How to be Successful in Class
Science 2004 – 2005 Mrs. Young
Science is a course demanding concentration in the classroom, with homework
and studying at night. Don’t fall behind!
1. Materials: Required everyday
spiral notebook (150 pg, 8 ½” x 11” )
lined notebook paper
several sharpened pencils
pens – blue, black
*You should be prepared everyday, so bring all your materials to class.
2. Homework will be stamped “good stamp” (rubberstamp –
different one each day) showing you completed it on time. No late homework
is accepted. I also use a rubberstamp that says “missing homework”
so that the student and parent know the assignment was not completed on time.
No “good” stamp, no credit. When you arrive for class, immediately
get your homework out on the table. I will start stamping as soon as
the bell rings. If it is not out, when I pass by, you will not receive
a stamp. Exception only for absences (see below for absences).
3. Lab reports, projects, and notebooks will be accepted
late, but a one-point penalty per day for a maximum of 5 days, excluding
weekends and excused absences, will be deducted from your total score.
Again, no stamp on the homework, no credit (even if done late). After
the fifth day past due, I will not accept the assignment.
4. My classroom is open during recess and lunch for you
to come and complete any assignments. I will gladly help you in answering
any questions and give you guidance and how you can keep your notebook up-to-date.
5. Your notebook will be collected on test days for each
unit. It must be turned in before the test begins. You must keep track
of all assignments in your notebook. I will teach you how to set up
your notebook and use it.
6. Tests will be given at the end of each unit. You
will have a 2-week advance notice of an upcoming test. It will be posted
on the board (due dates) and web page.
7. Short quizzes may be given at any time, so come to class
prepared each day. Tardies will be dealt with per school policy.
Attendance is important.
8. There will be frequently assigned projects (posters,
lab reports, models, mobiles, etc.).
9. You are responsible for all missed work. Visit
the web page for missed assignments. It is your responsibility to get
the homework stamped within the time frame of your absence, because I cannot
chase you down to stamp your homework. Refer to the notebook “While
You Were Gone” to see what was stamped. If it is not stamped then it
was not done on time.
10. Follow all class rules and show basic respect for your
fellow classmates and myself. I will follow all the rules you set for
11. Current grades will be posted frequently, so keep track
of your progress and there will be no surprises. If you think I made
a mistake on your grade you must let me know immediately (after school).
Please keep all graded assignments in case I make a mistake (I’m not perfect!!!!).
It should be glued into your notebook.
12. I DO NOT give grades, you earn your grade. Grades
will be based on your accumulation of points (tests, quizzes, homework, projects,
labs, etc.) and will be figured using the following standard percentage scale:
100 – 90% = A
89.9 – 80% = B
79.9 – 70% = C
69.9 – 60% = D
59.9 – 0% = F
**A 1% adjustment may be made based on attendance and participation.
I keep track of everything in my classroom; good and bad. If your grade
falls below a C, I recommend that you go get tutoring. Ask your parents
or me for help.
**Extra credit is offered periodically in my class, but I would not rely
on that to help bring your grade up a full letter grade. It will help
if you are close to the next higher grade.
My school web page –
You will find lectures, assignments, study skill tips, table of contents
for each unit covered and many more great things on my web page, including
pictures of my adorable little girl, Sarila.