that miss more than twenty-eight class periods will not receive credit for the course (STATE LAW).

     Laboratory:

    In addition to daily classes students will attend lab twice a week.  Laboratory time will be spent in hands-on activity designed to support and elaborate on concepts taught in class.  New York State requires that students successfully complete 1200 minutes of laboratory work.  This laboratory requirement can be met by earning passing scores or a minimum of thirty lab investigations that are retained in a folder-file of your instructor (STATE LAW).   Students that do not meet laboratory requirement will not earn credit for the course nor may they take the regents exam (STATE LAW).

     

    Regents Examination:

    The examination for Living Environment is made up of sections A-D on a written test.  Section D is made up of questions concerning state required labs.  The labs are completed and reviewed prior to the written examination.  The laboratory portion of the exam requires students to individually demonstrate understanding basic lab knowledge that should be acquired by completing a series of short investigations.  The A - C portions of the exam requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of Living Environment by completing multiple choice, short answer and construction items: e.g. graphing etc.

     

    Required Material:

    You will need your agenda, three-ring binder (for science only!), pencils, pens, one folder (which will be handed in for the instructor to keep their state labs in), one pack of loose leaf paper that goes in your binder, a calculator recommended , and a pack of colored pencils .  The three-ring binder is essential because you will receive a huge amount of notes and worksheets that you are responsible of keeping organized to use at any moments notice!  

     

    Provided Materials: 

    You will be assigned a brand new textbook which will be used in and out of class.  You will be responsible for keeping the textbook in a proper condition.  If the textbook is not handed back in/or has too much damage you will be fined accordingly.  

    Course EXPECTATIONS:

    Preparation:

    Arrive on time and prepared for class.  This means you have any assigned reading and/or homework sheet(s) For lab a pre-lab may be assigned before you start the lab.  Pre-reading and following instructor’s directions are essential to performing a lab correctly.  If you are unprepared or not listening to the instructions you will receive one period of detention! (Unprepared also includes not having the following items for class!)

    YOU MUST BRING TO CLASS:
    Your Three-Ring Binder ( with notes, paper etc in it)

    Pen and Pencil

    Living Environment Text Book

    YOU MUST BRING TO LAB:

    Your BINDER

    Pencil

    Binder and Notebook:

     Plan to keep your Xeroxed notes and written notes orderly.  Your notebook is an important resource for test preparation and review.  Be careful to keep your notebook complete!  If you miss material due to an absence, make it up!  Get any written notes or missing Xerox papers as soon as you return to school!  In order to check the quality of your notebook, be prepared to hand in and show it to your instructor at a moments notice (for a GRADE!)  You may want to divide it up into a few sections: notes, quizzes, worksheets and misc.

     Assignments and Laboratory Reports: 

     Your work should be neat and legible.  All questions should be answered in complete sentences.  Your work should be your own.  Cheating will not be tolerated!  Don't Plagiarize!  Any student assisting the cheater will also receive a zero.  Laboratory work should be completed on time!  If they are not done, plan to stay after school to complete your work!  If your work is not completed after school, you will not receive credit for it.  Homework will not be accepted late for credit.  The instructor reserves the right to judge acceptable excuses and will judge accordingly. 

     Missed Work: 

    You have as many days you miss of an excused absence to make up your work.  Missed labs, quizzes and tests must be made up within a week of your return.  After one week you will receive a zero (per instructors discretion).  In event of a lengthy absence, please ask for work to be sent home.  Anything that you can do at home will be sent (remember labs and group work can not be completed at home!)  After returning from a long absence you must come to me before or after school to establish a schedule for completion of any missing work. 

     Late Assignments:

    Late work will not be accepted and will result in a zero for that assignment.  Don’t let this happen to you!  If you do not understand as assignment make an appointment to get extra help!  Tutors may be available for you!  I will be the judge of an acceptable excuse for not doing your homework.  Acceptable excuses: “I was having knee surgery.”,  “ I was in a car accident.”

    Unacceptable excuses: “ I forgot my book”, “ I left it in my girlfriends car.”, “ My little brother tore it up.” , “ It is in someone else’s locker, and I don’t have the combination.” and any other excuse involving alien abduction, Elvis, pets/animals and plants. 

     Tardy Policy:

    Clyde-Savannah as adopted a new tardy policy.  Classroom doors are shut and locked when the bell rings.  See the student’s agenda for the consequences of being tardy. 

     Grading:                                             

    Your grade will be based on:                        

    25% Homework/Class-work                        

    25% Lab                                                      

    30% Tests                                                   

    20 % Quizzes                                            

    Earning Credit:

    To receive credit for this course, you

    must complete a minimum of thirty

    passing lab reports, Earn a passing score

    on the regents exam and finish the

    course with a passing average (at least a 65).

     

     

    7th Accelerated Physical Science Course Description

     

    Welcome to Physical Science!

