Course Syllabus

Astronomy Syllabus

Bunn High School

Spring Semester 2019


Contact Information:

Instructor: Taylor Edwards

Email: *Preferred contact method

Phone: 919-496-3975 ext. 328


Course Description:

Astronomy will provide students with an overview of the structure, formation, and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. The course is designed to enrich student’s knowledge and bring a contemporary understanding of Earth's place in the Universe. Astronomy will provide you with a strong foundation in planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. And therefore will allow you to critically evaluate the evidence for the most recent advances in our understanding of the Solar System, our Galaxy, and the Universe.


Students who miss ten or more days of this period are in violation of the FCS Attendance Policy and may be required to repeat the course.

Tardy Policy:

The following is our new SCHOOL WIDE POLICY: Students are expected to be in the classroom (passed the door frame) when the bell begins to ring. Consequences for being tardy are outlined in the BHS Student Code of Conduct


All instructional materials needed for this course are presented online — no textbook is required.



  • 3 ring binder
  •  Calculator
  • Notebook paper
  • Headphones
  • Pens and pencils


Grading Policy:

The final grade will be a weighted average of the two terms (40% each) and the final exam (20%). Grades for each term will be weighted according to the following percentages by assignment type.


Homework/Classwork 25%

Quizzes/Labs 25%

Test/Projects 50%

The following grading scale will be used to assign letter grades:

A 90 - 100

B 80 - 89

C 70 - 79

D 60 - 69

F 0 - 59


Make-up Work:

Students are allowed two school day to make-up any missed assignment for every one day they are absent. Late work is loses 25 % of value per day late. Quizzes need to be made up prior to the end of the current unit. Students have until the next scheduled test to make up a missed test. It is the student’s responsibility to visit the course Canvas page to get the assignments they’ve missed.



Tutoring is available by appointment. This time can be used to clarify topics, prepare for tests, complete projects or complete missing assignments. Due to additional duties, availability may change suddenly, but appointments made will be honored or rescheduled.

Classroom Expectations:

The Five P’s: (In addition, all other school rules, policies and procedures apply)

1) Be prompt – be on time and in your seat when the bell rings; be prompt about turning assignment in on their original due date

2) Be polite – and courteous to your peers and instructors

3) Be productive – use your class time wisely and to its fullest potential

4) Be prepared – come to class with your pencil, paper, calculator, Problem Sets, assignments and knowledge

5) Be patient – everyone learns at their own speed, demonstrate patience and understanding in this classroom

Restroom/Water Breaks Policy:

Sign out on the bathroom roster, not during instruction unless it is an emergency. 2 bathroom passes per 9 weeks. The expectation is that the bathroom is used during passing.


Students who violate the classroom and school expectations are subjected to any of the following consequences:

  1.    Verbal Warning
  2.    Parent Conference
  3.    ISS
  4.    Administrative Referral

PowerSchool: Students and Parents/Guardians: PowerSchool is Franklin County Public School’s online site for receiving current, up-to-date information about your student’s progress in all four of their classes using school messenger and CANVAS. Students and parents/guardians are able to view progress reports and track their performance throughout the semester. You never have to wait to receive grade information again!

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