Physical Science


409 8th Avenue NE Hickory, NC 28601 (828) 328-6738 ext. 117

Teacher: Mr. C. H. Snellings

Room: 218



            First Period: Physical Science Room 218             Third Period: Earth Science Room 218

               Second Period: Planning                                       Fourth Period: Physical Science Room 218

Physical Science Syllabus         (2016-2017)


Course Description: Physical Science (PSci) will focus on the study of inanimate natural objects in various areas of the scientific field including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and other related scientific areas.  Laboratory inquiry, use of technology, and problem solving will form the basis of instruction.  The following units of study will cover the state required content:

-Motion                                              -Radiation/Radioactivity                - Tools/Simple Machines

-Forces                                               -Energy                                              - Lenses/Light

-Properties of Matter                       -Waves                                              

-Chemical Bonding                          -Electricity and Magnetism


Grading Procedures                                      Grading Scale                        Grade Calculation

Tests/Projects     up to 100pts per assignment           A = 90% - 100%    1st nine weeks = 37.5%   

Labs                      up to 75pts per assignment           B = 80% - 89%      2nd nine weeks = 37.5%

Homework           up to 10pts per assignment           C = 70% - 79%                      Exam= 25%

Classwork            up to 25pts per assignment           D = 60% - 69%

                                                                                   F = 0% - 59%


Material/Supplies Suggested

-Scientific Calculator     -Flash (Jump) Drive     -Notebook Paper      -Graph Paper

-Pencils with Erasers      -Student Scissors          -Blue or Black Ink Pen


Science Fee

There is a $10 fee for the science class which must be paid in order to have labs.  Due September 15th, 2017


Classroom Rules

Students must follow ALL district and school rules.  Specific classroom rules will be posted in the classroom.  Special laboratory rules will be posted and followed during each activity/lab.  In addition to classroom rules and special laboratory rules, all HCAM rules will apply.

·        Follow ALL district and school rules

·        Respect yourself and others at ALL times

·        Participate in ALL activities and your own learning

·        Be respectful to ALL property

·        ALWAYS be prepared for class

·        ALWAYS be in dress code


Consequences                                                                                               Incentives

First Offense =    Verbal Warning                                                              Treats

Second Offense =  Lunch Detention with assignment                               Stickers

Third Offense =  Parental Contact                                                             Break Time

Fourth Offense = Administrative Referral                                               Positive calls/letters

Severe Offense =  Office Referral & IMMEDIATE removal from class


Tardy Policy: Students must be in class, in their seat, and ready to begin class when the tardy bell rings, or they will be counted tardy in accordance to the HCAM handbook. 


Attendance: Students are expected to attend class every day in accordance with the rules outlined in the HCAM Handbook.  Students must be present for one hour of the class time in order to not be counted absent.


Parental Contact: Letters, progress reports and/or phone calls will be sent home on a regular basis, approximately once per month.  Interim reports will be sent home every three weeks of the quarter.  Parents are welcome to schedule conferences.


Student Conferences: Students are welcomed and encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss grades, performance, and other issues.  I will not discuss any of the aforementioned points during class time out of respect for the other students in class.


Tutoring/Extra Help:  Students who want or need extra help may see me before school, after school, during AE with AE teacher’s permission, and/or during lunch or planning if appropriate.


Notebooks: ALL students are required to keep a notebook which is neatly organized. Notebooks will be containing all in class work and will be graded at the end of each 9 week period.   (Note: Notebooks will be used as an NCFE exam study guide!!)


Paper Headings:  ALL submitted work is REQUIRED to have a first and last name, date, and class period in the upper right corner of the paper or they will not be graded.


Homework:  Homework will be assigned every day, except Friday or before a planned day out of school.  Homework will always be due the following day at the beginning of class.   


Make-up Work:  It is advised that students make up any missed assignments as soon as they return to class.  Remember it is the responsibility of the student to ask for any missed assignments.


Food in Class: Food and drinks is a classroom privilege which can be removed at the discretion of the teacher.