Phone: 910-845-2203

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Gary Cavender

Welcome everyone to my webpage.  First a little history:

I have been teaching at SBHS since the fall of 1982. Before that I taught for 8 years in Maryland at Kenmoor Jr. High in Landover, Md..

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1972, a Masters of Education in Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University in 1979, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1998. 

I completed a post-baccalaureate certificate program (Masters level classes) in Meteorology from CALU in Pennsylvania via the American Meterology Society in the fall of 2019.  I also completed a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Crime Scene Investigation from UNCW in the spring of 2020.

I married Kim, my high school sweetheart, in 1972 and have two children - son Shawn, a 1992 graduate of SBHS, and daughter Erin, a 1994 graduate of J.T. Hoggard. Both went on to graduate from college - Shawn from Queens University of Charlotte and Erin from ECU.  Both live in North Carolina (Erin returning after 12 years in Michigan).

 


  • Be sure to bring your chromebook and charger to school everyday.

    Be sure to use your school email to login and access Google Classroom.


    Honor Code

    Ethics, honesty, and integrity are integral components of the academic process. Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals in accordance with Brunswick County Schools District Policy 4310.

    These components are:

    • Cheating - The actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance or the actual giving or unfair advantage on any form of academic work.
    • Plagiarism - The copy of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another represented as one’s own original work.
    • Falsification - The verbal or written statement of any untruth.
    • Violation of Copyright Laws - Unauthorized reproduction, duplication and/or use of electronic work, computer software, or other copyrighted material.
    • Forgery - A written misrepresentation, as in a signature.

    Any student found in violation of the policy will be subject to the following consequences:

    • First Offense - The student receives a zero and is not allowed to make up the work. A parent or guardian is contacted, and the teacher documents the offense and parent contact within the school’s internal system. It is not part of the student’s permanent record.
    • Second Offense - The student receives a zero and is not allowed to make up the work. A parent or guardian is contacted, and the teacher documents the offense in Educator Handbook. An administrator follows up with parent contact and the offense becomes part of the student’s transcript.

  • Honors Physics - Fall 2021

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to reinforce scientific concepts as they relate to physics.  Students in physics will be using traditional classroom activities as well as employing the latest technology to become familiar with many aspects of physics.

    Course Content:

    The following outline contains all the main topics that will be covered in the course.  Greater detail on each of the standards can be found on the pacing guide located in the Google Classroom folder.

    Pd. 3 Google Classroom Code: fepn4yl or scan the QR code

    GC QR Code

    Essential Standards

    1. Forces and Motion

    • 1.1:  Analyze the motion of objects
    • 1.2:  Analyze systems of forces and their interaction with matter.
    • 1.3:  Analyze the motion of objects based on the principles of conservation of momentum, conservation of energy and impulse.

     2. Energy Conservation and Transfer

    • 2.1:  Understand the concepts of work, energy, and power, as well as the relationship among them.
    • 2.2:  Analyze the behavior of waves.
    • 2.3:  Analyze the nature of moving charges and electric circuits.

     3.Interactions of Energy and Matter

    • 3.1:  Explain charges and electrostatic systems.
    • 3.2:  Explain the concept of magnetism.

    Grading:

    Due to the advanced nature of this course, grading will be based not only on in-class assignments and assessments, but also on independent research and "fieldwork".  There will be long-term projects, with multiple parts and due dates, which will be a major part of your grade. Therefore, not completing these projects will greatly affect your grade in the course.

    Grading Policy:

    • 50% Tests, Formal Labs, Projects
    • 20% Quizzes
    • 20% Classwork, Participation, and Notebook
    • 10% Homework

    Late Work: Students who are absent (unexcused) will be given at least 3 school days to turn in missing assignments. After three days, students will receive 50% of their earned grade.

    Students will need to bring to class everyday: (unless otherwise indicated)

    • Pencils (at least 2) and a pen (for lab reports)
    • 3 Ringed binder (some sort of organizer)
    • Loose leaf paper
    • Chromebook and charger

    Classroom Rules:

    • Be where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there.
    • Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it.
    • Say what you are supposed to say, how you are supposed to say it.
    • Be respectful of yourself and others.

