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Course Syllabus & Classroom Procedures 

8th Grade Science

Ms. Kelly


Course Description:

Welcome to Ms. Kelly’s Science class!  The science curriculum for 8th grade involves five concepts.  Along with studying these topics, you will continually participate in activities pertaining to the many science processes included in every science curriculum.  During this school year, you will build an understanding of chemistry and matter, infectious diseases, the hydrosphere, and evolution of organisms and landforms.

Expectations for class: 

·         In order to be successful you must complete all assignments.  Your grade will reflect the amount of effort you put forth in this class.

·         If you have a special situation affecting your schoolwork, e-mail me or see me privately and we will work together to insure your success.

·         You should only use pencils to complete assignments and to write in your notebook. Assignments completed in ink will not be graded; you will have to re-do the assignment and accept the late penalty for each day it is late.

·         Assignments submitted without a name will also receive a late penalty (10%). 

General Rules: 

·         No food or gum in class without permission.

·         You should be quiet and seated when the bell rings to avoid receiving a tardy.

·         Your third tardy each term will result in a card punch.  Each tardy after the third will also result in a card punch.

·         Your laptop should be charged each night to ensure enough battery life for the school day.  If you habitually charge your laptop during class, you will suffer a consequence. 

·         Group work should be completed as a team, not as an individual.

·         You should bring all materials to class each day.  This includes your science notebook, charged laptop, pencils, colored pencils, a highlighter, and earbuds/headphones.

·         No horseplay.


Preparations for Class:

In order to be prepared for class, you should bring daily:

       2 No. 2 Pencils


       Colored pencils


       Earbuds or headphone

       Science notebook – You may use a spiral notebook, a composition notebook, or a section in your binder.                           

Earned consequences: 

You will receive at least one warning prior to a consequence unless the behavior is severe enough to cause endangerment of other students, extreme class disruption or disrespect in which cases the behavior will be addressed accordingly.  You may receive a non-verbal warning (a note on your desk, “the look”, or a hand signal) or a verbal warning (reminder of what you should be doing differently, reminder of your consequence if the behavior continues, asked to lay your punch card on your desk).  Consequences are assigned at the teacher’s discretion including but not limited to a punch in your punch card, loss of privilege, last to leave class, chill-out, and/or parent contact.

Late Work: 

Late work will receive a 10% penalty for each day the assignment is late.  Late work may take longer for the teacher to grade.  Please be patient.

Missed Work:

If you are absent, you have 3 days to make up missing assignments (3 days per day absent).  It is your responsibility to ask the teacher for any missed work. 

Progress Reports and Parent Portal:

Progress reports will be given every three weeks. In addition to traditional progress reports, parents have the opportunity to view their student’s grades at any time through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

Grade Reporting:

All teachers utilize PowerSchool to record daily attendance and to record students' grades for assignments in a timely manner.

General guidelines for recording grades are as follows:

·         Daily homework, classwork and short quizzes (less than 20 questions for example) should be posted in the PowerSchool gradebook within 5 school days.

·         Tests and longer quizzes should be posted in the PowerSchool gradebook within 7 school days.

·         Projects and tests or assignments including essay/ research responses should be posted in the PowerSchool gradebook within 10 school days.

Entry of grades and daily attendance may be delayed if a substitute teacher is necessary. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

To schedule a parent/teacher conference, the parent should contact Mrs. Cuadro at the school’s front desk.  Mrs. Cuadro will coordinate a date for the conference.  I am available on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am.

Grading Scale:

The grading scale as applied to points earned by the end of a grading period is as follows: 

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = Below 60%

Weighted Grades (approximately):

                50%  Summative Assessment: Tests (30%), Quizzes (20%)

                                Assessments may or may not be announced.

                20%  Major Projects/Research Projects/Multimedia Presentations

                20%  Class Work: (those tasks primarily completed in the classroom)

                10%  Homework (those tasks primarily completed outside of class time)


NC Final Exam, CTE Exam, End-of-Grade (EOG) Test and End-of-Course (EOC) Test

converted scores will account for 20% to 25% of the final year average.

Contact Information:

Communication amongst students, parents, and teachers is key to your success.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at

I am looking forward to a great school year!

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