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Tutorial "Office" Hours (Tu./Th. 7:25-7:55a & 3:15-3:45p)
Before (30 minutes) 1st period and After 7th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except when indicated otherwise. Room 1608. If the door is locked closed, please knock. Wait 5-10 minutes at least in case the teacher stepped away for a short break. If no one is in the room (especially immediately after 7th period), please check for Mr. Malik in Room 1610 (Dr. Rainey's room) next door. Dr. Rainey or Ms. Caldwell may also be able to help answer physics questions in case of Mr. Malik's absence.
 
Students may also request an appointment, with at least 24 hours notice, for after or before school on other days.
 
Warm-up Questions and Physics Notebooks
Students must keep a notebook for physics. A composition journal is preferred, and grid paper notebooks work out better for physics than just horizontally lined ones, but these are only general guidelines. No specific restrictions will be placed this year on the type of notebook. Students may prefer a 3-ring binder or spiral notebook with pockets to help stay organized, but please keep notebooks used for class to only one subject - Physics. It becomes more difficult to manage notebook checks when there are multiple subjects contained in one. Mainly, the notebook should be one that is organized neatly and helps keep the student's notes and work from class as organized as possible. Please be sure to have the student's name clearly identifiable at the front of the notebook!
 
Every so often (almost daily at times), there will be a Warm Up question projected on the screen/board at the front of the room. Students must check for it when they arrive to class. The first expectation (Warm-Up question or not), is that students have their notebooks out at the beginning of class, are in their (correctly assigned) seats, refrain from chatting or using mobile technology when the late bell rings, and are prepared to start class and begin learning as soon as the bell rings. They should be actively working on W/U question(s) at the time of the bell, when applicable. Once roll has been called (based on assigned seating chart) and enough time has passed for students to attempt to answer the warm-up in their notebooks, a student will be called at random to provide his/her answer to the question. If no attempt at answering the warm-up was made during the opening minutes of class and/or the student's notebook is not out and ready at that time, the student will lose his/her participation point for that day!
 
On test days, when students are taking their chapter/unit exams, they will be asked to turn in their notebooks for a grade. The notebook check will comprise of completed warm-up questions showing the date of each in the heading (recommend starting each new day's notes/warmups on a new notebook page), lab work that has been assigned, and any other material that Mr. Malik has specified as belonging in the physics notebook for that unit. [If a student misses a warm-up question due to an excused absence, the student can simply write the date(s) absent and the word "Absent" in their notebook for that entry.] The grade will be recorded during the class period, comments entered, and every effort will be made to return those notebooks back to students at the end of the test period. Otherwise, the notebook may have to be kept overnight but should be available for retrieval the following school day. This grade will count as a lab grade in the Assessments During Learning category.
 
Materials to bring to each class
In addition to notebooks, students must bring a pencil or pen, and a scientific or graphing calculator to class. Textbooks will not be required as there will be a class set already in the room. Also provided on certain days will be rulers and protractors. If students have their own rulers/protractors, they are encouraged to bring those to class as well. Cell phones should not be used as calculators, but can be brought to class in accordance with the policy
 
The Tardy Log
As per school-wide policy, students entering class after the tardy bell must sign the log located on the wooden desk nearest the door to the classroom. Name, time of arrival and reason should be filled out. If the student has a purple pass (or any other excuse/note), they should first show that to Mr. Malik and then take it back to the tardy log and leave on that desk to be appended to the paper. Every student, regardless of reason/excuse, who arrives late to class must sign this log!
 
Missing documents/papers
Old worksheets and other class materials and handouts are not to be lost. Should any student misplace his/her materials, he/she can retrieve those documents either from downloading off of Office 365 group file database or check the wooden desk by the classroom door for extra copies. Please see Mr. Malik if you've lost any class materials and cannot find a replacement at one of the aforementioned locations.  
Textbooks
The classroom will be stocked with a classroom set of the textbook. Any student wishing to check out a textbook to take home for studying or homework purposes can always do so. See Mr. Malik for a loaner book. This can either be short term or for the entire semester.
 
