FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.  How will you keep me informed during the school year?

A.  I will do my best to communicate with you at least once a month or as the situation arises.  All of my plans and information you may want will be on this website.  I will also be sending out a monthly newsletter titled SCIENCE CONNECT.  If you did not receive a copy, you can download it here from this site.

Q:  What materials does my science student need to bring to class every day?
The following materials shall be brought to class every day without exception to assure that you have the proper tools to complete assignments.  Although we will not be using all of these at one time, failure to have them when we need them will result in demerits.

   

 

1.    Planner (School will provide these) 

2.    2 or more pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS)

3.    2 or more pens

4.    Paper (lined)

5.    Calculator *

6.    2- 3 inch 3 ring binders one for an A day and one for a B-day.  

7.    1 – 2 inch 3 ring binder for planner and seventh class

8.    25 page protectors

9.    6 colored tab subject dividers to separate classes.

10.  Zip-up pencil holders for 3 ring binder

11.  Post-it notes (Small)

12.  Colored pencils

13.  Small ruler  *

14.  Small Compass and Protractor *

15.  Highlighters (any color) *

16.  2 GB Flash drive *

 

*These may be required by other subjects and can be used in SCIENCE.They MUST be available in class at any time.

Required materials are to be in class at all time with your child. There will never be a time when this teacher asks students NOT to bring in materials.

 

​Q:  How is my child graded?


  1. Classwork, DATA CHART and LEARNING SCALE checks = 25 pts

  2. Labs, vocabulary quiz = 50 pts

  3. Quizzes and notebook checks = 100 pts

  4. Grade deductions:

    1. Late = 10% penalty per day.​

    2. Not following directions as instructed= -10% points per day

    3. Not producing high quality work= -10% points per day

    4. No name, date and/or class period = -10% points per day

    5. Anytime this teacher has to regrade the material or return it back to the student for correction =-10% points per day
 

Q.  What if my student does poorly on a quiz or an assignment?

A. Your child my retake any quiz for a better grade without penalty within one week from the original test date.  It is his/her responsibility to make arrangements for the retake.  Retakes are done before school (depending on this teachers meeting requirements and schedule) from 7:30 AM to 8:00 am.   It's important that your student make an appointment with me so he/she is given a pass to enter the school building.  Other arrangements may be made depending on this teachers schedule and other required duties this teacher may have at the time.
 
 
Q.  Are the test's hard?
All the tests are hard if your child does not study for them.  The tests come from the publisher of the book to assure that the material is covered.  This teacher makes every effort to assure that the materials is understood by the student.  It is up to the student to ask questions to verify understanding.  Study guides for every test are provided to the student on this website.  They can access it by finding the data that the test will be given (this information is on the board and students are required to write it down in their planner).  They go to www.sciencewithdrf.com --> SCIENCE (specific grade level) ---> Specific Grading Period --> Look for the test date --> Click on the Study Guide.
I promote the AVID study method that, if used correctly, assures your students success on all my quizzes.  These only will work if the student uses it. 
 
CORNELL NOTES are taken in class and all the information needed to get a positive grade are contained in these notes.  Although the test is not taken word-for-word from the notes the student will still need to understand the concepts to pass the test.   
 
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Q.  What if my child is absent?
A.  If your child is absent and able to do work from home he/she should check this website under the page SCIENCE (GRADE LEVEL) and look for the date he/she missed.  This will tell your child what he/she has missed during the absence.  If resources are available, your child can download, print and complete the activity at home and return it to his/her next class.  He/she can also wait one class period and return on the following class period.  REMEMBER:  Per fundamental guidelines, a student has one day to complete his/her work for everyday of absence.
 
If your child is absent during any test or quiz they shall have the opportunity to make it up, provided it's taken before school on designated days and within the 48 hours of the first testing day to keep make sure that every student is treated fairly.  As a courtesy, I will do my best to remind a student of a late assignment or quiz but the ultimate responsibility is on the students.

