Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The middle school curriculum is structured to assist you in transitioning to high school level science and to assure high achievement. We will be exploring introductory physics and genetics for the 8th grade year. Students will learn to understand force, energy, the elements, chemical reactions, and population dynamics and the fundamental laws of our universe.
You will need to come to class everyday with the following materials:
- A pencil, pen and a red pen.
- A folder for handouts and returned homework.
- Your completed homework assignment.
- Science composition journal.
- A positive and supportive attitude!
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/
Physical Science Concepts Covered in this Course
- Contact Forces
- Sound Waves
- Forces at a Distance
- Matter Cycling
- Natural Selection
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 school 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.
Students earn their science grades by actively participating in class and completing class work, lab journals, homework, quizzes, projects, tests and semester exams. The grading system we will be following is based off of current research into student comprehension levels and how grades reflect their understanding. My hope is that these grades will be accurate predictors of a student’s true understanding of a given topic. Grades will be split into the following two categories: Major grades and Minor grades (rather than the typical tests, quizzes, homework, etc). Major grades are a direct assessment of an individual student’s comprehension. Minor grades assess the student’s ability to practice concepts individually or in small groups.
60% Major grades
Ex) 100 pt Major grade: Exam
25 pt Major grade: Quiz
40% Minor grades
Ex) 100 pt Minor grade: Project (individual or group)
50 pt Minor grade: Class participation
25 pt Minor grade: 20-30 min homework
5 pt Minor grade: Notebooks, small activities
Tests and Quizzes:
Students will be notified in advance of quizzes and tests. Students will have opportunities to raise their grades with corrections on all assignments.
Missed Work/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. Students who are missing assignments will lose recess until all work is made up.
Retake Policy: Any quiz or test can be retaken one time provided the following conditions are met:
- The retake must be scheduled immediately and completed within one week of the original test date.
- When about to take a retake, your test or quiz must include a parent signature.
- Any missing assignments specifically relevant to the tested material must be completed before the retake is done.
No points will be awarded on the entire assignment if any portion of it is plagiarized. Students involved will be spoken to about what constitutes plagiarism and parents will be contacted.