Additionally, except for AP students, there is free online access to the e-book pages and a few more electronic resources provided to students. Just as the syllabus reads, the link to this resource is: http://my.hrw.com
 
At the login screen, you'll enter username and password. The username is case-sensitive (no capital letter S) follows this general format, exactly as shown here (555 is Lakeside's school code):
 
s + 7-digit student ID# + 0555
 
The password, by default, is THE LAST FIVE DIGITS of your STUDENT ID NUMBER ONLY. Write these down in your syllabus in the space provided!
 
For example, student with S number 1234567 will log in using s12345670555 and pass: 34567
 
Once you are in, you will see something similar to this (but with the Physics book cover): 
 
 
Click on "Go to the Online Textbook" to access the book pages, where the screen will look like this:
 
Here, you'll be able to click on Book Pages, Student Resources, and eActivities. Explore the site for useful study/learning aids. 
 
*IN CASE the above does not pull up the correct screen for you, THEN TRY the username with a single quote (") mark in the beginning. For some odd reason, this only affects a few students!
Office 365 Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting...

Logging In and Accessing Info (login.microsoftonline.com)

Log in from a computer first. Follow the instructions in the following link (Note: you must first log in from a school networked computer in the building in order to set your account password, before you are able to log in from "off campus"). Do not forget to type in the whole username including @dekalbschoolsga.org!
 
Note that your default password will likely be dekalb00. Once you get logged in, you should find that you have automatically been added -- and subscribed -- to two groups. One is for all Physics classes being taught by Mr. Malik, and the other is your specific class period. Here, you can access class discussions, announcements/emails, links, and important files. Much like Edmodo, but with a different format and layout.
 
Click on the LHS-Malik Physics group and it will take you straight to the "Conversations" screen, where you might find important announcements and emails from Mr. Malik, and indeed can start a new "conversation" and hold quick discussions with the teacher and other students taking physics with Mr. Malik. You will also find two more useful links across the top bar: Calendar (self explanatory) and Files.
 
Click on Files and then on "Browse Library" and finally "Shared With Us" at the left sidebar to locate uploaded class files: worksheets, handouts, the syllabus, some links, and more!
 
Just In: There is an Outlook Groups app!
 
 
 

O365 on your phone: iPhone Settings that work for syncing to your Office 365 account (no info available on other phone types...)

Mr. Malik has managed to sync his own Employee Office 365 account with his iPhone 4S (I know....). Your results may vary, but it is suggested that you try this yourself. Your email address will be _______@dekalbschoolsga.org, which you can see is cut off in the first pic. For username, try typing out your entire email address starting with S and then your 7-DIGIT STUDENT NUMBER @dekalbschoolsga.org, and the password is of course your regular password.

Exchange Account Settings

 

Exchange Mail Settings

 

Advanced Settings

 
 
Another option for those who just want school emails forwarded to their regular personal emails, you can set that up under Settings. First, you must create yourself as a new contact (with your personal email account) by clicking onto the People app, which will open up your Contact list. Click the "+ New" button and select Contact. Enter JUST your email and then click save. You can now switch back to the Mail application within Office 365
 
Once you are logged into your Mail application, you can click the "gear" symbol in the upper-right corner to open up the settings menu. Look to the bottom of that menu under My app settings and click on Mail (as opposed to calendar or contacts options). This will pull open the Options bar on the left. Under Mail>>Automatic processing, find and click Inbox and sweep rules. Click the "+" to add a New inbox rule. For Name, call it "Forwarding." Conditions: select [Apply to all messages]. Do all of the following: Forward the message to.... Find your own personal entry that you created from your contacts and select that. Now, finally click OK to save the rule, and then Save on the following screen before exiting the options menu. After a little while, go ahead and send yourself a test email to make sure that the forwarding works!
 
