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Rules, Policies, & Procedures

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.

Albus Dumbledore (J. K. Rowling , Harry Potter and
The Chamber of Secrets)

 

[ Rules ] [ Policies ] [ Procedures ]

 

Rules

Rule : directions that define expected behaviors; the standards that control behaviors in class.

Rules are not procedures; they are not guidelines. They are non-negotiable. Rules control the way we behave in class. Not following rules results in consequences. When rules are broken in science class, we will follow the Warning, Call, Consequence procedure.

 

Three Rules Of Science Class

WHY WE HAVE RULES:

•  To allow each student the opportunity to learn

•  To prevent the disruption of learning

•  Too create a safe place to learn

•  You will do nothing to prevent teaching.

•  You will do nothing to prevent learning.

•  Everybody will be treated with respect. Respect includes, but is not limited to,

 

•  No name calling - even as a joke

•  No teasing - even as a joke

•  Listening when people talk without interrupting

•  Waiting your turn to speak or get supplies

•  Avoiding sarcasm

•  Never saying "shut up"

•  Absolutely no bullying or "dissing" of any kind, ever

 

Policies

 

Policy : A written principle or rule to guide decision-making.

Policies are principles that determine decisions and actions. They are a plan of action for handling issues.

 

Grading Policy

WHY WE HAVE A GRADING POLICY:

•  To be make sure that each student knows exactly what types of work will be assessed and evaluated

•  To make sure students are assessed and evaluated fairly

•  To make sure that students understand the weighting of assignments and grades

Accuracy and correctness matter in science. Much of the time, scientific information is right or wrong. In middle school science, very little of what we study is completely unknown; there is a right answer.

There may be several ways to arrive at the right answer however.

What this means to students is that working hard and / or spending a long time on an assignment isn't always enough. The work has to be correct also.

Occasionally, there will be assignments that will be evaluated partially on hard work or effort. Evidence of effort includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Neatness
  2. Going above and beyond the minimum requirements
    1. More than is asked for
    2. Indicators of outside research

Tardy Policy

WHY WE HAVE A TARDY POLICY:

•  To be make sure that each student understands the need to start class in a timely manner

•  To encourage a smooth start to class

•  Students will be counted tardy when:

•  They are not in the room when the tardy bell rings

•  They are not in their assigned seats when I take attendance

 

Make-Up Work Policy

WHY WE HAVE A MAKE-UP WORK POLICY:

•  To make sure that each student understands how to get assignments that were missed due to absences

•  To provide the opportunity to keep caught up in class

•  Make-up work is the responsibility of the student .

•  In general, one day for each day absent will be given to make up assignments

•  LunchBunch is available to make up work. Appointments may be made to make up work before & after school also.

•  Copies of assignments and handouts can be found in the crates for each class.

•  The class website - science-class.net - also has many of the assignment posted for student access.

 

Late Work Policy

WHY WE HAVE A LATE WORK POLICY:

•  To encourage students to turn in assignments on time in order to get feedback in a timely manner
 

•  All work is due when called for in class; worked turned in at any time after this will be considered late.

•  Late work turned in within 24 hours will be evaluated and given a grade of 70.

•  Late work turned in after 24 hours will be evaluated and given a grade of 50.

 

Academic Dishonesty Policy

WHY WE HAVE AN ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY:

•  To encourage students to do quality work at all times.

•  To promote ethical behavior.

Academic integrity means that all work is done by the students. Any type of dishonesty in school work is not integrity. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Copying the work of another student
  2. Using notes during tests and quizzes without permission
  3. Copying and pasting from electronic media
  4. Providing answers to others
  5. When academic dishonesty occurs:
    1. The student(s) will receive a '0' for the assignment
    2. A second infraction will result in disciplinary action
  6. If a student is using the work of others all students involved will be given a "0". If the assignment is not a science assignment, the work will be given to the appropriate teacher

 

Damaging School Property Policy

WHY WE HAVE A DAMAGING SCHOOL PROPERTY POLICY:

•  To make sure that each that school property is kept in clean and safe condition

•  To make sure that students have clean and safe supplies to use

  1. Any damage to school property will require restitution on the part of the student
  2. The type of restitution depends on extent of the damage.
    1. Destroyed items will be paid for or replaced by the student
    2. Items that have been marked on or written on will be cleaned by the student
  3. Damaging school property may result in an office referral
  4. Damaging school property includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Writing on desks, stools, walls or any other school property
    2. Writing in books, bending book pages

