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Vivian Smith

Dr. Vivian Smith- vismith@mde.k12.ms.us

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Biology I

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It is an exciting time for your child as they transition into high school.  This year, 9th graders will be taking the Biology SATP in May.  This is one of four tests they MUST PASS to receive a high school diploma.  I will be presenting the information in class; however, it is imperative that your child prepare outside of class as well.  Here is a site that has practice tests for students to work independently:   http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/satpprac.html  

Course Overview:  Biology I consists of units on the scientific method, ionic/covalent bonding, enzymes, cells, photosynthesis/cellular respiration, genetics, natural selection, and ecosystems. 

Academic Grade:  Grades will come from six areas:  class work, homework, quizzes, tests, projects and participation.  A homework responsibility grade will be taken after each five sessions due to block scheduling.  Students accrue a check mark or an X each day for completion of homework as well as class preparation & personal responsibility.  Students must come to class with folders, textbook, pen/pencil, paper, and completed homework.  

Five checks equal   A.
Four checks equal   B.
Three checks equal C.
Two checks equal   D.
One check equals    F.

Quizzes and tests will consist of a variety of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, listing, and/or occasionally essay questions.  A study guide will be given prior to the nine weeks final exam.
MSD student handbook grading policy will be followed:

Homework       10%
Class work       20%
Tests                25%
Projects            20%
Quizzes            15%
Participation     10%

Additional Information:  

1.    Students may ask to do an extra credit report at any time to boost their grade.  There are many scientists that can be studied and researched.  Students may choose a topic they are interested in or I may recommend a particular topic.

2.    Students are required to take notes during class lectures as an aid for preparing tests and doing homework.  If it is important enough for me to write it on the board then it is important enough for you to take notes on it.  Study notes may be written in cursive or in print.

3.    Students will receive a numeric grade using the following grade scale:

A    =    100-90
B    =      89-80
C    =      79-70
D    =      69-60
F    =      59-0

4.    In order to promote more student independence and responsibility, there will be no 2nd chances on tests, quizzes, class work, or homework.  This syllabus serves as a contract between the classroom teacher and students enrolled in this course.  However, accommodations and modifications outlined in student IEPs supercede all course policies.

5.    I will not be accepting any late homework. Students will receive a zero.  

There are 2 exceptions:
a.  School trip-due the following day
b.  Excused absences-however many days absent, you have that many days to complete work (for example: 2 days excused absence = 2 days to turn in work)

6.   No gum allowed.

Communication is very important and I would like to be able to contact you periodically throughout the year to let you know of field trips, upcoming events, when your child is doing well and when s/he needs assistance.  I would also like you to feel free to contact me at any time.  My email is at the top of the syllabus. 

Supplies:

  • USB flash drive (for downloading class PPTs)
  • 2 yellow highlighters
  • 1 pack of index cards (for vocabulary words)
  • 4 folders with the three prongs/brads
  • 1 box Kleenex tissues
  • 1 roll of white paper towels
  • 1 bottle glue
  • 1 manual pencil sharpener

Biology II

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It is an exciting time for your child as they continue their high school experience.  This year, 10th graders will have several opportunities to retake the Biology SATP if needed.  This is one of four tests they MUST PASS to receive a high school diploma.  I will be presenting information and reviewing in class; however, it is imperative that your child prepare outside of class as well.  Here is a site that has practice tests for students to work independently:   http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/satpprac.html  

Course Overview:  Biology II consists of units on the scientific method, DNA, cells, photosynthesis/cellular respiration, genetics, natural selection, classification, and enzymes.

Academic Grade:  Grades will come from six areas:  class work, homework, quizzes, tests, projects and participation.  A homework responsibility grade will be taken after each five sessions due to block scheduling.  Students accrue a check mark or an X for completion of homework as well as class preparation & personal responsibility.  Students must come to class with folders, textbook, pen/pencil, paper, and completed homework.  

Five checks equal   A.
Four checks equal   B.
Three checks equal C.
Two checks equal   D.
One check equals    F.

Quizzes and tests will consist of a variety of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, listing, and/or occasionally essay questions.  A study guide will be given prior to the nine weeks final exam.
MSD student handbook grading policy will be followed:

Homework      10%
Class work      20%
Tests               25%
Projects           20%
Quizzes           15%
Participation    10%

Additional Information:  

1.    Students may ask to do an extra credit report at any time to boost their grade.  There are many scientists that can be studied and researched.  Students may choose a topic they are interested in or I may recommend a particular topic.

2.    Students are required to take notes during class lectures as an aid for preparing tests and doing homework.  If it is important enough for me to write it on the board then it is important enough for you to take notes on it.  Study notes may be written in cursive or in print.

3.    Students will receive a numeric grade using the following grade scale:
A    =    100-90
B    =      89-80
C    =      79-70
D    =      69-60
F    =      59-0

4.    In order to promote more student independence and responsibility, there will be no 2nd chances on tests, quizzes, class work, or homework.  This syllabus serves as a contract between the classroom teacher and students enrolled in this course.  However, accommodations and modifications outlined in student IEPs supercede all course policies.

5.    I will not be accepting any late homework. Students will receive a zero.  
There are 2 exceptions:
a.  School trip-due the following day
b.  Excused absences-however many days absent, you have that many days to complete work (for example: 2 days excused absence = 2 days to turn in work)

6.   No gum allowed.

Communication is very important and I would like to be able to contact you periodically throughout the year to let you know of field trips, upcoming events, when your child is doing well and when s/he needs assistance.  I would also like you to feel free to contact me at any time.  My email is at the top of the syllabus.  

