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Mr. Raines 6C Earth Science Syllabus 

2014-2015 School Year 
 
Course Name:        Earth Science
School Name:        Stone Mountain Middle School 
School Number:    (678) 676-4802
School Website:     www.StoneMountainMS.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Teacher Name:      Jason Raines
Teacher Email:      Jason_Raines@dekalbschoolsga.org 

Course Description

This course is designed to give all students an overview of common strands in earth science including, but not limited to, meteorology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, resources, and human impact on the earth. (Georgia Department of Education)

Curriculum Overview

The following academic concepts will be covered. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SECOND SEMESTER CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Unit 4 S6E6 and S6E3-Natural Resources/Hydrology

Chapter 5 - Energy Resources

Chapter 11 - The Fresh Flow of Water

Chapter 13 - Exploring the Oceans

Chapter 14 - The Movement of Ocean Water

Chapter 15 - The Atmosphere

Unit 5 S6E4 and S6E2-Weather and Climate

Chapter 15 - The Atmosphere

Chapter 16 - Understanding Weather

Chapter 17 - Climate

BOARD-APPROVED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Title

Georgia Holt Science & Technology Earth Science

ISBN

0-03-092033-7

Replacement Cost

$67.50

Online book and/or resources

www.my.hrw.com

Online student access code (school specific)

Enter username ‘gstudent264’ and password ‘e3r5’ to log in to online book

GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.

GRADING CATEGORIES

*GRADE PROTOCOL

Formative Assessment - 0%

Assessment During Learning – 25%

Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%

Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning– 30%

A 90 – 100             ~P (pass)

B 80 – 89                ~F (fail)

C 71 – 79

D 70

F Below 70

Notes:

*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.

~Elementary schools will utilize P (pass) and F (fail) in Health/Physical Education, Music, World Languages, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

STUDENT PROGRESS

Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.

HOMEWORK

Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience. Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience. It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.

MAKE-UP WORK

DUE TO ABSENCES

When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

1. Stay on task! 2. Raise your hand and get permission before leaving your seat! 3. Resect yourself and others! 4. No eating in class! 5. Do your best!

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

MANDATORY: one composition notebook, # 2 pencils, & personal pencil sharpener.

RECOMMENDED: notebook paper, zipper pouch, colored pencils, highlighters in different colors, scissors, glue sticks, black sharpie, and green or red ink pens.

EXTRA HELP

Stone Mountain Middle has afterschool tutorial with transportation (free of charge) on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15-6:15pm. Mr. Raines is one of the available tutors.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Please stay connected to your student’s achievement using the “Infinite Campus” website, iPhone and/or Android app. http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/infinite-campus/

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