 

Following Written Instructions Policy

WHY WE HAVE A FOLLOWING WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS POLICY:

•  To make sure that each every student has the opportunity to produce quality work

•  To make sure every student has the opportunity to communicate his or her thoughts and ideas in a manner that is easily understood by others

  1. When written instructions have not been followed, the work is incomplete
  2. Incomplete work will not be accepted
    1. It will have to be redone following all instructions
    2. Redone work is due the next day

 

Assigned Seat Policy

WHY WE HAVE AN ASSIGNED SEAT POLICY:

•  To make taking attendance efficient

•  To arrange students in way that is conducive to learning

•  To maintain a safe classroom

  1. Students not in their assigned seat when attendance is taken will be counted tardy
  2. Students not in their assigned seat during class are disrupting the learning of others and will be given a warning, call, or consequence as appropriate  

 

Legible Writing Policy

WHY WE HAVE A LEGIBLE WRITING POLICY:

•  To ensure that students can communicate their thoughts and ideas in a way that all can understand

•  To make sure that student are able to demonstrate learning

  1. Students may print or write in cursive
  2. Writing than cannot be read cannot be graded; and answers that cannot be read will be counted incorrect
  3. Students may write with a pen or a pencil unless otherwise specified
  4. Students may write with colored inks unless otherwise specified
    1. Pale and pastel inks (yellow, orange, pink) are very difficult to read
    2. When in doubt, use blue or black ink

 

Procedures

Procedure : a particular course of action intended to achieve a result, a particular way of accomplishing an objective .

Procedures are the way that we do things in science. We have procedures so that our class runs smoothly and safely. Procedures help make sure that everyone in the class understands how the class works and help make sure that every one has the same chance to learn.

 

Start Of Class Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A START OF CLASS PROCEDURE:

•  To be able to start quickly. This lets us have more time to work on our labs and activities.

•  More class time to do work means less work that has to go home!

  •  Come into the room and sit in your assigned seat.

•  Read the AGENDA and copy assignments into your agenda. The agenda will be projected on the screen at the front of the classroom.

•  A Journal Question will be displayed with the agenda. Answer this question in your science journal.

•  If you need to pick up materials or supplies or turn in an assignment, instructions will be on the screen.

•  If an assignment is due, turn it in the folder for your class period in the basket

•  You will be counted tardy if you are not in the room when the tardy bell rings or in your assigned seat when I take attendance.

 

Announcements Procedure

WHY WE HAVE AN ANNOUCEMENTS PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that students are able to hear the announcements

•  To make sure that students are able to get the information that they need

•  To allow students to show respect to our country

  •  During the morning announcements (second period):

•  During the Pledge of Allegiance and pledge to the Texas flag, stand quietly and face the flags. Say the pledges as they are being said over the announcements. Say the pledges with the person saying them for the school

•  If you choose not to say one or both of the pledges, stand quietly while they are being said by others

•  During the moment of silence - stand quietly

•  During the remainder of the announcements - sit at your table without talking. Listen to what is being said.

•  Announcements at other times during the day:

•  Stop what you are doing, put materials and supplies down, and listen quietly

 

End Of Class Procedure

WHY WE HAVE AN END OF CLASS PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure all equipment, materials, and supplies are safely put away so that we will have them to use again.

•  To keep our classroom clean and safe

•  Begin to clean up and put your materials away only AFTER you have been given instructions to do so. DO NOT get ready to leave early.

•  Put ALL supplies, materials, and equipment back in the appropriate place.

•  Clean up any trash; wipe down the table if needed.

•  Remain at your assigned seat until the bell rings and you are dismissed.

•  After you are dismissed, push your stool under the table. If it is the last class of the day (8th hour), put the stool on top of the table so that the floor may be swept.

 

Finishing Early Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A FINISHING EARLY PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that learning is not disrupted for students who do not finish early

•  To develop and practice good organization and study skills

•  Use this time efficiently and wisely

•  Check your science notes

•  Organize your binder

•  Study your notes, background information, vocabulary

•  Read the science textbook

•  Don't waste the time socializing with people around you; you will distract those who need the time to finish their work

 

Substitute Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A SUBSTITUTE PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that learning is not interrupted when the teacher is not in the class

•  When a substitute will be in the room, students will receive a student instruction sheet. This sheet will have the day's assignments and any other needed instructions written on it.

