• Guidelines for Jess's Science Courses

    Positive Learning Environment:

    • All students are expected to work together to create a positive learning environment.  By listening to the opinions of others, contributing to class discussions, and participating in labs and activities, students will not only grow in their understanding of the topic, but encourage others’ academic growth as well.
    • I ask that students remain in the room for the duration of the class period.  Students should use the restroom before class and come to class with the materials they need.  Students should use good judgement if they seriously need to leave the room. 
    • No eating or drinking in the science classroom.  Exception is a water bottle with a lid.

    Academic Integrity:

    • It is crucial for students to always maintain academic integrity.
      • The State College Area School District's Academic Integrity Policy can be downloaded here
    • Students who submit plagiarized work will not receive credit for the assignment.  A discussion will be held with the student and his/her adviser to discuss academic integrity.
      • Students should always ask if they have questions about plagiarism or citing sources!


    • Students should always bring their charged ChromeBook to class. 
      •  ChromeBooks may be used for note-taking during class.  If a student becomes too distracted by his/her ChromeBook, he/she will have to put it away. 
      • Cell phones may not be used instead of ChromeBooks during class.
    • Delta students are expected to read their emails on a daily basis.
    • Cell phones must be put away during class.
    • Students will complete their assignments and access course materials through Canvas/ daily agenda presentation


    • Attendance is mandatory in every class.
    • If you were absent, please bring your excuse from the office to the next class.
    • Students arriving late also need to show a pass from the office or from a teacher.

    Make-Up Work:

    • Before or after missing a class, students should check the daily agenda presentation in Canvas, ask a classmate, or see me/email me as soon as possible to get the work they missed.   Students should complete the missed assignment for the next class; however, due dates are often determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • 2020-2021 School year ONLY - students may turn in work up to 2 weeks late without penalty.  After 2 weeks, the assignment will result in a zero
      • Normally, I will accept most assignments late for reduced credit (-10% per day) BUT due to the frequency of assignments, all make up work must be completed on or before the day of the unit assessment.
    • Assignments, tests, or quizzes missed due to unexcused absences should be completed, but I can not accept them for class credit.


    • I use a point system for grading in all of my courses.  
      • Points are given for class labs/activities, homework assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, etc.
    • Students and parents can use Home Access Center to access grade information at any time.  

    Canvas/Zoom/Google Meet Etiquette: 

    • Access this document for reminders on how to be successful in our digital classroom.



Last Modified on August 23, 2020