This is a copy of the syllabus/class procedures that is handed out to all students on their first day. It is to be signed (which indicates the student and parent/guardian have read it and understood it):

Course Title: Earth Science                  Instructor: Paul Fleischer

This is the class syllabus that I have been using with added modifications for this year (2020-21).
I have done this with the hope that we will be back in class at some point and can go back to the original syllabus


         Earth Science is designed to be a general, hands-on, activity-based course covering Next Generation Science Standards on Geology, Meteorology, and Astronomy. Basic Chemistry and Physics will be taught throughout the year to further understanding of Earth/Space Sciences.



         Almost all class information (assignments, explanations, due dates, etc.) can be found at the following web address: (hey, you're already here!)
I will also be using Google Classroom now but mostly just for turning in work. Please check Google Classroom but THIS site ( will be the main site for information.



        During this year, you will work independently and in groups using The Process of Science to predict/explain the previous topics: These areas will be covered and assessed through exams, labs/activities, projects, oral presentations, and classroom discussion/participation.

Obviously, and unfortunately, we won't be doing the same labs and activities that we would be doing if we were in class. However, we will still be doing activities with an emphasis on discussions and small group activities. The goal is not to be on the computer all the time but to be able to experience Earth Science everywhere.


            You will be required to bring the following to every class meeting:

Your own-

•Text Book                  •Paper                         •Red pen                     •Non-red pen 

•Pencil                         •Graph Paper (at least a few sheets)              •Planner/Agenda/Device to check and record due dates

•Science Folder (keep all assignments for the semester*; separate from other classes)

            Additional supplies will be needed for particular labs/activities/projects and will be announced at that time.  All donated supplies are greatly appreciated and will be counted as extra participation.

*if a score is lost or you choose to redo an assignment, I MUST see the original graded assignment (keep all work!)
The main item to have handy is your technology. This means a computer, phone or other resource which can be used to access the internet and also submit work online.


            Turn in ALL assignments (homework, lab/activity write-ups, redone work, etc.) into assigned boxes ("In Box"/"Notes” box) following the format as shown:

Please Note: Plagiarism (using someone else's work as your own) can get you expelled from college. That usually doesn't happen in high school but if you copy/paste from the internet and use it as your own work, I will NOT grade it. Please evaluate/rate your work when you turn it in. More on that under Explanation of Graded Work.

For now, you will be turning in assignments on Google Classroom. There is also the option of submitting your Google Doc or photo of your assignment to the online folder in the shared drive.


            If you are not satisfied with the score you earned on any assignment, you may redo the assignment. Credit will be given ONLY IF the following are completed:

•Include an explanation about your corrections (i.e. HOW you changed it and what you did to make sure it is now correct-[what you learned]) *For tests, each corrected question must be accompanies by an explanation.

•Include the original "graded" assignment (no original=no new score)

•When redoing exam questions, organize your explanations on a separate paper or doc; the more you explain and provide examples, the more likely you will earn full credit. Merely putting the correct answer doesn't show me you truly understand it.
Nothing really new here. I have always believed redoing low scored work and explaining what you did to improve it demonstrates "learning". The problem is that very few students actually take advantage of this opportunity.



Turn in your work on the day it is due!!

(See absence policy)


ABSENCE: (this one is VERY important)

            IF YOU ARE ABSENT... when you return you will have normal "due" time to turn in an assignment (the assignment will not be late, but you have the same amount of time everyone else had. Please note on the assignment that you were absent so I will not think it is "LATE"). Exceptions will be made for medical excuses for labs/activities that cannot be made up but it is YOUR responsibility to show me the note or verify the absence with me (this is posted/explained more in class [above my desk]).

            Upon your return, it is YOUR responsibility to get any missed assignments from the assignment calendar online/in class.

Attendance will be taken daily and it is expected that you attend regular Zoom meetings, office hours when needed, submit assignments and communicate with me (email, messages, etc.) in order to be marked present. As participation is a part of your grade, this is the easiest way to make sure you stay up to date with what's going on. I will follow the attendance guidelines set forth by the district.