•  Students are to follow the instruction sheet exactly; the instruction sheet serves as the teacher's instruction when she is not there.

•  Substitute teachers are to be treated respectfully and politely.

 

Getting Materials, Supplies, And Equipment Procedure :

WHY WE HAVE A GETTING MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that everyone has the tools they need to learn.

•  To make sure the equipment stays in good working condition.

•  Supplies are numbered for each group or each individual. It is very important that you use only the supplies with your number. You will be held responsible for the materials assigned to you .

•  Each seat in the class has a colored number. The numbers are on the corners of the tables. This is your number while you are sitting in that seat.

•  Each set of two tables has a number. The numbers are hanging from the ceiling above the tables. These are the group numbers.

•  General materials (stapler, hole punch, etc) for student use are kept on a table by the wall. Other supplies are in different places around the room. Materials on the teacher's desk are OFF LIMITS to students .

•  Pick up supplies AFTER you have been given instructions to do so. If you need the supplies immediately, instructions will be on the television/overhead as you enter the classroom. If we are not going to use them right away, you will be given instructions when they are needed.

•  Never pick up supplies until you have been instructed to do so.

•  Supplies, materials, and equipment already on your table at the start of class must be left alone until instructions are given for their use.

 

Textbook Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A TEXTBOOK PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that textbooks are available for student use

•  To make sure that books stay in good condition for student use

•  Books are numbered 1 - 30. Each seat in the room is also numbered students are to use the book corresponding to their table number.

•  Books are stored in numerical order on the white bookshelves; when you are finished using a book, put it back in its' place.

•  Do not write or mark in the books.

 

Handing In Papers Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A HANDING IN PAPERS PROCEDURE:

•  To make sure that all student work gets turned in so that it can be graded.

•  To make sure that students understand when and how to turn in work.

•  All papers are turned into the basket in the folders labeled for your class unless you are given different instructions.

•  All work is due when called for. Work not turned at this time will be late and will not receive full credit.

•  Check the agenda to see if a paper is due at the beginning of class.

 

Lab Safety Procedures

WHY WE HAVE LAB SAFETY PROCEDURES:

•  To keep all students safe and healthy

•  Safety procedures will vary from day to day depending on the labs and activities that day

•  Safety procedures will be written on labs

•  General safety procedures are:

•  Rules in the SAFETY CONTRACT will be followed at all times

•  The student will behave responsibly at all times

•  All instructions (written and verbal) will be followed

•  Goggles will be worn anytime you are using heat or chemicals

 

Computer Use Procedures

WHY WE HAVE COMPUTER USE PROCEDURES:

•  To keep expensive equipment in good working condition so that we will always have it to use.

•  To keep the laptops charged and ready for use

•  To make sure that students are able to access files as appropriate

•  •  Each student must have a signed ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (in the agenda) before computer access will be allowed.

•  No settings (screensavers, desktop, cursor) may be changed on the computers.

•  Files must be saved with the student's last name. Upper case letters for the first letter of the name, lower case letters for the remainder of the name.

•  All files must be saved in the student's personal drive space

•  Do NOT share you password with other students

•  When using removable media (floppy disks, CDs, jump drives):

•  Always run a virus scan

•  Do NOT pull a jump drive straight out of the computer. Make sure you remove the hardware by clicking on the icon in the system tray and waiting for the message that it is safe to remove hardware.

•  Laptops must be plugged back in with the correct cord.

•  Violations of the acceptable use policy will result in a suspension of computer privileges; alternate assignments will be given.

•  NO water may be on the table when computers are in use.

Put the laptops into the cart sideways with the cord plugged in on the left hand side.

Do not let the cord get tangles with other cords.

This lets us quickly check to see if the computers are plugged in for recharging.

Individual Work Procedures

WHY WE HAVE INDIVIDUAL WORK PROCEDURES :

•  To allow students quiet time to learn material
•  Students will work without talking during individual work

•  Individual work is just that - individual - there is no helping, or sharing during these assignments 

 

Group Work Procedures

WHY WE HAVE GROUP WORK PROCEDURES :

•  To make sure that all instructions are heard and followed

•  To be respectful of our neighbors

•  To keep students safe during activities

•  To make sure each student has the opportunity to participate in lab activities

•  Some of our work is group work

•  QUIET talking is allowed during group work.

