Mr. Smith Science 2018-19
The Pursuit of a Better Student Experience
Welcome to 8th grade Science
The 2018-19 school year will be my third year teaching at GTJMS. I have been teaching for 24 years and have experience teaching in Allegany County, MD, Prince George's County, MD and now Frederick County. I started in FCPS at Brunswick Middle School as 6th, 7th, & 8th grade science teacher and was head girls soccer coach for five years at the Brunswick High. The next twelve years I was an 8th grade science teacher/department chair at West Frederick Middle School. I have a wife who is an administrator at WKMS and three boys who keep me busy. I enjoy gardening, fishing, sports, and the outdoors.
I am very excited to back for the 2018 school year as a Patriot.
Advanced Professional Education certificate
Bachelors of Science in Biology from Frostburg State University
Master’s in Educational Leadership from Hood College.
Favorite Sports Teams:
Washington Capitals "2018 Stanley Cup Champions"
The classes will be utilizing a variety of equipment and practice a variety of thinking skills as students work on activities in the science lab and in the computer lab for CSI.
The four units of study for 8th grade: Biotic Diversity, Inheritance, Interactions in the Solar System, & Motion.
I also teach one section of 7th grade Computer Science Investigation (CSI) this year. My classroom policies and expectations are very similar to my science classes.
Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School
(240)236-4900 ext: 64860
check grades at https://www.schoology.com/
- Spiral Notebook (8.5" x 11" works best), which will become your science journal and will be used daily to help organize what you have learned
- Glue Sticks
- Earbuds (Dollar Store)
- Cell Phone is not really needed for this class since you will have your own computer
- Classroom Donations-Tissues/Clorox Wipes/Pencils, student paper, colored pencils, colored markers
Take a quick view of your classroom
Science Department Grading Policy
Students will be graded on a total point system for each term using four unweighted categories for assignments. Please check https://www.schoology.com regularly for up to date grades.
Assessments: Students are continually assessed during science, assessment of learning will occur in the following ways:
Homework (8th grade students)
Lab & Performance Based Instruction activities
2. Conference after class or P.R.I.D.E reflection
3. 5 minute Lunch detention/contact parent/reflection
4. P.R.I.D.E reflection
5. Full lunch detention or after school
6. Meet with administration/referral
*Major offenses will result in an immediate office referral
PRIDE at TJMS
R- Respect (Follow Class rules, positive group member, polite to others, & devices used
I- Integrity (Dress for success, be honest & responsible, admit mistakes, & accept
D-Disciplined/Determined (Focus on positive behaviors, use technology appropriately,
access appropriate sites, set high goals, seek help when needed)
E- Engaged/Excellence (On task behaviors, Complete high quality work/products)