Ms. Jen Tetler
Room: SE 121 Planning: SE 110
Swift website: http://teacher.edmonds.wednet.edu/lhs/jtetler/index.php
Hello and welcome to Physics at Lynnwood High School! We will be taking a
challenging journey together, and cooperation from both students and parents is crucial.
My goal in Physics is for students to gain an understanding of the fundamental laws of nature. The laws of
physics apply to everything in the entire universe and most can be expressed in a mathematical expression. The
challenge is to determine when and how to use each expression to explain those phenomena. The scientific
thinking required to solve physics problems can also be applied in everyday life. Not all students who take high
school Physics go on into the sciences, but everyone will be faced with new technologies, environmental
decisions, and even simple curiosities about the world in which we live. The problem solving and critical
thinking skills you gain in science classes will help you become a lifelong learner.
Physics is a lab course and is highly recommended for all college bound students, especially those considering
engineering, research, aerospace, architecture, and medicine. The course relies on a fundamental understanding
of algebra and geometry. I encourage you to come in for extra help and form study groups to help understand
the subject matter. I will be asking you to think, and think hard. As long as you attend class and are diligent
and willing to consistently work hard, you will succeed!
Remember: Physics is Phun!
Science provides a means of understanding the natural world.
Systems have interrelated/interdependent components.
Every event or occurrence is a result of a change/transformation of energy.
Scientific ideas are always changing based upon objective evaluation of new evidence.
Problems can be solved efficiently through a systematic approach.
Scientific knowledge can be used to solve human problems or meet challenges.
Textbook: We will be using Physics, 2nd edition by James Walker. Replacement cost is $120. There are
several online support systems that you can get to by going to the following website:
This website has many supports including learning objectives and glossary, practice questions and problems,
applications and extensions.
Materials: all students should have:
-a 3-ring binder (NOT spiral bound) with separate sections: Warmups, Notes, Homework, and Labs.
-a scientific calculator (cell phones are NOT acceptable calculator, graphing calculators are fine)
-writing utensils (black/blue for notes and labs, red for corrections) and notebook paper
-a working brain, willingness to use it, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor
Grading: There will be two categories of assignments that will be graded.
Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Labs, Projects, and Papers): The purpose of an assessment is to provide
students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, what they have learned, what they can do, and how
they think. Your grade is based primarily (~80%) on assessments. Students have the opportunity to
retake/revise assessments. Assessment revisions and retakes must be submitted within a reasonable time (about
one week) of the return of their original piece of work. If a student is absent the day before a test, they will still
be expected to take the test or quiz. If a student is absent the day of a test, they will need to take it the day they
get back. Test retakes must be accompanied by missing daily work or additional study materials as assigned by
the teacher. If a student is absent the day a project or lab is due, they will be expected to turn in the assignment
when they return. In the event a singular product is assessed per group then each member of the group will
receive an equal grade. Every attempt should be made by both the team members and the teacher to insure that
each member of the group does a fair and equitable share of the work. If a team member fails to complete
his/her component(s) or other members of the team MUST complete the component(s) for him/her then the
student originally responsible for the component(s) will NOT receive credit for the assignment. Should a student
fail to complete an assessment, they run the risk of failing the course for the semester.
Daily Work/Homework: The purpose of daily/home work is to provide students opportunities to learn new
material and obtain and practice specific skills. Examples include: homework problem sets, online homework, a
textbook or journal article reading with questions to answer, student participation during small group work or
whole class discussion, student reflection papers, some lab activities, etc. There will be many pieces of daily
work, some of which will be graded. Daily work is assessed on a four point scale (see table below). Daily work
that is turned in late will receive a mark below the standard. Daily work will not be accepted for credit after the
end of the unit to which it belongs.
Daily Work Rubric
1 2 3 4
does not meet standard approaches standard meets standard exceeds standard
Assignment is incomplete, Assignment is mostly Assignment has been Assignment has been
does not show student complete, shows some completed on time and completed on time with
understanding, and may understanding and may have shows student attention to detail and shows
have been submitted late. been submitted late. understanding, perhaps the student’s thorough
without attention to detail. understanding.
