Contact Info

High School

Class: Science Teacher

Teacher: Seth Basista


Extension: 1112

Room: D 03

Important Dates

Course Syllabus

Mr. Basista

Room D-03

Students in this class will be expected to master a variety of skills and concepts throughout the year. They will be assessed in different ways in this course, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Quizzes (Announced and Unannounced)
  • Tests
  • Homework
  • Labs
  • Projects (Individual and Group)
  • In-class Participation
  • Responsibility

Topics are cumulative i.e. material from one chapter/topic is needed to be understood and will be applied to the next topic. This means previously learned material can/will appear on more than one test.

Class notes will be given to cover information in the text, as well as additional information not covered in the text. For this reason, attendance is imperative for success. In the event of an absence, students are responsible for all work missed. It is your responsibility to check this website and google classroom to find out what you have missed, and to gather the appropriate material. Failure to do so may result in zeros on any assignments not turned in due to absence. You may see me before school, after school by appointment, or after class to discuss questions about work missed.

Extra credit may be assigned at my discretion. If an extra credit assignment is assigned, it is an equal assignment for the entire class. Extra credit will not be assigned on an individual basis. There are no exceptions. Please do not rely on extra credit as a regular part of your grade. Extra credit assignments are assigned very infrequently, if at all in this course.

Materials Needed: Binder with loose-leaf paper, OR a notebook and folder (for notes & handouts).

Again, it’s important to keep all materials in order. Do not throw any resources from this class away.

EXAMS: Keep all notes, worksheets, and other materials throughout year to study exams.

LABS: There are various labs and projects that we will be conducting in the classroom. Safety is #1. We will go over details of particular lab safety before each lab. Some labs will require lab reports, which will also be explained in further detail at a later date.

Class Rules:

Come to class prepared and on time. Students must be in class and in their seats prior to the bell.

No crowding at the door before the bell rings.

All homework and other assignments must be turned in on their due date at the beginning of the class period. Credit will not be given for late assignments.

RESPECT everyone in the class and their belongings.

No food, drinks, or cell phones in class, unless given permission by the teacher.

No hats of any kind.

Only materials being used for this class should be on your desk. Only materials being used for the current lab may be in the lab area.

Cell phones/electronic devices are NOT permitted to be used in class. Any use of a cell phone/electronic device is strictly prohibited and will result in removal from the student’s possession and referral to the appropriate office. If these devices are visible anytime a test or quiz is being taken or reviewed, it will be considered cheating and you will be given a zero for the assignment. No exceptions.

In the event of an absence, all students must make up assigned work in a timely fashion. One day will be given for each day absence. This excludes test/quiz /review days. Students will be expected to make up test or quiz upon return to school. There will be no exceptions! For example, if test day is Tuesday and you are absent, you will take the test during the class period on Wednesday or the first day you return from the absence. Students missing class for planned activities (school-related events, vacations, etc.) are responsible for making arrangements with me BEFORE that event to get work missed. Failure to do so will result in no credit for the assignment.

CHEATING: Defined in Google as to “Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination”. What I consider cheating does not only occur on a quiz or test. Cheating is any act where a student copies any work (test, quiz, lab, homework, etc.) off another student and turns it in as his or her own work. Cheating will not be tolerated in this class. Any students caught participating in an act of cheating will receive a zero on the assignment. This class is designed to make you think outside the box, not copy someone else’s thoughts.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating – Sophocle

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