Course Syllabus

Arvada West High School     •     2021 Spring Semester


Instructor: Ms. Maren Blair Physics Classroom: Room 113

Email:   Schoology Code:5MDF-6VGB-TH89B

Voicemail: (303) 982-1336

Course Description:  Physics studies the elementary interactions of the things in this Universe. Topics include Kinematics, Dynamics, Conservation Laws, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism. Physics is a fun and challenging class that strongly emphasizes both concepts and math.


  • Approved face mask/face covering

  • Chromebook and Chromebook charger

  • Notebook (either binder or spiral, depending on student preference)

  • Scientific Calculator 

  • Pencil and pen

  • Earbuds/headphones that work with Chromebook (occasional use)

Learning Expectations 

While this year may be a bit different, there will still be learning expectations in both the remote and in-person learning environment. 

In-Person Learning

  • Wear your face mask appropriately -- covering your mouth and nose.

  • Remain 6ft distance from others when possible.

  • Come prepared for class with all materials listed above.

Remote Learning

  • Log in for a video conference at the time that class is regularly scheduled.

  • Find a productive place to work that meets your learning needs. Try to build a workstation in your space to make learning at home easier.

  • Abide by school dress code.

  • Mute yourself when not speaking

  • Use appropriate language at all times

  • Be present and participate with online discussions.

  • Communicate respectfully and professionally in all forms of media including, but not limited to video chats, side chats within conferencing apps, providing peer feedback, etc.

  • We never take a picture or record anyone without permission

  • Keep other technology not being used for the lesson away such as cell phones, tablets, video games, airpods, etc.


Our classroom will run based on this idea:

“With full effort and full attention, it’s okay to make a mistake.”

Full effort means:

  • Attend class, be on time, be prepared, have a positive attitude, and do your best given any situation. 

Full attention means:

  • Listen without interrupting, value input from classmates, limit distractions, and protect class property.

It’s okay to make a mistake means:

  • Keep an open mind, be gracious and kind to each other, and be patient with yourself. Everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. Have confidence based in your (not your classmates’) preparation. 

Classroom Routines

  • Be in your seat and have materials out and ready by the time the bell finishes ringing.

  • Start to work on the daily question immediately after the bell.

  • Opportunities to leave the classroom during class will be limited. Make every effort to take care of personal needs before the start of class.

    • Notify your instructor when you need to leave class for restroom, drink, etc and a single-use pass will be written for you.

  • NO FOOD or BEVERAGES in the lab areas of our classroom at any time.

Technology Expectations


We (AWest Staff) commit to holding all students accountable for:

  1. Bringing the AWest issued device (not a personal chromebook or laptop)

  2. Bringing the device charged. A charging station is available in the library

  3. Maintaining a charge throughout the day (if listening to music or watching movies is draining your battery, STOP)

  4. Devices are for educational use only (teachers commit to ensuring this is happening either through active monitoring or through use of Securly)

  5. Devices being kept in excellent condition

Cell Phones

We (AWest Staff) commit to holding all students accountable for:

  1. Placing cell phones in their assigned sleeve when asked

  2. Silencing or turning off cell phones to limit class distractions

  3. If a phone is a continuous distraction, the phone will be confiscated and sent to the office

  4. Only using cell phones for music or educational tool when approved by the instructor 

  5. Being respectful of other people’s property by leaving others’ devices alone.


If you miss class for any reason you should:

1. Check Schoology for missed assignments, class activities, labs, and notes.

2.  Virtually check in with your instructor on Fridays during your class period for extra help and makeup work.  In-person assistance can be scheduled if needed. Please reach out to your instructor to request this option as space is limited.

It is your responsibility to determine what work you missed and to make it up in a reasonable amount of time.  You are responsible for your success.  I understand that emergencies and unique situations may arise; please communicate with me.

Excused Absences: For each excused absence you have two days to make up work. Work can receive full credit.

Unexcused Absences: Policy is the same as the district policy. Refer to the Jeffco Conduct Code Manual.


Coming to class late is disruptive to the academic environment and unfair to your fellow students.  Please make every effort to be on time!  The tardy policy will be the same as the school wide policy which will include after school detention and/or in school suspension.

Academic Integrity

Cheating is rarely an isolated event, and it will only boost one’s grade when it is done continually.  This is a terrible habit to get into because you are not learning the material and you will be ignorant of things that you really can be fluent in.  Many colleges and corporations often have a zero tolerance policy toward cheating and plagiarism.  Develop good study and citation skills now so you won’t have regrets in the future.  The cheating and plagiarism policy will be the same as the school wide policy which may include a zero on the assignment, after school detention and/or in school suspension. 


Students will have weekly homework assignments. Ideally, students will be studying daily for no more than 10-15 minutes of focused, uninterrupted time. It is not intended to overwhelm but is necessary to solidify learning. 

Late Work

It is important to get assignments turned in on time, by the given due date, so you don’t get behind.  However, I understand that, occasionally, things come up that prevent this.  The late work policy is as follows:

On Time -> day of unit test (including corrections) = Full Credit

If the assignment is digital or the grade has been entered into Campus, fill out the Late Work Submission Form to tell Ms. Blair that you are done, and it is ready to be graded. Corrections and late work are graded once a week. 

Chapter tests

Test questions will include material covered in the reading of the text, classroom discussions, homework problems, and laboratory activities.

Test Corrections

After every chapter test, students will be allowed to correct the questions they missed.  On a separate sheet of paper students are to write the letter of the correct answer AND a short explanation of why it is the correct answer.  HALF points will be given back if the answer is correct.  WHOLE points will be taken off of the original score if the answer is wrong. Test corrections must be completed within one week after the test. Corrections and late work are graded once a week. 


Periodic laboratory activities will be done during class time.  You must have a signed safety contract in order to participate in labs. A detailed write-up for each lab will be kept in a separate (provided) lab book. This write-up must follow the exact format as described in a handout that will be glued to the front of your lab notebook.


Quizzes may come unannounced and will cover topics from the book or notes. Quizzes are correctable for up to full credit. 

Final Test

A final test will come at the end of each semester.  It will follow the same format as the chapter tests except it will be cumulative over the entire semester. The final test can not be corrected.

Grade Breakdown: Grading Scale

     Chapter Tests:      40% 90% <  A  <  100%

          Classwork/Labs/Quizzes:      20%           80%  <  B  <  90%

            Homework:     20% 70%  <  C  <  80%

    Final Project/Practical:     10%           60%  <  D  <  70%

                                   Final Test:     10%     F  <  60%

It is your responsibility to use Portal to check your current grade and make sure that it corresponds to your returned graded assignments. Keep all returned work as it is the only way to verify your grade in the grade book.

I’m a Scientist Enrichment

Grades will be a reflection of learning. Extra credit may be awarded to those who are following class expectations on unspecified days. I may also reward students who exceptionally employ a scientific practice. 

Tech Tools

Please access Schoology on a regular basis. Class notes, assignments, worksheets, review sheets, multimedia and additional resources will be available. 

Schoology Class Code: 5MDF-6VGB-TH89B

In addition, general information about your instructor and this course can be found on the website on the Arvada West High School website. (Directions: Arvada West High School Homepage→ Academics→ Departments→ Science → Select Your Instructor)

Your instructor reserves the right to use Securly to see your chromebook screen at any time during class. 

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