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9th Grade Physical Science Course Syllabus Physical Science August 9, 2013 – May 21, 2014

Introduction Letter: Monday August 5, 2013 Dear Parents or Students My name is Mrs. Samantha, Algebra I, Physical Science, World Geography, and Keyboarding teacher. I am really glad to welcome you and your child to my classroom this year. I have graduated and studied at several universities and obtained my masters, bachelors, and doctoral degree in education. I also have my doctoral degree in computer science/information technology. I have taught in the elementary grade for 10 years. This will make my 3rd year in the high school grade. I am interested in reading and have a strong desire to be an example and empower kids to reach their full potential. Apart from that, I am always on a quest to meet new people and learn about their language and culture. I am looking forward to meet as well as know each student of my class and their parents too. This year will be a challenging one for your children as compared to last year, however, I will try to make the classes more interesting as well as easier, so that each child understands as well as enjoys them. Moreover, I do not just want to stick to academics. Rather, I am planning activities to develop the creative skills and interests of students. I hope to make this academic year, an educational as well as a fun-filled year for the students. We also have an iPad in the classroom to help me teach more effectively but is also a fundamental learning tool to our classroom. If you would like to meet me to discuss your child's performance or any other problems that he/she is facing in class, you can feel free to meet me during lunch or my planning period time. It will be appreciated if you tell me a day before to fix the meeting. Apart from this, you can also email me, fill out the contact form on my homepage, call me at the school, or my home or cell

phone number to discuss any concern you have about your child. Your child has all of my contact information on their printed version of the syllabus and in their planner. Yours Sincerely, Mrs. Samantha

Physical Science Course Description: This course provides an introduction to chemistry and physics topics such as the study of matter and the periodic table of elements as well as the study of forces, simple machines, electricity, light and sound. Lab activities and teacher demonstrations support individual learning.

Required Materials Due by Monday August 12, 2013 1. 1 ½ Binder (To stay in classroom) Binders will go home with students to study. 2. 5 tab dividers (To stay in classroom binder) 3. 2 packs of Loose leaf paper (1 pack to stay in classroom binder) Other pack to stay at home with students for written homework. 4. 1 subject notebook for science journal (To stay in classroom) 5. Pencils/Pens/Highlighters (To stay in student’s personal binder) 6. Pencil pouch (To stay in student’s personal binder) 7. Signed Course syllabus and signed lab contract by student and parent.

Grades: Grading Scale 100 – 93 = A 85 – 92 = B 77 – 84 = C 69 -- 76 = D 68 or below = F *Grades are averaged and the lowest major grade is dropped at the end of each 9 weeks.

Rules & Expectations: 1. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their seat with materials out and ready to begin when roll is being called. 2. Students are not to consume any beverages or food of any kind while in the classroom. This includes gum.

3. Students are expected to participate in classroom activities in an orderly, respectful manner. 4. Students are expected to abide by all rules and policies as set forth in the student handbook. 5. PUSH YOUSELF!!

Classroom Procedures: 1. Please sharpen pencils at the beginning of the period. If you need to sharpen your pencil after class has started, hold up your pencil and I will let you sharpen it at an appropriate time. 2. When the teacher is talking, you should be listening. 3. Always sit in your assigned seat. 4. The area behind my desk is off limits! No exceptions! 5. Keep our classroom clean and orderly. 6. Bathroom breaks should be taken between classes. Only extreme emergencies will be allowed during class time. 7. During cooperative learning activities, voices should be kept to a minimum. Conversations during these activities should only be on the concepts relevant to the activity.

Textbooks and Other Materials: You are required to bring your pencils, pens, highlighters, etc. to class every day. Come to class prepared with these materials. Books will be used in class, as needed, and will be available for overnight checkout if needed. All other materials will be provided in class as needed.

Computer Use: Computers with internet access will be used at times for class assignments. Computer use will be closely monitored by the teacher and principal. Any student found to be using the computer for anything other than a class assignment will be written up (possible suspension) and computer privileges may be removed. Violations include, but are not limited to, going to proxy sites, personal email, social media (Facebook), music sites, video sites, and games.

Signatures: Student __________________________________________ Date______________________

Parent ___________________________________________ Date ______________________