Welcome to Integrated Chemistry & Physics/Earth-Space Science

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    Earth & Space Science; Integrated Chemistry & Physics  2017-2018                               

    Mr. Charles Ciastko
    Hanover Central High School                                                                                            
    Room 623                                                                                                             
    219-374-3802 Ext. 3849

    Bio: Bacheleors of Science in Geology, Indiana University.   IN and IL Certified K-12 teacher, Chicago State University.

           Owner of two dogs; a chocolate lab named Waffles the Wonder Dog, and a jack russel/miniture daschund mix named Cpt. Jack.

           Enjoys playing the guitar, star gazing, fishing, camping, and computer games.       


    Earth and Space Science Course Description:
    Earth and Space Science is a course focusing on the study of the Earth’s lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and its celestial environment. Students enrolled in this course analyze and describe Earth’s interconnected systems and how they are changing due to natural processes and human influence. Topics covered include rocks, minerals, natural resource management, sculpturing of Earth’s surface, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic history, the atmosphere, weather, climate, history of astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and many other celestial phenomenon.

    Integrated Chemistry and Physics Course Description:
    The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of chemistry and physics as sciences. The first 18 weeks will focus on chemistry, and the second 18 weeks will focus on physics. We will examine a broad range of chemistry and physics topics and their application to the world around you.  An emphasis is placed on conceptual and computational developments to achieve basic chemistry and physics skills. 

    Grading:                                                                   Grading Scale
    Quarter 1: 40%                              100-90%       A
    Quarter 2: 40%                                89-80%       B
    Final Exam: 20%                              79-70%       C
                                                          69-60%       D
                                                             ≤59%       F

    Tests & Quizzes: Tests will be administered after the completion of each chapter. Tests will be announced one week in advance, and a study guide will be provided for each test. Tests will consist of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.

    Students should also expect to be quizzed on a frequent basis. If students have completed the homework and successfully mastered the material, then they will do well on these quizzes. The format of the quizzes may be multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank or short answer.

    Assignments & Homework: Labs may be performed once per week.  Lab activities will be due one day after completion of the lab.  Homework may be assigned 3-5 times per week and must be completed by the following class period. Homework will be reviewed in class the next day, so that students may ask questions and/or problems can be completed. It is important to finish homework prior to the next class period so that students can identify concepts they have mastered, and also those requiring further explanation or practice. In-class work will periodically be graded at the end of the class period.

    Since students will regularly engage in laboratory activities, it is imperative that they consider their own safety and the safety of the whole class. The students need to read the Flinn Safety Contract carefully and have their parents sign and return it. There will be a Lab Safety quiz on the information in this contract. Failure to comply with the safety standards for a lab, or the inability to follow directions during a lab will result in the student being asked to leave the laboratory.

    Absences: Students are responsible for determining what assignments were given and turned in during absences. Submission of make-up work is expected within the same time frame that the work was originally assigned, as per school policy. (If one day is given for an assignment, make up work will be expected within one day.) Students, who miss a lab or in-class activity that cannot be easily made-up, should consult with the teacher for an alternative assignment to earn comparable credit.  If a student misses a test or quiz that was announced in advance, he/she is expected to make-up the test or quiz the day of return to school, unless new material was presented during the absence.

    It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the teacher in an appropriate time regarding the completion of make-up work. Grades of zero will be entered for all missed work, until the work is made up. If work is not made up in the appropriate time, the grade of zero will remain. The teacher is not responsible for reminding students about make-up work.

    Classroom Expectations:

    • Please be in your seat, ready to begin, when the bell rings.

    • Respect the teacher, yourself, your classmates and the school.

    • Keep bathroom/hall passes to a minimum.

    • Refer to your student handbook for all other rules and regulations.

    • Bring your required materials every day:


    • Notebook & Folder (or 3-ring binder with dividers)

    • Pen and Pencil

    • Calculator

    • Textbook              

    Good teacher-student communication greatly contributes to student success. Please do not hesitate to let me know when you need additional assistance. I am in the building by 6:45 a.m. and I am typically at school until 4:00 p.m.  I am also available during my planning period, 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. You may also contact me via email at cciastko@hanover.k12.in.us or at my voicemail (219-374-3802 Ext. 3849).