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Classroom Expectations:


Class Rules (Also refer to Student Discipline/Code of Conduct- Policy 5600, Remote Learning/Google Meet Expectations, and Social Distancing Guidelines)


  1. Be accountable and follow the code of conduct.
  2. Follow Google Meet/Remote Learning expectations.
  3. Stay safe by following social distancing guidelines.
  4. Respect yourself and others; this includes raising your hand, staying in your seat, waiting to speak, etc.
  5. Be prepared and ready to learn; bring all required materials to class and be on time.
  6. Do your best and be honest.



Remote Learning and Google Meets
1. Code to access is: loder
2. Make sure to be on time, to have your camera on, and yourself muted.
3. Use the raise your hand button to ask questions. (raise your hand and wait to speak)
4. Use the chat to type your questions when needed or to respond, along with the emojis.
5. Use headphones whenever possible.
6. Use your school issued device.
7. Student attendance is MANDATORY during the times of your scheduled class periods.
8. Virtual afternoon sessions start the week of September 21st. (check provided schedule on Google Classroom)



Grading Policy


      60% Tests/Projects (includes formal tests, major projects and formal labs)

      30% Quizzes (includes formal quizzes, mini-labs and assessments)

      10% Effort (homework, preparedness, and participation) 


Supplies Needed, Daily (See Supply List on District Site for more)


  1. 1.5" binder (shared with math) with lined loose-leaf and graph paper, 2 dividers (labeled just for science) to keep classroom notes and other assignments in and the binder should be labeled (name, subjects). 

  2. Charged Chromebook w/charger and case, agenda pad/document, headphones, and login information for all accounts (should be in binder) including the online textbook (

  3. Pencil (with erasers), pen, highlighters, sticky notes, coloring/art supplies for every class (pencil will be used most often).


Graded Assignment Policy 


  1. In this class, there is a zero-tolerance for late assignments, as time will be allotted for all assignments to be started in class and advance notice of deadlines will be provided days in advance. “You will lose 10 points a day for late work, but no work will be accepted after the third day and the assignment will be averaged as a zero.”  The only exception will be in emergency cases where a note from a parent/guardian is presented (can be emailed), and/or former arrangements have been discussed and arranged with Ms. Loder, or you were absent.
  2. If you are absent you should check on “Google Classroom” when possible to see any notes, assignments, or handouts that you may have missed.  This will keep you from falling behind. Make up all assignments in a timely manner to avoid any deductions.
  3. Please refer to the “High Mountain School Effort Policy” for deductions on the marking period effort grade.   
  4. Students will be provided with opportunities periodically throughout the marking period to regain points lost on assignments and should be taken seriously. 



What We Will Learn This Year (Units & Mini-Units)


Introductory Unit: Exploring Science


  • Scientific Inquiry Process-will use this throughout the year

  • Collecting/Analyzing Data (Graphing)-will use this throughout the year

  • Informational Text (Current Events)-will have at least one per marking period & work on throughout the year


Unit 1: Space Systems


  • The Formation of the Universe

    • Big Bang Theory

    • Earth & the Solar System

    • Gravity

    • Galaxies

  • Stars and the Universe

  • Moon Phases-Tides, Seasons, Eclipses


Unit 2: History of Earth & Earth’s System


  • Geologic Time Scale

  • Pangaea, Plate Tectonics

  • Geoscience

  • Fossils, Rocks, Minerals (Rock Cycle)


Unit 3: Weather & Climate


  • Cycles in Nature (Water Cycle)

  • Ocean Currents and Energy 

  • Air Masses and Changes in Weather Conditions/Patterns

  • Atmospheric Layers and Heating

  • Rises in Global Temperature 


Unit 4: Human Impacts


  • Catastrophic Events- natural & manmade disasters

  • Human populations & effects on natural resources

  • Pollutions & Solutions