Project Girl Syllabus
Respect: respect yourself, your peers, and your teacher.
Responsible: take responsibility for your actions and come prepared to class.
Collaborate: engage with your peers to problem solve and think critically together.
Environment: all actions should promote a positive and engaging learning environment.
Through cooperative learning students will work productively to complete projects that required engineering and math knowledge.
Students will share and analyze multiple methods of solving problems.
Students will learn about different career opportunities available to them in STEM related fields.
Each project that is completed in class will have a rubric with clear instructions for how to be successful. Expectations will be clearly explained when the project begins and students will be shown sample work so that they know what is expected. Students will also be graded on how well they interact with group members. This will be included in every project rubric so that students gain practice working as a team to solve problems.
Students will work collaboratively with their peers every class period. While interacting in groups, students should be at a Voice Level 1. Every student should be contributing to the discussion so that there is not one single person doing all of the work. All group members should remain on task and be respectful of all group members’ ideas.
It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with teachers for make-up work, assignments, or tests missed during an absence. All work assigned prior to the student’s absence will be due the day the student returns to school. When absent, students will be given one day for every day absent from school to complete missed work. Students can see what they missed while absent on my school website page. This is updated weekly with an agenda and links to worksheets that are needed to complete all assignments. When students return to school, they are responsible for checking the “Make-Up Work” folder storage hanger. There are two hanging sets of folders, each with five sections (one for each day of the week). There will always be two weeks worth of extra handouts for everyday of the week. It is their responsibility to check this; it is located in the back of the classroom beside the bulletin board.
A safe environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. For this reason, the Warren County Board of Education, South Warren Middle School, and this classroom prohibits acts of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or bullying. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation is prohibited on school grounds, or during school-sponsored events. This can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawing cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical posturing, threats, social media posts, or other written, oral or physical action.
Any type of bullying, intimidation, harassment, or discrimination will not be tolerated. Please see the Student Handbook for definitions of “bullying” and “harassment.”
Students are given 1 hall pass per week (multiple restroom and locker breaks are built into the daily schedule). Agendas are used as the hall pass- nothing else can substitute for a hall pass. I will fill out the agenda in order to make it a valid hall pass. When in the hall, students are to go directly to the teacher-approved destination and only conduct the business approved for.
Tardy to Class
A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom with required materials at the scheduled beginning time of class. Repetitive tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
Class Entrance/ Dismissal
Students will enter the classroom at a Level 0 and go straight to their assigned seat. They will get out last night’s homework and begin working on the Warm-Up posted on the board. When the bell rings, every student should be in his or her assigned seat working on the Warm-Up. Students will wait to be dismissed by Mrs. Beane; the bell is not what dismisses students from class. Students are not permitted to leave the classroom at the sound of the bell. Table groups will be called on a rotating basis to turn in exit slips and leave to go to their next class.
Students will work collaboratively with their peers every class period. Students may work with a partner or with their entire table group depending on the activity. While interacting in groups, students should be at a Voice Level 1. Every student should be contributing to the discussion so that there is not one single person doing all of the work. All group members should remain on task and be respectful of all group members’ ideas.
Food and Drink
Students are allowed to have water bottles in the classroom. All drink containers must have a lid that will prevent spilling if the drink is knocked over. No food is allowed in the classroom unless otherwise stated for a special event. All food containers and wrappers must be put away out of sight during instruction. No chewing gum or candy is allowed due to sanitation and cleaning problems.
Sharpening Pencils and Throwing Away Trash
Students should sharpen their pencils as soon as they walk into the classroom before the bell rings. A student should never get up in the middle of a class discussion to sharpen a pencil. In case of an emergency, they may ask a neighbor to borrow a writing utensil or wait until the discussion is finished. Similarly, students should never interrupt instruction to throw away trash. Throwing trash or attempting to shoot into the trashcan is never allowed.
Electronic Device Policy
Electronic devices including (but not limited to) cell phones, smart watches, MP3 players, gaming devices, IPODs should be POWERED OFF (not silent mode) and PUT AWAY completely out of sight. The consequences that will take place for having any unauthorized electronic device are listed in the Student Handbook and will be enforced in this class.
We will be using the laptop cart frequently in class. Mrs. Beane will assign each student a laptop to use for the entire year. Students will write this laptop number in their agenda in order to make sure they are using the same computer each time. Students should always use both hands when carrying a laptop and be extra cautious of their surroundings. Mrs. Beane will dismiss table groups to get and put away laptops in an orderly fashion. Finally, there should not be any water bottles on the desks when laptops are in use.