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    Madison High School                                                  Course Expectations Sheet Environmental Science

     

    Instructor: Ms. Carlson

     

    Phone: (973) 593-3117 Ext: 7712

     

    E-Mail: carlsonc@madisonnjps.org - BEST METHOD TO CONTACT ME!

     

    Webpage: Google Classroom, https://www.madisonpublicschools.org/Page/11912 or look for my name on the “Teachers” page on the High School Website

     

    Office Location: My desk is located in prep room between D22 and D24

     

    Tutorial: I am usually available before school every day (except during inclement winter weather) [in the Lobby A and C Days or D22/G57/G58 on B and D Days], C Day Lunch Tutorial (G-58), and A Day Lunch Tutorial (G-58 with Ms. Wylykanowitz).

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    1. Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the study of human interactions with other organisms and the environment. Units of instruction include:
    • Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Ecosystem Interactions
    • Endangered Species and Biodiversity
    • Water Issues
    • Human Health and Environmental Toxicology
    • Agriculture and Our Food System
    • Air Pollution and Climate Change
    • Energy Resource
    • Environmental Politics, Economics, and Worldviews

     

    Hands-on laboratory and field experiences are provided throughout the course.  Scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies will be used to identify and analyze environmental problems, risks developing as a result of these problems, and possible solutions or prevention strategies. After taking this course, students should be equipped to make independent and informed decisions about the consequences of their actions on the environment, both as a citizen and a consumer.

    1. Text & Materials: Raven and Berg, EnvironmentWiley, New York, 2006

    Students are required to bring the following to class every day: 

    1. charged Chromebook
    2. a three-ring binder with paper (or another type of notebook and a pocket folder) 
    3. writing instruments to class every day.

     

    III. Classroom Expectations:

    • Treat everyone in the class with respect and consideration.
    • Follow all safety procedures.
    • Cheating and copying will not be tolerated, help will always be available for those who wish it.
    • Keep all notes, handouts, homework assignments and labs organized in your notebook/folder.
    • Stay on task for the entire class.
    • Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and our class Google Calendar.
    • The grades will be posted on Genesis. Check your grades on a weekly basis, so there are no surprises at the end of the marking period.
    • No food or drink is allowed in the classroom.

     

    1. Grading Policy:
    • Tests/Quizzes 50%
    • Projects/Labs 25%
    • Homework/Classwork 25% (may be graded for completion or correctness)

     

    1. Late Work & Make-up Policy: 

    For Paper Assignments: If you are out the day something is due, you should write absent at the top of the paper and hand it in next time our class meets. Late assignments (homework, labs, projects, online quizzes, etc.) will be penalized accordingly. If a student is absent when an assignment is due or on a test date, the student should be able to hand in the assignment on the day that the student returns to school or take the test on the day that the student returns. 

    For Schoology Assignments: After the assignment is due, you will only be allowed one attempt to complete it for a grade if the assignment was not submitted on time.

    The Madison High School homework, late work and make up policies will be followed. Students should see Ms. Carlson for special circumstances or for special arrangements.

     

    1. Class Participation: Class participation is necessary to succeed in Environmental Science. Environmental Science is not a “spectator sport”. You need to be involved in class every day and look over your notes and/or complete homework every night. Ask questions if you are unsure of something!

     

    VII. Teacher Availability: I am usually available before school every day (except during inclement winter weather) [in the Lobby A and C Days or D22/G57/G58 on B and D Days], C Day Lunch Tutorial (G-58), and A Day Lunch Tutorial (G-58 with Ms. Wylykanowitz).