Science 7 Newsletter

Hicksville Middle School

Welcome to Semester 2 and Quarter 3!

As we begin Semester 2 of the 2014-2015 school year, we will be trying out a Class Dojo participation grade. Students began accumulating Class Dojo participation points last week, as I plan to record the grade on a biweekly basis. Students are expected to work toward accumulating AT LEAST one (1) positive point for each day of the week. This will typically lead to a biweekly participation grade of 10 points, with points earned through participation, volunteering, helping others, etc. In beginning to work toward this participation grade last week, I have already started to notice an increase in participation from many students.

As many students asked how Class Dojo points would impact their grade during Semester 1, I thought incorporating this participation grade might be something positive to test out. Please let me know if you have any questions as we try out this participation grade or if you have an feedback about Class Dojo. Thanks so much.

What Happened Last Week

  1. Biomes: Students completed their study of the Earth's major biomes Tuesday-Wednesday. With a snow day delaying the start of the week, students completed the biome quiz on Friday (1/16/2015).

Note: The end of Quarter 2 presented the opportunity to remind students of the importance of completing absent work and submitting missing work promptly for grading. Please remind your student that he or she should check with each of their teachers for work completed during their absence and complete missing items in a timely manner. Thanks so much for your support with this concern.

What to Expect this Week

  1. Ecosystems: Students will begin to explore the relationship between biotic (living or once-living) and abiotic (never living) factors within an ecosystem. Vocabulary terms have been posted to Quizlet for review. A quiz over ecosystem vocabulary will be completed on Friday (1/23/2015).

This website features flashcards and games to help your student study unit vocabulary in preparation for quizzes and tests. Click the button above to visit the website.

Class Dojo

Student performance is tracked daily using the Class Dojo app. Access your student's profile to view his or her daily or weekly class performance by clicking on the button above.