• Mrs. Low  

    Mrs. Low Room 10



    To students and parents/guardians:

    I would like to start with a small introduction. I received my B.S. in Physics at the College of Charleston in 2000 and my Masters in Teaching Physics at USC in 2002. Since then I have taught at both the high school and college levels. I realize that each student is an individual, is uniquely gifted and is completely different from all other students. I believe that the educational process that my students participate in is a team-effort involving the student, myself and you as parents. Some things that you can do to help your child succeed are:

    1.) Make sure they have an inviting place and time to complete or review assignments daily, encourage them to re-read their notes and materials a little each day, even if they don’t have “formal homework” or a written assignment. This strategy is better than cramming for only one or two nights before a test.

    2.) Ask them if they know what the current topic is that we are studying in class, what they did in class today, and when their next quiz or test will be.

    3.) Ask them to let you see their work on a regular basis—check to see that it is neat. Students are given the opportunity to retake test and quizzes. Remind them of this opportunity if you see low quiz and test scores.

    4.) Ask them if they understand what we are studying, and if not, did they ask questions in class or come by for extra help so that they could understand more clearly.

    5.) Contact me early in the course if you have concerns, or contact me as soon as concerns develop.

    As you will discover throughout this course, I insist that my students assume responsibility for their learning. Even more important than teaching them science, I hope to reinforce to them that their choices and actions always have consequences; sometimes positive and sometimes negative. Beyond this, I believe that everyone has a need to build maturity, character and positive habits. These attributes can be developed in individuals when mutual respect, academic learning and discipline are practiced within the context of a high school classroom. I consider my responsibility to my students and to their parents to be a sacred trust that requires a high degree of integrity, and I will strive to provide a safe, welcoming and challenging experience for my students as I give my very best to serve as a positive role model for them. Please understand that the educational, social and moral development of your child is very important to me.



    Each grading period, students will have the opportunity to acquire points in each of four categories---Tests (this will include major projects), Quizzes, and Portfolios (includes labs, in class activities, vocabulary, and reaction papers).

    Grading Break Down:

    * Tests and Major Projects 40%

    * Quizzes 20%

    * Portfolio 40%

    Each quarter’s grade will count as 45% the value of the course grade, with the final exam grade making up the remaining 10% of the course grade. Extra credit assignments are NOT available; however, you will have the opportunity to retake and/or do corrections for quizzes and tests. If a student wishes to retake a test or quiz, he or she may come and scheduled a time to retake the test or quiz. The student will need to schedule the retake at least two days in advance.

    Portfolios will be graded when tests are taken. Portfolio will be graded with points. The point total will be determined using the assignment list at the front of the portfolio. Assignments can be revised and updated for an improved grade. Students are responsible for maintaining their work in the portfolio. After grading the work in the portfolio the work will be transferred to the permanent notebook. At the end of the semester, the permanent notebook will be graded as your final. If you are exempt from the final it will be graded and replace your lowest test score regardless if it improves your grade.

    Students are responsible for all work, assignments and notes missed due to absences. It is expected that students returning from an absence will consult a classmate about the missed work or see me at an appropriate time to obtain missing work. Generally, students will be expected to complete missed tests and assignments within 5 school days. Make up work will be placed in the student’s folder in the graded/make up work bin.





    Starting class: The bell does not start the class, you do. Enter the class and begin any work that is posted.

    Tardies: A student is considered tardy if he or she is out of the classroom when the tardy bell rings EVEN IF his or her materials are present in class. DO NOT come to class and then ask me to leave for some other reason, as hall passes will not be issued during the first 15 minutes of class. DO NOT open the door for anyone unless you are given permission. 1st = warning 2nd = 15-minute detention & parental contact 3rd, 4th = ISS 5th+ = OSS

    Class dismissal: The bell does not dismiss the class, I do. Dismissal will be delayed only if students are too loud, out of their seats or at the door, or if they pack up their materials before receiving teacher permission to do so.

