Earth and Environmental Science is a broad curriculum that includes information about the Earth in space, the lithosphere (geology), hydrosphere (the water cycle), and the atmosphere (weather and climate). Students will turn in their assignments electronically in our class Canvas Learning Management System. The complete Syllabus for the course is available in Canvas and includes all due dates for all assignments.
Most assignments will be completed in class, but there are some homework assignments that will need to be completed before midnight of the day they are assigned. There are no late penalties for late work turned in after the due date, but late work for a unit will not be accepted 3 days after the Proof of Learning assignment for the unit is due. These dates are clear in the syllabus as the due date and available until date. Accommodations will be made for students with extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis.
Your student will need the following each day of class:
- 3 ring binder with paper
- Pencils and pens
- School issued chromebook or personal laptop
- Cell phone (accommodations will be made for students without cell phones)
- We will be using the following free apps: Rocketbook, Vision Scanner, Canvas Student, Google Drive, and Google Photos. If you have restrictions on for students downloading apps on their phones, please assist them with getting these apps installed on their phones. All sign ins for these apps will be using their school Google account.
I will be using TalkingPoints for communicating with you about the class in general and your child in particular. This is a text-messaging service that is utilized by Caldwell County Schools and provides convenient two-way communication. I encourage you to utilize this service for communicating with me.
Attendance is extremely important. While sick students should certainly stay home, it is important to recognize that there is a loss of learning that requires extra effort to recover from when a student is absent. Because this class focuses on maximizing the learning experience for students during class time, please make every effort to keep your child’s absences in class as minimal as possible.
While your child will be turning in all of their work electronically, very few assignments will involve work on their computers. We will primarily utilize computers for doing specific research, but the majority of classwork will be on paper to activate student learning through writing, graphing, performing math, and drawing. This letter is an example of how assignments begin life on paper and then are turned in electronically using the Rocketbook app. This will provide students with both a physical copy of their work and a digital copy for them to access as well.
Thank you for your time and attention. I am looking forward to this semester and working with your child in class!