            E. C. will ONLY be accepted if you have ALL assignments turned in. Please don’t ask me for extra work if you haven’t done what you were assigned in the first place. Redoing low scores is the best way to raise your grade.



Your grade will be based on how well you demonstrate proficiency on the standards throughout the semester. This will be accomplished through lab reports, oral and written responses to activities/lessons, notes, and exams. Each standard is worth about 20% of your semester grade. There will be 4 standards per semester and the remainder of your grade will be based on participation, attendance, homework, daily review quizzes, notes,  etc.

Assignments will be scored based on the 0 – 4 system. (0: No work; 1: Below Basic; 2: Basic; 3: Proficient; 4: Advanced)
I don't have any plans of changing the Standards Based Grading or the 0 - 4 grading system. However, Google Classroom currently does not work with SBG, so grades will continue to be posted and updated via Illuminate, not on Google Classroom.

EXPLANATION OF ASSIGNMENTS: (see Explanations for updated info on scoring)

•The Diurnal Retrospection (D.R.) is a Daily Review Quiz. As soon as class begins, you have 5 minutes to answer the question on your D.R. paper. We will also discuss the answers before moving on.

•It is expected that Cornell Notes will be taken during each class period. Notes will be collected occasionally but they are mostly for YOUR benefit.

•The "Not Necessarily Current Event" (NNCE) will be one of the methods used to demonstrate understanding of each standard. Ideally, you will find each topic in the media (not necessarily current) and use the criteria posted in online to earn full credit. This can also be accomplished by adding the information to your Notes/Exams to demonstrate "advanced" level comprehension.

•Assignments done by more than one person must have accountability sheet(s); info on wall and online.
As this new semester is a work in progress, the assignments will continue to be posted on the Assignment Calendar of; some of the assignments will be modified so stay up to date by checking the Assignment Calendar often.


            Demonstrate a sense of respect for others and yourself (including equipment and materials).  Follow all lab safety and procedural rules.  Take responsibility for your own actions.  Follow rules from the Student Handbook.

Very Simple Class Rules (Posted in class)

Rule #1: Respect people, equipment, materials

Consequence: Student/Parent conference; pay for damaged items; suspension

Rule #2: No gum/food/drink (except water)

Consequence: Clean room (floor, desks, chairs)
Since we don't have to be concerned with the cleanliness of the classroom, the focus here will be respect, including APPROPRIATE ETIQUETTE online and with each other during Zoom meetings. Appropriate online behavior includes treating people respectfully as you would if you were face to face and not hiding behind the anonymity or cowardice of a computer screen. Academic Honesty will also be expected (be aware that plagiarism is a way to get expelled from college; understand the consequences for inappropriate behavior).
TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. Please understand I will respect you, as everyone deserves that, but only you can cause that trust and respect to be changed.



•Tardy policy: If you are not in class before the bell stops ringing, you are tardy. I will follow the school

tardy policy and there will be additional consequences for excessive tardies (show up on time).

•Participation helps! When you get involved, you learn more and the time goes by more quickly. Seriously!

•You need blood in your brain to think, not your bottom. If you need to get up and stretch or move around,

please do, but be respectful of others and do not disturb or distract them.

•Please raise your hand to ask a question (if you feel you’ll forget it, write it down). I will usually call on an individual to answer a question and if I do, it means I want to hear from THAT individual! Telling them the answer or yelling it out doesn’t help them learn and it shows a lack of self-control. Believe me, everyone will get a chance to talk.

•I want everyone to feel comfortable but challenged. If you don’t feel this way, please discuss it with me.
I'll just put a note here to address these bullets: being punctual (on time) is important, not just in school but in most aspects of life. Being late to work will result in being fired. Start your good habits now. Also, if you are late to Zoom meetings, I might not be able to let you in from the waiting room right away. The more you participate, the less bored you will be and the more you will gain from anything you do. Stay active, get up, move around; and most of all, challenge yourself!! I will do what I can to challenge you but what you get out of this depends on what you are willing to put in.



Sign/return this form for credit, and then keep it in your folder for reference throughout the year


We have read and understand the above class procedures

Student  Signature                                                                                                       Date                           

Parent  Signature                                                                                                         Date