Forwarding Class Messages to Text: Mr. Malik has this set up for his own received work emails. You have to create another New inbox rule. For instance, Mr. Malik's rule says that any messages marked with high importance by the sender, or ANY emails addressed ONLY to Mr. Malik's email address in the To: list and no one else, will be forwarded to his phone as a text message. The way to do this is find out the email address that corresponds to your mobile number, which is specific to the carrier that provides your phone service. For Mr. Malik for instance, who uses Cricket Wireless, it is his 10 digit cell phone number...@mms.cricketwireless.net. This has worked very well so far for your teacher, but your results may differ. 
 
After reading all this though, you may decide that it's just easier to download the app (see above!), or to just remember to check a new email account regularly. All of us in the working world, and most college/university students as well, have a separate "professional" account for work/school from their personal one, so you might as well get into this habit now! 
 
Still have questions?
Whiteboarding Rules...
(Very different from waterboarding...)
 
This is a game that we'll play in class every so often when we're working out physics problems, and it's called the Mistake Game. And it uses whiteboards! Yay! I actually learned this from a workshop run by a very good physics teacher named Kelly O'Shea. The way I do this, I hope I'm not butchering the rules that she taught during the workshop, but here's my quick synopsis of the rules I'm attempting to imitate from her:
  • Students group up around a large portable whiteboard. They work on a set of problems that they've been assigned, or even just one complex physics problem. Showing work (each step of the process) is required.
  • The group will intentionally make one mistake in their process of getting to the answer. Do not make it silly, but a believable mistake that other groups may not catch. No limit on unintentional mistakes :) but one should be on purpose.
  • The groups present their solution to the problem, one step at a time, keeping a straight face throughout -- not giving away the mistake they intentionally made!
  • Other students in the class must ask questions -- not point out the mistake if they find it -- but questions only that will attempt to illuminate the mistake to the presenter and would normally cause a student making this mistake by accident to reconsider his/her answer. The group presenting is to field these questions as if they'd never thought of them before, until the questioners are able to persuade them to reverse or correct the mistake. They will then correct any and all mistakes (including ones caught that were unintentional), and will not get to sit down again until all students (and finally the teacher) in the class agree on the answer/solution appearing on their whiteboard.
  • This is entirely student-led and driven, with no teacher intervention unless completely necessary! You must stay engaged and paying attention to all the groups presenting, and not just think about your own group's problem and presentation!
GradeCam (Tests & Quizzes)
For most assessments, Mr. Malik uses GradeCam's bubble form filling system to initially get grade data from paper to computer. Then, of course, it goes into Infinite Campus seamlessly for parents and students to view for themselves. This means that students will get used to filling out their Student ID#'s (7 digits) along with writing their names on certain submitted paper-based assignments and tests. Names may already be on some handouts from time to time. This is simply one of Mr. Malik's ways of tracking attendance and controlling the flow of papers when possible.
 
On tests, students must especially learn how the form is to be used. Make sure that the student ID number is written AND bubbled in! Student names are STILL required to be written on the answer sheet. Answer sheets in general are for bubbling in answers, showing work (all steps) of free-response questions/problems, and for the provided formulas for each test. Any writing utensil may be used to mark answers, but changes to the intended answer must be CLEARLY indicated when erasing is not possible! Generally speaking, the basic formulas that are needed will be provided on each test.
 
GradeCam forms are used to ASSIST in the grading process and cut down on admin time for Mr. Malik. However, for free-response or numerical-answer problems (you will bubble in the [rounded] number that you solved for, one digit or decimal per column), WORK MUST BE SHOWN in order to receive full or partial credit!!! Because grading those problems takes longer, students may find the "raw score" reflected from the initial scan of the multiple choice part of the test plus bubbled-in free response answers (without any partial credit) posted in the gradebook initially (so that students can get an idea of their results quicker) before the grade is updated, possibly days later, to reflect the partial credit. So, in some cases, the grades entered can later fluctuate (mostly in the upward direction) as that manual grading process factors in.
The Project...
More information about the optional semester project will be posted to the Office 365 groups...
 
