Mrs. Stone - Science

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Mrs. Stone

4th-8th Grade Science Teacher
Earth, Life & Physical Science

Biography
Science Degree, CSU Fresno Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Chapman University


Science Requirements and Classroom Rules
 
 
Behavior and Responsibility
 
All students are expected to come to class prepared to learn.  This includes having a pen or pencil, their textbook, notebook and/or notetaking guide and any homework or assignments that are due.  All students shall show respect for others, respect for property and respect for themselves.  If a student is late to class, they must have a written excuse.
 
Textbooks
 
Students may be issued a textbook and/or notetaking guide.  Students are responsible for having textbooks covered within the first week of school.  Each student is responsible for their own textbook and notetaking guide.  Students will be given an assigned area to store their textbooks and notetaking guides in a neat and orderly fashion if they do not need to take them home. Textbooks will be collected at the end of the year and students are responsible for returning their textbook in the same condition it was issued in.  If a textbook is lost or is not returned in good condition, the student will be responsible for the cost of a new textbook.
 
Laboratory and Experiments
 
Students will be performing laboratory experiments.  Lab experiments are critical for students to engage in the learning process.  It is critical that students act responsibly, safely and follow all instructions when performing experiments.  If a student acts irresponsibly or unsafely when performing an experiment, the student may be removed from the experimentation process and will be given an alternative assignment. If a student’s behavior endangers other students, equipment or keeps other students from learning, the student will be given an alternative assignment and will not be allowed to engage in any further experimental labs for the rest of the year.
 
Technology
 
Students will be given the opportunity to use technology in science class. Each student will be issued an IPad Mini for science class, to be used for research, creating documents, labs, presentations and to communicate with other students and teachers using the internet and email.  Each student will also be given a school email account. The use of new technology also comes with more student responsibility.  Use of technology will be required in class.  Students must use their assigned IPad appropriately and with care.  Any student that misuses IPad, whether by mishandling of the equipment or accessing inappropriate programs or internet sites will no longer be able to use an IPad.  This will greatly impair a student’s ability to participate in classroom assignments.
 
Assignments
 
Students will be required to keep an assignment sheet in their binders.  Any assignment given must be written on the assignment sheet.  Students will also record points for each assignment and the points they received on each assignment.  This allows students to always know their grade.  I will periodically check assignment sheets and students with incomplete assignment sheets will lose points.  Assignments will be posted on a master Google document that is shared with all students. This document is available in the Google Drive at the secure School District Google Apps:  www.google.com/a/astudent.central.k12.ca.us. This website is also available under Student Links on the District and School site web page.  It is the student’s responsibility to check for given assignments if the student is absent.  Any student that is absent due to illness or any other excused absence will be allowed the appropriate amount of time to make up an assignment. (For example, if a student is absent due to illness for two days, the student will have two days to make up any assignment given).
 
Assignments that a student misses due to unexcused absences will be given a zero.  Due to the nature of science, it is recommended that students do not miss class.  It is sometimes impossible for a student to make up a laboratory experiment or understand concepts that are taught in class.
 
Students will turn in written work to me by email or through a Google document when requested. When sending email to me, students must fill in the subject line, so that I know what their communication is about.  If an email is sent to me by a student and does not have a subject, I will delete the email without opening it.  Emails must also include the student’s grade, and period in the subject line.  If an attachment is sent, the attachment must include the student’s name, grade, period and date.
 
All other assignments will be turned in to the appropriate folder.  All assignments must include the student’s name, grade, period and date.  Any assignment turned in without the appropriate information will be scored appropriately or discarded .
 
I will accept late assignments for a short period of time.  An assignment turned in one day late will receive fifty percent credit earned credit.  I do not accept assignments more than one day late.

Referral
 
Any student that chooses not to follow classroom rules and responsibilities may receive a referral. Referral information is listed in the student handbook.  Some of the reasons for a student referral are listed below.  For the following infractions, five of these incidents are grounds for one referral. After five incidents, a referral will be issued.
 
Coming to late without a written excuse
Chewing gum in class (1st offense only, 2nd offense referral)
Class disruption (talking in class, disturbing others, getting up and down during lecture or work time)
Inappropriate Behavior in class (Not on task, doing work from another class, throwing things in class, passing notes, etc.)
Not completing assigned homework.
 
If a student does not complete an assignment, they must fill out a Report to Parents-Missing School work form.  Each form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned.  After five incidents, a referral form will be issued and sent to the principal for appropriate
 
Contact Information
 
Mrs. Wendy Stone
Science Teacher, 4th-8th grades
Stratford Elementary School
Phone: 925-2605
Email:  Students:  wstone@astudent.central.k12.ca.us
             Parents only: wstone@central.k12.ca.us


Curriculum and State Standards

New California Common Core State Standards are currently being developed for Science. At this time, current California State Standards for each grade level can be found at www.cde.ca.gov, under the Curriculum & Instruction tab.

All grade levels are currently working in Zingy Learning.  Zingy is an interactive web-based program that targets specific curriculum and California State standards for each grade level.