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High School Science

August 24, 2016



Environmental Science



Physical Science



Mercella Córdova


575-587-2230 ext. 1028

Available for calls during prep Monday-Thursday 9:00-10:00am

I graduated from Peñasco in 2008 and attended college at New Mexico State and Eastern New Mexico Universities. I graduated college in 2013 with a BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Eastern. I started working at Peñasco HS in 2015, so this is my 3rd year teaching. I am also the leader of the Jicarita 4-H Club here, as well as the sponsor for the Envirothon Team at the high school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding my classes or clubs please call me. 

Course Materials

  • 1” Binder
  • 4 dividers
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils/Crayons/Markers (at least a 12 pack)


Course Policies

Attendance/ Absences/ Makeup Work: According to school policy, you must make up tests, quizzes, and lab work missed to due to excused absences within three days. Homework assigned prior to an absence must be turned in the day you return, and homework assigned during your absence is due the day after you return.


Class Rules & Expectations

  • Be seated in class by the time the tardy bell rings
  • The door will be closed and locked when the bell rings
  • Be courteous to others in class and behave while in class so as not to disturb peers
  • Follow guidelines in student handbook
  • Class discussion is mandatory
  • When group work is given, every student is to participate
  • No food, seeds, gum or drinks (other than water) will be allowed in class
  • No colored or opaque bottles of any kind allowed in school
  • No hats, hoods or sunglasses in class
  • When working outside, student must WORK. No standing around or talking watching others work.
  • No foul language
  • 1 cuss word = 10 push-ups OR 20 sit-ups OR 2 min. wall sit OR write up
  • Being disrespectful to classmate or teacher = 20 push-ups OR write up 


Homework Policy

Late work will receive only partial credit (5% will be deducted for each day late); late work will not be accepted after 4 school days.



If a student is having problems/questions for a class they can stay after school for tutoring as long as they give instructor and parents advanced notice of at least 4 hours if tutoring is available that day.


Grading Criteria

Quarterly grades will be calculated according to school criteria of:

  • 50% Assignments
    • Notebooks
      • Vocabulary
      • Notes
      • Lab Reports
      • Returned Work
    • Reports
    • Presentations
      • Models
      • Reports
    • Classroom Participation
      • Discuss Notes
      • Handouts/Scientific Readings
      • Questions on material
  • 30% Tests/Quizzes
    • Bi-weekly quizzes
  • 20% Quarter Exam
    • Exam covering all material from the quarter
    • Notebook

**Extra credit will be given on notebooks for creativity on covers and dividers.


Personal Statement

I want to narrow the gap between high school and college learning as much as possible to prepare my students for college. Little homework will be given so students MUST STUDY the material given via notes, other students presentations, and assigned readings to keep high scores on quizzes.

Cheating will not be tolerated! Any student caught plagiarizing material in a report will be given an automatic F. Any student caught with a cell phone during an exam will be given an automatic F. Any student caught cheating off another students test/quiz, caught with notes of any kind or caught using any kind of outside resource will be given an automatic F. So, study. Don’t cheat.

I hope to instill life skills in my students that will aid them in their futures in college as well as the work force. These will include, but not be limited to, respect for others, a good work ethic, public speaking, and lots of hands on activities. The students will be presenting reports and models to the class at every opportunity.


Let’s have a great year full of learning, fun and respect!


“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

--Zig Ziglar

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