East Cobb Middle School 7th Grade AC Life Science Course Syllabus 2011-2012 Mrs. McMullan (email@example.com) Website: www.teacherweb.com/ga/eastcobb/ac The 7th grade AC science program is an inquiry-based introduction to Life Science. The end result is the ability to think critically, to solve problems, to gain competence in laboratory techniques, and to understand the relationships of living organisms to their environment. Textbook: Holt Science and Technology Life Science, 2008 ($70.75)—online text is recommended. Course Guide: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 First Nine Weeks Second Nine Weeks Third Nine Weeks Fourth Nine Weeks *Science exams will be scheduled for Tuesdays or Wednesdays. *Help sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings at 8:15 a.m. (please make an appointment if need additional science tutoring or need to do makeup work other days/times). *Mrs. McMullan’s planning times are 9:30-10:15am and 1:30-2pm. Grading Policy: In an effort to give each student an opportunity to experience success, grades will be calculated based on the following criteria: Formal Assessments (Tests/Major Projects) 40% Labs/Quizzes/mini-projects 35% Classwork/Spiral Science Journal (notebook) 15% Homework 10% LIMITED extra credit may be available only as announced. Students can retest (I will average both grades), but they cannot requiz. Be sure to check Pinnacle at least once a week. LATE WORK / MAKE-UP WORK Students are required to turn assignments in on time. Mrs. McMullan will deduct 30% from the assignment grade if it is one day late, then no credit will be given unless the student is able to come in before or after school to makeup/redo the assignment for half credit (appointment required). Once a chapter is finished, work cannot be redone or made up. Students who miss assignments because of an absence will an opportunity to make up missed work. Upon returning to school following an absence, it is a student’s responsibility to check with the teacher to ensure that all work is made up. Students are given one calendar day for each day absence + one day to turn in the work. Our Cheating Policy: There is zero tolerance for cheating or plagiarism. Cheating or plagiarism earns a “0” for the assignment and parent/guardian contact. You are responsible for your own work- even copying one answer from a homework assignment is considered cheating! Both the student caught cheating and the student who allowed his/her work to be copied will be given zeroes for the assignment. Protect your work! Lab Donations: A detailed supply list can be found at: http://www.teacherweb.com/GA/EastCobb/AC/list0.aspx My child, _________________________________, has permission to watch movies that are rated _____ PG _____PG-13 (please initial one, none, or both) ________________________ (parent) Advanced Content (AC): The curriculum and instructional strategies for this course are differentiated in content, pacing, process skills emphasis, and expectation of student outcomes from the typical science course. Curriculum content has been designated for mastery and extension of state and district content standards. The course is appropriate for students who have high achievement and interest in science. The district has established criteria and guidelines that identify students who will be successful with advanced curriculum offered in science. Students are placed in this class according to specified indicators of demonstrated ability and motivation. Students must meet continuation criteria (see below) to remain in the class. Students are expected to MEET or EXCEEED STANDARDS on the CRCT. The following criteria will be used to remain in a AC class; Students must receive an 80% or above at the end of the marking period (quarter), or the student will be placed on probation. This probation continues for the remainder of the school year. If the science grade drops below an 80% again, the student will be removed from gifted/AC science. I have read the above continuation criteria and the AC Life Science Syllabus: X__________________________________ X___________________________________ (student signature) (parent signature) *This syllabus is a guide and is subject to change.
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