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    COURSE SYLLABUS – EARTH SCIENCE   

     

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

     

    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Rajpurkar and I will be your child’s Science teacher for this school year. I am excited about teaching your child and look forward to working with you to ensure your child’s success in my class.

    Earth Science is the study of Earth’s processes in the hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics include rocks and minerals, weathering, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Students will come to an understanding of how many of these topics are interrelated. For example, Earth’s plate tectonics lead to earthquakes and the formation of mountains and/or volcanoes. Students identify key concepts through the reading material and then apply that knowledge in review activities 

    Students will learn using a combination of labs, multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests, and both online and offline projects.

    Making this year successful will require a team effort, in which your child, you and I are the members of the team. You may expect me to clearly communicate goals and be available to answer questions, provide timely feedback, provide instruction, guidance and support to help students reach the goals. I expect students to come prepared to the class, show respect to all people, actively participate in classroom activities, and follow all school rules.  You can contribute to their success in school by helping your child manage his/her time, allowing them to take lead in his/her learning and encourage good classroom behavior.

     

    Please read the enclosed information and go over it with your student. Please return the top sheet with your signature. You may also record any concerns/comments that will help me to better address the needs of your student.   

     

    You may contact me at any time during school hours: (714)569-6300.

    Web page : SAUSD>Saddleback>Teachers>Rajpurkar Anagha

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mrs. Rajpurkar

     

     

     

     ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

    Materials Recommended

    Ruled paper (Wide or College), Graph paper, Ruler, #2 Pencils

    Materials for special projects (will be specified in class as needed).

     

    Class assignments

    Class assignments will consist of –

                            Warm up activities

                            Notes and Practice

                            Quizzes and tests

                            Reading/Writing prompts for content

                            Projects/Research

     

    Homework

    Homework will be assigned and will be graded for effort. Homework is to be turned in on the next school day.

     

    Grading

    The report card will include two grades: a cumulative academic grade and a citizenship grade. Grades will be calculated as follows: 90-100% : A, 80-89% : B, 70-79% :      C, 60-69% : D, 59% and below : F

     

    Missed Work

    Students returning from an absence need to request for missed assignments and will get the same number to days to complete the assignment as the rest of the class.

    Students must make an appointment to take missed quizzes/tests on the day they return to class. Students are responsible for obtaining notes from their teammates.

     

    BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

    Classroom Behavior

                Demonstrate respect for self and others.

                Only one person talks at a time. Raise hand to participate and do so when recognized.

                Come to class on time and prepared to learn and with all materials.

                Maintain neat/clean work space and classroom.

                Try your best and be willing to ask for help.

                Food, beverages, chewing gum are not permitted in the classroom.

                Use of Pagers, cellular phones are not permitted in the classroom.

                Comply with all guidelines set forth in the Student handbook.

     

    Rewards for Positive Behavior

    TRACK card, Recognition, Reflection on Citizenship  Grade, Note to Parent/Guardian, Other rewards.

               

    Consequences for Negative Behavior

    Out of respect for everyone, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Any behavior that interferes with a positive learning environment will be handled in the following progressive manner:

    1. Student will receive a verbal warning.
    2. Loss of privilege/Classroom detention/Change in seating assignment.
    3. Phone call/note to parent/guardian.
    4. Conference with parent/guardian.
    5. Referral to administration.

     

    Restroom Passes

    Students should plan to use the restroom before or after class or in the break.

     

    Tardy Policy

    School policy on Tardy/Truancy will be followed.