• Forensic Science Course Expectations


    Hats are to be removed when you enter the room.

    Cell phones are to be put away for class (in backpack or pocket).    Cell Phones should not be out unless necessary for class.

    Daily Requirements- You should bring the following to class everyday: Notebook, something to write with, and a calculator.

    Attendance - You are expected to be in class everyday.  If you should be absent due to an illness or some other legal excuse your excuse should be turned into the office within 72 hours.  If you should forget to bring in an excuse then the absence with be deemed unexcused.  An unexcused absence will result in a call to your parents and/or disciplinary action.  The grade for any work that was due that day or assigned that day will be reduced as per State High Guidelines.   It is your responsibility to obtain any assignments that you may have missed.  The best time to obtain assignments is immediately before class.  Additionally, assignments and handouts are posted on-line and can be accessed at my website:

    Mr. McPherson's Website                https://www.scasd.org//Domain/1332

    Daily agenda and Assignments are posted on Google Classroom or Canvas

    You will have the same number of class days as you were absent to make up work.  If you miss the day before an exam or the day of the exam, see the teacher on the day of your return to schedule an appropriate time to take the exam.  You should schedule lab make-ups as soon as possible

    Late to Class- It is important that you arrive to class on time so that class can begin with no interruptions.  You expected to be in class before the bell rings.   This includes first block!  If you are frequently tardy (more than three), you will be assigned another detention and the problem discussed with your parents.

    Bathroom Pass- There is one pass for the room.  Only one person may use the pass at a time and is limited to 4 min.  You must sign out and in on the form provided, make sure you take the designated pass.  Those who abuse this privilege may have it revoked.  The pass cannot be used for the first or last 10 minutes of the period.

    Class Behavior- While in class you should conduct yourself in a manner that will reflect positively on you and have a positive impact on others.  You are expected to arrive on time with your assignments completed everyday.  You are to sit quietly when someone is speaking whether it is the teacher or a fellow student.  Your active participation in all class discussions and activities is required to make class the best it can be.

    Assignments - Assignments are due the next day unless specified by the teacher.  Late work will be treated as per the State High Guidelines.

    Laboratory- You will be participating in a variety of labs and activities throughout the year.  It is important that you have a good working knowledge of safety in the Chemistry lab before you begin.  Therefore, you will be required to pass a lab safety quiz before you start working in the lab.  You must pass this quiz with an 80% or better before you can participate in the lab.  If you do not pass the quiz, you may take it again until you do.  If you should miss a lab you have one week from the day of your return in which to make-up the lab.   You will use your ChemLog  (composition book) to take notes in for all labs.  These can be purchased at many of the stores in town.

    Laboratory Equipment- You will be participating in a variety of labs and activities throughout the class.   You are expected to exercise care when working with vaious peices of equipment.  If any items equipment should be lost, damaged, or stolen, you will be held financially responsible for the replacement.  

    Laboratory Reports - You will be required to write lab reports for some of the labs that you perform.  Some reports will be more detailed than others but all have the same basic requirements:             

    1.   Data tables and/or written observations.
    2.   Questions and/or calculations.
    3.   Analysis

    Lab write-ups are to be treated as reports.  They should always be in pen or typed.  They should be neat and easy to read.  

    Goggles - State law requires that all students wear goggles when performing chemistry experiments.  For your personal hygiene, you should purchase splash proof goggles.  These goggles are available through your teacher or at most collegiate bookstores.  If you are unable to purchase goggles your teacher will provide for your eye protection.

    No food or drink is allowed in the Lab Area.

    Electronic Devices- You cannot use any Internet capable electronic devices during any assessment.  This includes but is not limited to tests and quizzes.   Use of the electronic device will result in a referral to the administration and a zero on the assessment.  Cell Phones cannot be used during class and may be confiscated.

    Grading- Forensic Science is graded based on the following weighted percentages:

          58% - Tests        38% - Labs and Quizzes        4% - Homework

    Final Exam- TBD

    These Class Expectations may be modified as necessary.

Last Modified on August 22, 2019