Mr. Smith's 8th Grade Science

The Pursuit of a Better Student Experience

8th grade Science

About Me:

The 2015-16 school year is the start of my 11th year of teaching at WFMS. I have been teaching for 21 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. I have a wife who teaches Language Arts at OMS and three boys who keep me busy. I enjoy gardening, fishing, sports, and the outdoors.

Education:

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

Baltimore Orioles

Pittsburgh Steelers

DC United

Course Overview:

The class will be utilizing a variety of equipment and practice a variety of thinking skills as students work on activities in the science lab. Our thematically based units will include Variations , Energy, and Space.

Contact Information:

Charles Smith

West Frederick Middle

Room 1412

(240)236-4000 ext: 64013

charles.smith@fcps.org


Something new for me Twitter: @charlessmithIII

Reminder to study for your CRES

Students need to complete their CRES review, which is due on Monday 5-16-17.

How to review:

1. Think about what makes a good experiment or science fair project

2. Review Newton's 3 Laws of Motion


CRES is on Tuesday 5-17-16

We are still working hard at WFMS

I am very pleased with how all my students have improved over the course of the year. I believe your son or daughter has gained the skills and practices necessary for them to be successful at their high school next year.


Please encourage your son or daughter to "FINISH STRONG" and perform at their best for the remainder of the year.

Materials Needed


  • 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
  • Pencils
  • Earbuds (Dollar Store)
  • BYOD (You can bring your own device to use in this classroom)
  • Classroom Donations-Tissues/Clorox Wipes/Pencils

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Grade Distribution

· Homework= 10% ( generally 2-3 per week)

· Class work= 15% warm-ups, cooperative activities, presentations, & web quests

· Lab Related Activities = 40%

· Assessments = 35%

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