Phone: 716-686-3220 (7104)
Degrees and Certifications:
MSED in Earth Science Education (7-12)
BSED in Biology (7-12)
Minor in Coaching
NYS Professional General Science (7-12)
NYS Professional Biology (7-12)
NYS Professional Earth Science (7-12)
Level I USATF coaching certification
NYS Coaching Certification
Mr. Aaron Masters
Welcome to Mr. Masters' Physical Science web page!
Welcome to Physical Science. This is a standard science course designed to provide a broad general understanding of the fundamental principles of Physics, Chemistry, and Earth’s processes. The basic core includes: The study of matter, Energy, Chemical properties, understanding of motion and forces, Waves and sound, and optics. Students will interact within each unit of study participating in activities and hands on investigations.
Necessary Course Materials
Text Book – McDougal / Littell Physical SCIENCE
Marble Composition Notebook for journaling and vocabulary
1 Binder or Green plastic folders with binding
Pens and pencils and Colored pencils
Chapter Tests 30%
Quiz’s/ Quests / Web Quests 25%
Homework Assignments 20%
Laboratory Activities 15%
Journals / Participation / Organization 10%
Final Exam Averaged separate into final report card
Additional Student Expectations
1. Be respectful and follow instructions from the teacher, Mr. Masters and the class rules at all times.
2. Be responsible for getting the notes for any time you miss due to absence(s). These notes are available from the instructor or other students.
3. If you are absent on the day of a quiz or test, you have the amount of time equivalent to your absence to complete any evaluation. If you fail to complete it at this time, your grade will become a zero for that evaluation until made up.
4. I reserve the right to inspect your binder and notebook at any time for evaluation. I may grade some or all of the notebooks at any time. I EXPECT YOU TO MAINTAIN A SEPARATE SCIENCE NOTEBOOK THAT I CAN CHECK AT ANY TIME.
5. I expect all students to participate in all class activities.
6. At all times, I expect your work to be your own.
7. If you know you are going to be out of school for an extended period, please arrange with me in advance to obtain the work you will be missing.
8. Late work will not be accepted unless your special circumstances are discussed with me before the paper/ project is due.
9. I expect you to have required materials present in class each day.
1.) Make-ups of undone or incomplete homework will not be allowed for earning full credit unless for extenuating circumstances in the opinion of the instructor only. Half credit can be earned if turned in the following class day.
2.) Assignments will be given verbally to the class, homework web line and by a posting in the room
3.) Students may have the opportunity to earn homework passes through out the year. See below
Homework Detention: For every three missed homework’s throughout each quarter, the student will stay after school in my room for detention. It will not be fun.
Journal entries will be required of all students. Each student will need to purchase a MARBLE COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK. These notebooks will be used before each major topic and before certain laboratory activities along with vocabulary. These notebooks will be kept in the classroom at all times!
Here are some ways in which to obtain extra points in the class. They are as follows:
1. Featured Scientist, Each month I will feature a different scientist and post his/her picture on the wall. Students are able to bring in one new scientific fact about that scientist and post it on the wall. This is worth one extra credit point on their homework grade.
2. Homework Passes! I often will give out homework passes for various reasons through out the year as an incentive for kids. Homework passes can be used on any regular homework (worksheet) with an exception on vocabulary definitions. Simply turn in the pass the day the assignment is due. All I ask is you jot down the answers when we go over it in class. Homework passes can also be turned in at the end of the quarter for extra points!
3. At Home Experiments, Often times through out the school year I will send home a safe, fun, and interactive experiment for you to try at home. These are usually fun for the whole family and will earn you extra points.
4. Watch a science documentary (NOVA on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet etc.). After viewing the documentary, (type) a one page synopsis of what you watched. Your report should include one to two paragraph commentary on what you viewed. In your commentary, you might want to include your thoughts on the topic/documentary, what you learned or found interesting, what impact this topic might have on society, whether the documentary was easy to view or difficult and why. Turn in this paper to receive up to 5 points extra credit points on a test.
*Only two per marking period, Spelling and grammar will be considered, use double spacing