• Miller Procedures & Policies
    • Bell Procedures

      ENTRY PROCEDURES

      Enter the classroom quietly and prepare for class BEFORE the tardy bells rings by:

      • Sharpening pencil
      • Getting out materials needed for the class period
      • Starting the Warm-up (No more than 1 minute after the bell this should be completed)
      • Being in seat by the time the tardy bell rings

      TARDIES

      Each student should be in class working on your warm-up at your assigned desk BEFORE the bell rings. Restroom, locker, and classroom supplies should be ready before you sit down. If you are in the doorway, walking into class, you are TARDY and will report to a TARDY STATION to get your pass to class. 

      HALL PASSES

      School issued hall passes must be used to exit the classroom for any reason. Once your hall pass is filled up, you will not be able to leave the classroom. Students are also not allowed to leave the room the first 10 minutes of class and the last 10 minutes of class.

      LABORATORY

      Students are expected to know and practice good lab behavior at all times. This includes participating and following lab safety guidelines. Points will be taken off for the following reasons:

      • Not following lab safety rules, directions, and procedures
      • Not cleaning up/restocking at the end of a lab
      • Not collecting data and participating

      Students that have multiple/major lab violations will receive a 50% reduction in their lab grade and will not be allowed to participate in future lab activities.

      DISMISSAL

      The teacher dismisses the class after the following are complete:

      • Work turned in to correct basket.
      • Desk cleaned.
      • Lab supplies cleaned, dried, and put back in proper place.
      • Chairs pushed in.
      • Interactive binders in storage cabinet.
      • All directions from the teacher have been followed.

       The responsibility is on the student to arrive at their next class on time. I will not write passes to the next class or e-mail the staff about late dismissal. Students that do not follow dismissal procedures will be held after class on the following day and will receive a classroom consequence.


       

      Grading Policy

      GRADES

      • Minimum of 18 grades per 9 weeks grading period
      • Minimum of 3 major grades per 9 weeks grading period
      • 40% Daily – 60% Major
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      MAKE-UP WORK  

      When you are absent, you are responsible for any work missed. When you return from being absent, go to the Blue Paper Sorter at the back of class to collect all assignments and handouts you missed. See me if you have questions after you collect your work in tutoring. Students are allowed three instructional days for the first day missed then one additional day for each day absent to turn in work.

      Students that miss work due to school extra-curricular activities are responsible for obtaining the assignment before the scheduled missed class. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work within one instructional day. It is also the student’s responsibility to inform the teacher as sson as they know they will be absent- at least 48 hours in advance. 

      LATE WORK

      If you fail to turn in a completed assignment or homework, you will be placed in ZAP daily until the assignment is complete.   The following consequences for each additional missing assignment are listed below and will be enforced. ZAP starts over each 9 weeks.

      Daily/Quiz Grades

      • 1st assignment - ZAP daily until the assignment is complete, parents contacted
      • 2nd assignment - ZAP daily until the assignment is complete, parents contacted
      • 3rd assignment - 1 hour after-school detention, parents contacted by teacher
      • 4th assignment - 2 hour after-school detention, parents contacted by teacher, student conference held with teachers
      • 5th assignment - Office Referral, 1 day ISS, parents contacted by teacher and Assistant Principal
      • 6th assignment - Office Referral, 2 days ISS, parents contacted by teacher and Assistant Principal

      *Students working on the same assignment during lunch time for 3 days will be issued an after school detention.

       

      Projects/Papers/Test Grades

      • 1st project - 1 hour after-school detention, parents contacted by teacher
      • 2nd project - 2 hour detention, parents contacted by teacher
      • 3rd project - Office Referral, 1 day ISS, parents contacted by teacher and Assistant Principal

      *Students with projects not turned in within three days of the due date will be assigned a day of ISS to complete the project.

      * Incomplete labs may not be sent to ZAP and may be graded accordingly.

       

      CORRECTIONS POLICY

      A student receiving a failing grade on a classroom assignment or a test with scores of 69 or below, has the opportunity to make corrections to earn a grade of up to a 70. The student must request from his/her teacher the opportunity to make corrections or schedule the retake of the test. The student has up to 3 days from the time the assignment is handed back to him/her to make corrections or retake the test. This guideline does not include projects, semester or final exams, or district benchmarks.

