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Saturday, 09 April 2016 02:34

Physical Science

Highland High School

Mr. Martin, Room D261

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Hello and welcome to Mr. Martin's physical science class!  In this course we will be looking at the introductory topics of physics and chemistry, while providing a solid foundation for students to build upon during their scientific journey through high school.

To parents:  I will occasionally send reminders to students about tests, quizzes, homework, and general information about the class, using the free app Remind.  If you like, you may receive the same updates one of the following ways:

1. Download the Remind app on your smartphone and enter the class code @pmartinhhs

2. Text the number 419-938-9494 with the message '@pmartinhhs' to receive notifications via text message (Note:  This is NOT my personal number).

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Welcome to my class!  I feel extremely fortunate to be your teacher this year, and I look forward to a great year filled with success, fun, and growth in your quest for knowledge!  Below you will find a general description of things you need to know for this year, so please read carefully.

Course Description

Physical science integrates the application of mathematics with the field of science.  This class will focus on the connections between these subjects, their application in all areas of life, and allow you to think analytically like a scientist.  These goals will be achieved through use of visual aides, discussion, labs, and other various tools and activities.  You will show your growth and progress in these areas through regular homework assignments, labs, presentations, group work, projects, quizzes, and tests.

Expectations of the Students:

Students are expected to be in class every day, on time, and ready to learn.

Students should bring with them the materials needed for the class every single day.

Materials needed include:

-Your choice of: 1 ½ inch binder with dividers OR a single-subject notebook and separate folder.

-Loose leaf paper, calculator (NOT on your phone), book WITH cover, pencils

-*Strongly suggested to have: colored pencils or pens, highlighter, ruler, scissors, and metric graph paper

This class will incorporate a good amount of group work.  Therefore, students are expected to work together as a team, showing respect to each other and the teacher, as well as treating any equipment used with the same respect.  If a student is not showing respect to either Mr. Martin, another student, or any equipment, disciplinary action will take place.

Classroom rules must be followed at all times, the most important being respect toward yourself and others.  Students are expected to behave accordingly depending on the activity being completed (no horseplay during labs, not talking while teacher is, etc.).  Due to safety concerns in a laboratory class, directions must be followed the first time they are given.  Any student failing to comply with the rules of the classroom will be subject to any of the following disciplinary actions: a warning (written or verbal), student-teacher conference after class or school, 10-45 minute detention after school same day, phone call home, office referral written, other.


Students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn when the bell rings to start class.  If a student is not in the room or not in their seat, they will be marked as tardy.  After three tardies, no matter the reason, the student is subject to a detention before or after school with Mr. Martin.  There will be NO PASSES issued during class time.  Restroom or water breaks must be taken in the five minutes between classes.

Academic Policies

  • Homework is expected to be neat and completed at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  If I cannot read it, it will not be graded.

    • Homework not completed on time can earn no more than 75% credit first semester and half-credit second semester.

  • Academic dishonesty (including plagarism and/or cheating) will NOT be tolerated.  A phone call home will be made and the student will receive an automatic zero for the assignment.

  • All work is expected to be shown to receive full credit; if work is not shown, you will NOT receive full credit for the assignment.

  • Extra credit may be given periodically throughout the year for finding extended research  not found in a textbook or notes on any work we are studying or for any other optional projects offered to the class (significant work).  Extra credit should not be relied on to raise your grade a substantial amount, and will only be offered by me periodically.

The goal of this class is to have a safe, productive, and fun learning environment where we can enjoy and grow in scientific knowledge.  If you have any questions or concerns about anything in the class, life in general, etc. …. please ask me!  Your teachers are here for you, use them as a resource!   I am usually available to meet before (after 7:00 am) or after school in room D261, or during my plannning period (4th).  I am looking forward to having a great year this year at Highland High School!

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