Q:  Is there EXTRA CREDIT available for my child?
This teacher gives multipal opportunities for extra credit.  It is the students responsibility to seek these opportunities out by paying close attention to this website, listening to teacher directions and reading the white board each morning.

Q: What if my child needs extra help?
 
  1. Ask his/her study buddy.

  2. Look on my website ( www.sciencewithdrf.com ) for notes, PowerPoints and tutorials.

  3. Use online tutorials found on my website.  Click on FOR STUDENTS à GAP REMEDIATION.

  4. Attend a science tutoring session every Tuesday from one of the science teachers available on that day.

  5. Come in before or after school ANYTIME.  As long as I am there, I will help.

  6. Call the STUDENT HOMEWORK HELPLINE at 547-7223 or 442-3226.

  7. Email me at fatolitisg@pcsb.org and I will get back to you as soon as I get the message.  After 3:00 pm you may need to wait till the next morning.

  8. Encourage your student to participate more while in class.

  9. You can always visit another science teacher.

  10. Retake a quiz or correct a paper you did poorly on to get a better grade.  Follow Dr. Fatolitis’s feedback.

  11. Attend an ELP session.

  12. Use the web to find answers to questions he/she may have.  On line tutorials are great.

  13. Use QUIZLET  ( WWW.QUIZLET.COM )

  14. Use Brain-Pop ( www.brainpop.com )  user name: CLEARWATER_FUND   password:  school52

  15. Use Cornell Notes and the AVID strategies being promoted in Dr. Fatolitis’s classes.

  16. NOTHING SUBSTITUTES OLD FASHION STUDYING.  Use the CORNELL WAY.

  17. Encourage your student to ask questions in class.

  18. Encourage your student to be more active in class.

  19. Parents are encouraged to check the planner daily.

  20. Parents should check PORTAL regularly.

 

Q:  How is my students conduct grade calculated?

A:  Each student begins with an "E" or "Excellent" on thier progress report.  For every fundamental violation, the conduct grade is decreased by one step.  An example would be if a student was given a verbal warning for behavior, his/her conduct grade would go from an "E" to an "S". If this same student is tardy to class (being on time to class is an expectation), he/she now will receive an "U".
Anytime a student recieves a written warning, the conduct grade will show up as a "N".  A detention at anytime will change the conduct grade to a "U".


Q:  What materials are my student responsible for bringing to class everyday?

A:  All materials are to be brought to class EVERYDAY WITH OUT EXCEPTION.  See materials list above.​​
Q:  What is my child's day like?
A: Your child starts his/her day with a serious of required independent activities called BELL WORK.  These activities include answering a potential test question which is written on the board, updating their GRADING DATA CHART, LEARNING GOALS SHEET and writing into their planner.  If time allows they are required to study for the next quiz/test.  These independent student activities are designed so the teacher can do his administrative duties and prepare the class for learning.
This teacher uses the 5 E model.  Starting with ENGAGING, a way to get students involved, they move to EXPLORING.  This is usually an independent activity or lab that allows the student to explore the science concept on their own and develop a clear understanding.  Students work with other to collaboratively come up with conclusions or to compare results.  This is called the EXPLANATION phase.  The ELABORATION phase is when the teacher reviews the lesson/activity and clears up any misconceptions or mistakes that may have occurred during the exploration phase.  Last is the EVALUATION phase where the teacher will give the students an informal assessment to determine the levels of learning achieved.
 
Q:  What if I find a conflict with his/her grades?
 
