Mrs. Swanson Science Class Procedure


  Classroom Discipline:

                Marlowe Middle School Handbook Rules, Regulations, and Procedures Apply

                Team 7-2 Card System (See team expectations)

Marlowe Middle School students are expected to be respectful, be responsible and be involved.


Science Log

You will need a composition notebook.  This will be your science log.  You will be responsible for your slog all year.  The science log will be used for the Daily Science Problem (D.S.P.), journaling, and in class activities.  I/ We will grade your science log at various times each quarter.  


Students may use whatever organizational tool best suits their needs. I would recommend either a binder/folder with 2 sections/pockets.  (Homework/Notes & Reference)

All notes for class go into this binder/folder.  Mrs. Zobott may also give you supplemental reading assignments, and these will go in here too. All homework assignments will be placed in your binder/folder as well. We will go through binders/folders at the end each unit and recycle what is no longer needed. (Do NOT throw anything away until instructed to do so!)

* Pencil preferred and Calculator needed often!

Grading Policy:

Formative Assessments = 10%

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:

Formative assessments are generally low stakes, which means that they have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include:





Daily homework will be assigned on a regular basis as the curriculum dictates. It will be noted if the student completed the homework or not, but no points awarded. The homework will be discussed in class, on the due date, for self-evaluation and any questions answered. Homework is practice. Practice ought to be a time when it is ok to fail and provide an opportunity for feedback. Homework is part of a process; it is not the end goal. Homework assignments, especially those graded on completion, are often completed in a “half-baked” way because students know that the homework’s quality does not actually matter. Furthermore, I feel anytime you give points for an assignment; students will try to find a way to skip the process to get the reward. By grading homework, a student’s final grade is not reflective of his or her true knowledge and ability. Instead, weekly quizzes will be given to let the each student, and myself, know where their practice has gotten them. Now the students can see how their practice has correlated with actual ability, and they can form ideas about their own study habits. Through this process, I believe students will begin to learn and decide themselves how much they need to do to master a topic and when they need to do it.

Summative Assessments = 90%

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.

Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include:

Students are in my classroom to learn. They need to master the content and skills introduced to them so they are prepared for high school. Therefore, students should not accept below average or personally poor grades on summative assessments. Thus, students will be allowed to retake or redo summative assessments at teacher discretion, up until the last week of each quarter. Students will be required to follow the retake/redo requirements for each assessment to be eligible and different versions of the assessment may be given.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit will be given at various times during the course of the year. Be sure to pay attention to those times and take advantage of the opportunity. Extra credit points are earned for assignments that are directly related to the class and should be completed in addition to all class assignments.  Extra Credit will not exceed 2% of your overall grade. Extra Credit is only awarded to those students that do not have any missing graded assignments within the quarter.


Mrs. Swanson reserves the rights to add, update, and revise any and all of these procedures.  In the event that something changes or is not covered here, a procedure will be set, discussed and practiced.

**Please see Mrs. Swanson’s Haiku page for more specific information on classroom procedures and expectations.