      LABS AS GROUP GRADES

      Much of the lab work is accomplished with the help of a partner. Students are expected to work together and have the same data as their partner. However, labs submitted with identical answers/material for anything besides the data or information students were instructed to copy will be counted as incomplete and 0% will be awarded to that section/question. Continued acts of copying or plagiarism will result in further disciplinary action. Individual grades will be assigned for group labs or group projects since work, so partners will not earn the same grades.

      EXTRA CREDIT

      Extra credit is an opportunity to learn more about the area of science the student is studying at the time. Extra credit may be provided throughout the year at the teacher’s discretion. Extra credit opportunities consist of additional assignments, beach or neighborhood cleanups, current event reports, museum visits with a report, and attending various science related events with a report.


       

      Behavior Expectations

      Coach Moreno's EXPECTATIONS

      • Be respectful
        • To others
        • To yourself
        • To my things
      • Be responsible
        • For your belongings
        • For your grades
        • For your attitude
      • Come to learn
        • Stay active
        • Stay engaged
        • Stay curious

      CONSEQUENCES

      In addition to individual classroom rules, the rules and regulations identified in the PISD Parent-Student Handbook apply in school as well as to all school related functions. Vandalism to school property, particularly books, tables, and lab equipment will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to report any such incident.

      *1st offense: Warning given

      *2nd offense: Loss of privileges

      *3rd offense: 30 min Teacher D-Hall parent/guardian contacted

      *4th offense: 30 minute Lunch Detention and parent/guardian and teacher conference

      *5th offense: 1 hour after school Detention and parent/guardian contact

      *6th offense: 2 hour after school Detention and parent/guardian contact

      *7th offense: Office Referral

      * If a student misbehaves for a substitute they will automatically receive 3 lunch detentions.

      DETENTION

      Students may be kept during lunch, before, or after school for tardies and/or discipline problems. (1 day prior notice will be given to parent or guardian)

      The following are expectations for teacher detention:

      • Failure to attend detention will result in additional disciplinary consequences.
      • Any conflict with the date should be discussed with the teacher PRIOR to the detention.
      • Students will NOT be admitted late to detention. (Teacher lunch detention – student has 5 minutes to get lunch and return to the detention setting.)
      • NO talking in detention.
      • Students will NOT sleep or “rest” his/her head on the desk.
      • Students who violate rules will be given one warning ONLY. A second violation will result in further consequences.

       

      Lab Safety Expectations 
      Lab Safety is very important in the Science classroom

      Lab Safety Rules

      1. Always wear safety goggles whenever you are working with chemicals, heating any substance, or anytime there is any possibility of injury to the eye.
      2. Dress properly during lab activities. Long hair, dangling jewelry, and loose or baggy clothing are a hazard.   Long hair must be tied back and dangling jewelry or clothing must be secured. Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandals allowed.
      3. No running or shouting is permitted in the lab.
      4. Read all procedures for the lab before beginning the lab. Follow the directions of the lab exactly as they are written.
      5. Never perform activities not authorized by the teacher.
      6. Take extreme care not to spill any substances in the lab.   Report all spills to the teacher IMMEDIATELY.
      7. Never pour any chemicals into the sink or trash container unless instructed to do so.
      8. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum in the lab. Dangerous chemicals may get in your mouth.   Never taste anything in the lab unless specifically instructed by your teacher. No chemicals are ever to be taken from the lab.
      9. All work areas must be kept clean at all times. Keep hands away from face and wash thoroughly with soap and water after each activity.
      10. Rinse chemicals out of your eyes or off your skin immediately with cold water.
      11. Know the locations and proper use of the fire extinguisher, fire blanket, first aid kit and eye wash. Know the fire route from the lab in the event of a fire emergency.
      12. Open chemical bottles only when you are ready to use them.   Keep all lids closed tightly when not in use. To avoid contamination of chemicals, never pour used chemicals back into the bottles.
      1. When diluting an acid, always pour the acid into water. Never pour water into the acid.
      2. Never mix chemicals together for the “fun” of it
      3. Report any chipped, cracked, or broken glassware to the teacher immediately.
      4. Never heat glassware that is not thoroughly dry, and always clean and dry glassware before putting it away.
      5. Handle sharp instruments with extreme caution and never “play around” with them in the lab. Always cut away from your body when using sharp instruments.
      6. Never heat anything in a closed container.
      7. Point test tubes being heated away from yourself and others.
      8. Use a clamp, tongs, or heat resistant gloves when handling hot objects.
      9. Turn off gas outlets when finished using them.