Basically: Students will have the choice of working with another student to complete their Fall Semester mechanics project. Otherwise, you may work individually on your project. Completion of the project will result in the 100 point grade factoring into the Guided/Group Practice category of your class grade, and also -- perhaps more importantly -- the student's lowest test grade being dropped completely out of the grade calculation. If no project is done, then there is no effect on the student's grade.
 
This project should attempt to cover the totality of concepts presented during the semester. Students will get to choose among a variety of options and formats by which to complete the project. The topic and format must be approved by Mr. Malik prior to working on the project. Options will be presented, but students may design their own teacher-approved project that satisfies all the content requirements. More details TBA. The tentative deadline for the spring semester project is 3/30/17.
Seating Charts, Groups, etc.
Mr. Malik reserves the right to, at any time during the school year, assign seating or alter the established official seating chart in any way whatsoever and for any duration of time. This is not subject to negotiation, and failure to comply will be considered insubordination. Refer to M4LP#2.
 
The same right of your teacher applies to creation of groups during class, which includes for labs, classwork, and all other in-class assignments. Students will not necessarily be given the ability to choose where they sit and with whom they work each day.
 
If there are serious and legitimate concerns about your seating location in the room or group assignments, those concerns should be brought up to Mr. Malik in writing (email preferred) and may involve a parent's intervention for added authority in the matter. Mr. Malik will consider all concerns raised through this process.
Mobile Devices
 
In accordance with school and county policy, students' own handheld technological devices are not permitted to be used during instruction (the entire school day, not including the lunch break in the cafeteria). Therefore, the general rule for Mr. Malik's class is that the devices (including earphones/headphones/earbuds) are not allowed. However, they will be permitted in certain situations, and their use will be acceptable only when used for specific physics class related activities (some labs, for example) as directed by teacher. Make sure to have definitive approval before having any devices out. Otherwise, they must be put away and out of sight! Students abusing the cell phone/earphone policies will be subject to any or all of the following consequences:
  • The device may be confiscated for the remainder of the school day, by way of the Discipline Office (you may have to take a "walk of shame" down there yourself!)
  • A parent may be contacted and made aware of the infraction by Mr. Malik or the Discipline Office
  • Nullification of your daily participation point
  • Comment officially made in the gradebook regarding class conduct; possible demotion of conduct grade
  • Any additional consequences sanctioned by the school system (all county and school-wide policies are in effect)
There will be instances in which smart phone apps and utilities (e.g., video, camera, web search, level app, etc.) will be useful and even encouraged during labs or classwork. It will be made abundantly clear when this is the case. You MUST bring a calculator to class every day. Phones may not be used as calculators, except when special permission is granted! There will be a couple of free apps that Mr. Malik will recommend that you download to your smart phones for use in certain lab situations -- more details will be given on this in class.
Late Work and Make-up Work
For unexcused absences or simply not having assignments completed by their deadlines, the work will be considered late. As a general rule, homework assignments are due at the start of class. Assignments turned in late but on the due date will be subject to a 15% deduction. Each subsequent day later results in an additional 25% deduction. In some cases, assignments will not be accepted past the deadline.
 
Make-up Work: Students missing class for excused reasons are encouraged to seek make-up work via Office 365 (check the group or email Mr. Malik) and/or by contacting classmates as soon as reasonably possible (preferably before the absence if it is a planned thing) to ensure they do not fall behind on work. Time given to complete make-up work will be on a case-by-case basis and will be in compliance with regular school-wide policies. As a general rule, one day of additional time is given for each day of excused absence. For missed labs, see Mr. Malik to discuss completing an alternative assignment or making up the work another time.
Participation...
Not an insignificant portion of your grade in the class. You will be expected to participate fully in all class activities, which include but are not limited to, "warmup" questions, group work, problem-solving sessions, lectures/demonstrations, labs, "tickets out the door" (TOD's) or "Next-Time Questions," and the online Office 365 aspects.
 
