• Welcome to Environmental Science & Guitar Class!

    Teacher Information:Sustaining Our World

    Mr. Charles McClelland                                       

    Phone: 894-5750 X6549                                          


    Course Description:

    Environmental Science is the study of the interaction between the living and non-living parts of our world.  It draws from all areas of study including biology, earth science, chemistry, economics, political science, and ethics.  This course is a project-based course that will focus on 5 major environmental issues taking place around the world today, including: Overpopulation/Poverty,   Loss of Biodiversity, Global Warming, Pollution, and Resource and Energy Waste.


    Required Materials:

    ** It is imperative that you bring these materials with you EVERY DAY!

    ·        3-ring binder with lined paper (either one specifically for science, or one with a science divider)

    ·        Pencil & Pen


    Classroom Expectations:

    1.  Respect: For yourself, classmates, and teachers.  FYI: Discipline is required          to achieve this expectation.  I will need your cooperation.


    2.  Follow Directions:  Please follow all verbal and written instructions; they    are there for your safety and your learning.  Safety is a number one    concern in the science classroom, so please follow directions.


    3.     Be Prepared and Don’t be Tardy:  Come to class prepared with all required materials and any other assigned objects.  Be in your seat with pencils sharpened before the bell rings. 


    4.  No food, drinks, gum, cell phones, iPods, or any other personal       electronic devices in the classroom:  Except water bottles.  If you don’t          want to get into trouble, keep them in your bag, or even better- at home!


    5.  Any misbehavior or inappropriate actions will be receiving consequences:            Keep your hands, arms, feet, and objects to yourself. Talk when     appropriate.  And follow directions.


    Absences and Other Policies:

    • Absences:  Please attend class everyday.  If you miss a class (or classes) due to an excused absence, you will need to make up the assignment.  All materials for missing assignments can be found on my class website.
    • Tardy Policy:  A tardy student disrupts instruction and student learning.  Therefore, the school tardy policy will be strictly followed. 
    • DON’T CHEAT! DO YOUR OWN WORK!  No credit will be given for work that is copied or for work that is loaned to another student to be copied.  Likewise, any work that is plagiarized will receive a zero and the student will be referred to administration.  Bottom Line: Do your own work and keep it to yourself.


    Grading Policy:

    ·        Grades will be assessed as follows:                          

                   90 to 100% = A

                80 to 89% = B

                70 to 79% =C

                60 to 69% =D

                Below 60%= F

    ·        ALL ASSIGNMENTS GIVEN ARE DUE ON TIME! NO late work is accepted unless there is an excused absence, and then the student has 2 days after his/her return to turn in missing work.  Assignments will be posted on the board in the classroom as well as on the class website.

    ·        Be Prepared!  Every student needs to have a binder with paper, a pen and pencil with them for every class.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep notes, assignments, lab protocols, and projects organized in their binder!  REMEMBER:  In High School there are finals, so keep organized and don’t throw anything away!


    Restroom Policy- Students will be allowed 3 restroom visits per semester.  The first visit is free.  The next 2 visits will cost 25 extra credit points each.  For example, if a student uses the restroom once during the semester, he/she will receive 50 points extra credit at the end of the semester. 



    If you or your parents have any questions at all about these policies and guidelines, please don’t be afraid to Recyclecontact me in person, over the phone, or through e-mail.  I am here to help make your learning of environmental science exciting and thoughtful.  I also hope to teach you knowledge and skills that you can draw from in your future, such as critical thinking, investigation, organization, teamwork, and accountability.


    Mr. McClelland, Instructor
    Vista Murrieta High School
    Room S109  ph(951) 894-5750 ext 6549


    Requirements- Students should own an acoustic guitar and be able to bring it to class.  A willingness to learn to read music and to learn about music theory is also required.  A 2-3 page research paper will be required.  Students will need to keep a binder for supplemental handouts.


    Text- How to Play Guitar -Phase 1 by Ernie Ball- ($8.95).  I will provide classroom texts.  Students may wish to purchase a copy for home use. 


    Instruction- This is a beginning guitar class.  The emphasis will be on learning the fundamentals of music and applying them to the guitar.  Group and individual instruction will be utilized.  Peer tutoring will also be implemented when appropriate.  Instruction will focus on three areas:  reading music and tablature, group/ individual performance, and guitar technique including- finger picking, strumming, scales, chords and exercises.  Each semester class is open to all proficiency levels. 


    Classroom Conduct-  My role in this class is to help every student succeed.  Behaviors which get in the way of student success will not be tolerated.  All students must behave in a safe and respectful manner at all times.  Delinquent behavior will be corrected through detention assignments, parent contact, and referrals. 


    Guitar Purchase and Storage- Students may store their guitars in my cabinets which I lock at the end of the period.  It is the student’s responsibility to put his/her guitar in the cabinet.  I, nor the school is responsible for stolen and/or lost guitars.  A good beginning acoustic guitar can be purchased at Pete’s Music in Temecula and Sun City.  Tell the employee that you are in my class and you should get a discount.  Acoustic guitars are preferred since amplifiers will not be permitted.  Students should also purchase a tuner.  Intellitouch tuners work well in the classroom because they do not use a microphone.


    Projects- Project 1- design a dream studio.  The students will design a recording studio on paper- including soundproofing materials, microphones, effects etc.  The project is intended to instruct students on the proper use of recording equipment. 

                  Project 2- research paper.  The students will research a famous musician.


    Grading- Participation points will be given daily for bringing and practicing guitar = 5pts.  If a student does not bring a guitar on a given day, they may receive their participation points by checking out a guitar from me and/or working on assignments from other classes.  Student grades will be assessed according to performance and projects (40%), written exams (20%), and participation and attendance (40%).  A standard grading scale will be utilized in which: 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, 59 and below = F




    1. I will ask permission to go outside and practice.
    2. I will write my name and time down on the “time in time out” sheet.
    3. I will practice guitar outside in the quad where the honorable Mr. Mc can see me through the windows.
    4. I will not leave class without a guitar (except to use the restroom) and I will make no noise in the hallway.
    5. I will not leave class to purchase food or drink.  These things should be done at break!
    6. I will practice the assignments Mr. Mc has given me including; scales, chords, songs, name that tunes, sight reading notes, exercises, etc., etc.
    7. I will practice songs that I want to learn and prepare for my final performance.
    8. I will participate during group lessons and I will not talk during the lessons.
    9. I will bring my guitar, binder, pen/pencil, to guitar class everyday (Duh!) for 5 participation points a day.

    10.  I will conduct myself in an appropriate manner for the classroom environment.


    Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in a loss of privileges, after school detention, parent contact, and referrals as necessary!!



    Pete’s Music

                Sun City: 29800 Bradley Rd #107, Sun City CA 92586

                            Ph 951-301-8088

                Temecula: 28780 Old Town Front St. #A-4, Temecula CA 92590

                            Ph 951-308-1688


      Suggested Supplies


              1. Guitar- Acoustic (Nylon string or steel string)

              2. Extra packs of strings (2) 

              3. Picks (12)

              4. Tuner- Intellitouch or Planet Waves S.O.S Strobe

                       Pick Tuner preferred

              5. How to Play Guitar -Phase 1 by Ernie Ball
Last Modified on July 18, 2016