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Disclosure Document

Teacher:            Jarom Stubbs

Email:                jarom.stubbs@nebo.edu 

Office hours:      By appointment only

Website:            https://sites.google.com/a/nebo.edu/jarom-stubbs/

                       

Class rules and Expectations:

Our rules consist of the “Classroom 3Ps.”  These rules are designed to ensure that every student’s right to safety and respect are met, and that every student will have an equal opportunity for learning and academic development.  By adhering to these rules the overall atmosphere of the classroom will be positive, comfortable, and conducive to student learning. 

 The Classroom 3Ps are:  Be prepared, prompt and polite.

  • Prepared:  Students are expected to be in their seats ready to begin class when the bell rings prepared with necessary materials for the day.
  • Prompt:  Students are expected to complete assignments on time and turn them in by the due date.
  • Polite:  Students are expected to respect others.  Name calling, fighting, and being disrespectful to any other individual will not be tolerated.  Also, students should help in keeping the room clean and organized.

 Lab rules and Expectations:

We will have multiple labs throughout the year, many of which may contain harmful substances that could cause severe illness, pain or death.  Students are expected to practice safe handling techniques at all times even if the material is, or seems harmless.  Rules for specific labs will be given prior to the lab date. 

 Needed Items:

Students will need a notebook that is devoted to science only.  Spiral bound notebooks are the best as students will be using this notebook on a daily basis. Pencils are preferred over pens but not required. 

 Grading:


The Diamond Fork JHS Science Department will use a knowledge mastery philosophy to assess student learning and to assign grades.  Students’ grades will be based partly (30%) on what they do (Assignments) and partly (70%) on what they know (I Can Mastery).  We feel this is the best way to reward students for their hard work while holding them accountable for learning the key concepts in science.

What is an “I Can” statement?
As a science department, we have created a list of key concepts and skills taken from the state science core.  Each item on the list is phrased in the form of an I Can statement that students will be able to do following instruction.  Each I Can is broken down into three levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced.  We encourage all students to work toward advanced mastery of each concept, but students are required to at least reach the Proficient level for each I Can.  Students who are at a basic level or below will be required to come in during E-time for additional instruction or will need to do additional work on their own.

How are I Cans assessed?
Some I Cans will be assessed in tests or quizzes, especially at the basic level.  Others are assessed by having students perform a skill or complete a lab or activity.  Students may be required to present information to the class or teacher and they may need to defend an argument.  Students do not have to be good test taker to do well on I Cans, but they will need to become good learners.  If students show that they have only a basic understanding of a topic when first assessed, they can retake the proficient portion of the assessment to raise their grade.  If they have only a proficient understanding, they can retake the advanced assessment.  We want to encourage students to continue to learn and progress until they have achieved mastery of the content.

How is I Can Mastery graded?
The I Can Mastery section of a student’s grade will list each of the I Can statements that students have been taught.  When students master an I Can they will receive a grade of 2, 6, 8 or 10 out of 10, depending on how well they understand the material.  This is not a percentage or number of correct answers.  This score is a representation of how well students understand a concept and the level of thinking they can do with that concept.  The scores are based on the following scale:

Level of Understanding

Score

Basic -- Students can recall and recognize basic information about the concept.

2

Proficient -- Students have a good understanding of the concept and can explain and evaluate ideas related to it..

6

Partial Advanced --Students have a proficient understanding and can do some of the advanced thinking/skills or can do all of the advanced thinking/skills but only with help.

8

Advanced -- Students have an advanced understanding of the topic and can think critically about how it fits in with their existing knowledge.

10



Students who have not reached at least the Proficient level on all I Cans may have their grade changed to an “I” regardless of how well they have done on other I Cans.  This is to get them to come in during E-time to get help on the specific topic they didn’t understand. The actual percentage of “I Cans” mastered will be reflected in mid-term and final grade reports or once a student has mastered all of the “I Cans” taught up to that point.

Final and mid-term grades will be based on the following percentage scale.

A

94-100%

A-

90-93%

B+

85-89%

B

80-84%

B-

75-79%

C+

70-74%  

C

65-69%  

C-

60-64%  

D

50-59%

F

0-49%



Citizenship: 

Students are expected to follow the three P’s (see rules above).  The breaking of any of these rules will result in a lowered citizenship grade.  Fighting, practicing unsafe lab techniques during class labs and reports of misbehavior with a substitute teacher will result in an automatic unsatisfactory (U) grade. 

 Tardy policy:

Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings.  Coming in or sitting down after the bell rings is considered an interruption and the student will be marked tardy.  If a student feels that he/she has a valid reason for being tardy, he may speak with me after class and we will decide together if the reason warrants an excuse.

 Late work policy:

Most assignments will be done in class and turned in the same day.  The penalty of turning in late work will be a lowered citizenship grade and the inability to attend e-time activities until the work is completed.  1 citizenship point will be taken for everyday that the assignment is late.  

 Absences:

All assignments and activities done during the student’s absence will be listed on my classroom website (see above.) Students will be required to check the website and print/pick up any assignments that they have missed.  The student should also arrange to meet with me if needed for additional help on missed material (see office hours above).

 Extra Credit:

I do offer extra credit upon request from students.  To earn extra credit, the student must approach me with a completed “extra credit” form and a plan of action.  The form will be found on my website.  Extra credit will be entered on the last day of the term and will be awarded only to those who have completed all assignments and have passed all “I can” tests at the basic level or higher.  In addition, extra credit will be entered in as assignment extra credit only; it will not count toward I can mastery and no extra credit will be accepted within the last week of each term.     

  To parents/guardians:

The success of your student is greatly enhanced by your participation in their education.  I encourage you to be active and supportive in your student’s learning.  I know your student will benefit from any help you can offer.

 To students: 

This classroom is intended for your benefit!  You as an individual contribute to our success as a class.  I know we will have a great time studying science this year.  I look forward to working with you!

 Thank you,

 

Jarom Stubbs


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Jarom Stubbs,
Aug 21, 2012, 8:44 AM
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