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    Mrs. Treanor   Blocks 3  With and Mr Zaeir  Blocks 1 and 5       Room 503

    Tuscarora High School 2022-2023

    Contact Information

    Norina.treanor@lcps.org (the best way to contact me)


    (571) 252-1900 (school main office)

    Course Description

    Earth Science is the study of the Earth’s crust, its atmosphere, oceans, freshwater systems and its relationship with space. It encompasses five main areas of science: geology including hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. All students are required to take the Virginia Earth Science SOL in May.

    Earth Science covers a number of different topics and moves quickly through the material.   The best way to be successful in Earth Science is to review material daily, ask questions, meet deadlines and STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!     


    We can be contacted by email and can arrange a video conference, google meet, phone call, or in person appointment to meet with parents and guardians.  Students can schedule to meet before school and after school, as well as by appointment during study and 4th or 8th block planning.  Please schedule a time to ensure there are no other conflicts.   After school homework help, or SLED, will begin in the Fall and allow students to stay after school in a structured setting for tutoring, project and assessment make-up.

    Nine Week Plan

    1st Quarter🡪  Science Safety, Earth Science System, Tools of Science & Astronomy

    2nd Quarter🡪  Astronomy & Geology

    3rd Quarter🡪 Geology & Oceanography

    4th Quarter🡪 Oceanography, Meteorology, SOL Test (May)

    Supply List

    • 1 ½ “ -2” Binder or pocket folders (AVID will use their AVID binders) 

    • Loose leaf paper (1/2 pack)

    • Pens/pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors, calculator

    • THS Assigned Chromebook, charged and ready for class

    • Earbuds or Headphones compatible with Chromebook 

    Class Rules

    1. Show respect for your teacher, school, school property, yourself, and others.

    2. Follow all directions and lab safety procedures.

    3. Be prepared, prompt, and polite, following the tenants of RISE.

    4. Demonstrate academic and scientific integrity.

    5. Show confidence. Be engaged. Be positive. Think. HAVE FUN! ☺

    Class procedures 

    As you enter class: You are expected to come to class on time and prepared.  The beginning of class is the best time to sharpen your pencil, turn in assignments, pick up handouts, or retrieve information, as well as use tissues or hand sanitizer.   Bathroom breaks will be scheduled through e-hall pass during appropriate class times. 

    Cell phones are not permitted during class unless being used for class instruction or activities.  The policy for Earth Science is your phone is “Off and Away” unless instructed otherwise.   We will be doing lots of hands-on, engaging activities! 

    Grading Policies

    Grades for this class are based on the LCPS grading policy.  Major Summative assignments will comprise 80% or more of the quarter grade.  Minor Summative assignments will comprise no more than 20% of the quarter grade.  Every summative assignment will have at least one Formal Formative assignment, which will not be calculated into the final grade, but will be recorded in the gradebook. Your official grade will be maintained in Phoenix and not in Schoology.  

    Major Summative Assignments corrections/retakes

    Students will have the opportunity, on major summative assignments, to make corrections (labs and papers) or retake a test (after remediation activities).  According to LCPS grading policy students will have 10 academic days after they receive feedback, to complete corrections or retake a test, for a max grade of 80% (B-).  Please note the format and length of the reassessment will be determined by the Earth Science CLT.  Again, the maximum reassessment grade can only be 80%, so put your effort into the original assessment. 

    Extra Credit

    Extra credit will be worth no more than 3% of the overall grade.  Extra Credit assignments will be determined by the Earth Science CLT and will be available every quarter.


    Phoenix is the official gradebook of record and will be updated once a week.  If there is a “Z” entered for an assignment, the assignment was not turned in and it factors in as a zero. If there is an “X” entered for an assignment, the student is exempt from the assignment and it does not affect the student’s grade.  Formal formative assignments will be entered into the gradebook but will not be calculated as part of the grade.