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Classroom Procedures and Rules

Class Requirements


Every science student is required to keep an up-to-date 11/2 in. 3-ring binder. There should be 6 dividers to help keep students organized. From time to time students will be tested on the contents of the notebook pages. This reinforces good note-taking and organizational skills. Notebooks will be periodically checked for 1 letter grade.

Classroom Rules

Students are expected to exhibit respect for themselves, peers, and teachers. This respect is reflected by each student helping to keep our classroom orderly and safe. The following are my classroom rules:

  1. Be in your seat before the tardy bell rings. If you are tardy to class bring an excuse note.
  2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  3. Drinks, food, candy, or gum are not allowed in the classroom.
  4. Respect school property and the property of others. Keep your hands, feet, and all other objects to yourself.
  5. Please be courteous. Raise your hand to contribute to class discussion.
  6. Conduct cuts for class are as follows:
A student's conduct is observed daily. In a 9-week period, if the student fails to follow any of the classroom rules, a conduct cut will be given. Each conduct cut deducts 5 points from your 100 points. After 9 conduct cuts, you will receive an "F" in conduct for the nine weeks.

Homework Policy

Homework assignments should be expected Monday through Friday. Weekend homework might include studying for tests and research on special projects. Every homework assignment is worth 1 grade. Make sure that all papers have correct headings before turning them in. Work with no name will be discarded. Turn work into your class period box.Never put assignment on Ms. Balboa’s desk and/or do not hand paper to Ms. Balboa.

Late Homework Policy

Homework that is not turned in on due date will not be accepted.No exceptions! Late homework due to absences will only be accepted if absence was excused. The day you return to science class bring excuse note explaining your absence. Immediately hand in the homework that was due last class to the bin. Check the Table of Contents posted on the side wall for any missing papers and visit the blue bin to find missed work.

Missed Classwork/Homework

Assignments missed due to absences shall be given to student on the day of his/her return to school. These assignments are to be turned in for the following class period (unless stated otherwise by teacher) in order to receive full merits. Any assignment not turned in by the appropriate time shall receive a "0" number grade.
Never skip science class to remain in another class, without Ms. Balboa’s prior approval. If you know ahead of time that you will be out, check the SAP and request any papers you need to stay current with the class.
It is your responsibilities to ensure that all class work/ homework assignments are submitted to the teacher in a timely fashion. This will help you develop life learning skills and take a greater role in your education.


Thursday’s or Friday’s are designated by the school as test days for Science. Tests are worth 2 letter grades. Quizzes are given on any day of the week and are worth 1 letter grade.

Lab Grades

Students will engage on weekly hands-on investigations. These labs and group assignments are worth 1-2 letter grades.

Extra Credit

Sometimes, students will be offered an extra credit opportunity. These are carefully limited within the grading period. They are considered to be supplemental to required assignments. They will not be accepted in lieu of required work. Maximum extra credit points per grading period is 8.

Incomplete Work

Any incomplete class work or homework asignment turned into the box will be marked as incomplete and will receive am "F."

"There is no substitute for hard work." Thomas A. Edison

Essentials for Parents To Know

Your child will always have a Science Assignment Packet (SAP):

  1. It describes class work.
  2. It details homework.
  3. It guides your child's organizational skills.

Monitoring Your Child's Grade

Get an up-to-date view of your child's grade by going online. Go to the Carver Website. Find the Parent Portal.

Things To Do At Home To Help Your Child Excel in School
  1. Read with your child everyday for 30 minutes.
  2. Find graphs and charts in newspapers and discuss them with your child.
  3. Set up a homework station, include a dictionary, calculators, supplies, etc.
  4. Set up a homework routine for your child to experience outside the school such as: museums, parks, Everglades, and beaches.