Regents Earth Science
School Phone: 738.9300
Earth Science is a Regents science class with a laboratory requirement. Major topics covered during the year include:
Minerals and Rocks
Weathering and Erosion
Meteorology and Climate
As a prerequisite to the Regents Exam, New York State requires all students to satisfactorily complete 1200 minutes of laboratory activity. Students must also complete the laboratory practical exam (Part D) of the exam, typically administered one week prior to the Regents Exam in June.
Basic or scientific calculator
Pen and pencil
3-ring binder (2 inch) & pocket folder
Review book (used toward the end of the year)
Grading is done on a total points system. More difficult and time-consuming tasks will have a higher point value. Categories for grades are listed below.
Tests: 6-7 tests are given per year (75-100 points each).
Quizzes: 3-4 quizzes are given per quarter (20-40 points each).
Labs: 10-12 labs are completed per quarter (10-20 points each).
Homework: graded homework is collected once per week (3 points each).
Complex Thinker (CT): Completed on a quarterly basis (20 points each).
Common Assessments: given at the end of each marking period
Each marking period and the Regents Exam are worth 20% of the final grade.
Students are responsible for making up work missed due to absence. Work due the day of the absence shall be turned in the first day back in school. Deadlines for new assignments will be extended one day for each day absent. It is best that work from missing classes be made up during study halls. In the event of an extended absence, please contact the student’s guidance counselor.
Lab work will be done with assigned partners. All laboratory work involving data collection will be completed during class time. Additional time to complete calculations and answer questions will be allowed before the collection deadline.
**Laboratory safety is practiced all year. No food or beverages are permitted in class.
Homework assignments are collected periodically and will count toward the quarter and final averages. Homework assignments are posted on infinite campus and on the chalkboard in the classroom. The lowest homework grade is dropped from the quarterly average.
I do not except extra credit projects.
Students have the option of making corrections to any lab when the original grade received is less than 65%. Corrections may be done in study hall or after school.
Study Hall Procedures
During one period of the four day cycle students will be assigned to a study hall in this classroom. A certain number of students are able to sign out of this study hall to the library or computer lab. Students who have missing assignments will not be permitted to sign out of study hall, or obtain passes from other teachers.
Prior to most tests, I offer an optional after school review class for all of my students.
Misconduct and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any student who chooses to violate the code of conduct outlined in the student handbook will be recommended for disciplinary action through the outlined discipline policy. The student handbook online at the Perry JH website.
 Use of graphing calculators is forbidden by NYSED for the Earth Science Regents Exam.