Southside High School Course Syllabus
Rogers' Syllabus - Information Common to All Classes
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Dear Parent or Guardian,
- Please familiarize yourself with both the Mr. Rogers'
Syllabus -Information Common to all Classes (shown on this page)
and the syllabus for the specific class your son or daughter is taking.
If you are viewing this page on the internet click the link in the
schedule at right. You can easily find any of Mr. Rogers classroom
information by googling: mr rogers <name of subject>. The desired
link will generally come up as the first one listed.
- I'm looking forward to working with your son or daughter.
Please check the link below about succeeding in an AP class if it
applies. Your help can make a big difference.
- If you have any questions I can be reached as follows:
- School Phones: Physics Lab 355-8737,
Computer Lab 355-5989
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daughter and the subject he or she is taking as the e-mail's subject to
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- CLASSROOM POLICIES AND
- MATERIALS AND TEXT:
you will need a set of dry erase markers, 3x5 cards, and a USB thumb
drive for all of Mr. Rogers classes. Textbooks and other materials are
listed on the individual course pages.
|METHOD OF CALCULATING GRADES:
Points are awarded for each graded item. A student's
points for all items are summed and divided by the total number of
possible points, then multiplied by 100 to get a percentage grade. Extra credit
is added to student points but not total points possible. Grade scale is shown at right.
Grades of zero have a disproportionate effect. Hence,
missing lab reports will be given 40% of the possible points. This policy
will generally not be in effect on tests or major assignments.
93 - 100
85 - 92
77 - 84
70 - 76
- 65 to 75% of grade (100 pts each): AP courses require students to sit
for an AP exam.
To help prepare students, tests will be emphasized. Each will be written as
close to AP level as possible. Tests
are the key element and typically count 65 to 75% of
the grade. The 4th quarter will be devoted entirely to AP test review and
will consist of several AP practice tests. Your 4th quarter grade
will reflect your performance on the AP test.
1st SEMESTER EXAM:
in AP courses, the 1st semester exam will be as close to a full AP test as
possible. Students can generally enhance their performance by taking
practice tests from AP study books ahead of time.
MAJOR PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS
(100 to 300 pts each): The IB
Design Technology, AP Computer Science AB both have major assignments with
grades comparable to one or more tests. These projects start in the 1st
quarter and end in the 3rd. AP Physics C Mechanics has a group IV project
that is required for IB credit. See the individual syllabi of these
courses for assessment information.
AND ENRICHMENT ASSIGNMENTS(20 to 50
pts each): The second most important element in grades
will be lab and enrichment assignments. This will normally be about 20 to 25% of
QUIZZES (0 to 10 pts):
Quizzes will be given on a regular basis and focus on any
previously covered objects.
Students are responsible to know the previous
day's objectives when they come to class.
How to Compensate for a Bad Test
Everyone has an occasional bad day and there are ways to
compensate for a bad test.
1st Quarter: Each student will be granted one retest to compensate for
a bad day, not to raise B's to
A's. Retest grades will be lowered by 5%. The student
will receive the higher of the retest and original
test grades. To take a retest the student must first set up a study session
with Mr. Rogers and convince him that the material must be mastered. The
test must be taken within 5 days after the original test is returned.
2nd quarter: a student's lowest grade
will be automatically replaced by the semester exam if
3rd Quarter: students
will have the opportunity to earn extra credit by
entering a project in the regional science fair. The
project must be related to the subject. The credit is
generally less than or equal to an additional 10 pts
on the lowest test grade.
4th quarter: in AP
classes, the highest test grade will be counted twice.
(5 pts each unit):
Students will have homework on a regular
basis. At the end of each
test, homework is to be stapled to the test and turned in for a grade of 5
points. Homework not stapled to the test will not be graded. No
exceptions will be made. Homework is primarily for practice and will not be a major
part of grades. Computer science students will also be responsible for about 6 programs
PREPARATION/PARTICIPATION (- 2 to 3 pts per day):
Each student starts the quarter with 20 pts of
participation credit. A student who sleeps in class or is playing an
unauthorized card, computer, or calculator games will be given one warning.
Those who continue receive a 2 point deduction for the day. Participation score
can be negative. By contrast a student can earn up to 2 pts per day of extra
credit for outstanding participation or for special forms of participation as
defined by the teacher. Students who are not on task will receive deductions.
Students are responsible to know the previous day's objectives when they come to
class. Being prepared for and
participating in class is essential.
The maximum participation score is 25 pts for a
Extra credit will normally not be available except for a subject related science
fair project due at the beginning of the 3rd quarter.
Teaching, tests, and assignments all focus on daily
objectives. You can help by making sure your son or daughter reviews them.
If they can't answer them, they need to study or bring questions to class. Follow
the links in Mr. Rogers Schedule of Classes shown above to
view the objectives. Objectives may change before they're officially
assigned. Each student is expected to know the
material in all previously covered objectives.
ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICIES:
We will follow all the attendance and tardy
policies outlined in the student handbook, meaning that you can lose
credit for the class due to unexcused absences. Attendance is critical to
learning the subject. The classroom door will be shut and locked when the
tardy bell rings. If you are in the hall afterwards, you will be sent to
ISS for the period.
WHAT TO DO
IF YOU MISS A CLASS:
Quizzes cannot be made up but will not count
against a student with an excused absence.
If you have an excused absence, you will be
able to make up all other work.
Provision for make-up work is the student's responsibility and must be
done outside of class within five (5) consecutive school days after the
student returns to school. Make up work and tests for unexcused absences
will not be accepted.
ACADEMIC AND BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
If Mr. Rogers, a guest speaker, or a substitute is
addressing the class or a test is in progress, students should be silent.
Otherwise, students may discuss class related information in low level voices.
The noise level should never rise to the point that it is hard to hear.
- Remain seated except with
- Come to class prepared and use your
class time for learning the subject.
- All equipment in the classroom is off limits except with teacher
Commit yourself to passing the AP Exam.
- Be respectful to others at all times, especially to guests and visitors.
Emergency Passes: No one will be allowed to
leave class during the class period without a pass written in the student
agenda. No agenda means no passes. Students will be granted only two of
these per quarter.
- Minor Infractions- Individual
1st Verbal Reprimand
2nd Lunch Detention
3rd After School Detention
- Major Infractions - Individual
- Infractions- Group
- Group activities will occasionally be performed
outside of the classroom and
will be cancelled if behavior gets out of line.
Mr. Rogers classroom is frequently visited
by parents, prospective IB students, guest speakers, and sometimes even TV
crews, photographers and reporters. These individuals are to be treated
with the utmost courtesy and respect. Any problems during these time will
be considered especially egregious.
If you do not send an
e-mail as described above then please sign and return a copy of this page by the end of
the second week of school
- I have visited the appropriate
web page or received a printed copy. If I have an e-mail
address I have sent Mr. Rogers an e-mail with my son or daughters name as
- I have visited the appropriate
web page or received a printed copy for the course I signed up to
take from Mr. Rogers. I am committed to making every possible effort to
pass the AP test associated with the subject.