Course description

Astronomy is the study of planet Earth in space. The course stresses student investigation, done individually or in small groups, and challenges students to make discoveries and interpretations based on their investigations. All students will be required to take the Earth Science Regents examination at the end of the year. Astronomy follows the core curriculum learning standards.


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  1. Solar System
  2. Moon
  3. Sun's Path


Materials Needed

A 3-Ring Binder, dividers, pencil, pen, assignment organizer and a simple calculator must be brought to class every day.

Course Requirements

In order to be eligible to take the Regents exam and receive Regents credit you must satisfactorily complete a total of 20 hours of lab work . These labs must be turned in before you enter the exam. In this astronomy course you will be doing roughly seven labs which I will give to your full time Earth Science teacher after you complete this course. Only labs with a passing grade may be counted toward your Regents requirement.

Course Expectations

1. Be on time to class. No excuses, no exceptions. Three latenesses will equal a detention.

2. Be sensitive to the feeling and dignity of others. Respect should be shown in all communication. It is easy for people to misunderstand negative criticism.

3. Stay positive! Your attitude is infectious. If you are having a bad day keep it to yourself!

4. Safe behavior is required. This is especially important while doing labs.

5. Homework is assigned every night. It may be in the form of taking chapter notes, finishing a lab or a worksheet. Late homework will be severely marked down. Stay on top of your work!

6. If you have been absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what homework you missed. When you return to class you will be expected to hand in the homework that was due the day that you were absent. No excuses. Any new homework assigned while you were absent will be due the class period following your return to school. Stay on top of your work! Remember that you must make up class time if you miss more than 5 classes otherwise you will be denied course credit.

7. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If you copy your assignment answers from someone else both you and the person you copied from will receive a zero. Labs may be collaboratively done but not if you are simply copying your partner’s answers. This is especially true if your lab is late and your partner’s lab is already graded!

8. It is very important that you save all of your graded labs. I will collect them at the end of each unit and keep them on file. Lab reports handed in late will receive a maximum grade of 75. Lab reports more than one day late will lose 5 points/day. Do not hand in labs late!

9. No cell phones or iPods in class. If I see them, I’ll take them away from you.


Tests and Quizzes: 65%
Graded Labs: 20%
Homework: 10%
Participation: 5%

Extra Help

I am available for extra help every day after school in room 211 from 2:20 - 2:45 and by appointment during lunch and common free blocks.


My phone number is 256-4175 x 61814. My e-mail address is My website, can be visited for full notes for this course. Please feel free to contact me when problems arise.