*** Be prepared! (Responsibility) Make sure you bring all materials required for the course with you to class. Materials lists are provided on the course syllabus. Books used as folders will result in damaged book fees at the end of the school year. If you do not bring needed materials to class, expect to be sent back to your locker to retrieve them. (this also usually means you will be tardy for class….be warned).
*** Be on time and ready to go! (Respect) This means you are in class, seated, and ready to begin by the time the tardy bell rings. You will have things to do at the beginning of class, and I will have things that I have to do too.
*** Show respect (Respect) for others, their property, and their ideas! Everyone will have a chance to make constructive contributions and participate, in their turn. This is a science classroom, with both expensive, and personal (mine) equipment. Do not touch or play with anything without permission (including windows and fans). Bullying behavior, either physical or verbal, will not be tolerated.
*** Turn in your work complete and on time! (Responsibility/Integrity) I try very hard in planning to make sure that you have a reasonable amount of time to finish your work. Work is due when assigned, period. Make sure you read through the handbook guidelines on late work, as well as the course specific rules in the syllabus.
*** Safety First! (Respect/Responsibility) In a science classroom working with natural gas, electricity, and chemicals, safety is very important. You will all pass a safety exam (90% or better) before you begin work with any equipment. There are no disciplinary warnings on safety matters; behave in an unsafe way and you will be removed from the class/lab for that period.
*** Do your part!!! (Integrity/Responsibility) Like most things, learning is a two way street, you get out of it, what you are willing to put into it. I will strive to give you every reasonable opportunity to succeed. I expect that you will give me the same effort on your own behalf.
*** Cell Phones/Personal computing devices!! (Respect/Responsibility/Integrity) Cell phones and other computing devices can be awesome learning tools, when used properly. They can also become distractions that prevent you or those around you from using time wisely and productively. Leave these out of sight (and reach) unless you have obtained permission to use them in class. Also, cell phones are not great calculators. If your course recommends a calculator, get a calculator. Cell phones or any device with communication capability are not allowed on any tests or quizzes. Expect me to follow the discipline policy for unapproved use.
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