Science Newsletter September 2014

James Bowie Middle School

Interactive Notebooks for Science

It has been a great start to the new school year. I'm looking forward to building great relationships with this year's class of 8th grade "scientists". This week, we will be creating our Interactive Notebooks (IAN) and this will be a very useful tool for our students.

An interactive science notebook is a tool to help students make connections and deepen their understanding of scientific concepts. Students take notes and place key information from science class on the right side of the notebook and use the left side for reflection, analysis and other classroom activities. Interactive science notebooks also help with organization by allowing students to complete all work in a single notebook.

The supplies needed to maintaining these notebooks can become expensive with a large group of students. Many parents have already donated supplies towards our science class and I wanted to send a HUGE THANK YOU. If anyone could contribute items such as glue sticks, clear and decorative duct or packing tape, or pencils over the next few weeks, this should cover the classes for the remainder of the year. Thanks in advance.

My Science Website

All information reviewed in my science class can be found on the following website. Please visit this site for online resources, class notes & additional activities. This site is your "go-to" resource for any missing information or if you need additional clarification.

If one of our scientists is absent, please view the "Calendar" tab of my website. I have listings of the activities for each day. Please let me know if you have questions or need any additional information.

This Week's Highlights

Here are the upcoming events for this week.

Monday - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday - Complete "What's Popping" Lab

Wednesday - Review Lab; Create IAN's

Thursday - Balanced/Unbalanced Activity

Friday - Balanced/Unbalanced Discussion & Activity

STAAR Student of the Month

Each week, I will acknowledge students for each class period who went above and beyond in my classroom. Please congratulate these students for their positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

Reminders to Students & Parents

Remind 101 Classroom Reminders

Remind 101 is a free messaging service designed to send important classroom reminders to parents & students via text message. If you are interested, please review the instruction sheet on my weebly page or text @a01d to (424) 231-0891. It’s that simple.

Due This Week

Wednesday- Bring Completed Cover Sheet for IAN's

Thursday - Variable Homework Activity

Upcoming Events

Girl's Volleyball - Scrimmage - Sept. 4th @ Sartartia MS

- Sept. 10th - Missouri City MS @ Bowie MS

- Sept. 13th - Tournament @ First Colony MS

- Sept. 18th - Bowie MS @ Hodges Bend MS

- Sept. 25th - Baines MS @ Bowie MS

Boy's Football - Scrimmage - Sept. 8th vs. Sugar Land MS

- Sept. 15/16 - Bowie MS vs. Sartartia MS

- Sept. 22/23 - Bowie MS vs. Crockett MS

- Sept. 29/30 - Bowie MS vs. Ft. Settlement MS

Bowie Open House - Thursday, September 11th