    Completing assignments: On all written assignments I require the student’s name in the upper right hand corner and the title of the assignment on the first line--otherwise the work will not be graded. The date may also be included. Additionally, ANYTIME mathematical calculations are involved in any assignment, students should SHOW THE WORK for full credit. Neatness DOES count for full credit, I reserve the right to deduct points from, or possibly not accept, a sloppy assignment. If nothing else, skip spaces between problems for legibility.

    Collecting assignments: Most work is to be submitted into the appropriate basket as it is completed. Some items will be collected as a whole group at the CLASS COMPLETION of an activity, for instance when taking a timed quiz. Students should never approach the teacher to submit work unless specifically asked to do so.

    Working in groups: The teacher may assign groups randomly, or groups based on grade averages, or allow students to choose their teammates. Each group member will have specific duties. For informal group work, all members’ work will be collected and stapled together, but only one member’s work will be randomly used to determine the group’s grade—if an individual does not turn in HIS OWN COPY, he receives a zero. Any group member may submit his own separate copy to be graded at any time if he is skeptical of the work of others.

    Taking tests/quizzes: A special seating arrangement will be used, and books & bags must be stowed out of the aisles. A post-test activity should be available to the student BEFORE the test is begun. Absolute silence is maintained for the duration of the test.

    Returning work: The teacher will do so or will place it in your folder in the graded work bin.

    Leaving your seat/lab area: You are permitted to leave your seat for routine tasks such as pencil sharpening, using tissue, throwing away trash, or washing your hands. Please do so at an appropriate time, such as when the teacher, or a student, is not speaking. You are not permitted to leave your assigned area for social or other reasons. Additionally, throwing trash or other objects across the room is NOT permitted.

    Teacher’s items: You are not permitted in nor are you allowed to use items on the teacher’s desk, lecture desk, closets, prep room, briefcase, bookshelves, lab cabinets or lab drawers. This includes the computer and the telephone at the front of the room. Please obtain permission beforehand.

    Extra help: Available after school until 4:00 pm.

    Tickets: Students will be issues 2 bathroom passes and one guidance pass at the beginning of the semester. Students can earn more passes with tickets that they will receive for good work and good behavior. Tickets can be “cashed in” at the end of the semester for bonus points on Tests.

    Detentions: These are administered immediately upon the infraction and are held at the beginning of lunch the day of the infraction.

    The class rules are reviewed the first days. Detentions may be assigned for violations of the above, excessive or loud talking, foul or inappropriate language, possession of unacceptable or inappropriate materials, and disrespect towards teachers, administrators or other students. If a student has a problem with these rules, a parent will be contacted. Recurring problems or major violations will result in referral to administration.



    The Forensic Science curriculum is designed to build upon science concepts and to apply science to the investigation of crime scenes. It serves as a fourth year of science for graduation. Students will learn the scientific protocols for analyzing a crime scene, how to use chemical and physical separation methods to isolate and identify materials, how to analyze biological evidence and the criminal use of tools, including impressions from firearms, tool marks, arson, and explosive evidence.


    The study of physics is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the interactions between matter and energy. Despite its reputation, physics is the most fundamental of all the sciences because its laws apply to nearly everything from microscopic sub-atomic particles through enormous stars and planets. Students will study concepts, apply them in order to solve problems, and witness the same concepts through laboratory experiences and classroom demonstrations. The general topics include:



     Topics Chapters

    1. Kinematics and Newton’s Laws Chapters 1-4

    2. 2-D motion Chapter 5-6

    3. Rotation Motion Chapters 7-8

    4. Momentum and Energy Conservation Chapters 9-11

    5. Wave, Light, Optics and Geometric Optics Chapters 14-19

    6. Statics and Electricity Chapters 20-23

    7. Magnetism Chapters 24-26

    8. Modern Physics Chapters 19-20