Honors Physical Science

WELCOME TO SOUTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOOL, EIGHTH GRADE, AND TO MY CLASS! I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL MY STUDENTS AND PARENTS THROUGHOUT THIS EXCITING SCHOOL YEAR!

The 21st century Science Classroom is structured to explore the concepts of Physical Science in great depths. Many digital tools will be used to strengthen your knowledge in Mechanics, Chemistry, Thermodynamics, and Electricity. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, lab apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course.

OUR DIGITAL CLASSROOM


  1. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the classroom environment, including our digital Canvas classroom, in order to advance their knowledge of Physical Science.

  2. Students are expected to be positive, respectful, attentive, and prepared for all class meetings as well as on Canvas Discussion Boards, Padlet, sharing of Google Docs, and any other digital tool used in the collaboration process.

  3. For a safe classroom environment to exist, name-calling and any other offensive actions will be strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disciplinary action. It is also expected that students do not bring food or beverages to the classroom.

  4. Students are expected to treat the provided classroom materials with respect and must make a habit of cleaning up their work space.

Course Materials

Students are to have the following material everyday:

  • Charged Lenovo Thinkpad
  • Class Composition Notebook
  • Graph Paper and Pencil for lab notes, graphs, and math problems.
  • Headphones
  • Colored Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Highlighters

Digital Vision Statement

Vision Statement

  • Create and Maintain a Blended Learning Environment


The Science Department is going to create and maintain a blended learning environment by continuing to implement hands-on scientific investigations (labs) and at the same time we will use digital collaborative tools to analyze data, to build consensus amongst groups, and to represent data. Students will then collaborate on drawing conclusions and submit these conclusions via google docs.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • E-Binder (Google Drive): Students will be keeping a Google Drive Binder for Science. The binder should not contain notes or assignments for any other subjects. Students will need to access the Google Drive Binder every day. The Google Drive Binder will be graded on a regular basis.
  • Bell Work: The first 7 minutes of class are spent on bell work. Monday through Thursday, students are expected to maintain their a digital learning log in their Google Drive Binder. On Fridays, students will turn in the bellwork for the week
  • Class Work: Students will complete the majority class work using Canvas and their Google Drive Binder/Google Docs. Any math or graphing will be done using traditional paper and pencil.
  • Homework: Students will be assigned homework 2-3 times a week. Homework will be assigned using Canvas or hard copy handouts in class. If students do not have access to the Internet at home, they will still be able to complete their homework offline.
  • Lab: Students are responsible for completing the Laboratory Documents for each experiment performed. Students will have one week from the completion of the experiments to turn in all work into the Canvas or when notebooks are checked.

GRADING POLICY

Assessments: 50%

  • Quizzes-%5 (Canvas and Brainpop)
  • End of Unit Assessment - %15
  • 9wk Assessment- %30


Classwork: %40

Which will include:

  • Notebook Checks
  • Labs and Experiments
  • Brainpop activities
  • Lesson Reflections and Wrap-Ups
  • Projects


Homework: %10

  • Assigned by Teacher
  • Between 1-3 per week (unless a project is assigned)
  • Can be either digital or hard copy.

Please read over the following Documents Below about Mr. Sommer's Class.

Please read over the following document below to learn more about Class Expectations and Procedures

ABSENCES AND MISSING WORK

If a student has an excused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignments without a grade reduction within two weeks of returning to school. If a student has an unexcused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignment within two weeks of returning to school, but will face small grade reduction as a consequence for not turning in the assignment in a timely manner.


If a student simply did not complete an assignment or turn it in by the deadline, he or she will still be able to complete and turn the missing assignment in. However, the student will face a small grade reduction as a consequence for not turning in the assignment in a timely manner. Additionally, the assignment must be completed within two weeks of the deadline.


NO assignments will be accepted after the nine week grading period!