Ben Ray Science

Ben Ray

Ben RayStudent integrity, academic excellence, and community involvement are encouraged.

All school can be found in Canvas

Students or parents that have questions or need additional help are encouraged to talk with me after school. During school hours is difficult if I am working with a class of students. After school, though, my door is always open and I would love to help. Email is also encouraged.

Also, please check the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below.

Who is this guy?

I have been teaching science for 13 years and really enjoy it. I love to see students catch hold on the joy of learning something. I am also fascinated by how the world works.

I have been married for 15 years. We have 4 children from 13 to 6 years old. My wife and I met as dance partners at BYU, and we occasionally teach dance classes through community education. My wife is also a Zumba instructor in Kamas, Heber, and Park City.

I was originally in computer engineering before teaching. I decided that I needed a career that interacted with people and not just a computer screen. I don’t watch much TV and I do not carry a cell phone. Somehow I survive.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Can I do some extra credit? No. Because I allow students to redo poor grades, I do not allow any extra credit. There is no use working on something beyond what the class covers if we still need to master the class content. You cannot make up points lost to late work.

2. How do I redo a poor grade? Usually, a student only needs to fix the portions of the grade that are low. They can talk with the teacher about why they missed points and then fix that. In order to redo a test, there are some rules. (1) The open-note tests are redone by performing well on the closed-note tests. (2) In order to redo a closed note test, a student must show the teacher their notes first. This should also include notes from their reading assignments. Students cannot make up work for a unit after the unit test.

3. How do I know if there is homework? If there is a class textbook, there is always homework. Canvas has all the class information. Parents should have an observer login to check.

4. What can parents do to help their student? Check Canvas consistently and talk with your student about what they are learning in class and from their readings.

5. I heard that students can lose the chance to make up a test. How does that work? If a student is repeatedly off task in class (cell phones, doing homework for other classes, playing on the laptop), the teacher will assume the student feels confident with their learning. That student may lose the chance to make up the next test. The student will be given prior warning that they are in danger of that consequence. The teacher does not want to spend additional time re-teaching a student if they could have just focused in the first place.

6. What if I miss a class? Canvas will have all of that information available. Students are expected to access Canvas when they are absent and still do as much of the work as possible. If there are questions, it is best to talk to the teacher before or after school. The time period to turn in missed assignments is equal to the number of days missed plus one.

If you have a question that is not listed, please email me and I will respond promptly.