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8th Grade Science

  • Course Requirements:

    We have 3 units that intertwine throughout the school year. The general focus is how energy moves through systems.

    • Transformation of Energy
      • (Introduction to Physics)
    • Meteorology
      • (Weather)
    • Ecosystems
      • (Energy moving through our ecosystem)

    We will be applying different concepts throughout the year in different contexts to truly connect these sciences and make them relatable and understandable. Ninth grade science is a continuation of the Transformation of Energy unit.

    DCAS is still here and will be for this year and next (always subject to change). REMEMBER that we only have 1 opportunity to take the science DCAS. So, we will also be reviewing 6th and 7th grade content.

    Our notebook: A 2” binder that consists of...

    • All of the Unit Investigations (that will be provided)


    • We will have one-two projects per unit with several small class projects along the way.
      • Average length of preparation is two weeks.
    • All materials for larger projects may be brought to school and worked on during the school day with assistance available.

    Example Week:


    • STOD forms handed out for week
    • New Content/ Investigation presented


    • Content/Investigation continued
    • AC students need to contact me for missing assignments and such; if not able then email me… Go to the Schoology first to see what we have done and what is due.


    • Content/Investigation continued or completed
    • Questions addressed
    • AC students catch up as needed


    • Content/Investigation continued or completed
    • Questions addressed

    Due Date for:

    • STOD
    • Investigation
    • Mini C-SET with marked text and completed questions
    • Quiz on any and all material from this week and previous weeks...

    Grading Policies:

    How does the grading work?
    Assignments, projects, tests, and quizzes are not weighted. Grades are based on points.

    This can change due to the complexity and content.

    • Projects are between 100-200 points
    • Tests are between 50-150 points
    • Quizzes are 5-100 points
    • Science Terms of the Day ( STOD )-- up to 36 points
    • Notes are between 5-50 points
    • Articles are between 5-50 points
    • Investigations/Labs are between 5-100 points
    • Mini C-SETs are up to 30 points

    What is the Grading Scale?

    • A 93-100
    • B 85-92
    • C 75-84
    • D 70-74
    • F Below 70

    Rules & Procedures:

    How to Enter the Classroom
    Calmly and quietly enter the room and take your assigned seat. Immediately get to work at your desk. There will always be something for you to do. Please do not enter the classroom if the door is closed, or if there is not a teacher present.

    Starting Class
    You start the class- not the teacher! And you need to start right away!

    1. Put your iPads in the correct rack.
    2. Take out any homework and put it in the Turn-In bin.
    3. Look on Schoology for tonight’s homework
    4. Read the Daily Agenda to see what you will be working on in class that day.
    5. Complete the warm-up activity that will be posted on the board.
    6. Study your STOD terms if you have extra time.

    What to Do with Your Belongings

    Please keep all of your belongings under the table during class. Books and binders should be kept out of the aisles at all times for safety reasons. It can quite treacherous when everyone’s stuff is spilling into the aisles, so please, let’s keep them clear. Additionally, please keep all four legs of your chair on the GROUND at all times. It is dangerous to lean back in your chair, and it also ruins the chairs.

    If You Are Absent
    Log-on to Schoology to see missed work. Papers may be placed in the “Missed Class” folder next to the door. It is your responsibility to see that it any missed work is handed in. You have one day for every day that you were out plus one extra day to make up the work. All tests and quizzes should be made up within five school days. I will also be sending out notices using the REMIND app.

    If You Are Tardy
    If you are entering the class after it has started, put your late pass in the melted record. If you do not have a late pass, plan on explaining to your teacher what prevented you from making it to class on time.

    If You Do Not Have Your Homework
    If you do not have your homework, you still need to turn in a paper. There is a “Homework Excuse Notes” folder by the door for these instances. Once you realize that you do not have your homework, take a Homework Excuse Note and fill it out completely. Hand this paper in when the teacher collects the homework. For every day that you do not hand in the homework you lose 10% of the total points. Any homework handed in after 3 days from the due date will receive a zero.

    Turning in Papers
    Homework needs to be handed in the day it is due. In most cases, homework should not be handed in ahead of time since it may get lost and we will review the answers in class. To pass in your paper, place it in the correct Turn-In bin. This must be done immediately entering the class. Do not go to your seat first.

    Sharpening a Pencil
    Please sharpen pencils before class begins. If necessary, you may sharpen your pencils during class but not while the teacher is speaking. Use your own judgment to determine a good time. Only one student at a time is allowed at the pencil sharpener.

