Mr. Atkins

     Earth Environmental

     Physical Science


     Room 907

    Email:  datkins@wsfcs.k12.nc.us                   School Phone: 712-4400

    Website:  Accessible through West Forsyth webpage under Faculty/Staff Webpages


    Course Descriptions:

    Earth/ Environmental Science

    Earth Science focuses on the study of the four different spheres of Earth: the Lithosphere, the Hydrosphere, the Atmosphere, and the Biosphere. We will also look at how Earth’s position in space affects some processes on Earth such as the seasons and tides. Woven throughout the course is an environmental theme, where we will examine the impact the human population has on the environment. 


    Physical Science 

    Physical Science teaches students through inquiry and investigation.  Students will learn many abstract concepts as well as problem-solving techniques in Physical Science.  Attendance is very important for keeping up with work in Physical Science. It is imperative that students keep up with lecture notes and assignments.  Topics to be studied include structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, motions and forces, and conservation of mass, energy, and change.

    I look forward to working with you this year as we expand your knowledge about science!



    Students are expected to have the following materials in their book bags at all times.  I cannot supply these materials for the students for class work or tests.  All materials will be needed during the first week of school.


    • Three-ring binder – 1 ½ inch would be best.  Please do not purchase a spiral notebook for this class.  If you have difficulty getting a binder before the end of the first 2-3 days of school, please see me as soon as possible.  I have an extra binder you can use. Hole Punch and keep in order!
    • Notebook paper
    • Pencils/Pens
    • Scientific calculator- This does not need to be a graphing calculator; it must perform basic functions as well as square roots.  The calculator required for math will be acceptable for this class.  I have even found appropriate calculators at the dollar store!


    Class Rules:


    1. Follow all WSFCS and school rules.  Your student handbook has all rules.
    2. Be on time.  When the tardy bell rings, students are expected to be in their seats and prepared for class.
    3. Be prepared. Students are expected to bring all required materials to class every day.
    4. Be in class.  Please take bathroom and water breaks BEFORE coming to class. 
    5. Be respectful.  Students are expected to be respectful of others during class.  Do not speak without permission.
    6. Follow teacher instructions.  Remain in your assigned seat and work on tasks assigned during class.
    7. Cell phones may not be used in class unless granted by teacher.  If a student is using a cell phone, I may confiscate it and turn it in to the office in accordance with school system policy.




    I do not assign students a textbook for this class.  We will use Glencoe Physical Science textbooks in class.  Books may be signed out for overnight use with my permission.


    Earth/Environmental will have a text book assigned! 

    Parents and Students: Please Read the Following Information Carefully:

    ·         I DO NOT accept late work.  Assignments not turned in on the day they are due will result in a zero.  Turning work in the following class period for a lower grade is not an option!  If a student is absent the day an assignment is due, it is his/her responsibility to turn in work at the beginning of the class period on the day he/she returns.  All necessary work must be shown to receive full credit on assignments.

    ·         If a student misses a day of school, it is his/her responsibility to get make-up work from me.  He/She will have two days for each day absent to complete the missed assignments.  Failure to complete work or make arrangements to do so within the time permitted will result in a zero for each assignment.  Tests must be made up before or after school.

    ·         TUTORING: I am available during the week either before School or by appointment. My weekly schedule will be posted on my website and in the classroom.  I may have meetings before or after school.  For that reason, it is always best to let me know to expect you for tutoring.  If coming before or after school is a problem, then please see me privately.

    ·         I do not offer extra credit assignments.


    ·         Attendance is critical in Science.  If a student misses several days, it may be difficult to make up missed work.

    ·         During the first week of school, students will be given a set of classroom rules, tardy policy and grading information to be kept in their notebooks.  Please review each of these carefully with your student.

    ·         Please use Parent Assist to keep up with your student’s progress in this course.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Grading Policies:

    50%       Tests Projects

    50 %       Quizzes, Labs, Classwork, Homework and Participation


    ·         A test will be scheduled at the end of each unit covering the material completed in class.

    All Classwork, Homework can be used on test as well as book. Tests are challenging so taking notes and Completing all classwork and homework is vital is key for success.


    Grading Scale for WS/FCS











    Below 70



    Each quarter grade will count 40% of the final course grade, and the final exam will count 20%.  Students must have a 70 (D) or better as their final grade at the end of the semester to pass the course.


    I am available by appointment for extra help or to discuss grades.  Please make arrangements with me at least one day in advance so I can be sure to be in my room.