• Ms. Jernigan’s Earth and Environmental Science


     Room:   208        Planning:   1st Period         E-Mail:    ashleigh.jernigan@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

    Office Hours: My office hours are by appointment, but I will be here an hour before school starts each morning and am here well after the students have departed in the afternoon. You are welcome to come in the morning or after school, but ask in advance so that I can plan to meet with you.

    Course Description: In this course, we will have the opportunity to learn about “Earth Science” and “Environmental Science”. We will learn about the structure and processes of Earth’s systems and how human interact with Earth’s systems, our dependence on them for natural resources, the hazards they pose to human society, and the impacts to them caused by human activities. Our scientific methodologies will focus on inquiry and problem based learning.

    Student Supplies: The following are required:

    • One 1” three ring binder
    • Page Dividers (Labeled Unit #1, Unit #2, Unit #3, Unit #4, Unit #5, Unit #6, Unit #7, Review)
    • Pencils
    • Pens (blue or black ink)
    • Set of 8-12 (or more) colored pencils
    • Basic Calculator (phones are not allowed)
    • Notebook Paper

    Class Procedures and Expectations:

    • Be Good to All in Every Interaction – Respect at ALL times
    • Exercise responsibility for your actions, put forth your best effort, and actively participate in the class instruction or activity every day.
    • No food is permitted in class at any time unless first arranged with the teacher.
    • Only water in a clear container is permitted.
    • No phones allowed. If you are going to bring your cell phone, it must be turned off and put into your appropriate slot in the cell phone holder.
    • Laptops are allowed in class but cannot be used without permission. (Other technology may be used so long as prior arrangements are made with the school.)—Please review the CCHS BYOT Policy for further information.
    • Obey all school rules and policies.

    Grading: For this course, each of the two nine-week marking periods will be worth 37.5% of the overall course grade, and the final exam will be worth 25%. For each of the nine-week marking periods, tests are worth 50%, quizzes/homework/graded assignments are worth 25%, and classwork is worth 25%. All work will be assessed for the level of effort made and the degree of completion.

    Late Work—All late work is accepted with no penalty as long as it is turned in with a late work form completed, and must be turned in by the end of the unit. No late work will be accepted after the end of the unit in which it was to be completed. Homework packets are due the day of the Unit Test and cannot be turned in late. Any projects worth test grade that are turned in late are an automatic 30 points off. It is expected that students will notify the teacher of late work being submitted when they realize that they will not be getting it in on time. Students who arrange extra time beforehand (or have more time due to modifications arranged with the school) will not be penalized for late work.

    Missed Work—All missed work can be made up for full credit, provided that the student completes it within the required time frame and submits it with the appropriate late form. It is the student’s responsibility to request any missed materials from the teacher and to get the notes from their classmates. The only work that cannot be made up are missed Lesson Launchers (as these are participation points for the day) and Pop Quizzes (as these are generally the result of a lack of student participation or appropriate student behavior).

    Tests—All tests will be announced. There will only be a few each grading period so it is critical that you do well by studying. Remember, tests are 50% of your overall grade. Individual and/or group projects may be assigned in the place of a test or some aspect of classwork or other graded work. A scientific paper may be assigned.

    CCHS Science Department Correction Policy—Test corrections are available to any student that is present for the day of the assessment or has completed the assessment before the test date.  Test corrections are a reward for students that are responsible with their time and give their best effort on the day of the test.  If there is a known absence for a test, then there should be an effort by the student to arrange a time to take the test before the absence will occur.  This will allow the absent student a chance at correcting their test.  Any student that is absent the day of the test will still be able to take their test, but they will not have the opportunity for corrections.  In extreme cases of absence (death in the family, major illness, car accident, etc…), I need to be notified immediately by a parent or guardian in order to plan for that student on an individual basis. Test Correction time will only be offered during Central Connections (unless otherwise arranged with the teacher) that is immediately following the day of the test. The student is responsible for requesting the option to do test corrections.

    Homework—As a rule, homework will only be assigned if there is good reason and class application. I do not believe in busy work, however, I do believe in the power of reading so reading assignments will be given on a regular basis with comprehension questions attached to them. Any work begun in class, but not finished, will become homework.

    Notebooks—All daily classwork (and homework if and when assigned) will be recorded and kept in binders. The work should be kept throughout the entire semester for the purpose of studying as well as proof of work should there be a PowerSchool issue and the student's grades are inaccurate. Students are accountable for doing, recording, turning in, and keeping their classwork and homework. The teacher reserves the right to perform notebook checks for a grade at any time. Notebooks will be due each test day to check completed/missing work.

    Extra Credit—There are several extra credit opportunities that are offered throughout the semester and for various amounts of points. Extra credit is, however, extra, which means that it is extra work. No one can pass the class simply by doing the extra credit work. If you do not do the regular work, then you the extra credit will not be able to help you as much.

    Absences: It is the student’s responsibility to get and complete any classwork or assessments missed during an absence, excused or otherwise. Copies of missing assignments will be available but will have to be completed within one week of any absence. If you are absent, e-mail me, and I will help you.

    Academic Integrity: Please review the CCHS Academic Integrity Policy. Cheating and plagiarism are not acceptable under any circumstances nor are—among other things—fabrication, self-plagiarism, assisting or interfering with another student’s work, or falsifying records. Please be aware of the significant consequences for violations of academic integrity. Any plagiarized work will result in an automatic 0% on the assignment.

    *This syllabus is subject to change as the need arises.