    Using Your iPad in Class
    You are expected to bring your iPad to school and class each day fully charged. Forgetting it at home or not having it charged is completely unacceptable as will be using the iPad in class on a regular basis. Please remember that we have iPads in class to help us learn, not to distract us. Playing games or accessing social media sites is strictly prohibited.

    Using the Bathroom
    You do need to ask permission to use the bathroom; however, do not go during direct instruction time (while the teacher is talking) unless it is an emergency. Only one girl and one boy are allowed out of the classroom at a time to use the bathroom. If you need to use the bathroom during class, take the “Boys” or “Girls” bathroom pass after neatly filling in the date, your name, your destination, and the time on the Student Sign-Out Log Book next to the door. When you return, hang the bathroom pass back up and write down the time you got back in the Log Book. Please remember to wash your hands before returning to class. Bathroom privileges may be restricted if abused.

    Using Classroom Supplies
    This classroom is well stocked with supplies to help you complete your classwork. The cubby case with shelves by the door has been designated as the Paper Center. There, you can find: white lined paper, graph paper, computer paper. The colored drawers in the back of the room contain colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, tape, highlighters, expo markers and erasers, index cards, and rulers. Please return all supplies back to their appropriate container when you are doing using them. Note: supplies are for use in the class only. You may not borrow them to use in other classes.

    Using the Classroom Sinks
    Students in my classroom are more than welcome to use the sink to wash their hands. Please just make sure that the faucet isn’t dripping when you leave, and throw the paper towel in the TRASH, not on the counter.

    When the Teacher Wants Your Attention
    When I want your attention, I will: Stand in front of the class

    • Stand in front of the class
    • Wait for everyone to be quiet
    • Begin speaking

    When You Want the Teacher’s Attention
    If you need to get my attention, raise your hand and patiently wait for me to respond. If you are sick or it is an emergency, you may interrupt me if I am speaking.

    How to Set Up a Paper
    Most papers that will be handed out this year will already have a heading on them. However, if you are handing in an assignment on your own paper, please adhere to the follow guidelines.
    Each paper must have four things in the top left-hand corner.

    1. Your first and last name
    2. The date
    3. The class section
    4. The assignment (Example: 1.1 Section Review Questions)

    If You Finish Your Work Early
    If you finish your work before others are done, there are several things that you may do.

    • First, check to make sure that you followed all directions and completed the entire assignment. Yes, there may be a backside to the paper!
    • Ask me if you can try something different with the lab to see different results.
    • Review the most recent vocabulary words.
    • Organize your Science Binder.
    • Choose a science book from the classroom library to read or take out your SSR book.
    • If allowed, start working on tonight’s science homework.

    Classroom Discussions
    All students are asked to participate in classroom discussions. I want to hear what you have to say; however, please make all questions and comments relevant to the current discussion. If your question is off the topic, write it down and ask it later. Students should raise their hand to volunteer an answer or ask a question. Please refrain from shouting out ideas without being called on.

    Lab Behavior
    A good portion of the science curriculum involves hands-on lab activities. Appropriate behavior includes carefully reading and following all instructions, asking questions if you’re not sure about something, wearing safety classes if indicated, and absolutely no joking or fooling around. Certain labs may involve other precautions, which I will go over with you as needed. ANY inappropriate behavior will NOT be tolerated for the safety of everyone in the room.

    Classroom Discipline
    Classroom Infraction Notices are given to students who break classroom rules or guidelines, or who are behaving inappropriately. If you are given a Guideline Infraction Notice:

    1. Warning
    2. Leave the class
    3. Mr. Jones and a parent phone call

    If You Feel Sick
    If you feel sick, tell me and sign out in the Student Log Book. Please take Nurse’s pass. Please let me know if you feel faint or if you’re not sure you can make it to the nurse’s office alone.

    If You Think You Are Going to Throw Up
    If possible, tell someone near you that you feel sick. Head directly to the bathroom. Do not sign out. Do not take a pass. Just GO!

    If the Fire Alarm Goes Off
    If the fire alarm goes off, stop what you are doing immediately and quietly line up at the door. This is not the time to talk! The teacher will direct you to the nearest emergency exit. The last person out of the classroom needs to shut the door.

    End of Class Dismissal
    The teacher dismisses the class, not the clock. Do not start packing up your materials in anticipation of the end of class. Class is over when I say: “Have a great day!” Before you leave, take a look at the floor around you. Pick up any items on the floor (whether they belong to you or not) and throw them in the trash if necessary. Make sure to push in your chair before you leave and take ALL of your belongings with you.