9th grade science



Mrs. Dostal


Course Description:

Physical science is the study of the non-living parts of our universe and is particularly focused on matter and its interactions.  This course will consist of two parts: Chemistry – the study of the properties and composition of matter, and physics – the study of matter and energy and their interactions.

Course Expectations: 

Classroom: Students are expected to come to class with appropriate materials and mental preparedness.

Students are expected to participate in class work, discussions and activities.  Lecture materials, handouts and notes are the students’ responsibility.


General Rules: At all times students are expected to be respectful.

  • Respect adults in the classroom
  • Respect materials in the classroom
  • Respect peers and their possessions
  • Respect self


Lab: There will be a number of lab activities in this course.  A signed lab safety contract must be turned in before a student is allowed to participate. Lab activities are a required part of course work and must be made up in the event of an absence. 

Any student displaying unsafe behavior in the lab will be subject to disciplinary action which may include removal from the lab setting.  Students who are removed from lab will be expected to complete an alternative assignment.  If this assignment is not turned in, the student will receive an incomplete.


Students are expected to keep their lab area tidy and to put away all materials after lab activities. 



  • Students will need to bring a science notebook (composition book with bound edges) to be kept in class as well as paper for daily assignments, writing utensils and a folder or system of organization for handouts.
  • This course will use traditional textbooks as well as online materials and activities. When using computers in the classroom, students will be expected to follow acceptable internet usage rules and be on task. 
  • Macbooks are the property of the school and must be treated with due care.  Students should be careful to keep computers out of harm’s way in the science room (and in general!).  All damages will be the responsibility of the student. 

Student work:

  • Students are expected to complete class work independently.  Work that is not the student’s own will not be given credit.
  • Electronic assignments are to be treated like any other.  If you forget your computer or your password, it is the same as forgetting your textbook or paper assignment.  The consequences are the same.



  • Classroom discussions and activities are a large part of the curriculum.  Attendance is crucial to understanding the material and processes.
  • Students who are absent are responsible for getting their assignment(s) from the instructor and completing their work within the timeline stated in the handbook.  Students may need to stay after school to complete missed lab work or tests. Please refer to attendance policy in the student handbook.


Late work:  Any work not handed in by the due date will be worth 50% of the points earned.  Work not handed in by the end of the current chapter will not be accepted for any points.



        Tests: 45%               Homework: 20%                  Lab & Projects: 35%