Grading Scale for CMS middle schools
A 100-93
B 92-85
C 84-77
D 76-70
F Below 70, Failing

Supply List for Ms. Norman's students;
*updated for 2016-2017 school term
1-1/2 inch binder
5 tabbed dividers (do not use numbered dividers)
Loose leaf paper
Colored pencils/markers/crayons
Standard poster board as needed for projects. Students will know at least 2 weeks in advance if they need poster board.

Late work is better than no work. Late work will be accepted with point deductions. For some assignments the point deductions will be given for every block ( every class period it is late) for other assignments, penalties will be given for every day it is late. One day is considered after dismissal on the date an assignment is due unless otherwise indicated.

Warm-up: Students are given prompts (questions or statements that are related to what we will focus on in class that day) to respond to. Three to five warm-ups will be completed per loose leaf paper. Students can earn points for responding to all prompts and turning in a paper that is in the correct format. If all information is present but not in the proper format points will be deducted. Turning in a paper that is missing information and not in the proper format gets a score of 65. Turning in an assignment that is missing a significant amount of information gets a 50 (the equivalent of failing). Assignments that have little or no information will receive a zero (0).
When the warm-ups are nearing a test date, they are usually more structured and the student will receive a score based on the number of correct answers as well as setting the paper up correctly.

Binder Check: Students are required to have a 1-1/2 inch binder with 5 labeled tabs. This binder must be dedicated to science. They must be able to turn in the binder and leave it with me for one or more class periods. If students are not able to get a binder, any notebook will work as long as they have enough paper in it to put the information in the required order. If a student forgets his/ her binder, he/she must record the information on loose leaf paper with notations that show that he/she understands where to put it when the binder is found or brought to class. This information can be glued, taped or stapled onto the correct page. Binder checks may or may not be announced. The information that goes into the binder is provided by me in class. Students copy difficult words from the board or textbook or as I read and/ or tell them what to write. Diagrams/ illustrations of the pages are placed on the board as the binder is set up and students view the pages of my binder so they are clear about what should go on each page.*Check your student's binder. The graded rubric sheet for each binder check will allow you to track your student's progress. This must not be removed from the notebook. Points available for binder checks may vary.

Article of the Week: This is the dedicated literacy component of my class. Students will receive a printed copy of a document to complete "think marks" as they break down the content in the document. This includes noting the main ideas, creating summaries, locating vocabulary in need of clarification (specific to the individual students), making personal connections, listing questions that arise from reading the document and recording answers once they have been discovered or provided in class.

Quiz: A quiz may be announced or UN-announced. When a quiz is announced, students are told and the dates are posted on the wiki page. UN-announced quizzes are usually a part of a warm-up and are designed to help the students realize what areas they need to focus on to prepare for the formal weighted quiz. A quiz will rarely be in multiple choice format. For this reason the points available will vary per quiz.

Class Work: Extensions are not granted for any assignments that are to be completed in class under any circumstances, unless the student was pulled from class by an administrator. In this case, students will be expected to complete the work by the next class period unless the assignment was related to an experiment performed while the student was not in the room.

Extra Credit: My philosophy on extra credit is that it typically isn't needed if students are giving full effort to each assignment / project and when students take advantage of class makeup work days. Therefore, extra credit opportunities in my class are limited. I will give extra credit points for the timely return of progress reports as well as extra credit for quickly returning consent forms etc. which are issued at the beginning of the year. There may also be an opportunity before and after winter break and spring break. However, parents and students are strongly advised not to depend on, or expect extra credit assignments.

Links to resources that will be used this year...

I. Scientific Processes
II. Matter
III. Energy/Waves
IV. Earth
V. Ecology
VI. Ecology/ Plants
VII. Space/ Astronomy