Special Class Science 7 – Mrs. Garitta
Welcome Back! My name is Mrs. Garitta and I will be your Science teacher this year. This is my 14th year teaching at Marlboro Middle School. Prior to coming to Marlboro, I taught secondary special education in the Florida Union Free School District for seven years. But enough about me….listed below is all the necessary information regarding topics we will cover, class expectations, and the grading policy for science this year.
Units to be Covered in S.C. Science 7:
- Forces and Motion
- Weather and Climate
In order for class to be fun and run smoothly, it is important that all students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how class will operate.
- All students are expected to be on time to science class Google Meets. We will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30.
- Attendance counts and will be taken at the beginning of class.
- We will begin each Google Meet with a Do Now activity. It will be a review of previously taught material from the day before. Do Now! activities are designed to take about 5 minutes to complete. These assignments are usually not graded, but will be if students do not work on them on a regular basis.
- Homework will be assigned at the end of each Google Meet and is due the next day our class meets. Homework assigned on Wednesdays will be due on Fridays and vice versa.
- I am here if you need help! My office hours are:
Mondays - 8:30 - 2:00
Tuesdays through Fridays - 10:45 - 11:45
Click this link to make an appointment during my office hours:
Homework is also posted on my website at www.marlboroschools.org (see website information on the next page for help with navigating the school website.
Everything counts! Marking period grades will be weighted by using the following categories:
- Homework - 15%
- Participation/Engagement – 20%
- Classwork – 15%
- Tests/Quizzes – 25%
- Projects/Labs – 25%
- The final examination will comprise the “5th Quarter” and will account for 10% of the final grade.
- Each homework assignment is worth 10 points. Homework assignments DO count, and they are graded. Homework assignments reinforce key concepts being taught in class, which is why completing homework assignments is so important for student success.
- If a student doesn’t have his/her homework assignment done, they may still complete the assignment, but 2 points will be taken off for every day the assignment is late.
- Late assignments will be accepted until either the 5-week progress report period, or the end of the marking quarter (whichever comes first). After that time, homework assignments given during that marking quarter will no longer be accepted.
- ***Parent/Guardian Signature for Tests/Quizzes: I will require a parent/guardian signature on any failing (below 65%) test or quiz.
- ***Test/Quiz Correction Policy: Any student earning a test or quiz grade of lower than 75% may have the opportunity to complete test corrections to earn a higher grade. Test corrections must be completed on separate paper and both the question and answer must be written out for full credit.
- Extra credit opportunities will be given once each quarter. These assignments will have a due date and late assignments will NOT be accepted.
Absences and Make-Up Work:
- If you are absent from class for any reason, it is your responsibility to get and make-up the missed work. This includes notes and homework. All assignments will be posted in our science google classroom.
- If you are absent the day a quiz or test is given, you will be required to make it up during class the day you return. If you are absent during review, you will be given the same amount of time to prepare for the quiz/test that was given in class.
- Phone: (845) 236-5840 Ext. 4210
(I will return all phone calls by the end of the school day.)
- Email: Andrea.Garitta@marlboroschools.org
- My website can be found at www.marlboroschools.org under the Middle School faculty page. There you can find important information such as upcoming tests/quizzes, homework assignments, email, links, supply list, extra help schedule, etc.
My goal is to create a positive learning environment where your child will learn, grow as an individual, and have fun, too!
Should you have any questions or concerns at any time during the year, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I thank you for your cooperation and support, and I’m looking forward to a great year!