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    Course Syllabus 2020-2021

    Jasper County Middle School

    8th Grade Physical Science 

     

    Mrs. Amy Rejmer

    arejmer@jasper.k12.ga.us

    Online Student Office Hours: Monday 4-5 PM

    Course Description:

    In 8th Grade Physical Science, there are 5 main standards that will be studied during the course of the entire year:

    • Matter - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information about the structure and properties of matter
    • Energy - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information about the Law of Conservation of Energy, to develop arguments that energy can transform from one form to another within a system.
    • Force, Mass & Motion: obtaining, evaluating and communicating information about cause and effect relationships between force, mass, and the motion of objects.
    • Waves- Light & Sound: obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to support the claim that electromagnetic (light) waves behave differently than mechanical (sound) waves.
    • Fields - Gravity, Electricity & Magnetism: obtaining, evaluating and communicating information about gravity, electricity and magnetism as major forces acting in nature.

     

    Instructional Goals: Students will be able to

    1. Obtain information from a variety of sources: Lecture, texts and (as much as possible) laboratory experiences
    2. Evaluate information to determine relationships, cause and effect, and credibility of information obtained.
    3. Communicate information by creating tables and graphs, as well as by written and verbal communication. 
    4. To use the processes (such as the scientific method) to observe, question, research, hypothesize, experiment, collect data, analyze data, draw conclusions and communicate results.

    Curriculum: The first semester will focus on Matter, Energy, and the vital interactions that occur between them in the natural world.

    Online Distance Learning:

    Distance Learning will require the student to independently read and follow directions that are posted about an assignment, read the content material and think critically. A weekly email will be sent to all students and parents outlining the week’s lessons, and students are encouraged to email me directly if you have any questions. Virtual meetings (Google Meets) will be an integral part of the learning experience. Attendance in virtual meetings is mandatory. 

     Class assignments:

    Notes (located on Google classroom and presentations), assignments and assessments will be posted in Google classroom. I will use materials from my face to face classroom along with a prescriptive platform (Odysseyware). Students with a score of less than 80% on any assignment are expected to re-attempt the assignment within 3 school days, making corrections in order to master concepts. It is the student’s responsibility to notify me of  re-submitted work. All formative assignments will receive feedback, but not all formative, practice assignments will be posted in Infinite Campus.

    Curriculum and Instructional Resources:

    We will follow the curriculum as set forth by the state of Georgia Department of Education. The standards and outline of the units are available at: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Documents/Science-Eighth-Grade-Georgia-Standards.pdf

    Supplemental instructional resources (in addition to class assignments) will be available on Google classroom for students to access.  These resources may  include websites, videos or interactive sites intended to assist and support the learning process.  

    Expectations

    Students are expected to access Google Classroom daily, note the learning target, take notes, engage in the work session and closing, and complete all corresponding assignments. 

    Students are expected to log in and interact with the material daily.

    Students are expected to complete and submit assignments on their due date.

    Work submitted more than 24 hours after the posted due date will be subject to losing a portion of the credit for tardiness.

    Work will NOT be accepted more than two weeks past the due date.

    Students should contact the instructor immediately by email with questions or if help is needed. I will usually respond within a few hours, but will definitely respond within 24 business hours. 

     

    Google Meets (virtual meeting) Expectations for or in the event of Distance Learning

    Students are expected to participate in every scheduled virtual meeting.

    Students are to mute their microphones until or unless they need to pose a question.

    Students are to use their live camera (preferred) OR a school appropriate photo to display during the virtual meetings.

    Grading:

    The grading policy is located in the student handbook for face to face instruction.  30% of the grade will be from summative grade (like tests or projects) while 70% of the grade will be from formative assignments (like classwork, practice and quizzes).   It is my personal policy to not give a lower grade than a 60% on any formative assignment that I grade where the student shows that logical, reasonable effort was given. (This excludes assignments graded by Oddessyware or Google forms). After initial feedback, the work may be corrected and resubmitted for additional credit.

    It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with all assignments and not fall behind. Parents will be contacted weekly about student progress using either an email, text, phone call or a Remind message. Posted work will be removed from Google Classroom two weeks after its due date, so work must be completed on time.

    Grades:  A minimum of two formative grades will be posted in infinite campus each week. A minimum of two summative grades will be posted each 9 weeks. 

