Astronomy Syllabus
1/2 credit course # 04525


An extension of the earth sciences, Astronomy is a non-laboratory, non-Regents half-credit science elective for high school juniors and seniors.  Meeting one period every other day, students will engage in home research and study, classroom discussions, and hands-on activities on current and historical astronomical topics, evaluate current articles on astronomical topics, evaluate their own and others’ work, present their knowledge and expertise in topics by putting into practice the necessary ‘interviewing’ skills for success in college and the workplace.  Topics for study, application and discussion include: the contents of our solar system, the earth-moon system, evolution of stars and galaxies, celestial mechanics (motion and position of celestial bodies), astronomical instruments, observations and measurements, and cosmology.  Students will develop skills in naked eye observations of celestial objects.





Resources: Textbook, Additional and Assignments  

 

 

Extra Help & Instructor Contact

Mrs. McArdle is available for extra help from 2:00 – 2:40 p.m. on Monday's and can be emailed at mcardleh@mahopac.k12.ny.us  

Other opportunities may be available, but by appointment.

 

                                                                                                                                  

 

Grading & Evaluation

Quarterly grades are worth 20% of the grade for the year.  The midterm and final exam grades are each worth 10% of the grade for the year.  Quarterly grades consist of activities, presentations, classroom tests, and homework.  Students are expected to exhibit daily timely arrival (in seat when late bell rings); active participation in subject matter; appropriate home  preparation for class participation and success;   constructive, positive criticisms of classmates work in both written and social formats; modeling appropriate ‘interview skills’.  Learning the value of deadlines is crucial to success in the workplace and in college.  Assignments to be handed in are due in the front basket by the late bell.  Late assignments are not accepted for a grade. 

 

 

Attendance = Don’t miss class time.

Missed class time (for any reason) directly, and negatively, impacts your grade.  Daily timely arrival to class is expected each day.  Three tardies/missed class time accumulates to one Absence.  After 12 absences, the student will lose credit toward graduation for the course.         Don’t miss class.      If you do miss classtime for any reason, you are to:

    • attend the next entire Per. 9 Extra help with Mrs. McArdle – and continue to do so – until your missed work and assignments toward your learning are made up. 
    • contact your Learning Partner from class and get caught up on the material and progress in the course that you missed. 
    • use the ‘Absences’ binder in the front of the room to pick up any handouts that you missed. 
    • Should you know of absences ahead of time, please let Mrs. McArdle and Mrs. Treanor know so that they can prepare you for what you will miss (perhaps there will be fewer Per. 9 make-ups upon your return, we hope J). 
    • Please remind parents to call the high school (845-628-3256) the morning of the absence to report it as ‘legal’.
    • In the event of an illegal absence, credit will not be assigned for the missed class days, and no credit will be apportioned for those assignments/activities that the student was responsible for on the illegal absence.

 

 

Communicate effectively with your instructors, and your parents

College and Career-ready individuals are those that regularly exhibit appropriate social skills; demonstrate  the desire and ability to work individually and constructively with others, take responsibility for their actions, are supportive to the needs of others, and resolving issues on their own by employing effective communication skills.  Effectively communicating with your teachers, employers, and family directly benefits quality of life. 


If your parents have questions about your progress, they are strongly encouraged to speak with you first.  As high school students working toward becoming college and career-ready, you should be able to effectively communicate what is happening in class, and be able to answer your parents’ questions with factual detail.  If you find that you are unable to answer your parents’ questions, please recommend they contact your instructors directly.