Science Department

  • The science department has put 10% of the grade into homework and outside participatory projects. The main portion of the scholar's grade then is broken equally into three parts:

    • Groupwork: 30% (including evidences in notebook, and other measures)
    • Performance Tasks: 30% (end-of-unit projects, reports, labs, science fair, etc.)
    • Assessments: 30% (tests, quizzes- Please check with your teacher about the policy concerning retakes and make-ups.)

    Here are the Science Department Goals for the 2017-2018 School Year.

    1) Academic Goal

    All scholars will be prepared for high school science having embedded science and engineering practices into performance expectations.

     

    Instructional Plan/Assessment

    The science department will engage scholars in lab-based activities leading to a culminating project each quarter (exceeding the A-G requirements) which will prepare scholars for college and career.  

    Performance tasks will be a primary focus within the classroom setting.

    2) Academic Goal (AVID)

    MLK scholars will use Cornell Note-taking Strategy to take notes and study in all science classes.

     

    Instructional Plan/Assessment

    Scholars will receive grades for the quality and quantity.

    Scholars may be able to use notes for tests to reinforce note-taking.

    Scholars will learn how to study by flipping the Cornell Notes.

    3) Behavior Goal

    All scholars enrolled in science classes will use procedures for activities and transitions without teacher instruction or redirection most frequently enter and exit the classroom quietly and begin the “Do Now” in a timely fashion without teacher instruction or redirection on a daily basis by the end of the first quarter

    Instructional Plan/Assessment

    Scholars that disrupt classroom procedures will be retaught before verbal warning  before given consequences: verbal warning, parent contact, think time/restorative justice, teacher detention, and possibly an office referral.

    4) Behavior Goal (Social)

    The science department will continue to encourage community support for science based specific scholar needs.  

    Instructional Plan/Assessment

    Scholars that do not bring the required supplies or need outside help with be offered support.  

    5) Audacious Goal

    Scholars will develop a sense of community and engagement through problem-based learning applied to cross cutting concepts.  

    Instructional Plan/Assessment

    Complex instruction norms will be used in activities. At least one goal will be posted each class period. All grade levels will be using the Stanford Complex Instruction Norms for group work.