Class Info

Science 6


Ms. McQuade

Room 435

Email: jmcquade@sapublicschools.com



Course Description


The 6th grade science class requirement is the first  part of middle school science. This course will cover the following topics:



  • Living Things

  • Introduction to Plants and Animals

  • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  • Matter

  • Energy and Motion

  • Earth’s Systems and Resources






Textbook


  • Integrated Science (Course 1)

  • Tere are classroom copies of the textbook available

  • Electronic access to the textbook content is also available via the class website, therefore, only students who do not have internet access at home will be permitted to take a hard copy of the textbook home

Materials


  • Students should always come prepared with:

  • Pen or Pencil

  • Notebook

  • Throughout the year, projects may be assigned that would require the use of:

  • Poster Board

  • Glue

  • Crayons or Markers

  • Microsoft PowerPoint



Class Rules


  • These will be posted and discussed in the first week of school. The basics include respect for yourself and others, punctuality, and being prepared.


Coursework


  • There are a variety of activities that students will complete during the year.

    • Notes: Notes are taken almost every day; therefore, a NOTEBOOK is required.

    • Class work: Class work is given daily and is due in class the day it is assigned or the following day (as per the instructions)

    • Homework: Homework is given frequently, and is due the day after it is assigned. A FOLDER to keep homework and class work assignments in is recommended. Students may be asked to access the class website for assignments from time to time. If a student will have difficulty completing online assignments at home, arrangements can be made to complete assignments in the Media Center before or after school.

    • Tests and Quizzes: Quizzes can be announced or unannounced, and they may cover anything from vocabulary to daily notes.   Tests are given at the end of a unit, and they are always announced. A Review sheet is given at least 1-day prior to tests. Most information for tests and quizzes comes from the notebook.

    • Group Work: Most (not all) group assignments will be done in class

    • Current Events: A variety of activities will be discussed in class or assigned in Google Classroom based on a newspaper article or researched on the computer to be summarized.

    • Projects/Research Paper: 1 major project will be given per marking period; these can be individual or group assignments. A presentation may be required.

    • Participation: All students are expected to participate in class notes, discussions, homework, class work, and other activities. Failure to do so will result in a loss of points

    • Writing Assignments: Students will be given a list of writing assignments. Assignments will be given as a do now or research on a specific topic.



Grading


  • Every assignment completed has a point value where larger assignments (i.e. tests, projects) are worth more points. Grades are calculated based the total number of points gained divided by the total number of points available each marking period. An example will be given in class.

  • Grades are entered into Genesis Gradebook as soon as there are graded, and are available for viewing on Genesis Parent Access

  • The values for certain grade categories may change slightly as each marking period progresses.

Tests/Quizzes – 55%-Summative

  • Class work, participation,Homework-45%Formative

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Homework #1:

Parent’s signature______________________________________

Science 7


Ms. McQuade

Room 437

Email: jmcquade@sapublicschools.com



Course Description


The 7th grade science class requirement is the first  part of middle school science. This course will cover the following topics:



  • Matter

  • Energy

  • Molecules to Organisms

  • Inheritance and Variations of Traits

  • Biological Evolution

  • Earth Systems

  • Earth’s Place in the Universe




Textbook


  • Integrated Science (Course 2)

  • There are classroom copies of the textbook available

  • Electronic access to the textbook content is also available via the class website, therefore, only students who do not have internet access at home will be permitted to take a hard copy of the textbook home


Materials


  • Students should always come prepared with:

  • Pen or Pencil

  • Notebook

  • Throughout the year, projects may be assigned that would require the use of:

  • Poster Board

  • Glue

  • Crayons or Markers

  • Microsoft PowerPoint




Class Rules

  • These will be posted and discussed in the first week of school. The basics include respect for yourself and others, punctuality, and being prepared.


Coursework


  • There are a variety of activities that students will complete during the year.

    • Notes: Notes are taken almost every day; therefore, a NOTEBOOK is required.

    • Class work: Class work is given daily and is due in class the day it is assigned or the following day (as per the instructions)

    • Homework: Homework is given frequently, and is due the day after it is assigned. A FOLDER to keep homework and class work assignments in is recommended. Students may be asked to access the class website for assignments from time to time. If a student will have difficulty completing online assignments at home, arrangements can be made to complete assignments in the Media Center before or after school.

