High Tech High Science Course
Spring 2017 Tentative Course Syllabus
Teacher: Brian Delgado
Phone: 619 916 8746
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” -Dalai Lama
Welcome. Please take the time to review this with your parents. All students are responsible for its content.
During the spring semester of science, we will create an Urban Field Guide to the San Diego region within a five mile radius of High Tech High. Along the way, we will study photography, light, time, energy, water, food systems, and city planning.
This semester students are responsible for producing several pages of an urban field guide. More information will come on this soon.
Guidelines for Behavior
In order to foster the culture of tolerance and respect that will allow for us to grow as a community and as individuals, all students in this course agree to the following ‘Essential Agreements’. These are the general guidelines that will be the foundation upon which all learning can happen. Any time one of us has trouble respecting these agreements, it will be addressed.
All students in the lower school science course agree:
- To be compassionate and considerate toward myself and others.
- To be respectful of the property of others.
- To be in class on time and prepared to learn.
Issues where students fail to adhere to classroom norms or rules set out in the student handbook will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Note on Food: Only water and live foods (from a plant) will be allowed in the class.
Prompt attendance is expected, in particular being that this is a project based learning environment. Additionally, we will be working diligently to create a learning environment that respects the two hours (approximate) that we have together each day, Please be respectful of other students and the adults in the learning environment by showing up on time, ready to learn. This is a key component in developing our class and in our ability to create beautiful work.
Students who are tardy or absent often will most assuredly have a difficult time producing and being successful. Please do all you can to be here on time. If you cannot for whatever reason, please talk to me.
Grades & Assessment:
Students will complete a portfolio of work in science during the first semester. All work will be submitted to the science page of your class blog. Each week, you will have a blog assignment due for the first fourteen weeks of the semester. All of this work needs to be on your blog in some form or fashion. Ninth grade students must choose five of the fourteen posts for final grading. Tenth grade students must choose seven of the fourteen for final grading. Honors students will have an additional project component to complete.
Tenth grade students have the option of completing an honors project for honors credit in science. To do this, you must complete the appendix on honors work attached the the syllabus and submit it for approval by Friday, January 27th
Students needing additional support need to schedule that with me on a one on one basis. The resource room is open at 8:00 a.m. and stays open after school until 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to schedule tutoring sessions during this time. Additionally, students can schedule time with me as needed.
Any form of plagiarism will result in a zero on the given assignment and a call home. If it happens a second time, the student(s) involved will again receive a zero on the assignment and a meeting will be scheduled with their parents. A third occurrence of this could result in further disciplinary action involving the Dean of Students and the Director of HTH. Plagiarism is simply passing another person’s work off as your own. It can occur in many forms. We will go over these in class. If you have any questions about what plagiarism is, please speak to me prior to handing in your work