Grading Scale: 



Tests and Quizzes: 

1) Quizzes and tests may be administered individually, with a partner, or in a group. Oral, written or computerized assessment may be utilized. Bonus questions may be offered for LEAP/GEE and E-O-C Testing preparation.


2) Mid-term and Final Exam POLICY:


All students will be subjected to both a midterm examination and a comprehensive Final exam.  Please do not throw away any materials provided to you during the school year, as you may need them to study for your midterm or Final.


Mid-term Exams

Mid-term Exams will be worth 25% of the 3rd six-weeks grade.

No exemptions from Mid-term Exams

Mid-term Exams will be given Dec. 13 – 16, 2010

Two exams will be given Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.   One exam will be given on Thursday.

Final Exams

Final Exams will be worth 25% of the 6th six-weeks grade.

No exemptions from Final Exams

Final Exams will be given for:

Fresh, Soph., and Jr. -- May 16 – 19, 2011

Two exams will be given Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.   One exam will be given on Thursday.

Seniors – May 9 – 12, 2011 (Final Exams will be given during regular class period)


Make-up Policy:   Make-up of missed work  will be allowed for excused absences only, in accordance with Parish policy.  Students must contact the teacher immediately upon return following any excused absence to make the necessary arrangements to makeup any work missed during this period.  Make-up tests may be different from that given on the original test day, and may be an essay test.  Also, NO Make-up will be given for labs or pop quizzes.


Oral presentations- Depending upon the assignment, may be done individually, with a partner or in a group.


Labs- Participation in all labs and experiments is required. Evaluation is based on procedure, participation, and written work. Failure to follow safety procedures will result in a grade of 0 and dismissal from lab.


Assignments- All work must be turned in on time. You may sometimes be required to turn in an assignment at the end of a class, or to complete it as homework and turned in later at a specified date. DO NOT USE SPIRAL NOTEBOOK PAPER on anything turned in for grading. It may not be graded. Papers with no name will not be graded, nor will work completed in ink colors other than black or blue (however, a pencil may be used if working math problems).


Reports- Reports must be turned in on time.  They may be typed or hand-written, and all sources utilized must be clearly cited, including Internet addresses. NO computer-generated reports (copied entirely from the Internet or online encyclopedia) will be accepted.  Plagiarism IS NOT allowed.


Projects- may include internet or research-based activities, experiments or the building of models.  Work on some projects may need to be completed outside the normal class time. Also, students may be required to bring items from home for some projects or lab exercises.


Cooperative Group work- From time to time, you will be working in a group or with a partner on some assignments. You will learn and practice the skills necessary for successful cooperative group interaction. Roles and duties will be assigned. You will be evaluated both on the completed product and on your individual contribution to the success of the group. You may also be asked to evaluate the performance of yourself as well as the other members in your group. This is done as a means of  improving group performance and quality of work produced by the group.


Daily participation - You will earn points based on your ability to follow all class rules and procedures, being alert and ready to work with all supplies, and asking relevant questions in class. Participation points are bonus points which will be added into students grade totals at the end of each six-week period.


Grading of Work and Calculation of Overall Six Weeks Grade:

Students will receive timely, adequate and useful feedback on their mastery of the concepts presented in the lessons and assessed via the work being graded.

Your six weeks grade will be determined based on total points earned on work completed during each particular six weeks period.  If more than the required 5 grades have been accrued during the six weeks, your grade may then be determined based on total points earned after dropping the lowest nonmajor grade (for example, one earned on the completion of concept vocabulary listings, a vocabulary quiz, practice worksheet  or outline).  A grade will be dropped only if the dropping of such grade does not result in the lowering of the pre-drop six weeks’ grade.  A major grade, such as a Lab Activity or test may be adjusted (total points reduced, questions thrown out, etc.), but is not subject to being dropped once entered on the final six weeks grade report. 

Please remember that the goal of this class is for you to learn the major concepts involved in the comprehension of Physical Science. Your grade will reflect your comprehension of the concepts and material presented, and the ability to demonstrate your understanding either through visual (teacher observation), verbal (oral response or oral presentation), written (activity worksheet, handout, exam) or hands-on assessment (lab activity or exercise, projects, etc.)  It should be noted that these are only examples of the types of activities on which grades are based, and should not be considered the only means by which a student will be graded/assessed in this class during the school year.

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