Research Earth Science Course Syllabus
Mrs. Treanor- Room 503
Tuscarora High School 2022-2023
Norina.firstname.lastname@example.org (the best way to contact me)
(571) 252-1900 (school main office)
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.
Research Earth Science
The difference between the Research and Academic Earth Science course is the research course is research-based with the purpose of teaching students how to conduct science research (read and write scientifically). Students will be required to write a 500-1000 word research paper each quarter as culmination of the quarter’s work. In addition, there will be other research-related activities. There will be no school-wide science fair, but students will be required to participate in a science symposium at the end of the year which showcases their work to the Science Department.
I 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. For students, I will be available before school and after school, as well as by appointment during study hall and 4th and 8th block planning. Please schedule a time to ensure there are no other conflicts.
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)
The symposium will be 3rd and 4th quarter
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, Flash drive
Show respect for your teacher, school, school property, yourself, and others.
Follow all directions and lab safety procedures.
Be prepared, prompt, and polite, following the tenants of RISE.
Demonstrate academic and scientific integrity.
Show confidence. Be engaged. Be positive. Think. HAVE FUN! ☺
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!
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 of 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 will be worth no more than 3% of the overall grade. Extra Credit assignments will be determined by the Earth Science CLT.
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 was 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.