6th - 8th Grade Science

WELCOME!

Welcome to my classroom website!  This year will be filled with discovery, growth, and knowledge.  Middle School is challenging, but with a positive attitude and a little hard work, it will be an exciting and successful time in your life.

Required Materials

The textbooks we will be using is:
Earth & Space iScience. McGraw Hill Education @2012
Life iScience.  McGraw Hill Education @2012
Physical iScience.  McGraw Hill Education @2012


You will need to come to class everyday with the following materials:
1. A pencil and a pen.
2. A 3-ring binder for handouts and returned homework.
3. Your completed homework assignment.
4. Science composition journal and textbook.

Next Generation Science Standards

This school offers a comprehensive, standards-based program of study. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following overarching standards. For a more detailed description of each content standard and the corresponding sub-standards please visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/

6th Grade Science Concepts Covered in this Course

 Ocean Science   History of Earth  Earth's Systems  Weather and Climate  Human Impacts

Homework

Homework is assigned regularly. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the day after the assignment is given. Missed homework can be turned in; however, students will not receive a full grade. Any work that is greater than two weeks late will not be accepted.

CLASS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

Classroom Guidelines

 Work is completed on time. No folds, wrinkles, doodles, frayed edges, etc., and should look professional.
 Homework questions are written, diagrams are drawn, and all work is shown.
 All work is in pencil.
 Follow all directions. Failure to follow directions will result in loss of credit.
 Ask questions!
 Engage and work hard in class.
 Utilize resources and time efficiently and properly.

Attendance

Every day is important! Your success in this course is directly related to how often you are present. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the work and notes that you missed. If you are at school during any portion of the day, your homework for that day will be due and any scheduled quizzes or tests must be taken. It is your responsibility to come see me if you arrive late to school or leave early and miss my class period.
If you miss the class the day before a test and return the day of the test, you will be expected to take the test as scheduled. If you have missed two or more days before a test and return the day of the test, come see me and we can make arrangements for you to take the test at a later date.

Grading

Students earn their science grades by actively participating in class and completing class work, lab journals, homework, quizzes, projects, tests and semester exams.
65% Tests/Quizzes/Homework
35% Lab Work, Science Journal, Class Participation

Tests and Quizzes

Students will be notified in advance of quizzes and tests. All graded tests and quizzes below passing will be sent home, reviewed by parents and signed before being returned to school. All tests and quizzes are to remain in students’ classroom portfolios, but can be reviewed by students at any time.

Missed Work and Make Up Policy

It is the student’s responsibility to ask for make-up work when he/she has been absent from class. Students will receive the same amount of time absent to make-up work…for example; if they are absent 3 days, they will receive 3 days to turn in missed work.