• 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. 

     There are no late penalties for late work turned in after the due date, but late work will not be accepted after 3 days beyond the due date. 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. Zeros are automatically recorded for any work that is not submitted by the due date. Please have your child show you their grades in Canvas in order to see what assignments have been turned in, graded, or are missing, as well as, any feedback that has been left. If an assignment is turned in, but is not the correct submission for the assignment or does not provide evidence of the task being completed, a grade of 1 will be recorded to indicate that I have assessed the submitted work, but have found it to be inadequate. Feedback will be left with the grade to indicate the next steps to improve the grade.

     Your student will need the following each day of class:

    • 3 ring binder with paper
    • Pencils and pens
    • Highlighters
    • School issued chromebook or personal laptop
    • We will be using the following free apps: Canvas Student and Google Drive. 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 will provide students with both a physical copy of their work and a digital copy for them to access as well.

    The best way to see how your student is doing in class is to ask them to show you their grades in Canvas. Canvas will accurately show if an assignment is missing, turned in late, or turned in but not yet graded. It will also show the physical work that your student turned in, as well as any feedback that I gave them on the assignment. Canvas will sync its gradebook with PowerSchool at 2 am each morning, so there is a lag between the Canvas grade and PowerSchool. Canvas always shows the accurate and up-to-date grade.

     Thank you for your time and attention. I am looking forward to this semester and working with your child in class!