West Mecklenburg High School

Syllabus for Earth/ Environmental Science

Course Description:
This course examines the earth. The curriculum includes topics such as rocks and minerals, oceanography, meteorology (weather), astronomy and the conservation of the earth’s resources. Emphasis is placed on matter, energy, plate tectonics, origin and evolution of the earth and solar system, environmental awareness, materials availability, and the cycles that circulate energy and material through the earth system.

Prentice Hall Earth Science: Earth/Environmental Science by Tarburk & Lutgens (2006) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall

Classroom Expectations/Responsibilities:
1. Students are expected to be prepared for class. This includes a text book (Books must come to school EVERYDAY), pen or a pencil, notebook or paper, and their homework.
2. Students are expected to be on time to class. Frequent tardiness hinders both the student’s ability to master this course, and his classmates’ abilities, since late entrance is a distraction. Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for disciplinary measures (Rule 1).
3. Students are expected to be respectful to the teacher and other students. Students are expected to actively participate in class.
4. School rules will apply and consequences will be given for failure to follow these rules. See Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.
5. Student must complete assignments on time. Work handed in late will receive only partial credit.
6. Students are expected to take tests with the rest of the class. If you know that you will be absent on a test day, you may take the test before the rest of the class. If you miss a test, you have five school days to make it up. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the teacher before the five-school-day deadline. If you do not make it up within five days, a zero will be averaged in for that test. You may also make up assignments missed due to absence within the same 5 school day window.
7. Academic dishonesty, whether cheating during in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and/or exams or plagiarism of written assignments, projects, or extra-credit work, is contrary to the CMS Student Rights and Responsibilities. The consequence for academic dishonesty will be a zero grade averaged in for assignment the student cheated on or plagiarized

Class Attendance Policy
Please attend school daily. If you are absent, follow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Attendance policy. This states that any student who has missed more than 10 days will fail the course unless he/she makes p the absence by attending after-school tutorials to make up time and missed assignments.

Makeup Work Policy:
All students have to ability to make up any missed work due to an absence. Student should contact their teacher and collect all missed assignments. All make up work is due to the student’s respective teacher within 5 business days of their absence! If assignment is not completed and turned in their teacher, those missed assignments turn into a zero.

Grading Criteria:
All work will be graded on the following scale:
A 93 - 100%
B 85 - 92%
C 77 - 84%
D 70 - 76%
F Below 70%

Grading Scale: (School Wide)
Tests/Quiz: 75%
Classwork: 15%
Homework: 10%
Semester Mid-Term Exam will be counted as 20% of Mid-Term Grade!
Final Exam will be counted as 25% of your Final Grade!

Homework Policy:
Homework will be assigned on a regular basis. Students are to turn in homework to the designated area on the assigned due date. Late homework is unacceptable and will NOT be accepted, unless there are special circumstances.

Course Timeline/Overview by Terms:

Semester 1
Current Issues
Scientific Method/ Lab Safety
Rocks and Soil
Plate Tectonics
Geologic History
Semester 2
Water Resources & Quality
Atmosphere/ Weather Systems
Pollution/ Global Changes
Sustainable Development
Formation of the Universe
Planetary Motion
Intro to Biology (Both S1 & S2)
Food Chains/ Webs
Trophics Levels
Human Impact
DNA & Evolution
Nutrient Cycles

Required Materials:
3-Ring Binder
Pencil, Black or Blue Pens, 2 Glue sticks, 1 pair of scissors (Optional)

*Tutorials/Parent Teacher Conferences:
*Tutorials will be offered starting March 1st, 2011 ending May 26th, 2011, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. In order to qualify to be allowed to come to tutorials the student must NOT have any behavior problems. *Bus transportation is available only after a permission slip has been signed stating that you will allow your child to stay for tutorials.
Parent conferences may be scheduled at the convenience of the parent and teacher. Conferences can be scheduled by contacting the teacher and/or guidance counselor.
Teachers can be reached through the West Mecklenburg office at (980) 343-6080 or by e-mail.

Parent Assistant:
Parents are able to access their child’s grades with a password (assigned by a guidance counselor). The link is on the West Mecklenburg Website. Forms can be picked up from the guidance office. For more information, please contact a guidance counselor. It is highly recommended that parent check their child’s grades on a regular basis.

Web resources:
  • Many teachers maintain their own websites. These can be accessed as:
www.pages.cms.k12.nc.us/sandraramsey (Website currently under construction)

Students with Disabilities:
The Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the implementation of No Child left Behind (NCLB) require that schools use more inclusive practices across CMS has created an environment where schools can successfully provide academic instruction and improve achievement for students and disabilities. The Exceptional Children’s Department will continue to provide increased access to the general curriculum with continued support from EC modifications/accommodations and EC Study Skills classes for these students with disabilities.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to a productive semester.