A:  First , ask your student to show you their folder or composition book and/or assignment.  Compare it with their MARKING PERIOD DATA CHART found in their class binder.  Parents should also compare it to their PORTAL grade.   All papers returned to him/her are required to be placed in the binder or composition book neatly and organized.  When a student completes an assignment, it is his/her responsibility to put it in the class designated basket.  This teacher grades one class at a time, keeping all other grade period papers separate.  Papers are only lost when the student does not place their papers in the correct basket or does not have a proper heading (name, date, class period). 
If your child claims he/she turned in an assignment, ask them to go back to class and check our NO NAME BOX.  Most likely it can be found there.
If your child did poorly on an assignment parents should check the assignment for this teachers comments.  This will resolve most of the issues.
If you find an error you feel was the teachers fault, have your child bring the paper in question to this teacher so that it can be validated and the grade adjusted accordingly. This teacher will not make any changes to any grade until I see the document.  This teacher will not take the word of any parent or student because the document will stand on its own merit.
When this teacher receives a piece of work it is date stamped to show when it was turned in.  Any questions regarding when the paper was handed in will  be settled based on this date stamp. 
 
This teacher will NEVER ask a student to throw any old papers away.  Students are asked to hold on to all papers for their future use.  
 
Q:  How do you grade late classroom assignments and activities?
 
When an assignment is completed, a date stamp is placed on the work to show when I received it and not when it was turned in by your student.  This date determines when if it is late.
If your child was in class and asked to do an assignment or activity, it was planned so that it can be completed in class.  In the case where it was not turned in after class, your child will receive a zero in PORTAL until he/she completes the assignment.  Any assignment that is NOT completed in class is automatically turned into homework and a 10% late penalty is deducted from the score.  When it is turned in, 10% of earned points will be deducted for every class day it is late.
 
Anytime a student turns in substandard work it is returned ans is considered to be late.  There is no excuse for any assignment being late. 
Q.  What is I find my student is missing an assignment?
A.   Follow instructions below:
  1. Log onto www.sciencewithdrf.com à WHAT YOU MISSED à SUBJECT/GRADING PERIOD à Scroll down to the date you missed.  Click on any links that will lead you to the presentations, worksheets and study guides released.

  2. Download then print the assignment or materials.

  3. Complete the assignment and place it in the appropriate classroom bin (blue).

  4. REMEMBER that all penalties will apply.

Q.  What do you find to be the best way to study for a quiz/test?
A. I find the best way to study is though the child CORNELL NOTES, STUDY GUIDES and other given resources.
  1. Read the standard you are being tested on to know what the quiz will be about.  You can find these on the MARZANO LEARNING SCALES given to you.

  2. Look at your Cornell Notes every day for 5 – 10 minutes until the test.  USE THE AVID STRATIGIES PROMOTED IN CLASS.

  3. Use quizlet ( WWW.QUIZLET.COM ) to study the ACADEMIC VOCABULARY that will appear on the quiz.  See the MARZANO LEARNING SCALES.

  4. Use BrainPop (username: Clearwater_Fund; Password School52

  5. Use the provided STUDY GUIDE.  Log onto www.sciencewithdrf.com à WHAT YOU MISSED à SUBJECT/GRADING PERIOD à  Scroll down to the date the study guide was released, usually one week prior to testing.   Click on the appropriate link under STUDY GUIDES AVAILABLE.

  6. You can ALWAYS email or visit this teacher to help clarify anything.

REMEMBER THERE IS NO MAGIC TO A GOOD GRADE.  OLD FASHION STUDYING IS THE ONLY WAY.

Q.  What are these CORNELL NOTES?

A.  This note generating process is a proven method for students to interact with their learning he process.  I allows for them to TAKE notes, MAKE notes then INTERACT with the notes.  CLICK HERE is you wish to see the process.

Parent Comments:

 

My student did poorly on a test because he felt rushed.

 

Students are NEVER rushed.  I always start my tests one hour before the end of class to give each student time to complete it.  In the event that a student is unable to complete a test because of a school issue (fire alarm, lock-down, or duck and cover drill, this teacher will only grade what is complete.   For example: If your child answered 16 questions out of a 20 question test, he/she will only be held accountable for the 16 questions answered.  If your student does not finish because of his/her lack of trying (horse-playing, daydreaming or off-task behaviors, he/she will own the grade received.

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