•  If materials or supplies are needed during group work, someone will be assigned to get the supplies. Only one person from each group is allowed out of their seats at a time.

•  Do your fair share of the work

•  Collaborate with your group.  That means sharing, learning, participating and helping EVERYONE in the group

•  Practice Active Listening

•  Turn your stool to face the teacher during teacher instruction

 

Class Discussion Procedures

WHY WE HAVE CLASS DISCUSSION PROCEDURES :

•  To make sure that all students have a chance to ask questions

•  To give everyone a chance to be heard

•  To give everyone a chance to learn from each other

•  To make sure the teacher can hear questions and comments

•  To make sure students have "wait time" to think

•  Raise your hand to speak; wait to be called on

•  Speak in a classroom voice (no yelling)

•  If we are having a brainstorming discussion, it will not be necessary to raise your hands, It will be necessary to speak one at a time without interrupting

 

Eating & Drinking In The Classroom Procedures

WHY WE HAVE EATING & DRINKING PROCEDURES :

•  To keep the classroom clean

•  To keep the classroom safe

•  To prevent damage to supplies

•  Treats given to you in other classes must be completely eaten before you enter the classroom or saved until later.

•  Food given to you in science must be completely finished before the bell rings. You will not be allowed to leave the room with food in your mouth.

•  Water is allowed in the classroom. It must be in a plastic bottle with a "sport top" - the kind of top that can be opened and closed. A screw on / off lid is not acceptable.

•  You will not be allowed to leave the room to fill your water bottle.

•  You may not have anything except water in your bottle.

•  You may not have water at your desk when laptops are in use

•  Water is ENCOURAGED for students have are taking athletics 1 st period!

 

Leaving The Classroom During Class Procedures

WHY WE HAVE LEAVING THE CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:

•  To prevent the disruption of learning

•  To make sure important information is not missed

  TO GO TO THE NURSE:

•  I have band-aids if you need one. Wait until you are working independently before you ask for one.

•  If it is a non-emergency, please do not interrupt to ask to leave; ask during independent work time.

•  If you feel sick or faint, ask immediately . This is the one time when it is not rude to interrupt. If you feel like you are going to be sick and do not have time to ask, go straight to the restroom!

TO GO TO THE RESTOOM, WATER FOUNTAIN, OR LOCKER:

•  Your agenda serves as your hall pass. You must have your agenda or you may not leave the room.

•  Bring me your agenda, opened to the correct date, with the time and where you are going already written in, and I will sign it for you.

•  You may bring me your agenda for signing during independent work.

•  Do not interrupt instructions, class discussion, or student questions to ask to leave the room.

•  If you do not have your agenda, you will not be allowed to leave the room; it is your pass.

 

Talking & Asking Questions Procedures

WHY WE HAVE TALKING & ASKING QUESTIONS PROCEDURES:

•  To make sure every one who wants to speak has the opportunity to do so

•  To be able hear and learn from others

•  Whenever another person is speaking, you should be listening.

•  Raise your hand to speak. Wait to be called upon.

•  Never interrupt someone while they are speaking . Interrupting is very bad manners.

•  Quiet talking is allowed during group work.

•  If you have a question during a lab or activity, raise your hand and let me come to you. It is a safety issue to have students moving around the room. Be patient, there are a lot more of you than there is of me. Try to problem-solve the question in your group.

 

Sharpening Pencils & Borrowing Supplies Procedures

WHY WE HAVE SHARPENING PENCILS AND BORROWING SUPPLIES PROCEURES:

•  To make sure everyone has the supplies they need when they need them

•  To make sure learning is not interrupted by getting supplies

•  Be prepared with all of your supplies BEFORE class begins.

•  An electric pencil sharpener and other supplies are kept on the table; you may use any supplies on this table without asking. They are there for you.

•  Never sharpen your pencil or ask to borrow something while someone is talking. This is very inconsiderate and bad manners.

 

Make-Up Work Procedures

WHY WE HAVE MAKE-UP WORK PROCEDURES:

•  So that students can easily find the work they missed while absent

•  To make sure students are able to keep caught up with assignments

•  Make up work is the responsibility of the student . You must ask for missing work.

•  In general, you have one day for each day absent to complete the missing work.

•  Papers handed out in class are kept in the green crate on the table by the demo desk. Extra copies of handouts are also kept in this crate. You may get your work from the crate at any appropriate time.

