Parent Procedures

To ensure the success of your child in Mr. Mizell’s Science class, please make sure to follow the steps below.

Procedures to Succeed

1.       With your child, check their Canvas and Power School for updated assignments and grades on a regular basis. Also, please make sure your child has the login information for Power School/Parent Portal so they can check their grades on a regular basis as well.

2.       Before Unit Tests, review the unit topic “Scale” handout, which can be found on Canvas, to check their ability.  The Scale is like a check off list of understanding. They want to be at level 3. Also, students can use the practice problems to check their understanding. If they need help, they can use Smart Lunch to get tutoring.

3.       Homework – The required homework in Physical Science is a quiz per unit (Introduction, Motion, Forces and Motion, etc.) and chapter questions. To do well on the quizzes, students need to read the chapters the quiz is over and take notes prior to taking the quiz. Students do have the option for extra credit (5pts) on their quiz grades by answering the questions at the end of each section in the book call “Points to Consider”. Students have to answer all of the questions for each section in order to get the full extra credit towards their quizzes. I recommend student get in the habit of doing the extra and doing it before they take the quiz.

a.       Additional Homework might occur if students do not finish classwork in class. This can include Online Simulators, Lab Questions, Projects, and/or other class assignments.

4.       Once homework and classwork is completed, it needs to be uploaded on Canvas.

5.       I usually put in homework/quiz grades into Power School throughout the week and mainly on the weekends. If your student is claiming that they have completed the homework/quiz, they can show you the completed work. It will be posted on Canvas. It will have a green mark if I have graded it. Quizzes are taken on Canvas as well and students have the ability to go back after completing it to review their answers and the correct answers. Please make sure they are reviewing the quizzes before the unit tests, because they might see those questions again (hint, hint, wink, wink J).

6.       Another helpful tool on Canvas is the calendar. The calendar will show all of your child’s assignments in all their classes.

7.       Please use Canvas for assignment due dates and Parent Portal for actual grades.

8.       Makeup Work – if your child was out and missed a lab, the best thing would be for them to stay after to do the lab they missed to be able to grasp the concept. If that is not an option, they can do the “Points to Consider” questions at the end of each section for the chapter we are currently on in the online textbook.

Follow Up

1. If your child has a zero it means it's missing and it still can be turned in. If they are saying they've completed the assignment, they should be able to show you with the assignment on their Canvas. Please make sure to check the actual assignment and the date they submitted it. 

2. Please make sure you've joined Remind101 to receive text message reminders about assignments and grades. 

3. Please check their quiz grades with them on Canvas. It's important that they review their answers and make sure to review the textbook to why they might have answered something wrong. These questions will appear again in a similar form on the tests. 

4. Please, Please, Please make sure they are reading the chapters and taking notes at home!!! This will help them a ton on quizzes and tests!!! We do review the material in class, but class time is very limited and I want to make sure they are doing as much hands on as possible. 

In the future I will just be sending out a text message saying "I'm up to date on grades." So once again, please make sure you join remind101. With your support, I look forward to helping your kids succeed in Earth Science and Physical Science. Thank you and if you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Mr. Mizell
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