Welcome to the TCMS Earth Science page!
This is a common site for 8th grade Earth Science teachers, Mr. Colaizzi, Mr. Ogden, and Mrs. Roth. We use this space to share resources and information about our courses. You will find information about the long-term investigations, lab files, chapter outlines, helpful links, and more.
One of the most important things to remember as you enter Earth Science is that this is a high school credit-bearing course. As such, we have high expectations and requirements.
First, students MUST maintain an 80% overall average (checked every 5 weeks) to remain in the class.
Second, the state has a lab component requirement for students to be allowed to take the Regents exam at the end of the year. To ensure this is met, we require all graded labs to be kept in your science classroom. At the end of the year, we will count the labs you have submitted. If you do not have enough labs in your folder, you will simply take the course again.
We assign homework from a review book. Books will be available for purchase in September through us. We currently (in July) estimate the cost to be approximately $15. Checks will be made out to the TCMS (or bring cash). If the $15 presents hardship, books are available to use in your teacher's room; you will have to find time in your (and their!) schedule to accomplish your homework. The homework assignments are primarily multiple choice, Regents-style questions. We have set up a way to check your homework answers online so you have immediate feedback as to whether your answers are correct. Go to www.castlelearning.com and log in using your school login id. The first time you visit the site, leave the password blank; it will then prompt you for a password. We will walk you through this process early in the school year.
There are two long-term investigations (LTI) during this year. The first one will start at the beginning of the school year and be due just after spring break in April. It is imperative that you keep up with regular planning of your work, because it is not a paper that can be written a couple of days before it is due.
Finally, if you feel that you are struggling with the work, you should take the responsibility of approaching your teacher to ask for advice and help!