• Courses Syllabus:

    Earth Science Regents

    NYS requires a minimum number of lab hours (i.e, 1200 minutes or 20 hours), therefore ALL labs are mandatory. 


    Course Outline and Expectations

    My email:  Jalade@yonkerspublicschools.org

    Student Supplies:

    3-ring binder for notes
    Pencils and a sharpener

    Colored Pencils/Highlighters

    Scientific Calculator       

    Ruler/Drawing Compass

    Folder for handouts


    Pack of Graph Paper

    *See additional supplies on Weekly Outline 9.6.22

    About  Earth Science Regents:

     Earth Science Regents is a high school level course that, upon passing the state examination in June, will provide one high school credit. Work is assigned once a week. Assignments are checked the following day at the beginning of class and students are held responsible and accountable for their work, as would any other high school course, while keeping in context that students are at their highest level in a high school setting.

    Students are responsible for their work and are required to maintain an appropriate grade point average for the course.  A recommendation for guidance will be made to switch students who are unable to maintain the appropriate grade point average to a regular level on a general science course. A recommendation for guidance for a course switch will also be made if a student fails two consecutive unit exams, falls below an 85% quarter average, or owes excessive labs. Students are also expected to maintain a minimum testing average of 85%, which demonstrates mastery of content for the unit.

    The NYS exam has questions that require the students to read and follow directions on their own. It’s critical that students learn to think independently. Our objective is to structure our lessons and activities to help students achieve in this area.

     Earth Science Regents Curriculum

    The Regents Earth Science curriculum is based on the core curriculum of Intermediate Level Science as outlined by the NYS Department of Education. You can view this site at http://www.nysed.gov. The curriculum is designed chronologically so that one unit provides the necessary information for the following units:

    Prologue Unit

    ·         What is Earth Science?

    ·         Types of Graphs

    ·         Density

    ·         Percent Error

    ·         Observations & Inferences

    UNIT 1: Planet Earth    

    UNIT 2: Rocks and Minerals    

    UNIT 3A/B: The Dynamic Crust (Tectonic Plate)  

    UNIT 4: 3A/B: Weather and Climate  

    UNIT 5:Interpreting Earth’s History     

    UNIT 6: Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Landscapes (includes water cycle)   

    UNIT 7: Astronomy  

    Grading Policy:

    Tests – 25%

    Quizzes – 15%

    Class participation – 5%  

    Homework – 10%

    Classwork – 10%  

    Exit Ticket – 5%  

    Projects/Labs – 30%

    Homework Policy:

    Homework will be assigned  somewhat regularly.  All homework must be turned in on the day it is due.  Late assignments will only be accepted in the first marking period to allow students to adjust to the class routine and the flow of the subject.  Late assignments, however, will not be given full credit.  HW turned in on time = 10 points and late HW = 5 points.  Late homework will NOT be accepted after the unit test and in the second to fourth marking periods.

    Tests and Quizzes:

    A test will be given at the conclusion of each unit. Larger units may be broken down into a mid-unit exam and an end-unit exam. Smaller units may be combined into one unit test. Tests are always announced in the weekly outline with at LEAST one week in advance notice.Tests are written based on previous Regent’s exam questions. The reading level may be more difficult than students are accustomed to. We use previous Regent’s questions from the get-go so that students will get adjusted to this style by June.

    Tests and quizzes are reviewed in class, so students have the opportunity to ask questions and make corrections. ALL tests require a parent/guardian's signature.

    Tests and quizzes are kept in the student’s portfolio folder. In June, students have the opportunity to take home these exams and use them as a study tool for the Regents. Some quizzes are announced in the weekly outline. Occasional pop quizzes will be given.


    Since weekly outlines will be provided, students returning from an absence are still required to complete and turn in homework assignments when they return.  Whenever you are absent, you must call your homework buddy to find out what work you missed and arrange to copy notes from.  If extra time is needed to complete assignments due to illness or family emergencies, please make arrangements with me.   The day you return to school, make sure you have received all the work you missed.  Choose buddies who are responsible and good note takers.  Be wise in your decision.

    Student Classroom Procedures:

    1.   As you enter the classroom, pick up any handouts for the day.

    2.   Be in your seat at the start of the class period

    3.   Copy homework assignments into your planner from your weekly outline


    Weekly Outlines:

    Posted on this site and in Google Classroom.


    Lab Course Expectations


    Earth-Sun System