Mrs. Akin’s 8th Grade Science

    Classroom Rules and Procedures


    Welcome to 8th Grade Science!

    Classroom Rules:

    1. Listen and follow instructions.
    2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.
    3. Respect all others and their property at all times.
    4. Bring all materials to class every day. Leave backpacks, food, drinks, and gum in your locker.
    5. Obey all laboratory rules and school rules.


    Positive Consequences:

    For every day that you choose to follow all the rules, you will receive a check.  At the end of each six week grading period, checks may be used to improve your grade:

    5 checks- extra 10 points on a daily assignment or automatic makeup of a daily quiz to a 70
    10 checks- extra 5 points on a test or automatic makeup of a daily assignment to an 80
    20 checks-extra 10 points on a test

    Checks may not be used to improve any grade that is a zero due to never having done or made a valid effort to do the assignment.

    During the final week of the six weeks, you should be prepared to use your checks.  You must turn in a written request explaining how you want the checks distributed.  This request must be turned in to the tray and must have your name on it.  It is your responsibility to decide how the checks will do you the most good.  Checks not used in a six weeks will be carried over to the next six weeks.

    Negative Consequences:

    If you choose not to follow the rules, here are the consequences:

    1. First offense = Verbal warning
    2. Second offense = Verbal warning, loss of check, time-out
    3. Third offense = student and/or parent conference
    4. Fourth offense = office referral

    Any extremely inappropriate or disrespectful behavior will result in an office referral and immediate removal from the classroom.  This includes, but is not limited to: fighting, profanity, and disregard for authority.


    Daily grades - 40% - Includes all class work, homework
                         assignments, quizzes, and notebooks.

    Major grades - 60% - Includes Unit Tests, Six Weeks Tests,
                           and DOS Tests.


    Late Work:

    All work for each unit must be turned in before the test for that unit. Late work will automatically have 11 points deducted. If an assignment is turned in late after having been graded and returned, the best grade earned will be a fifty. Also, failure to have assigned work completed at the beginning of class will result in the loss of “Free Friday” activities or lunch detention.


    Classroom Procedures:

    1. All Science papers should be kept in your science binder. We will keep all science papers for an entire six weeks period before cleaning out our binder. You will be responsible for keeping your binder in order.
    2. A warm-up will be completed every day at the beginning of class. We will be using Study Island and Quizlet.

    3. Write a heading on every paper you turn in! On the top left, include your full name and period. On the top right, include the date. Your heading is part of your grade.


    1. All science work is to be completed in pencil unless otherwise specified. Points will be deducted for work done in pen.


    1. Spelling counts! One point will be taken off for each misspelled word. You may get your point back by correctly writing the word three times.


    1. We will not be doing test corrections, so STUDY! You may be given any opportunity to retake a test at my discretion.


    1. Safety is important in the science lab. Follow all instructions and do not touch any lab equipment until instructed to do so. The lab sinks are not to be used unless permission has been given.


    1. The bell does not dismiss you. You may leave the classroom only after I have dismissed you. You must remain seated until that time. The room must be in order before you leave.


    1. When you return from being absent, it is your responsibility to get your work from me. You will have two days to make up the work for each day you were absent. Please write “ABSENT” on your work when you turn it in.


    1. You will be given a consumable textbook for this school year. This book is required for class. If this book is lost or damaged at any time throughout the school year, you will be responsible for the replacement at a fee of $25.00.


    1. If you need extra help, please schedule a day to come after school for tutoring.

    Quotes for thought:
    **“Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    **“Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” – Henry Ford
    **“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
    **“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt




    Parent/Student Signature Page to be turned in to Mrs. Akin by Friday, August 24, 2018


    I have read and understand Mrs. Akin’s syllabus that will be used in her Science class for the 2018-2019 school year. I will abide by it while in class or serve the consequence.









    Student Name: __________________________

    Student Signature: ____________________________ Date: __________



    Name: ____________________________________________

    Relationship to student: _________________________

    Phone Numbers: home___________________ cell _____________________

    E-Mail: ____________________________________

    How do you prefer to be contacted?   ___phone   or   ___email

    Signature: _______________________ Date: _________________

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    Please return top portion to Mrs. Akin


    You may contact me any time during the school year by calling 284-3226 or emailing me at vakin@industrialisd.org.  The best way to contact me is through email. I have 6th period conference. Please check the school website, www.industrialisd.org  to check lesson plans and monitor your child’s progress through parent portal. I am looking forward to a great year!

         I will be using the Remind 101 app this year. It will allow me to send a reminder about tests and homework assignments. If you and/or your student would like to participate, please sign up. You can download the Remind app. It’s free! Just enter the code @c79b22. Or you can text this message @c79b22 to this number 81010.

    Thank you,

    Vanissa Akin
    8th Grade Science
    Industrial Junior High School