Earth and Environmental and
· Earth/Environmental Science is the second science course students will take at
Discovery Academy. The course explores the laws and processes that govern our
earth and its components. Topics covered are astronomy, plate tectonics, water,
climate, weather, energy, population, human impact, biodiversity, and
· Physical Science
will be covered in the first semester. The topics covered are motion, force and
motion, energy, nature of waves, electricity and magnetism, matter, chemical
bonding and interactions, and nuclear reactions.
We will be
using an online text through www.ck12.org
Student Learning Outcomes
· For Earth Science, students will gain a better understanding
of our home, Earth, and how it functions as an object in the universe. We will
also explore all the large processes that take place here on Earth, including;
plate tectonics, the water cycle, weather, ocean currents, tides, and
biodiversity. Additionally, we will look at how humans have influenced some of
those processes and how our population continues to exceed a natural carrying
capacity, which also affects the Earth.
· For Physical Science, the students will get a better
understanding of energy and how it relates to matter. Students will also
participate in a semester long project working small groups.
As part of
the North Carolina New Schools’ instructional framework, each student at
Nesbitt Discovery Academy will read, write, think, and talk in every class
50 % - Unit
Classwork (Simulators, Bell-work, Case Studies, and Discussions)
Homework and Quizzes
will have the ability to do test corrections on each Unit Tests for ½ credit.
and summative assessments are a part of every class at Nesbitt Discovery
Academy; final grades are based on a 10 point system as follows:
90 – 100: A
80 – 89: B
70 – 79: C
60 – 69: D
0 – 59: F
only allowed five (5) absences per each semester. To be counted present in a
class, the student must be in class for 2/3 of the class period. Students are responsible for making up any
days past the allotted 5 absences per semester.
For information about excused and unexcused absences, please refer to
the student handbook.
assignments are subject to a reduced in total possible points. All assignments
will be submitted through Canvas and will receive a time stamp when submitted.
· Turned in within a week (7 days) after the due date = 11%
reduction (89% is the highest possible percent an assignment can receive).
· Turned in more than a week (8 days) after the due date = 30%
reduction (70% is the highest possible percent an assignment can receive).
The following procedure will
apply to all courses:
After any absence, it will be
the student’s responsibility to check with his/her teacher outside of class
time for work missed and to schedule a time to make up all work including
Projects and work assigned
before absences should be turned in as soon as student returns to school.
If a student is absent for
one (1) day, he/she will have two (2) days to make up homework, missed
assignments and tests assigned during his/her absence.
If a student is absent two
(2) or three (3) days, he/she will have four (4) days to make up homework,
missed assignments and tests during his/her absence.
If a student is absent four
(4) or more days, he/she will meet with each teacher for an individual
arrangement for all make-up work.
For more information on
attendance make-up if absent for more than six (6) days, please refer to the
Discovery Academy follows PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions &
Supports) guidelines in accordance with the US Department of Education. All
students are expected to:
RESPECTFUL: Treat others as you would
like to be treated.
RESPONSIBLE: Work should be completed thoroughly, to the best of your ability,
and be on time.
Come to class each day prepared.