Syllabus

 

Physical Science/Biology

Millington Central High School

Materials

3-ring 1-2 inch binder

Notebook paper

Dividers (Notes, Returned Work, Bellwork)

Blue or Black Pen

Pencil

Course Scope & Pacing
The proper planned pacing guides for the first quarters can be found in the Scope & Sequence links to the left. 



Classroom Procedures

Beginning Class

Each day as you enter the classroom you will find a brief assignment entitled “Bellwork” on the board.  You are to proceed to your seat as directly as possible and begin working on your bellwork.  Once the bell rings, the room should be silent.  Once you have completed your bellwork, place it in your notebook in the section labeled bellwork and quietly take out paper and pen (or any other tools needed for the day) and wait quietly for a few moments as everyone completes the bellwork.

 

Notetaking

All students will be expected to take notes on any presentation to the class (mainly lecture/video).  The students will be held accountable for anything presented to them in a lecture or video on an upcoming test.  Therefore it would be to the student’s advantage to take notes on everything he or she is presented.  Handouts will be provided. These notes will be filed under the section of your notebook entitled notes.

 

Turning In Work

All work will be turned in in one of six trays at the back of the room in a tray labeled with the proper class period’s number.  It is important that the student place his work in the proper tray.  Incorrect placement may lead to a delayed return or a grade of incomplete.

 

Communication

All communication in the classroom must be controlled.  If everyone talked loudly at once, no one could be heard.  To that end, in order to speak one must simply raise his hand quietly.   This action does not require anything more.  Yelling, calling out the teacher’s name, etc.  will only result in a delay in your being recognized and may be subject to punishment under Rule 1 below.  There will be times when we work together in groups as well.  When we do so, freedom to speak will be allowed, but should be low in volume and distraction.  

 

Absences

From time to time, students may miss a day of school.  If one misses school, he or she is to inform me during bellwork time. I will direct them to check the white board to see we did while the student was absent.  The student can also check the make-up work files to collect any work that they need to complete. This will include notes they may have missed. Any work that needs to be made up should be made up in a timely manner.  Each student will have 1 day to complete work for each 1 day that they missed. If more time is needed, please speak to the teacher about the situation.

 

Tardiness

Any student who is tardy for whatever reason to class must realize that the class did not wait on them to arrive before moving on.  Upon arrival, this student shall enter the classroom with as little disruption as possible and sign the tardy log near the door.  He will then proceed to his seat and join the class in whatever activity they are engaged.  Improper signing of the log is subject to forced correction of the error and disciplinary action. 

 

Leaving the Room

Any departure from the room requires the permission of the teacher.  Permission will not be granted while the class is engaged in a collective learning activity, such as lecture, or during the first or last 15 minutes of a class period.  The teacher in the case of extreme emergency may waive this requirement. Each reason for departure from the room must be approved by the teacher.  This includes the ending of the class period.  The bell is a signal for me not you. I realize your time is valuable, as is mine.  With that in mind, I will be the one who daily dismisses class. 

 

Rules

I personally do not believe in an excess of rules.  However, those we do have are of the utmost importance.  They are as follows.

  1. Respect of other people’s person, property, rights, and beliefs will be maintained at all times.  One shall not damage or take other’s things, physically touch other people without permission, violate other people’s rights (including other’s rights to learn and the teacher’s right to manage an effective classroom), or disrespect their beliefs at any time for any reason.

    This rule also includes respect of the school’s rules at all times. 

  2. No student will have food or drink in the classroom at any time.  This rule is a school wide rule.  We have lunchtime for students to eat and plenty of water fountains from which they may drink.  Breach of this rule will be handled fairly.
  3. Students shall be in there seats when the bell rings and remain there unless given permission to stand.  If students are allowed to roam of their own accord, unnecessary disruption is extremely likely to follow.   It is also noted this rule states in their seats.  Sitting on, around, under or any other preposition except in a desk is unacceptable.
  4. Students will refrain from touching any laboratory supplies or materials and from opening cabinets or drawers without permission.  This classroom is a laboratory as well.  Thus the room contains materials that will be used at a proper time.  Please do not explore them until that time comes.
  5. From the moment one enters the room: when out of one’s seat, one must walk from place to place.  This issue is one of safety.  If someone is running, there is an increased likelihood of injury to himself or others.  Walking is all that will be allowed.
  6. Heads are to be kept up at all times.  Often students may feel the urge to lay down one’s head due to fatigue or comfort.  However, this will not be tolerated due to the temptation to fall asleep.  This rule is designed to help you stay awake and alert so that you can get the most out of your biology education.
  7. Throwing of items will not be allowed.  This dangerous practice may seem painless, but that is only the case until someone gets hit.  This will include throwing things in the trash can.  This behavior is highly disruptive.

 

Consequences

I am a believer in rules.  Whatever they may be, I expect them to be followed.  These rules are fair and are designed to work for the benefit of all interested parties in the classroom, both students and teacher.  When a rule is broken, I will give an official warning.  At times I may be merciful and give a second warning, but you are only guaranteed one.  Back talking will be further punished.  Back talking includes trying to argue one’s case in front of the class (But Mr. Wallace…, I was just…, etc.)  Such action slows the class down and can permanently disrupt the environment of the classroom.  Further offenses will result in calls home, a written referral, or even immediate removal.  Do as you are told the first time with no problems, and it can be to your benefit.  One will just make life harder on himself if he “causes a scene” by not doing so.  I hope we will not have to get this far, but it can happen if it needs to.

 

Grading

All grades will be assigned via a total points system.  This system groups all assignments regardless of type into a pool of points for the term.   There will be a minimum of two grades per week, but many more than that are quite possible.

 

Homework/Classwork:  In accordance with my belief to keep homework manageable, I do not intend to assign large amounts of it if not necessary.  Classwork will include any worksheets, group work, etc. that is to be completed in class. 

 

Tests:  We will have tests probably once every two to four weeks. Adequate reviews and study guides will be provided before hand. 

 

Labs/Projects: We may from time to time engage in independent projects to gain a further understanding of a topic.  These can include posters, presentations, models, etc.  This category will also include labs, which will happen throughout the year.

 

Quizzes:  From time to time, a short quiz may be given to help assess the students’ understanding of a recent concept or chapter.  These quizzes are to be used as a tool to help gauge learning and are not a weapon used to punish the unprepared.  They will be given fairly and if the student is prepared he or she should be fine.

 

Millington Municipal Schools has adopted a system wide grading scale that is as follows.  Whatever the grade of a student is after summing the above categories and weighting as is stated will fit into one of the following categories.

 

93 - 100 = A

85 - 92 = B

75 - 84 = C

70 - 74 = D

Below 70 = F

 

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This year will be gone before you know it.  It is my utmost hope that each student will walk out of here with a more thorough understanding, respect, and like for the subject of biology.  Together we can make this hope come to reality.  See you in Room 415!

 

Jacob E. Wallace

Science Instructor, Millington Central High School

Harding Academy of Memphis ‘06

B. A., Biology—Freed-Hardeman University ‘10

M.A., Excellence in Teaching—Harding University ‘15