     I hope it will be a fun and exciting year! I am looking forward to teaching/working with you and helping you have a successful year in science.  Below are a few general guidelines you should know

    Course Description

    A year long course targeted for the  7th grade accelerated student science   The course will focus on reading comprehension, D. B. Q. (Data Based)  interpretation in Science (graphs, charts, diagrams etc.).  We will be studying Chemistry and Physics topics.

      Course Units:                                                                   

    Semester # 1

     

    1. Lab safety contract; Class expectations                                    .
    2. Experiment design; Equipment match
    3. Key processes of Scientific Inquiry
    4. Matter
    5. The Kinetic theory of matter                 
    6. Energy, Waves, Heat

     Semester # 2

    1. Motion and Forces
    2. Solar system .
    3. Earth Science
    4. Meteorology                     

     General Guidelines:

    Students are expected to respect each other, school property, personal property of others, the teacher, and themselves.  Specifically students are expected to abide by the following rules:

     

    1. Know and follow the rules of Clyde-Savannah High School.
    2. Actively participate in class.
    3. Be considerate and courteous to all in the classroom.
    4. Observe all safety rules!
    5. Take responsibility for your own actions

     Laboratory:

    Lab is included within the regular class period.  Lab investigations are a part of the course and are done during class time. 

     Mid-Term and Final Examination(In 8th grade a Madatory 8th Grade STATE Science Exam)

    In addition to regular unit tests, there are two examinations for 8th Grade Physical Science students at mid-term and the final at the end of the year.  8th Graders will take the State Test at the end of the year.  It is essential for you to keep all your review packets and prior tests for studying for these examinations. You will need these to study with. 

     Required Material:

     You will need your agenda, your textbook , a paper spiral notebook, three-ring binder (for science only!), pencils, pens, a spiral of paper or one pack of loose leaf paper, a calculator.  The three-ring binder is essential!

    The three-ring binder is essential because you will receive a huge amount of notes and worksheets that you are responsible of keeping organized to use at any moments notice!  

     

    Provided Materials:

     Textbook to use in class. 

    Course EXPECTATIONS:

     

    Preparation:

     Arrive on time and prepared for class.  This means you have any assigned reading and/or homework sheet(s) For lab a pre-lab may be assigned before you start the lab.  Pre-reading and following instructor’s directions are essential to performing a lab correctly.  If you are unprepared or not listening to the instructions you will receive one period of detention! (Unprepared also includes not having the following items for class!)  

     

    YOU MUST BRING TO CLASS:
    Your Three-Ring Binder ( with notes, paper etc in it)

    Pen and Pencil

    Living Environment Text Book

      

    Binder and Notebook:

     Plan to keep your Xeroxed notes and written notes orderly.  Your notebook is an important resource for test preparation and review.  Be careful to keep your notebook complete!  If you miss material due to an absence, make it up!  Get any written notes or missing Xerox papers as soon as you return to school!  In order to check the quality of your notebook, be prepared to hand in and show it to your instructor at a moments notice (for a GRADE!)  You may want to divide it up into a few sections: notes, quizzes, worksheets and misc.

     

    Assignments and Laboratory Reports: 

     Your work should be neat and legible.  All questions should be answered in complete sentences.  Your work should be your own.  Cheating will not be tolerated!  Don't Plagiarize!  Any student assisting the cheater will also receive a zero.  Laboratory work should be completed on time!  If they are not done, plan to stay after school to complete your work!  If your work is not completed after school, you will not receive credit for it.  Homework will not be accepted late for credit.  The instructor reserves the right to judge acceptable excuses and will judge accordingly. 

     

    Missed Work:

     You have as many days you miss of an excused absence to make up your work.  Missed labs, quizzes and tests must be made up within a week of your return.  After one week you will receive a zero (per instructors discretion).  In event of a lengthy absence, please ask for work to be sent home.  Anything that you can do at home will be sent (remember labs and group work can not be completed at home!)  After returning from a long absence you must come to me before or after school to establish a schedule for completion of any missing work. 

     

    Late Assignments:

    Late work will not be accepted and will result in a zero for that assignment.  Don’t let this happen to you!  If you do not understand as assignment make an appointment to get extra help!  Tutors may be available for you!  I will be the judge of an acceptable excuse for not doing your homework.  Acceptable excuses: “I was having knee surgery.”, “ I was in a car accident.”

    Unacceptable excuses: “ I forgot my book”, “ I left it in my girlfriends car.”, “ My little brother tore it up.” , “ It is in someone else’s locker, and I don’t have the combination.” and any other excuse involving alien abduction, Elvis, pets/animals and plants. 

     

    Tardy Policy:

    Do not be tardy.  Come to class on time or you will receive a lunch detention to make up the minutes you are late to class.

     

    Grading:                                             

    Your grade will be based on:                        

    25% Homework/Class-work                        

    25% Lab                                                      

    30% Tests                                                   

    20% Quizzes