I have simple rules. Abide by them and you make the class a safe and comfortable place to be. Plus, you'll make me happy! Yay!
You need to turn in a signed safety contract and should earn an 80% or higher in the safety test to have permission to do labs. If these are not met by the time the first lab work is due, then said lab work (and any other affected labs) will be considered late, at which point the late rule will apply.
When you are involved in a lab, you MUST act accordingly. Participating in a lab is a privilege, one that can be taken away if the proper procedures are not followed. We want to keep you safe during any lab activity therefore it is important that you observe safety rules. Violations of safety rules will result in a maximum grade of 70. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be timed out from the activity. Once that happens, you automatically get a zero for that particular activity, a conduct grade of "P" for the grading cycle, and a referral to the Principal for administrative sanctions.
You are expected to come to class everyday. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to promptly gather the assignments that you missed from your classroom buddy. I will not remind you of missed assignments, YOU must take the initiative to find out what you missed.
It is also your responsibility to schedule a missed test and/or quiz in a timely manner. Please do not disturb me during class to schedule a test, wait for quiet time or come by outside of class time. You will get a zero if you are tardy or fail to come during your scheduled make-up day.
There is no make-up for missing or incomplete work due to being off task.
There is no make-up for unexcused absences.
There is no make-up for long-term assignments or for group work.
Take note that the format for make-up tests or quizzes is at my discretion.
Assignments are designed to be finished within the time given to you. Be aware of deadlines and turn in your work on or before it is due. For an assignment to be considered on time, it must be complete and not be missing any component AND it must be received IN CLASS by the specified date AND time. Any deviation from this will count as late work.
Late work will be accepted up to one day late and no later.
If you are absent or not in class on the day that it is due, you are responsible for finding a way to get it to me.
Should you turn in an assignment late, you MUST fill out and attach the Late Form, otherwise your work will not be accepted. Major assignments must have a parent signature on the late form.
The highest possible grade on late work is 70%.
Aside from the extra credit opportunities that I give in class, you are encouraged to initiate up to TWO extra credit projects per grading cycle.
Choose any of the information covered during the 9-week cycle and develop a creative approach to illustrate mastery. The two key words here are "creative" and "mastery." Keep in mind that the more creative, accurate, and impressive your work, the better your grade. To assess mastery, you may be required to present your work to class.
Get approval from me regarding the format or approach that you will take.
EACH extra credit project gives you the opportunity to raise a single test grade by up to 10 points.
Extra credit projects will NOT be accepted the last two weeks of each grading cycle.
For Level 1 offenses, you will need to serve lunchtime detention in the classroom. You will be required to spend at least 30 minutes at lunch cleaning up the classroom, lab stations, equipment, etc. Once you have been assigned detention, you will have three school days in which to serve your detention. You must inform me after class as to which day you will serve your detention. Failure to serve your detention on the scheduled time could increase your detention time and/or raise your offense to Level 2.
Cleanliness and neatness counts!