W.C. Mepham High School

Physical Setting: Earth Science 

Mr. Vitale    Rm. 118



Physical Setting Earth Science is a course designed to help you gain a better understanding of the physical world around you.  We will explore such topics as oceans, earthquakes, volcanoes, weather, the Earth’s position in space and others.  The class is scheduled for eight periods each six-day cycle permitting us to engage in extended laboratory investigations during double periods.


Class Rules:


The following are rules and regulations that I will enforce on a daily basis:


·              All students must be in their seats when the bell rings.  Students who come in after the bell must have a signed pass.  Students who fail to present such a pass will attend after school detention with me. 


·              No eating or drinking, hats, or cellphones.


·              No foul or abusive language.


·              During class discussions, no side comments are permitted (students must raise hand).




Students are required to bring a 3-ring binder (1-inch is recommended), pencil case, reference tables, calculator, subject dividers, four pencils, and four blue or black pens to class EVERYDAY.  These materials will be checked on a weekly basis.




According to district policy, 15 points are deducted after your fifth absence.  Only three make-up sessions are allowed.  In addition, 3 latenesses are equivalent to 1 absence.


Grading Policy:

   The grading will break down as follows:





H.W, Classwork and Participation.....20%  




The student’s homework grade is based out of 100 total points.  There are no make-ups for homework assignments.


Web Explorations (Web- Ex):


 We will have a Web-Ex assignment due at the beginning of each week. The assignment will be available for download the Wednesday before it is due. There are computers available in the library and in my class if a child does not have a computer at home. These assignments will be counted as 2 homeworks and sometimes randomly checked as a quiz. These assignments are very important to the progress of your child. 


Extra Help:


I am available for extra help on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in room 118 from 2:05-2:35 p.m.




ALL labs must be handed in on time.  Labs will be checked to meet a more than satisfactory level.  Each quarter, your lab grade will be based on a test that focuses on the main idea of each lab in the quarter in addition to a lab performance grade.  Access to the labs is possible during extra help.


Each student is required to have satisfactory written reports reflecting a minimum of 30 lab hours.  Any student who does not meet this requirement will not be permitted to take the Regents exam in June.  It is the student’s responsibility to find out which labs he/she has missed.  He/she can do so by asking me before or after class.  Those students who have a legitimate excuse can make up labs.  Students need to make up labs as soon as possible.




Each student will be tested on several lab techniques learned throughout the 2003-2004 school year.  This will count as percentage of the student’s Regents Test grade.  The practical will be given during the first week of June, 2004


 This is a partial list of class expectations, see handout from class for complete information