Supplies:

  • USB flash drive
  • 2 yellow highlighters
  • 1 pack of index cards (for vocabulary words)
  • 4 folders with the three prongs/brads
  • 1 box Kleenex tissues
  • 1 roll of white paper towels
  • 1 bottle glue
  • 1 manual pencil sharpener

MODIII

Course Overview:  Life Skills Science III consists of units on nutrition, emergency & safety, family & society, and environmental issues.

Academic Grade:  Grades will come from six areas:  classwork, homework, weekly tests, quizzes, projects and participation. Students will be told at the beginning of class if a class grade or participation grade will be taken that day.  A homework grade will be taken every two weeks due to block scheduling A/B.  Students accrue a check mark or an X each day they attend class for completion of paperwork as well as class preparation & personal responsibility.  Students must come to class with folders, textbook, pen/pencil, paper, and completed homework.  

Five checks equal   A.
Four checks equal   B.
Three checks equal C.
Two checks equal   D.
One check equals    F.

Weekly tests will consist of a combination of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, listing, and/or occasionally essay questions.  A study guide will be given prior to the nine weeks final exam.
MSD student handbook grading policy will be followed:

Homework     10%          
Class work     20%
Tests              25%
Projects          20%
Quizzes          15%
Participation   10%

Additional Information:  

1.    Students may ask to do an extra credit report at any time to boost their grade.  There are many scientists that can be studied and researched.  Students may choose a topic they are interested in or I may recommend a particular topic.

2.    Students are required to take notes during class lectures as an aid for preparing tests and doing homework.  If it is important enough for me to write it on the board then it is important enough for you to take notes on it.  Study notes may be written in cursive or in print.

3.    The categories used to determine grades for progress reports and reports cards are: tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, projects, and participation.  Students will receive a numeric grade using the following grade scale:

A    =    90-100
B    =    80-89
C    =    70-79
D    =    60-69
F    =    59-0

4.    In order to promote more student independence and responsibility, there will be no 2nd chances on tests, quizzes, class work, or homework.  This syllabus serves as a contract between the classroom teacher and students enrolled in this course.  However, accommodations and modifications outlined in student IEPs supercede all course policies.

5.    I will not be accepting any late homework. Students will receive a zero.  
There are 2 exceptions:
a.  School trip-due the following day
b.  Excused absences-however many days absent, you have that many days to complete work (for example: 2 days excused absence = 2 days to turn in work)
6.   No gum allowed.

Communication is very important and I would like to be able to contact you periodically throughout the year to let you know of field trips, upcoming events, when your child is doing well and when s/he needs assistance.  I would also like you to feel free to contact me at any time.  My email is at the top of the syllabus.  

Materials Needed:

  • Yellow highlighter
  • 1 box Kleenex tissues
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • Memory stick
  • Manual pencil sharpener

Physical Science

Dear Parents,
Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It is an exciting time for your child as they complete their high school experience.  This year, 12th graders will have several opportunities to retake the Biology SATP if needed.  This is one of four tests they MUST PASS to receive a high school diploma.  I will be presenting information to individuals requesting tutorial services; however, it is imperative that preparation outside of class is needed if they have not yet passed.  Here is a site that has practice tests for students to work independently:   http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/satpprac.html  

Course Overview:  Physical Science consists of units on the scientific method, atoms, chemical/physical changes, laws of motion, Periodic Table of Elements, and waves.

Academic Grade:  Grades will come from six areas:  class work, homework, quizzes, tests, projects and participation.  A homework responsibility grade will be taken after each five sessions due to block scheduling.  Students accrue a check mark or an X for completion of homework as well as class preparation & personal responsibility.  Students must come to class with folders, textbook, pen/pencil, paper, and completed homework.  

Five checks equal   A.
Four checks equal   B.
Three checks equal C.
Two checks equal   D.
One check equals    F.

Quizzes and tests will consist of a variety of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, listing, and/or occasionally essay questions.  A study guide will be given prior to the nine weeks final exam.
MSD student handbook grading policy will be followed:

Homework     10%
Class work     20%
Tests              25%
Projects          20%
Quizzes          15%
Participation   10%

Additional Information:  
1.    Students may ask to do an extra credit report at any time to boost their grade.  There are many scientists that can be studied and researched.  Students may choose a topic they are interested in or I may recommend a particular topic.
2.    Students are required to take notes during class lectures as an aid for preparing tests and doing homework.  If it is important enough for me to write it on the board then it is important enough for you to take notes on it.  Study notes may be written in cursive or in print.
3.    Students will receive a numeric grade using the following grade scale:
A    =    100-90
B    =      89-80
C    =      79-70
D    =      69-60
F    =       59-0
4.    In order to promote more student independence and responsibility, there will be no 2nd chances on tests, quizzes, class work, or homework.  This syllabus serves as a contract between the classroom teacher and students enrolled in this course.  However, accommodations and modifications outlined in student IEPs supercede all course policies.
5.    I will not be accepting any late homework. Students will receive a zero.  
There are 2 exceptions:
a.  School trip-due the following day
b.  Excused absences-however many days absent, you have that many days to complete work (for example: 2 days excused absence = 2 days to turn in work)
6.   No gum allowed.

Communication is very important and I would like to be able to contact you periodically throughout the year to let you know of field trips, upcoming events, when your child is doing well and when s/he needs assistance.  I would also like you to feel free to contact me at any time.  My email is at the top of the syllabus.  

Supplies:

  • USB flash drive
  • 2 yellow highlighters
  • 1 pack of index cards (for vocabulary words)
  • 4 folders with the three prongs/brads
  • 1 box Kleenex tissues
  • 1 roll of white paper towels
  • 1 bottle glue
  • 1 manual pencil sharpener