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Ellen O'Hara - Chair

 Ellen M. O'Hara

eohara@cohs.com - e mail is the best way to reach me

 I am happy to check e mail as often as possible throughout the school day and to respond to your e mails at that time. 

610-544-3800 extension 1401

"Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible" - Henry Ford

 To a student who wishes to be successful, the above quote should serve as a guiding principle.

 The successful student is: responsible, motivated, proactive, respectful, and resilient. 

 The successful student is one who does everything he/she can to be sure that he/she is open to earning all the points made available to him/her by the teacher.

The successful student is one who accepts full responsibility for his/her actions, performance on assignments, and overall achievement in the learning environment.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE Welcome and Classroom Supplies Info

Physical Science Welcome: I am looking forward to meeting and teaching each of you this year.  It is an exciting time for all of us at Cardinal O'Hara and we are happy to have you as part of the Cardinal O'Hara Family.

Physical Science Classroom Supplies for the 2016 School Year: all PS students need to have the following supplies:

1- a notebook dedicately exclusively to Physical Science

2- a folder dedicated exclusively to Physical Science

3- a calculator for daily use (it does NOT have to be expensive, a $10-$15 calculator is fine)

4- pens and pencils

BIOLOGY Welcome and Classroom Supplies Info:

Biology Welcome: I am looking forward to seeing some former students and meeting many new students this year.  I know we will have a good year together and I am excited about teaching each of you.  Most of you will be starting your second year as members of the Cardinal O'Hara Family and I know you will continue to make us proud.  To those of you that are new to COHS this year, we welcome you and look forward to you adding your unique talents to our learning community.

Book Classroom Supplies Info: all Bio students need to have the following supplies:

1- a notebook dedicated exclusively to Biology

2- a folder dedicated exclusively to Biology

4- pens and pencils.

EXTRA EFFORT INFORMATION:

Extra Effort for the 2015-2016 school year will begin on Monday, September 14. 

Mrs. O'Hara is available for Absence Make-Up EVERY day starting at 7:15 am in room 249.

Mrs. O'Hara provides Extra Effort sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at 2:35 pm in room 249.  The session ends at 3:10 pm and the students will be available for pick-up at 3:15 pm.

Students who wish to be successful regarding Extra Effort will be on time for Extra Effort sessions.  Students who wish to be successful in Extra Effort sessions will have both their textbook and notebook with them upon arrival.  Anyone who reports late for an Extra Effort session will not be admitted.  If a student does not have both his/her textbook and notebook then he/she will not be allowed to stay for the Extra Effort session.

 If there is a day that I will not be available for the regularly-scheduled Extra Effort sessions then I will post that information above.

 Any student who comes regularly for Extra Effort sessions (a minimum of fifteen times in one quarter) will have points added to his/her estimated grade for that quarter.  Attendance beyond the minimum affords the successful student a chance at even more points.

Absence/Make-Up Policies for 2015-2016 - ALL CLASSES

If a student wishes to be successful then he/she should make up any notes, quizzes, tests, open book tests, lab responses, and classroom activities immediately and he/she will be assisted in this by checking my teacher page at cohs.com to find out about any notes, quizzes, tests, homework, open book tests, labs or lab responses every day he/she is absent. 

I am available for Absence Make-Up every day in room 249 from 7:15 am through the end of homeroom.  Therefore, the student who wishes to be successful will report to room 249 as soon as he/she enters the building on the first day of his/her return to school to schedule make-up of any missed notes, quizzes or tests and/or to turn in any homework, open book tests, or lab responses.  If a student does not report for this scheduling of make-up then he/she is will face loss of points for missed work.  Once the schedule for make-up has been constructed the student who wishes to be successful will keep that schedule.  Failure to keep that schedule can result in the loss of points.

 The student who wishes to be successful will not allow fear of being late to homeroom to interfere with reporting for make-up scheduling.  I can write a pass for students so they will not get in trouble for being late to homeroom. 

 When a student is absent it is always best for him/her to report directly to me in room 249 as soon as he/she enters the building in on the first morning of his/her return to school. 

 Please remember, I will do everything I can to support a student who is trying to be successful (and writing a pass is just one of those support tools) so fear of being late for homeroom should not interfere with the successful student's desire to report for make-up scheduling.

 I am available for Absence Make-Up every morning starting at 7:15 am through the end of homeroom in room 249.

 The student who wishes to be successful will report regarding absence between 7:15 am and the end of homeroom because inquiring about missed work during class time or trying to make up missed work during class time is not possible because class time is for learning new material.

 The successful student would not allow absence or computer &/or printer failure to serve as an excuse for being unprepared.

 If a test is missed during an absence then the student will be given extra essay questions in addition to the regular test as make-up.

Mrs. O'Hara is available for Absence Make-Up EVERY day starting at 7:15 am in room 249.

Important Documents for ALL CLASSES:

 

How to be a Successful Student- this is very important.  All students and parents should read this document.

 

How to Improve Your Grade

. Directions for linking parent account to student in Grade Connect

Safety Contract for Physical Science

Safety Contract for Biology

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