Welcome to my online classroom. My name is Benjamin McCabe and I am the Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics teacher at Westside High School. This is my first year teaching at Westside, and my second year as a science teacher. I do not require many supplies for my students, but I do require three items:
(2.) a notebook/loose leaf paper, and
(3.)a binder/folder specifically for my class.
My class is rigorous, and much of the information that we will cover builds upon itself so students will need to retain notes, returned work, handouts, etc. in order to be successful.
I have multiple ways that I assess for student learning. This includes classwork, homework, labs, and projects. Classwork and homework grading will vary on a case by case basis which will involve the amount of problems, difficulty, depth of knowledge, etc. Labs and projects will be given regularly throughout each unit, and their point value will vary as well. Tests will be given at the end of each unit, and each test will be worth 100 points.
I use a blend of grading based on effort and performance. Classwork, labs, and projects will be graded in this manner, reflecting the amount of effort put forth by the student and the quality of the final product. I use homework and tests to evaluate student understanding and comprehension. These are summative assessments, and will be graded on accuracy.
Students will have the entire week to turn in classwork and homework. All assignments will be due the following Friday after they are assigned. Assignments turned in after the Friday that they are due will be accepted, but they will receive a tardy penalty. If students are absent then they will receive an extension equivalent to their absence(s). If a student is absent on a test day they will have until the end of the week to complete the test without a tardy penalty. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they obtain any assignments they missed while absent, and the student’s responsibility to meet with me to schedule a time to make up a missed test.
I believe that project based learning and engagement are the cornerstones of student learning. My students will regularly be involved in ongoing projects that may require some home work, signed permission, or your involvement in order to achieve completion. You know your child better than anyone so if you have any suggestions or advice on engaging your child in my classroom I would be happy to hear from you.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me using the information included in this letter. I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that they receive a the highest quality, most rigorous education possible. Thank you for your time.