    • Tests and Quizzes: Quizzes can be announced or unannounced, and they may cover anything from vocabulary to daily notes.   Tests are given at the end of a unit, and they are always announced. A Review sheet is given at least 1-day prior to tests. Most information for tests and quizzes comes from the notebook.

    • Group Work: Most (not all) group assignments will be done in class

    • Current Events: A variety of activities will be discussed in class or assigned in Google Classroom based on a newspaper article or researched on the computer to be summarized.

    • Projects/Research Paper: 1 major project will be given per marking period; these can be individual or group assignments. A presentation may be required.

    • Participation: All students are expected to participate in class notes, discussions, homework, class work, and other activities. Failure to do so will result in a loss of points

    • Writing Assignments: Students will be given a list of writing assignments. Assignments will be given as a do now or research on a specific topic.


Grading


  • Every assignment completed has a point value where larger assignments (i.e. tests, projects) are worth more points. Grades are calculated based the total number of points gained divided by the total number of points available each marking period. An example will be given in class.

  • Grades are entered into Genesis Gradebook as soon as there are graded, and are available for viewing on Genesis Parent Access

  • The values for certain grade categories may change slightly as each marking period progresses.

    • Tests/Quizzes – 55%-Summative

    • Class work, participation,Homework-45%Formative


________________________________________________________________________________


Homework #1:

Parent’s signature______________________________________

Science 8

Ms. McQuade

Room 435

Email: jmcquade@sapublicschools.com



Course Description


The 8th grade science class requirement is the first  part of middle school science. This course will cover the following topics:



  • Evidence of a Common Ancestry

  • Selection and Adaptation

  • Ecosystems and Environmental Impacts

  • Earth Science

  • Energy and Motion

  • Chemical Reactions,Equations and Solutions

  • The Universe






Textbook


  • Integrated Science (Course 3)

  • There are classroom copies of the textbook available

  • Electronic access to the textbook content is also available via the class website, therefore, only students who do not have internet access at home will be permitted to take a hard copy of the textbook home


Materials


  • Students should always come prepared with:

  • Pen or Pencil

  • Notebook

  • Throughout the year, projects may be assigned that would require the use of:

  • Poster Board

  • Glue

  • Crayons or Markers

  • Microsoft PowerPoint



Class Rules


  • These will be posted and discussed in the first week of school. The basics include respect for yourself and others, punctuality, and being prepared.


Coursework


  • There are a variety of activities that students will complete during the year.

    • Notes: Notes are taken almost every day; therefore, a NOTEBOOK is required.

    • Class work: Class work is given daily and is due in class the day it is assigned or the following day (as per the instructions)

    • Homework: Homework is given frequently, and is due the day after it is assigned. A FOLDER to keep homework and class work assignments in is recommended. Students may be asked to access the class website for assignments from time to time. If a student will have difficulty completing online assignments at home, arrangements can be made to complete assignments in the Media Center before or after school.

    • Tests and Quizzes: Quizzes can be announced or unannounced, and they may cover anything from vocabulary to daily notes.   Tests are given at the end of a unit, and they are always announced. A Review sheet is given at least 1-day prior to tests. Most information for tests and quizzes comes from the notebook.

    • Group Work: Most (not all) group assignments will be done in class

    • Current Events: A variety of activities will be discussed in class or assigned in Google Classroom based on a newspaper article or researched on the computer to be summarized.

    • Projects/Research Paper: 1 major project will be given per marking period; these can be individual or group assignments. A presentation may be required.

    • Participation: All students are expected to participate in class notes, discussions, homework, class work, and other activities. Failure to do so will result in a loss of points

    • Writing Assignments: Students will be given a list of writing assignments. Assignments will be given as a do now or research on a specific topic.



Grading


  • Every assignment completed has a point value where larger assignments (i.e. tests, projects) are worth more points. Grades are calculated based the total number of points gained divided by the total number of points available each marking period. An example will be given in class.

  • Grades are entered into Genesis Gradebook as soon as there are graded, and are available for viewing on Genesis Parent Access

  • The values for certain grade categories may change slightly as each marking period progresses.


  • Tests/Quizzes – 55%-Summative

  • Class work, participation,Homework-45%Formative


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Homework #1:

Parent’s signature______________________________________