8th Grade Science Syllabus

8th Grade Science – Mrs. Ramsey

TEACHER INFORMATION

  • Room #108
  • School Phone Number: 409-246-3551
  • Conference Time: 8:33 am – 9:18 am
  • Email: dramsey@kountzeisd.org
  • Website: http://www.kountzeisd.org
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Welcome to a new and exciting year of 8th grade science. I am excited and delighted to be teaching your child during the 2016-2017 school year. Eighth grade brings new challenges and responsibilities for your child, but together we can succeed. I have VERY high expectations of each and every child that I teach and encourage support from home as we progress through the school year. 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The focus of the grade-eight science standards is on providing students with the hands-on experiences that give them the active engagement and the concrete examples they require in order to understand basic science concepts.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

  • Matter and Energy – The student knows that matter is composed of atoms and has chemical and physical properties.
  • Force, Motion, and Energy – The student knows that there is a relationship between force, motion, and energy.
  • Earth and Space – The student knows: the effects resulting from cyclical movements of the Sun, Earth, and Moon; characteristics of the universe; that natural events can impact Earth systems; and that climate interactions exist among Earth, ocean, and weather systems.
  • Organisms and Environments – The student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems and the environment and that human activities can affect these systems.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

ENTERING THE CLASSROOM

Students are expected to wait in the hall until they are invited to enter the classroom.  Students are expected to enter the classroom quietly. Students are to be seated before the tardy bell rings. They are to remove all necessary items from book-bags, begin the daily warm-up and be ready for the day’s assignment.

TARDIES

Students who are late for class must obtain a tardy from the front office or have a note from KMS Personnel.

REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR CLASS

Pencil and/or Pen (blue or black ink only)Composition Book

Notebook PaperFolder

RESTROOM

Students are to use the restroom between the change of classes. Students will receive one restroom pass at the beginning of each six weeks. Students can turn in their restroom pass at the end of each six weeks for bonus points.

TEXTBOOKS

Each student will be assigned a textbook that will stay in the classroom. Students will be expected to use only their assigned textbook. Students will be expected to return textbooks to the shelf in a neat and organized manner.

JOURNALS

Each student will be required to have a Science Journal. The Science Journal is a very important part of our Science Class and will be used most days.

GROUP/LAB WORK

There will be group work and labs during class. Groups will be assigned by the teacher. Science Class is not social hour and students may not be able to work with friend(s).

GRADING POLICY

Test and Projects count as 60% of the grade and homework, daily work and quizzes count as 40% of the grade.  Class participation and behavior will be graded as a daily grade.

HOMEWORK

Students may not be assigned homework on a daily basis, but when it is assigned, it is expected to be completed by the next class period and by the directions/expectations that are given.  If a student needs help or has questions, he or she may meet with the teacher during class, during tutorials or before or after school.  Points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.

TEST

There will be two main types of tests; vocabulary and unit tests.

TEST CORRECTIONS

Students will be required to complete test corrections in the format specified by the teacher for every test. Test corrections will be a daily grade.

Once a semester, students can use test corrections to improve a test grade without taking a retest.

ABSENCE, LATE WORK AND RE-TEST POLICY

If your student is absent, it is their responsibility to obtain from the teacher, “while you were out” bin, or download the work & notes missed from the teacher’s Documents page on the KMS website at kounteisd.org

  • Students will have 1 day to make up the work for every day they are absent or else it will be considered late.
  • Students earning less than a 70 on TESTS will be allowed to retest only after test corrections are completed in the format required by the teacher, graded and returned to the student. Retest must be scheduled with the teacher. Scheduled retest will be given during tutorials.
  • Late assignments (including homework and daily work) will begin at 70 for the first day late, 50 for the second day late and a ZERO after that.

CELL PHONE POLICY

Students will be allowed to use their technology on certain days designated by the classroom teacher.  Students are expected to follow the school district’s Cell Phone Policy as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

STAGES OF DISCIPLINE:

  • Warning
  • Loss of Privileges
  • Student/Teacher Conference
  • Parent Call or Conference
  • Office Referral
  • Severe disruptions are automatically sent to the office

Any major violation of classroom rules will result in immediate referral to the principal.

In addition, all students should follow all district guidelines as specified in the student handbook.

We will be conducting many lab activities; it is very important that students practice safe behavior.  They will be expected to follow the guidelines set forth on the Science Safety Contract. These rules are established to maintain a safe, enjoyable learning environment for everyone.