WELCOME TO TEAM 8-1 SCIENCE!
This year will be one of both learning and fun, as we explore the world around us as scientists.
Our ultimate goal is to have both academic and personal growth.
8th grade Next Generation Science units include:
- Scientific Practices & Engineering Design
- Unit 1: Evidence of Common Ancestry
- Unit 2: Natural Selection & Adaptation
- Unit 3: Stability & Change of Earth
- Unit 4: Human Impacts on Earth Systems & Global Climate Change
- Unit 5: Relationships Among Forms of Energy
- Unit 6: Thermal Energy
- Unit 7: Electromagnetic Spectrum
*best way to contact me; I check my email everyday!!!
Phone: 732-836-1327 EXT 6907
TWITTER: Follow along with our classroom on twitter by following Mrs. Gianelos @dgianelos
Schoology: Ask your child for their log-ins; this is best way to stay connected to our classroom!
Grading: The course expectations are to master the Next Generation Science Standards set for middle school students, therefore I use a standards-based grading system. In a standards-based grading and reporting system, grades reflect what a student knows and can do. This approach helps parents know the academic areas in which a student meets or exceeds expectations, needs challenge, or needs support.
TESTS/ LABS/ PROJECTS: 60% of total academic grade. Projects are graded with rubrics and labs are scored based on data and claim-evidence-reasoning lab write up. All units have at least one major assessment that falls in this category.
QUIZZES/ SHORT LABS/ CLASSWORK: 40% of total academic grade (You may have notebook quizzes, online quizzes using schoology and pop quizzes. ) Quizzes will cover standards covered in class. Quizzes are always posted on homework announcements. Short labs are labs that do not require a formal Claim, Evidence, Reasoning write-up. Classwork includes smaller assignments, such as Newsela articles.
Assignments: All class work and homework will be scored using a 4-point rubric and does not count towards final academic grade. (small labs, homework, or other work done in class)
4 = the assignment exceeds the objectives, and reflects excellent work.
3 = the assignment meets the objectives as required.
2 = the assignment meets some of the objective, but not others that were required.
1 = the assignment was submitted, but failed to meet the majority of the objectives.
The Report Card will include a 4-point scale for ASSIGNMENTS, BEHAVIOR, and PREPAREDNESS.
Behavior and Preparedness are scored using a rubric over the course of the trimester.
Parent Portal: Please make sure you have your child’s parent portal information.
You should also share it with your child so he/she may check his/her progress.
To check your child's grades please do the following:
1. http://www.howell.k12.nj.us/ Click on Portal Button.
2. User name= Child's ID (can be found on ID card)
3. Password = birthday mm/dd/yy
* If there is a blank for an assignment grade, it means either I didn’t enter a grade yet or your child was absent.
It does not mean a zero. If there is any question as to a grade, please email me. I do NOT give zeros-instead a 50 will be placed in gradebook with a MI symbol for missing.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED AND TURN IN ANY MISSED ASSIGNMENTS ON THE DAY THEY ARE DUE (OR THE DAY YOU RETURN, IF NOT PREVIOUSLY TURNED IN). IF THE ASSIGNMENT WAS GIVEN IN YOUR ABSENCE, YOU WILL HAVE TWO EXTRA DAYS TO TURN IT IN.
All work is posted on SCHOOLOGY so there are no excuses to not be able to access missing assignments. Please make sure you look at the due dates of projects and when tests will be given. It is not necessary to pick up absent work for 1 day; team 8-1 teachers will catch you up the following day. If you need work sent home check SCHOOLOGY first and have a parent email homebase teacher for arrangements.
All class information will be on Mrs. G's SCHOOLOGY WEBSITE!
Get access information from your child!
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