 

Following Written Instructions Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A FOLLOWING WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS PROCEDURE:

 

•  To make sure that every student has the opportunity to produce quality work

•  To make sure every student has the opportunity to communicate his or her thoughts and ideas in a manner that is easily understood by others

Almost all written assignments will have instructions and directions printed on them. Although you will usually be given oral instructions in class, the written instructions will be there to remind you of what you are to do and for you to double check what you are doing.

  1. You are responsible for checking the written instructions
  2. Always read the written instructions before beginning any work
  3. Check the written instructions before you turn any work in to be graded
    1. Have you completed all parts of the assignment?

• i. Turn the paper over and make sure there is nothing on the back

      1. If you have been asked to explain your reasoning, have you do so?
      2. If you have been asked to use notebook paper, have you done so?
 

 

Assigned Seat Procedure 

WHY WE HAVE AN ASSIGNED SEAT PROCEDURE:

•  To make taking attendance efficient

•  To arrange students in way that is conducive to learning

•  To maintain a safe classroom

  1. Seating will always be assigned.
  2. In some classes, the teacher will always assign the seats.
  3. In some classes students will be allowed to pick their assigned seat.
    1. Students that are allowed to pick their own seats are those that show maturity, responsibility, and the ability to follow procedures.
  4. Students are to remain in their assigned from bell to bell.
    1. Do not get up to talk to classmates
    2. Do not change seats to work with friends
  5. When it is necessary to leave your seat, you will be given instructions on when and how to do so

 

Fire Drill Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A FIRE DRILL PROCEDURE:

•  To ensure student safety in the event of a fire
  1. At the sound of the alarm, stop whatever you are doing and line up at the door
  2. We will go down the first stairwell and out the door by the auditorium.
  3. Walk single file, following the classes in front of us.
  4. Walk without talking

 

Placing Books and Supplies on Floor Procedure 

WHY WE HAVE A PLACING BOOKS AND SUPPLIES ON THE FLOOR PROCEDURE:

•  To keep from disturbing the class below us
When you need to clear your desk and put your binder and books on the floor:
  1. Easily SET the books down
    1. Do not drop the books

 

Transition Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A TRANSITION PROCEDURE:

•  To keep the class flowing smoothly

•  To limit the amount of "down time" during class

•  To prevent the disruption of learning

A transition is the time between activities in class:  when we changing what we are doing.

Transitions are not a social time; changing activities is not a signal to get out of your seats or begin talking to classmates.

They are a time to be listening carefully to new instructions.

•  Do not get out of your seat

•  Do not starting talking with classmates

•  Put away supplies and materials and get new ones a quickly as you can

 

LunchBunch Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A LUNCHBUNCH PROCEDURE:

 

•  To provide a quiet place for homework, reading, and make-up work.

•  To provide the opportunity for extra help.

•  To allow students extra time for assignments.

LunchBunch will be held on most days. There will be days when there is no LunchBunch. LunchBunch is a quiet time to do work.

  1. LunchBunch is not just for science; any type of work may be done in LunchBunch.
  2. Students coming to LunchBunch after the tardy bell must have a pass.
  3. LunchBunch is a quiet time; students who need to be loud will be asked to leave.

 

Test & Quiz Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A TEST PROCEDURE:

•  To allow each student the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills

•  To provide a disturbance-free place for evaluation

Tests and quizzes are important ways for students to demonstrate what they have learned. The results of this type of evaluation help guide instruction in class.

  1. During tests & quizzes, students will use 'privacy protectors' during tests and quizzes.
  2. NO talking of any kind will permitted until every student is finished with the assignment. Talking:

•  Disturbs others

•  Can be mistaken for academic dishonesty

  1. If another assignment is not given, students may read after a test or quiz
  2. Quizzes are generally graded in class by the student. Pens will be provided for grading.

   

Video & Multimedia Presentations Procedure

WHY WE HAVE A VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS PROCEDURE:

•  To allow students the opportunity to learn from a variety of sources

Videos, PowerPoints, and other forms of multimedia will be used during classroom instruction. They will rarely last more than half of a class period; 10 - 20 minutes in average. Presentations are another type of instruction; students must pay attention to them in order to understand the information being presented.
  1. There is no talking of any kind during presentations.
  2. Presentations are not an appropriate time to ask to leave the class for non-emergencies.

 

 

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