6th Grade Science Syllabus Gray Middle School Ms. Hancock [email protected] (859) 384- 5333 Welcome to Ms. Hancock’s 6th grade Science class! This year, students will be taking part in a year-long Integrated Science course based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will not be assigned an individual textbook. Students instead will be learning skills through the use of science and engineering practices. It is very important that students remain organized and make connections to their learning through classroom experiences. Please read the procedures and expectations I have set and return the signature page by Monday August 17, 2015. Be Prepared Being prepared includes being on time! You will need your agenda, notebook, science journal, paper, and a pencil each day. If additional supplies are needed, you will find them listed on the whiteboard located directly outside of my room. Daily Classroom Procedures When you enter the room, sit in your assigned seat and quietly work on the warm up activities. Warm up activities include: copying the agenda, answering the bell ringer, and reading the learning target. Once those three things are complete, wait quietly for further instruction. Absences It is your responsibility to check the absent folder to get your missing work! Please see me during advisory to review work and establish a time to make up the necessary assignments. I follow GMS’s absentee policy. Grading Scale Points are earned in the following areas: tests/quizzes, labs/projects, classwork, and homework. The length of the assignment will be a factor in the total amount of points possible. Weighted Grades 60% Classwork/Homework 40% Assessments GMS Grading Scale A 94-100 B 87-93 C 78-86 D 70-77 F Below 70 Late Work Work is late unless students have an excused absence for reasons such as a medical appointment and present a valid note to the office. Once approved, students will receive one additional day per excused day to complete work (per Gray’s absentee policy). Otherwise, students will receive a 10% reduction in grade per day the assignment is late (5% for ½ day late). Late assignments must be handed directly to the teacher. Do not place late work on my desk or in grading basket. A late grade is better than getting a zero so please complete all of your assignments! Cheating Any student who talks, looks at another student’s paper, or communicates in any way with another student during a test or quiz is considering cheating. In addition, exchanging papers to copy answers on individual classwork or homework will have the same consequence. Consequences for cheating will apply to the student copying answers as well as the student allowing it to happen. Take pride in completing your own work! No Name Papers The following heading should be placed in the upper right corner of every paper you write on: Name (First, Last) Class Period Date Papers without the proper heading will be placed in the no name folder. It is your responsibility to check this folder and resubmit any work to be graded. Curriculum Snapshot Unit 1- Forces and Interactions Unit 2- Structure and Properties of Matter Unit 3- Earth Systems Unit 4- Weather and Climate Unit 5- Geological Processes and History of Earth Unit 6- Matter and Energy in Ecosystems Two of the most valuable tools for success will be classroom experiences and the use of a science journal. It is important that students ask questions in class and participate each day. The science journal is recommended to copy notes, glue diagrams, write clarifying questions to address with peers/teacher, etc. Contact Information Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by email at: [email protected] I am excited for another wonderful year at Gray Middle School and I look forward to working with each of you over the 2015-2016 school year! Classroom Behavior Students are expected to follow all GMS rules inside and outside of the classroom. Be respectful Do not speak when the teacher is speaking Raise your hand Keep your hands and feet to yourself Stay engaged Ask questions …just to name a few!