Students should keep track of their assignments in their planners. A daily schedule will also be found on the
website under the “Events” tab.
Late Work: A student may turn in a late assignment before the end of the grading period, understanding that
points will be taken off for each day late. If you are absent, whether excused or unexcused, it is YOUR
responsibility to find out what the homework is and make it up within the number of days you were absent.
Work will be considered late if it is not turned in within the time frame. That means that if you are absent for
any reason for one day, the work that was due the day you were absent is due the day you get back or it is late.
Printer and computer problems are NOT an excuse for late work. No extra credit is available to students who
have not turned in all work.
93.0-100% = A 87.0-89.9% = B+ 77.0-79.9% = C+ 67.0-69.9% = D+
90.0-92.9% = A- 83.0-86.9% = B 73.0-76.9% = C 63.0-66.9% = D
80.0-82.9% = B- 70.0-72.9% = C-
Less than 63.0% will not receive credit.
Grades will be available to you online through Skyward. You will need your student number and a password, both of
which are available to you and parents or guardians. You can get them from your counselors. To get to the website, go to
the Edmonds School District website www.edmonds.wednet.edu, click on Links for Parents and Community, then click
on Skyward Family Access. Paper copies are available upon request. I will also be sending out updates via email, which
requires that your Skyward contact information be updated. If you do not receive an email from me within the first few
weeks of school and have an email account that you check, please let me know.
Absence and Tardy Policy
Students are expected to be in school and in class daily. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success both here
and in the workplace. A large part of learning takes place during class laboratories, activities, discussions, and
participation. This class uses instructional methods that require positive participation and if students are absent, they miss
out on that learning. Some labs, demonstrations, and discussions cannot be made up or replicated because of limited
resources. If a student misses a portion of class due to an absence that cannot be made up, they will not get credit for that
activity unless an alternate activity can be determined. Each student will also be individually responsible for learning any
material that is covered in lectures or labs when absent.
I like think that by the time students are in high school, they have a good grasp on rules of basic respect. Below are some
common student misbehaviors that most students already know. If a student needs to be reminded once, that will be a
warning. A second reminder will result in a call or email home and the student may be requested to come in during
COMMON STUDENT MISBEHAVIORS
Eating or drinking in the classroom. (No food or drink is allowed in the room except water in bottles.)
Talking or disrupting when you should be listening or quiet.
Wearing headphones during class.
Using electronics inappropriately (cell phone, calculator, etc.) (Note that and electronic device may be
CONFISCATED for the remainder of class, or, upon multiple infractions, the rest of the school day or until a parent or
guardian comes to pick it up if it is a cell phone, music player, game player, etc.)
Not wearing goggles when heating or using chemicals. (We will review safety guidelines in class.)
Not keeping hands or materials to yourself.
Using put-downs or calling names.
Sleeping in class.
All LHS students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times. Please take this expectation very seriously
and do not give or take inappropriate aid to any classmates. Using another’s work and claiming it as own, even with
permission, is academically unethical and is treated as plagiarism. Dishonesty, academic or otherwise, will not be
tolerated. Students are expected to do their own work. The academic honesty policy defines cheating as (but not limited
to): telling someone what is on an exam before they take it; communicating during a test; copying or lending
assignments; not completing the data analysis, discussion, and conclusion section of labs individually; and plagiarism
(copying from websites, books, magazines, a peer’s work; without proper citation). Students who seem to have copied
answers on tests will not receive credit for that test. Note that inappropriate aid does NOT include helping each other on
homework (but it does count for directly copying homework). You are encouraged to work together to better understand
I will be available before and after school for extra help. I encourage students to come in during tutorial to ask questions
and get the aid of their fellow students. I also encourage students to form study groups and use each other as resources.
**If a student is achieving a below average grade, that student should come in for extra help until their grade improves.
Feel free to contact me for anything, either directly or through my teacher SWIFT account.
Email: email@example.com (**This is the best way to get in touch with me.)
Work Phone: 425-431-5267.
The best time to call before school from 6:50-7:20am, or after school from 2:00-3:30pm. That is also the best time for me
to call parents. If you leave a message, please leave a number at which you can be reached during those hours.
