Mrs. Parker's 8th Grade Science

Sealy Jr. High

Welcome to my 8th grade science class!

The goal of science is to learn and understand general scientific principals that will prepare you to be successful on the science STAAR test this year and beyond.

Nine Week Outline

Aug 25-Oct 20: Lab Safety,Scientific Investigation and Reasoning, Organisms and the Environment and Earth Cycles.

Oct 24-Dec 22: Earth and Space Unit.

Jan 5-Mar 9: Force, Motion & Energy and Atomic Structure/Periodic Table

Mar 19-May 24: Atomic Structure/Periodic Table, Chemical Equations/Formulas & Reactions, STAAR Review and Biology Prep.

Contact Information

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My conference time is 12:17-1:12 pm every day and tutorials are Thursdays from 3:10-3:45.

Syllabus

Supplies

1 - Composition Notebook

1 - 50 ct 3in x 5in Index Cards (any color except white w/ lines)

There is a $5 lab fee for all students to help furnish lab supplies used throughout the year.

Grading Policy

The nine weeks average will be calculated from a combination of daily work, quizzes and major grades.

8th Grade Science Pre-AP: Daily grades will be worth 35% of your grade, quizzes 15% and the remaining 50% of your nine weeks grade will be from tests and major projects.

8th Grade Science: Your nine weeks average will be calculated from a combination of daily work/quizzes and major grades worth 50% each.

There will be a minimum of 10 daily grades and 3 major grades per nine weeks.

Homework Policy

Homework will be assigned whenever the teacher deems it necessary. Homework could be a new assignment of the completion of in class work not finished that day. Late homework will be treated in accordance with the Late Work Policy. Students may be required to attend tutorials for missed homework assignments.

Late Work Policy

In an effort to get students to turn work in on time, the following policy will be followed:

1-3 Days Late - 20 points will be deducted

After 3 Days Late - Student will receive a zero for the assignment

Exception: This policy does not apply to students who are absent. Special circumstances may be discussed between parent and his/her child's teacher.

Policy for Retest/Redo

Students will be allowed to retake one test per grading period if they meet the following criteria:


  • Student must have made below a 70 on the original test
  • Student must request the test
  • The extent of the remediation will be at the teacher's discretion.
  • The highest grade a student can receive for a retest is a 70.


Students will be allowed to redo two daily assignments per 9 weeks. The following requirements apply:


  • Student must have made below a 70 on the original assignment.
  • Student must request the redo option.
  • The highest grade a student can receive for the assignment is a 70.


Cheating Policy

There will be a zero tolerance policy regarding cheating. This applies to any and all assignments and subject matter.

Remind 101

To get text messages about upcoming due dates or important class info, sign up for Remind 101. For General Science classes text @bgk8f7 to 81010 or enter in web browser rmd.at/bgk8f7. Pre-AP Science classes text @39a2a to 81010 or enter rmd.at/39a2a in browser.