Mr. Wegley’s Science Classroom The start of a new school year is so exciting and I am very much looking forward to this one. We will have a great time learning and becoming closer over the next nine months. Here is a brief overview of our year, policies, and procedures that we will use in the classroom and how they work. RULES: 1. Respect other people and their property. 2. Be on time and prepared for class with all necessary materials (notebook, log book, writing utensil). 3. Actively listen to others. 4. Follow directions the first time they are given. 5. Obey all other school rules. BEHAVIOR PLAN: Not following safety rules will result in losing lab privileges. Three tardies = Lunch Detention Three missing homework assignments = Detention and phone call home Consistent misbehavior in classroom = Wednesday school POSITIVE RECOGNITION: An email home A phone call home HOMEWORK: This is NOT a choice! You must do your homework to be successful in science. EXPECTATIONS: Follow ALL rules Turn assignments in ON TIME and COMPLETED Follow ALL verbal and written directions Ask questions when you do not understand something Write your homework down in your log book as soon as you get into class Be responsible for your actions Have a positive attitude Try your hardest Have fun!!! ☺ ABSENCE POLICY: If you are absent you have as many days as you were gone to make up your work. It is your responsibility to see me and collect the work you missed. If you miss a lab or inclass activity it will be your responsibility to come and schedule a time with me to make this up. (Study hall, lunch, before or after school (but I coach) are all options.) LOG BOOK: You are responsible for filling in your log book each day. The assignments will ALWAYS be on the board and you will need to write the assignment in your book as soon as you are seated. TEXTBOOKS: Students will be receiving their own science textbook/workbook. Students will be leaving their textbook/workbook in our science classroom. We will be removing the pages from the book after we have read and the students will place this in their folder to take home with them. Our science book can also be accessed online from thinkcentral.com. Students will be receiving a username and password to log-in to their ThinkCentral account. MATERIALS: Students will be expected to have a spiral notebook 70 - 100 pages which we will begin to put together during the first weeks of school and a folder with prongs. Students will also need to have a log book and writing utensils. There will be times throughout the year that additional supplies will be necessary for projects. I will give enough notice to allow time to obtain any supplies needed. If you are unable to purchase items, please see me before the project is due and I will help you gather the materials you need. CURRICULUM: Here is a list of the major topics we will be learning about: Laboratory safety Cells – organelles, mitosis, organization of living things, osmosis, and diffusion Living systems – symmetry and types of tissues Matter – atoms, elements, compounds, and mixtures Energy – potential, kinetic, sound, thermal, and electrical Motion – force and average speed Minerals – luster, streak, hardness, magnetism, etc. Rocks – igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary Soil – composition, permeability, and porosity GRADING: Grades are determined by dividing the points earned for projects, homework, tests, etc. by the total possible points. FORMS OF COMMUNICATION: [email protected] (E-mail) ***Please contact me if you have any concerns.