There is a (almost) daily participation grade, which is worth 1 point each day. By coming into class and doing what you are supposed to do, you automatically receive the 1/1 point :-). Here are some of the ways you can nullify your point (there are NO partial points in this grade category!)...
  • Skipping class (i.e., class cut) or skipping school altogether with NO valid excuse
  • Unexcused tardy to class (no official excuse or note from school personnel)
  • Misuse of your mobile electronic device (having it out at all without prior approval); the device will also be confiscated, per school/district policy!
  • Excessive off-task behavior such as conversation during active instruction
      • LEVEL 0!should be at "0" during teacher instruction!!!
  • Not doing the individual work that the class has been assigned during the period (We work "from bell to bell")
  • Having your head down, intentionally sleeping or attempting to sleep during class-- If you are that tired, talk to Mr. Malik about it, before giving any appearance of disrespect towards the class and the teacher and/or administrators!
  • Horseplay, roughhousing, sitting or standing on tables, throwing any objects across the room (not counting legitimate physics experiments, of course), etc.
  • Any behavior considered disrespectful towards anyone or anything. Direct violations of class rules will also result in administrative referrals and/or other corrective/punitive consequences, in addition to loss of participation point.
These points add up (or don't the way they should, if you're not careful) so DO NOT TAKE THEM LIGHTLY!
Restroom Visits
 
Bathrooms are located just outside of room 1608, to your left as you walk out. Do not disrupt educational activities to go to the restroom, but reasonable and short bathroom breaks may be taken as needed (see M4LP#4). Make sure that a hall pass is available and simply walk up to the front of the room where the hall pass is located, signal to Mr. Malik and receive nonverbal approval (like: a quick head-nod or point or thumbs-up) before taking the pass and going. No need to ask out loud when active instruction is taking place (lecture/notes). Do not abuse this privilege. A sign-out/sign-in log may be implemented if the situation with bathroom requests gets "out of hand," and in that case, further restrictions may be enforced!
Respect for Property
Respect for property entails a few things, which unfortunately often seem to be disregarded, so here are some comprehensive reminders for everyone. These would not be laid out online if it weren't for an pre-existing pattern of unfortunate experiences....
  • Equipment is to be left alone, except when directed specifically to use it (in this case: understand it does not belong to you). When used, please treat all classroom equipment with care and use only as intended (in THIS case: act as though it does belong to you). The same principle applies to others' personal property that you may end up borrowing. Class always begins at your desks and not handling lab equipment or being on your feet already without first awaiting introductory words from your teacher -- even on known "lab days."
  • Return all borrowed equipment (includes everything not belonging to you!) to their correct places, in the same or better condition than you found it. Push in chairs, check your surroundings for your loose items and trash, CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES before leaving class. The bell ringing is not a signal to drop everything and head out the door. Mr. Malik can write you a note to class if you need a couple more minutes to clean up after a lab! (Be careful with regard to cell phones left on chargers!)
  • Food and drink (except water bottles) are not allowed in a science classroom without teacher/school approval. No one can reasonably regulate chewing gum, but it is important that it is properly disposed of in a trash can. Far too often, food waste is found in the classroom! Totally unacceptable!

  • Speaking of property: for "intellectual property" (i.e., your classwork, homework, notebooks, and quizzes/tests), please be sure to put your name on it all. Few things are more frustrating than having items submitted with no names!
  • Property includes the school building and furniture. Graffiti and vandalism are serious offenses and will be treated as such.
About cheating....
To be clear and emphasize this point, though it is already posted throughout the school building and is part of school and district Honor Code policy (not to mention basic human standards of morality), Mr. Malik would like to remind everyone of the pitfalls of cheating. It is simply not acceptable. Whether you end up getting caught or not, cheating is a very serious issue with very serious consequences.
 
Whether it happens in a school or university setting, in sports, in the business world, in relationships, or in politics, it is a problematic plague which we must all work to eradicate. When it becomes part of a "culture," then its effects are truly catastrophic. Unfortunately, each generation has no shortage of tragic outcomes from instances of cheating (e.g., Volkswagen, Enron, etc.). It begins early and only gets worse over time, if not addressed now. Do not get into this terrible habit, because we don't want to see it come back and hurt you years down the road, in your careers and personal lives.
 