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    Course Syllabus 2020-2021

    Jasper County Middle School        

    High School Level Physical Science

     

    Mrs. Amy Rejmer

    arejmer@jasper.k12.ga.us

    Online Student Office Hours:  Monday 4-5 PM

    Course Description:

    In High School Level Physical Science, there are 10 main standards that will be studied during the course of the entire year:

    • Periodic Table - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information from the Periodic Table to explain the properties and patterns of atomic structure.
    • Atoms - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information about how atoms bond to form stable compounds
    • Matter - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to support the Law of COnservation of Matter
    • Nuclear Chemistry - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the changes in nuclear structure as a result of fission, fusion and radioactive decay.
    • Phases - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to compare & contrast the phases of matter as they relate to atomic and molecular motion.
    • Solutions - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the properties of solutions.
    • Energy - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the transformations and flow of energy within a system
    • Force, Mass & Motion - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the relationships among force, mass and motion.
    • Waves - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the properties of waves.
    • Fields: Electricity & Magnetism - obtaining, evaluating and communicating information to explain the properties of and relationships between electricity & magnetism

     

     

     

    Instructional Goals: Students will be able to

    1. Obtain information from a variety of sources: Lecture, texts and (as much as possible) laboratory experiences
    2. Evaluate information to determine relationships, cause and effect, and credibility of information obtained.
    3. Communicate information by creating tables and graphs, as well as by written and verbal communication. 
    4. To use the processes (such as the scientific method) to observe, question, research, hypothesize, experiment, collect data, analyze data, draw conclusions and communicate results.

    Curriculum: The first semester will focus on Matter, Energy, and the vital interactions that occur between them in the natural world.

    Online Distance Learning:

    Distance Learning will require the student to independently read and follow directions that are posted about an assignment, read the content material and think critically. A weekly email will be sent to all students and parents outlining the week’s lessons, and students are encouraged to email me directly if you have any questions. Virtual meetings (Google Meets) will be an integral part of the learning experience. Attendance in virtual meetings is mandatory.  

    Class assignments:

    Notes (located on Google classroom and presentations), assignments and assessments will be posted in Google classroom. I will use materials from my face to face classroom along with a prescriptive platform (Odysseyware). Students with a score of less than 80% on any assignment are expected to re-attempt the assignment within 3 school days, making corrections in order to master concepts. It is the student’s responsibility to notify me of  re-submitted work. All formative assignments will receive feedback, but not all formative, practice assignments will be posted in Infinite Campus.

    Curriculum and Instructional Resources:

    We will follow the curriculum as set forth by the state of Georgia Department of Education. The standards and outline of the units are available at: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Documents/Science-Physical-Science-Georgia-Standards.pdf

    Supplemental instructional resources (in addition to class assignments) will be available on Google classroom for students to access.  These resources may  include websites, videos or interactive sites intended to assist and support the learning process.  

    Expectations

    Students are expected to access Google Classroom daily, note the learning target, take notes, engage in the work session and closing, and complete all corresponding assignments. 

    Students are expected to log in and interact with the material daily.

    Students are expected to complete and submit assignments on their due date.

    Work submitted more than 24 hours after the posted due date will be subject to losing a portion of the credit for tardiness.

    Work will NOT be accepted more than two weeks past the due date.

    Students should contact the instructor immediately by email with questions or if help is needed. I will usually respond within a few hours, but will definitely respond within 24 business hours. 

    Google Meets (virtual meeting) Expectations for or in the event of Distance Learning

    Students are expected to participate in every scheduled virtual meeting.

    Students are to mute their microphones until or unless they need to pose a question.

    Students are to use their live camera (preferred) OR a school appropriate photo to display during the virtual meetings.

     

    Grading:

    The grading policy is located in the student handbook for face to face instruction.  30% of the grade will be from summative grade (like tests or projects) while 70% of the grade will be from formative assignments (like classwork, practice and quizzes).   It is my personal policy to not give a lower grade than a 60% on any formative assignment that I grade where the student shows that logical, reasonable effort was given. (This excludes assignments graded by Oddessyware or Google forms). After initial feedback, the work may be corrected and resubmitted for additional credit.

    If Georgia Milestones are given this year, then that End of Course test will be given a weight of 20% of the year-long grade (this is the State requirement).

    It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with all assignments and not fall behind. Parents will be contacted weekly about student progress using either an email, text, phone call or a Remind message. Posted work will be removed from Google Classroom two weeks after its due date, so work must be completed on time.

    Grades:  A minimum of two formative grades will be posted in infinite campus each week. A minimum of two summative grades will be posted each 9 weeks.