    Cheating/Plagiarism: Students are responsible for completing assignments on an individual basis unless otherwise noted.  Copying other individuals’ material is grounds for receiving a zero (0) as a grade for the assignment. A second occurrence will also result in a written referral.  See Academic Integrity Statement for complete details.

    Tardy Policy:

    Be in the room before the late bell. If you fail to achieve this requirement I will be implementing the tardy policy as delineated in your student handbook.

     Tutoring:

    Tutoring will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 till 3:30 PM.  There will be a required sign-up sheet for you to reserve a space on either day. If no one signs up, tutoring will be canceled for that day.

     Communications:

    Keeping the lines of communication open is an important aspect for educational life here at South Brunswick High School.

    If you need to contact me:

    • please call 845-2203 and leave a message -or-
    • email me at cave@bcswan.net

     


    Physics Links 

    Each link opens in a new window

     

    The Physics Classroom

    Phet Physics Simulations

    Hyper Physics

    The Physics Hypertextbook

    Khan Academy - Physics Library

    Sim Bucket

    Fear of Physics - Visual Physics

    A Look Inside the Atom

    The Particle Adventure

    Animations for Physics and Astronomy

    Physics Clips

    SchoolPhysics Animations

    Physics Tutorials

    APlus Physics

    Crash Course - Physics

     


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    Earth/Environmental Science - Fall 2021

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to reinforce scientific concepts as they relate to our earth and its systems.  Students in earth science will be using traditional classroom activities as well as employing the latest technology to become familiar with many aspects of the main topics.

    Course Content:

    The following outline contains all the main topics that will be covered in the course.  Greater detail on each of the essential standards can be found in the Google Classroom folder.

    Pd. 1 Google Classroom Code - qkaj2ol or scan the QR code

    GC Code for Pd 1

    Pd. 2 Google Classroom Code - otfkzp7 or scan the QR code

    QR CODE - Pd 2 Earth Science

    Essential Standards

    • 1.1 Explain the Earth’s role as a body in space.
    • 2.1 Explain how processes and forces affect the lithosphere.
    • 2.2 Understand how human influences impact the lithosphere.
    • 2.3 Explain the structure and processes within the hydrosphere.
    • 2.4 Evaluate how humans use water.
    • 2.5 Understand the structure of and processes within our atmosphere.
    • 2.6 Analyze patterns of global climate change over time.
    • 2.7 Explain how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere individually and collectively affect the biosphere.
    • 2.8 Evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth.

    Grading:

    Grading will be based not only on in-class assignments and assessments, but also on independent research and "fieldwork".  There will be long-term projects, with multiple parts and due dates, which will be a major part of your grade. Therefore, not completing these projects will greatly affect your grade in the course.

     Grading Policy:

    • 40% Tests, Projects
    • 20% Quizzes
    • 25% Classwork and Participation
    • 10% Homework
    • 5%   Bellwork

    Late Work: Students who are absent (unexcused) will be given at least 3 school days to turn in missing assignments. After three days, students will receive 50% of their earned grade.

    Tutoring: Tutoring will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 till 3:30 PM.  There will be a required sign-up sheet for you to reserve a space on either day. If no one signs up for tutoring it will be canceled that day.

    Students will need to bring to class everyday: (unless otherwise indicated)

    • Pencils (at least 2) and a pen
    • 3 Ringed binder (some sort of organizer)
    • Loose leaf paper
    • Chromebook and charger

    Classroom Rules:

    • Be where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there.
    • Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it.
    • Say what you are supposed to say, how you are supposed to say it.
    • Be respectful of yourself and others.

    Cheating/Plagiarism: Students are responsible for completing assignments on an individual basis unless otherwise noted.  Copying other individuals' material is grounds for receiving a zero (0) as a grade for the assignment. A second occurrence will also result in a written referral in the Educator's Handbook.  See Academic Integrity Statement for complete details.

    Communications:

    Keeping the lines of communication open is an important aspect for educational life here at South Brunswick High School. I am on campus from 7:10 AM to 3:10 PM on normal school days.

    If you need to contact me:

    • call 845-2203 and leave a message -or-
    • email me at cave@bcswan.net