I look forward to a great year,
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Please sign and return this page of this letter. Keep the first pages for yourself for reference.
By signing below, you are confirming the following:
I have read all of the information listed above.
I am familiar with the classroom rules and agree to follow them.
I will maintain academic integrity in physics class.
I know how to check grades/assignments online.
I understand that I (my student) may be required to come for tutorial for misbehavior or low grades.
I agree to follow all safety rules in the classroom. If I don’t, I will be removed from the activity.
(Safety rules will be gone over during the first week of school. A separate Safety Contract will be
read and signed by the student.)
STUDENT NAME STUDENT SIGNATURE DATE____
NAME YOU WANT TO BE CALLED: LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME:
GUARDIAN NAME GUARDIAN SIGNATURE DATE_____
HOME/CELL PHONE NUMBER ______________________________________
STUDENT EMAIL (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY) ________________________________________________________________________
(PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL IN SKYWARD)
PARENT E-MAIL (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY) _________________________________________________________________________
(PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL IN SKYWARD)
BOOK NUMBER: _________________
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PLEASE WRITE A BRIEF SUMMARY OF YOURSELF:
SCIENCE LAB SAFETY AGREEMENT
The science classroom is a safe place to work if you are careful and observe the following laboratory rules.
1. Know the location and proper use of all SAFETY EQUIPMENT in the lab (eye wash, safety shower, fire
extinguisher, first aid kit, alternate exits, fume hoods, etc.).
2. Perform laboratory work only as instructed by your teacher. Ask questions if you don’t understand any
instructions. Most lab accidents occur due to ignorance.
3. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN CLASS AT ANY TIME!
4. ALWAYS WEAR GOGGLES when working with chemicals or heating. These should go over your
glasses. It is recommended to not wear contacts when working with chemicals.
5. TIE LONG HAIR BACK AND WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING WHEN PERFORMING LABS.
Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
6. STAY AT YOUR LAB STATION during all labs unless you are the ONE designated person getting
supplies. wandering around the room during labs creates an unsafe condition.
7. Keep the lab tables clear of books, backpacks, clothing, and people when performing labs. NEVER SIT ON
THE LAB TABLES.
8. Know the hazards posed by the chemicals you will be using. Double check all chemicals before using them.
Many chemicals have similar names but very different properties.
9. NEVER TASTE LAB CHEMICALS (duh!). If you are instructed to smell something, use the wafting
technique (fanning) that your teacher will expertly demonstrate.
10. ALL CHEMICAL CONTAINERS SHOULD BE LABELLED. Never contaminate chemical samples. It is
both dangerous and wasteful.
11. Do not leave open flames or heating equipment that is on unattended. Never heat any substance that you are
not instructed to heat.
12. ALWAYS ADD ACID to Water – never the other way around.
13. Treat test tubes as loaded cannons and always point them away from people. Never look directly down into
a test tube as reacting or heated test tubes may spew forth hot or dangerous chemicals. (Side effects may
include loud screaming, crying, burning of flesh, bleeding, blindness, deafness, inability to smell or taste,
excessive pain in various parts of the body, or death.)
14. Use electrical equipment only as instructed by your teacher. Be especially careful with plugs and liquids,
since they are the cause of most classroom electrocutions.
15. DO NOT PUT CHEMICALS DOWN THE SINK unless your instructor tells you to. Discard chemicals
only as instructed by your teacher. NEVER PUT SOLIDS IN THE SINK.
16. Before leaving your lab station, clean all equipment and return it to its designated location. Make sure your
sink is clean and empty and wash your lab tabletop. Chemicals left on equipment or tabletops are a danger
17. REPORT ALL ACCIDENTS, SPILLS AND INJURIES TO YOUR TEACHER IMMEDIATELY! Do not
attempt to pick up broken glass with hands.
I have read and agree to abide by the above safety regulations and any other printed or verbal instructions. I
understand that failure to follow these regulations will result in my removal from the lab and repeat violations
may result in my removal from the class.
Student name Signature Date _______