Statement about Grading for Spring Semester 2020
It has been decided by administration that grades will be taken as of March 13th for the Spring semester. What does this mean? Whatever your grade was before Spring Break will be your grade for the end of the year. There are a few things that can change here. First, if you're not happy with that grade, you can work to increase it. But, don't fear that it will go down. Things are rough right now, and we want to support you.
I'll be grading your work based on completion, entering your scores in the grade book at least once per week, to help you grow your understanding of science. If you don't turn something in, it will show up in your portal as a zero, but don't be alarmed, that zero is used just to help track what students are doing. At the end of the semester, if your grade is higher than it was at March 13th, I'll give you the higher grade. If it is lower, no stress, it won't drop for the final grade.
Does that mean you can stop working now? No. CBHS has the expectation that you'll continue to grow and progress on your learning. If you are in a situation where schoolwork isn't something you're capable of, you need to contact your PLT as soon as possible, and work that out with them.
So what will we be doing? I'll be assigning work as normal. In short:
1. Don't worry about failing.
2. Engage with the work as you can.
3. Whatever your best is, do that.
4. You can turn work assigned after March 13 in anytime until 5/14 for full credit.
5. Keep in contact with me and your PLT.
6. We will get through this moment in time together.
7. Communicate with me if you need anything. Communication is super important right now.
I miss you!
(Thank you, Mr. Carr, for letting me modify your message to your students to fit my needs!)
March 24, 2020
Dear Science Students,
Welcome back from spring break. Yes, even amid all this craziness in the world, school goes on. Actually, I’m really looking forward to connecting with each of you, although it’s going to look and feel differently for now. CBHS campus is closed to students until at least April 17, and even that may be extended, but for now your teachers and support staff are back (working at home or on campus, as needed) and school resumes today, March 24. Here’s how we’ll proceed this week.
REMINDERS and MODIFICATIONS:
A. We will continue to use our webpage for weekly assignments and due dates.
B. As always, homework is assigned on Thursday and due the following Thursday.
NEW: For all classes, Homework is due by 3 pm on Thursday.
C. Assessments will be modified and will vary from week to week. Read carefully.
I have modified the work required for the chapter you started before break. Please read below for the homework I will expect by this Thursday, March 26.
How to complete your homework:
Marine bio-some of this applies to you less than to other classes, but here are the general guidelines for NOW. Subject to modification, of course.
1. Make sure your FIRST AND LAST name and hour (11:30) are clearly written on the TOP RIGHT CORNER OF EACH PAGE
2. Clearly label each question set. EX: PAGE 304
3. You may do your next question set directly below the first, but be sure to label the new PAGE #
4. I expect your parent to check your work, mark the incorrect answers and put your score at the top. EX: 4/5 (Parents, please use a strongly contrasting color, like red, if you can)
5. I expect you to go back and correct the questions you missed. Your parent should recheck your answers and put a new score at the top (EX: 4/5, 5/5). Remember, homework is practice, you should do it until you understand it.
6. Cornell notes are done as usual, make sure you have your name and hour at the top right corner of the page. Take thorough notes.
7. 3x5 cards are done as usual. No credit for vocabulary if you don’t do 3x5 cards, however if you run out, you can cut up paper or tear it if you really have to. Use these to practice with several times a day for 3-5 minutes. Your brain likes the reinforcement.
How to turn in your homework:
1. Spread your work out on a flat surface.
2. Take a photo of all of your graded and corrected homework, so that I can clearly see that you completed each required element. If you need multiple photos, that’s ok.
3. Homework for all of my science classes is due this week on Thursday, March 26, by 3 pm.
Quiz for Thursday, March 26:
For this week, there is no quiz. There will be an assessment over next week’s work. For this week, I am looking into some creative ways to allow you to asses from home. Stay tuned.
I will be setting up virtual office hours later this week, so you can ask me questions directly. I’ll post when I have a schedule. In the meantime, feel free to email me whenever you need a little help or advice. We’ll get through this together!
A few people have asked me for info on the new corona virus, so I had a conversation with my friend, a Butte County Public Health doctor, for some trusted resources so we can stay current on the risks and developing situation.
At least some media outlets are sensationalizing the corona virus and there is also a lot of misinformation circulating. Time for some solid information and trusted resources.
Here you go:
Butte County Public Health Department website
Butte County also has a Facebook page (same name)
California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control
BCPH’s biggest concern right now is influenza a and b. I can attest to that, since so many of my students have been absent due to flu symptoms over the past couple of weeks. You can still get your flu shots. It’s not too late, but it does take a week or so for you antibodies to build up to efficient levels.
Great links for Marine Biology:
OCEAN SCHOOL LINK
EXPEDITION REEF CAL ACAD FILM
1. Rare white humpback whale spotted; News story with video
2. Nautilus Live website; check in to see what the submersible is doing now, or watch archived explorations. Here's the link to their Rosebud Whalefall Exploration video.
3. Axial Seamount expedition blogspot, they explored hydrothermal vents. One of the crew members is a geologist at Chico State!
4. Big Blue Live Announcement Video from Thank You, Ocean
5. Big Blue Live Webpage- coming August 31st; Extra Credit opportunity.
6. Seafood Watch Webpage- you can download the app!
7. Joides Resolution Research Vessel Webpage
8. NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Research Vessel Webpage; Also check this link.
9. Important California legislation to protect the ocean from microbeads
10. National Geographic Critter Cams
11. Eel video
12. Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery; Great read for octopus fans!
13. WINDYTY- Weather and Wave Map Real time3/1 to 3/3
14. iRefuz ap
STUDY SMARTER, NOT HARDER-
Recent findings in neuroscience show that 'brains like to cooperate' (they do); that writing notes is once through the circuits, but doing colored drawings is not just fun, it's proven brain science. Linking sound (listening carefully in class, or to a video), motor activity (including taking notes or making 3x5 vocabulary cards), coloring, retelling, or teaching someone else, rhyming or making up mnemonic devices, etc, all reinforce the circuitry that makes up our memory. The most effective learning happens in a combination of many modalities and is now widely-accepted best practice based on neurological studies of learning in rats and, of course, humans!
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