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Grading Policy and Behavior Expectations


Dear Parents/Guardians,

††††††††† I am very excited to be teaching your students!I am looking forward to getting to know them and helping them achieve their fullest potential.My goal is to teach them to think critically and logically while achieving (or surpassing!) the California State Standards for Science.I will be reinforcing good study habits.As long as your student is willing to pay attention and work, they will do well.

††††††††† The students have chosen to be graded as follows:


††††††††† Option A:Mostly Tests††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Option B:Balanced


40% Tests†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20% Tests

20% Labs††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20% Labs

20% Homework Quizzes†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20% Homework Quizzes

20% Class participation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20% Homework

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20% Class participation


Science Project!The big project for the year due at the end of the Second Quarter... Students design an original experiment (or an original approach to an old problem) of their interest that involves numerical data that can be manipulated and graphed.It should address a larger problem or suggest a solution that could benefit society.This will be 20% of the 2nd quarter grade.Other categories will be adjusted.

††††††††† Poor behavior will not be tolerated.I expect students to treat everyone in the classroom with decency and respect.Students who cannot conduct themselves appropriately will serve lunch detention with me on the Wednesday following the offense and will be required to bring their lunch on that day.If a student is sent out of my classroom, they will serve after-school detention.And their Class participation grade for the week will be affected.

††††††††† Together, our goal is to give your student the best education possible.Thank your for your cooperation and support to that end!Feel free to contact me by voicemail (x204) or email ( you would like to be contacted by email, please send me an email with your studentís name in the subject line.I am working on a website to post weekly homework assignments and objectives.Iíll let you know when that is available.



††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mrs. Duncan