Regents Earth Science 2020-2021
DATE: September 9, 2020
TO: All Incoming Earth Science Students
FROM: Mr. Evans
RE: Classroom Policy
CC: East Aurora School District
1. Students must be in their seats, quiet, with daily equipment or logged in from home when the class starts in order not to be considered tardy.
2. Students will remain in their seats at the end of class until dismissed by the instructor.
3. Students will sign in each day from home via a Google Form quick attendance-check assigned for the day. Then home-students will attend the assigned Google Meet for the class.
4. Students are to be aware of the district’s attendance policy as stated in the student handbook as to eligibility for course credit. However, in a Regents class, class work and labs must be made up. It is difficult to achieve success in Earth Science if very many days are missed.
1. The student shall have a 2" three-ring binder for their Earth Science notebook. This is to be brought to class daily and must be kept up to date by the student. Students shall keep a section for notes, reference tables, and daily homework. Keep it organized.
2. A pen, pencil, notebook, calculator and the chromebook are required standard daily equipment.
3. Textbooks and Review Books are to remain at home for the entire year for homework and readings. Students are financially responsible for the condition of their assigned school books when they are returned. These will be returned at the end of the school year.
4. Students are asked to bring a calculator to class daily.
1. Daily assignments will be written on the Google Classroom Assignment page. It is the student’s responsibility to read the assignments daily, download, complete and save them to their Google Drive.
2. The number of assignments that are given this year will vary as to the particular unit. Graded Homework will average around 3 times a week.
3. Assignments will include reading, research, written activities, viewing science video files and lab reports. Many of these assignments will be done online only. All work is considered necessary to prepare and enhance the student’s comprehension of the course material.
4. Assignments are due at the beginning of in-class time on the due date for physical (paper) assignments.
5. Assignments online are due at the date and time indicated on Google Classroom, and submitted to your Google Drive.
5. Students missing class time and class work because of music lessons or other assigned school activities are responsible for handing in work on time and making arrangements for getting assignments.
6. Students missing class and work because of legal absences (such as illness) will have an equal number of days to make up work at full credit, otherwise no late work is accepted past the day / time due.
1. Common sense and all district rules apply in this classroom. Students at home will appear and act as if in the science classroom. Our main objective in class is learning science. All students have a right to learn and the responsibility to allow others to learn. Students do not have the right to disturb other students, the teaching process, or the learning environment.
2. The instructor reserves the right to reprimand, change seating, or use other appropriate school processes necessary to maintain safety and proper learning environment in the class or lab.
3. A raised hand indicates that a student has something to ask or say. When acknowledged, it allows for orderly, meaningful, large classroom learning.
4. Group work will be conducted with between members using shared documents through their own chromebooks.
1. Your quarterly average will be computed by your earned credits in four main areas: Labs, Homework, Quizzes, and Unit Tests plus Participation. Each area will be weighted according to the following table:
2. You can earn from 0-100 points on any given assignment; extra credit outside of class is not offered.
3. To determine qualification for 1 Regents Credit in Science, your four quarter grades will be averaged along with your Regent’s Earth Science Final Exam as follows: (20% x each of the quarterly averages and 20% of the Final Exam score).
4. If you end up with a final course average of 65 or better, and passed the regent’s exam you’ll receive course credit and one Regents Credit.
5. Parents/guardians will have progress reports sent home.
6. My phone number is 687-2300 ext. 7158
7. Labs not made up by the close of a marking period will receive no credit towards the State Final Requirement of Lab Credit.
8. The instructor will be available during activity period and after school for make-up work, conferences, assistance, etc. Please check with instructor for possible times. Students are to sign up in activity period in order to stay after school unless assigned by the teacher.
Lab Work and Grading Policy:
· The State of New York requires all students to complete lab work in order to be eligible to take the Regent’s Earth Science Final Exam.
· Lab work is an integral part to truly understand science material and should be pursued in a serious and timely matter.
· Students will work alone to collect data.
· Each student is mandated to produce his or her own lab reports for the work assigned.
· The lab reports will be kept in folders in a class filing cabinet.
· Lab reports will be assigned due dates. Failure to meet the lab due dates will result in a 10-point grade reduction per day. After (5) days the lab will receive 0 points credit.
· Note: Even if you receive no grade credit for the lab, it must be acceptably complete in order to meet the state exam eligibility requirement.
· Persistent failure to complete old lab reports will result in assigned before and after-school lab periods.
· If you are absent for lab work sessions for any reason, it will be your responsibility to make up the work. Do this by making arrangements with me for an appropriate time to work on the material. Remember that you are responsible for your eligibility to take the Regent’s Final Exam.
· Students are not to copy data of an another for his or her lab report if you are absent. This defeats the purpose of lab work.
· Lab reports must be neat and legible. Answers must be in complete sentences, lack misspellings with no texting jargon. Reductions in grade and need to redo the work will result otherwise. Therefore, labs will be done in pencil.
· Labs will remain in the classroom unless approved by the teacher for work outside of class.
· Failure to follow safety instructions will result in a reduced grade and/or no credit on the lab.
Students that complete all labs on time and with a B+ or higher rating will receive bonus points on their average for the semester.
· You will earn the grades you receive. They should reflect what you know and how you perform on science tasks.
· The world of work desires people with knowledge, appropriate skills, a good work ethic and participation. All students will apply these concepts in class.
Phone: 687-2300 ext. 7158
Voice mail: 687-2491 box 1023
Quarterly Grades: 15% Homework, 15% Quizzes, 25% Lab Reports, 35% Unit Tests, Participation 10%
Final Class Average: Average of the Four Quarters and Regents Final Exam
65% Passing Score for One Science Credit. EA students need three science credits to graduate.
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Earth Science Regents Exam: State Benchmark Test, 65% Passing score; 85% and Higher = Mastery Level
- Metric Measurement
- Earth’s Dimensions
- Earth in Space
- Solar System
- The Moon
- Weather Fronts
- Severe Weather Systems
- Heat and Energy
- Natural Resources
- Rocks and Minerals
- Topographic Maps
- Latitude and Longitude Systems
- River Evolution
- Weathering and Erosion
- Plate Tectonics
- Glacial Geology