Geoff Symons » Syllabus for 8th grade physical science

Syllabus for 8th grade physical science

Dear Parents or Guardians:

This syllabus is to welcome you and your child to my science class, to introduce myself, and to give you an overview of what to expect during the year. My name is Mr. Symons and I am your son/daughter's science teacher at Hale Charter Academy.


Mr. Symons

A. Grading Policy:                                                                
  • A = 90 - 100%
  • B = 80 - 89%
  • C = 70 - 79%
  • D = 60 - 69%
  • F = 0 - 59%

Class work: 20%
This includes all the work done in the class, which is necessary to ensure the student will meet the requirements of the class.
Homework:  10%
Students should spend 20 minutes a day (minimum) studing what was covered in class.
Homework will occasionally be given to reinforce a concept or skill taught in class.
Any work not completed in class will become homework and due the next day.  In addition homework will be given to students/whole class due to miss use of time.  This work will be due the following day, and must be completed by all students. More work will be assigned if class time continues to be wasted.
Notebooks:  In my class the students will be keeping a notebook.  This notebook will contain all the work we do in class, and a title page will be in front with all the assignments and the points each is worth.  This is to be organized at home, and kept up to date.  The notebook is to be used as an organizational devise, so students can keep track of their grades, have a place to go to study before an exam, and to see if there are any missing assignments.  Parents are encouraged to check their childs notebook to see their progress in class.  The notebook will be graded three times per unit of study (9 times for the whole year).  Each time I collect the notebook it is worth 40 points.  I will accept no late notebooks (unless for an absence) therefore a zero grade will be earned. 
Tests and Quizes:  20%
Tests and quizes will be given to determine the students progress in class.  The student will be aware of the exam 3-4 days in advance.
Projects and Labs:  40%

A project or a lab will be assigned to reinforce concepts being taught in class.
Participation:  10%
Students should participate in group projects and in class discussions.

B.  Make-up work:  Missed assignments may be made up by arrangement with the teacher. It is the students responsibility to ensure that missed assignments are made up.  Make-up work is to be done within a week of the students absence, after that the student will recieve a grade of 70% or less due the quality of the work.
C.  Late work:  Late work will be accepted if there is a note from the parent/guardian explaining why the assignment was late or if I have a meeting with the parent/guardian.
Late work will also only be accepted during the corresponding five week reporting period.
Late work will be worth 70% of the origional points.
D.  Extra Credit:  Extra credit opportunities will be given during the school year.
E.  Tardy Policy:  Students are expected to be in class on time.  Students who are tardy-unexcused will be subject to the following consequence;
     More than 3 tardies in any five week grading period will result in a "U" for work habits.
F.  Classroom rules:  No gum, food or drink allowed in class.
                                Keep hands and feet to yourself.
                                Bring all supplies to class: Paper, pencil, notebook, and pens.
                                No talking when someone is addressing the class.
                                Follow all school rules.
G.  Consequences:  Verbal warning.
                               Additional Homework.
                               Phone calls home.
                               Parent/guardian conferance.
                               Suspension from class.
H.  State Standards:  The State of California requires all 8th grade teachers to follow the same standards.  The standards for 8th grade Physical Science are:
  • Motion: Students will learn that velocity of an object is the rate of change of its position.
  • Forces: Students will learn that unbalanced forces cause changes in velocity.
  • Structure of Matter: Students will learn that matter has distinct properties and distinct atomic structures.
  • Earth in the Solar System: Students will learn that the structure and composition of the universe can be learned from studying stars and galaxies.
  • Reactions: Students will learn that chemical reactions are processes in which atoms are rearranged into different combinations of molecules.
  • Chemistry of Living Systems: Students will learn that the priciples of chemistry underlie the functioning of biologic systems.
  • Periodic Table: Students will learn the organization of the periodic table.
  • Density and Buoyancy: Students will learn that all objects experience a buoyant force when immersed in a fluid.
  • Investigation and Experimentation: Students will learn that scientific process is made by asking questions and by conducting careful investigations.
I.  Criteria Chart for Homework and Classwork:  Do it.
                                                                     Follow directions.
                                                                     Turn it in on time.
                                                                     Have proper heading and title.
                                                                     Turn it in complete.
                                                                     Quality work only.
                                                                     You are resposible for all work                                                                           missed. 

J.  Technology:  Your child will be going to the computer lab throughout the year.  A signed permission slip is needed to use the computer lab.