Mr. Ghaly's Physics Class

Physics Syllabus

Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology




Teacher Name:            Mr. Ghaly


Room:                         225

Phone:                        (973) 247-0600 ext. 1225


Course Description


Physics is a laboratory science course that provides an understanding of many of the scientific principles we meet in our daily lives and helps to develop reasoning power by exposing the student to problem solving in laboratory situations. Areas of study include: mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.


Grading Policy


PCSST will once again be using standards based grading, however several changes have been made to the grading policy and they are explained in detail below. Standards based grading seeks to provide grades that are consistent, accurate, meaningful, and most of all that support learning. Two types of assessments are used to support learning. Formative assessments are used for student learning to provide feedback and time for improvement. Summative assessments are assessments of learning, used to show student achievement. Standards based grading links both assessment types to individual learning standards that are evaluated based on quality.



Types of Assessment:


Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment


Homework, Classwork, Checks for understanding, Do Nows

Tests, Labs, Projects, other Performance Assessments

Purpose for Student

Happens during learning to give student feedback on their progress towards proficiency at a particular standard.

Happens at the end of learning to gauge students’ achievement of a skill.


Formative assessments will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Formative assessments will be factored into your Academic Success grade which will count for 15% of your overall grade.  The academic success grade will be based on Classwork, Character, Active Learning, and Homework.  Every 2 weeks, this grade will be updated in the SIS gradebook.

Summative assessments will encompass multiple standards, and each will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Only marks received on summative assessments will be used to calculate the student’s grade.




Grading Scale:

4: Outstanding demonstration of skills & knowledge Above and Beyond expectations.  Makes connections beyond instruction.

3: Performs all the skills and knowledge expected but is not extending beyond what was taught.

2: Performs the basic skills and demonstrates the basic knowledge of the content.

1: Performs the basics but only with scaffolding or assistance.

0: Cannot perform the basics even with scaffolds or assistance, or does not attempt to perform the tasks.



  •       Retakes in the science department will only be permitted on tests after students submit a revision plan that includes the completion of all formatives and at least one reteaching session
  •       Revisions will be permitted on lab reports that are turned in prior to the due date
  •       Final submissions of lab reports, science fair projects and unit tests will not be eligible for retakes
  •       Time limit for retakes/revisions:
    •       If all formatives leading up to the summative assessment are submitted on time, students will have 2 weeks to complete their revision plan and retake the assignment
    •       If formatives leading up to the summative assessment were not completed on time or the work on the summative assignment is insufficient (not enough effort shown), students will have only 1 week to complete their revision plan and retake/resubmit the assignment


Classroom Expectations


  1.       Enter class each day with a DESIRE TO LEARN.
  2.       RESPECT yourselves, your fellow classmates, your teacher and the classroom equipment.
  3.       If you are absent, you will take the initiative to find out what you missed, complete any necessary assignments and submit them in a timely manner.


Classroom Consequences


When you choose not to follow these expectations, talk excessively at inappropriate times, or do not put forth a positive effort in class, the following consequences will be applied.


  1.       A warning
  2.       Points issued
  3.       Detention
  4.       Sent to Dean of Students




Every student will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to learn each and every day. The following supplies must be attained by the student and brought with them to class every day.

  •      Charged iPad
  •        Pens and/or Pencils
  •        A 3 or 5-subject notebook




Please review the course syllabus on Google Classroom with your parent or guardian.  Review the following notes below, and then sign and return the document.


  •     Students will show respect for everyone in the class.
  •     One person talks at a time. When the teacher or a student is addressing the class, they deserve your undivided attention.
  •     Students will be expected at times to work with a group. Sometimes students will be able to choose their group, other times groups will be assigned.  Equal participation from all members of a group is essential to the success of the group.
  •     Students are expected to work on material for this course only. Students should not be working on material for other courses during this class.
  •     If a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher in a timely manner for any missing assignments. Failure to do so could result in a loss of credit for that assignment.
  •     You are now in either your junior or senior year of high school and are nearing adulthood. As such, I will treat you as adults and expect you to be responsible for yourselves.  I will contact parents/guardians if necessary, however I will give the students every opportunity to prove that they can be responsible for themselves prior to calling home.



We have read the Physics Student Contract and Syllabus, and understand all the rules and expectations of this class.



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