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Platte Canyon High School
Bailey, Colorado

Earth Science Main Page



I expect your best!
Challenge yourself to expect YOUR best!!


NOTEBOOK - you will need to have a loose-leaf, 3-ring binder for class handouts, worksheets, quizzes and tests. These will be kept in chronological order in your binder. You will also need a bound notebook (spiral is ok) where you will write all your notes and observations.

WRITING INSTRUMENT - pencil or pen (no pastel colors or highlighters)

CALCULATOR = a calculator capable of AT LEAST arithmetic (+-x/), operations, square root, exponents (EE), and trig functions (sin, cos, tan). (TI-82, 83, and 92’s are ok, but not necessary)



We will be using the book Modern Earth Science by Sager, Ramsey, Phillips, and Watenpaugh.  A lot of information and problems will come from lectures, handouts, and assignments. I hope to be utilizing the computer (INTERNET) as a supplement to this course and will have additional/supplemental information available. 



Expect homework everyday. There will be days when you won’t have any, but always plan for it. Homework is expected to be done and will account for approximately 10% of your grade.

Completed assignments/homework are to be turned in to me on the date due.

Homework as well as any assignment is expected to be neatly and legibly completed. If I cannot read it, it will be returned to you to be redone and resubmitted. Torn or crumpled papers will not be accepted, nor will pages with graffiti or extraneous unrelated notes.

It is your responsibility to remember to turn in your homework.



We will have quite a lot of laboratory assignments (usually 2-3 per week).

They are an important part of the class and account for approximately 30% of your grade.

Formal Lab Write-ups will be usually be due 2 days after completion of the lab unless otherwise specified.

The lab area is OFF LIMITS, except with my permission or during an assigned lab.

If you are in the lab area or into any cabinets without permission, you will have an afterschool detention.

If inappropriate behavior occurs during a lab, you will receive a ZERO for that lab assignment.

If you break or destroy equipment due to inappropriate actions, you will pay for its replacement.

 NO FOOD OR DRINK in lab area at any time.



My grading scale is as follows:  89.50% - 100%  A
                                               79.50% - 89.49%   B
                                               69.50% - 79.49%   C
                                               59.50% - 69.49%   D
                                               00% - 59.49%   F

Semester grades will be based on combined scores from worksheets, labs, quizzes, tests, projects, homework, and class participation. Midterms/Finals will count 20% of each semester's grade.

The following are approximate percentages that each activity will count.

Tests 30%
Classroom Conduct/Participation 5%
Quizzes 10%
Notes/Notebooks 5%
Worksheets/Homework 10%
Special Projects 10%
Labs 30%


AND FINALLY:      If you need help, have questions, or are confused about anything, ASK!