Needless to say, Mr. Malik will treat this issue with its full gravity, and deal very seriously with any instance of cheating suspected, abiding by district and school-wide policies. Regardless of what the assignment is (test or otherwise), your grade will be recorded as a zero, and the instance will be documented. The consequences you will encounter during high school as a result of being caught cheating are minuscule in comparison to what can happen later on in life if you continue to carry this nasty habit with you. You are very fortunate if LHS is the only place in life where you end up facing consequences for cheating. Do not expect any leniency in this regard, and understand that this is for your own good.
General Grading Scheme
Grades are calculated in accordance with DeKalb County schools' formula, according to 4 (actually 3 that count) general categories, which are broken out in your syllabus.
 
Mr. Malik has segregated all Lab based grades exclusively into the Assessments During Learning category, which accounts for 25% of the grade. This will include participation in the labs, any quiz or post-lab questions/problems given to students to complete, any notebook checks (which may need to include organized answers to "Warm Up" questions) or turned-in lab sheets/handouts and lab reports.
 
The Summative Assessments category includes all the unit tests, as well as any final exams. Some units are short, and their tests will count only about half of a standard unit test (100 points). When a final exam is cumulative (not just a unit test at the end of a semester), then it will get double the weight of a 100 point test (equivalent to a 200 point test). All of the tests will automatically add up to a 30% segment of the grade. The exact percentage weight of each unit test will depend on the total number of tests administered and their respective weights. As soon as Mr. Malik knows the exact test schedule and weightings of tests for the semester, they will be posted/announced for the class and parents. (Pacing of the class is not exactly fixed, and hinges on many factors throughout the year; thus, even the number of tests that are given each semester can vary from what is printed on the syllabus.)
 
The largest category in the gradebook is Guided, Independent, or Group Practice. This is basically a catch-all for everything that is not a lab, quiz, or test. Homework, a "Participation" grade, and the optional semester project are examples of grades that belong in this category, which totals 45% of the class grade.

Abbreviations Used in Infinite Campus
Abbreviation Meaning Abbreviation Meaning
 P##  Participation-type grade (example: syllabus returned)  Q#  Quiz
 D##.#  Daily Participation grade [## = week number; # = day of week]  T#  Test
 H##  Homework grade  SLO-Pre/Post-  SLO (standardized pre- & post-tests)
 L##  Lab grade ["(n)" after the code indicates notebook check]  Proj  Optional* semester project grade
P, D, H, and Proj grades will fall under Guided/Group Practice; L (including notebook check) grades will count as Assessments During Learning; Q, T, and Post-SLO grades are Summative Assessments. Pre-SLO and other pre-test grades do not count, but are categorized under Pre-Assessments.
 
* Students not completing an optional semester project will have the grade exempted. Those who do satisfactorily complete it, however, will have their lowest Summative Assessment grade (not including any cumulative finals) dropped. See The Project section for further info.
 
Safety (Lab)
 
FYI, there is a First Aid Kit containing some very basic supplies in a wall cabinet on the left (west) side of the classroom, should the need arise!
Rules of the Classroom:

Malik's Four Laws of Professionalism (M4LP)

  1. Respect Everyone (each other and teacher, no talking over others, zero tolerance for bullying; part of respecting other people is respecting property, i.e., materials and equipment, that may belong to others or to the school itself)
  2. Positive  Attitudes (understand that we are all here for good reason, "whining" and non-compliance are not tolerated)
  3. Prepare to Learn & Apply Yourself with Best Effort (class is to be challenging, earn success in it)
  4. Be Professional (you will be treated respectfully as young adults by default, so please act accordingly)
How to Contact Mr. Malik
You can reach Mr. Malik by finding him in the classroom during school or during his office hours - room 1608.
 
You can also leave a voicemail message at 678-874-6891
 
But the best way to reach Mr. Malik to ensure a timely response is via email (naoman_f_malik (at) dekalbschoolsga.org) 
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