Ms. Kline White
This year is sure to be exciting and full of wonderful learning adventures.
Respect is an important part of making this class function smoothly. This means respect for fellow students, teachers, and materials. All students are to come to class prepared and ready to learn. At the beginning of each class, the objective (or Teaching Point) will be written on the board to be copied into your child’s science binder, as well as, the “Question of the Day” (a NYS 8th Grade Science Test Question). Each student is expected to complete all homework, classwork, and project assignments even if absent on the assigned date. Late assignments will lose points each day it is late and if an assignment if over a week late it will automatically receive a zero as a grade. Recommended homework assignments are given daily to develop and reinforce curriculum, especially vocabulary. Each assignment must include a proper school heading and the title of the assignment.
All 8th grade students are required to take the New York State 8th Grade Science Assessment. This assessment is broken up into two parts: a practical exam using ‘hands-on’ equipment and a written exam. This exam covers all of the science knowledge obtain from 5th grade through 8th grade. The 8th grade curriculum provides a foundation in the sciences consisting of units of study in Biology, Earth Science, and Physics. The 7th grade curriculum provides a foundation in the sciences consisting of units of study in Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry.
Every student is required to complete a Science Fair Project including a research paper, experiment using the experimental research design, display board, and oral presentation. There will be many different mandatory due dates along the way to ensure a successful project. Each individual due date, the research paper, and the overall project grade will be an important aspect of the science grade for that quarter.
Plagiarizing is a serious academic offense! The student must do all assignments from homework to classwork and especially projects. Copying work from any resources (for example: a book, the internet, or a classmate) is unacceptable.
Science Grade Scale:
- 35% Tests/Quizzes
- 30% Projects/Labs
- 20% Classwork/Participation
- 15% Quizzes
Organization is an essential tool to success! Your child’s science binder is to be organized into two different sections (Teaching Point/classwork and ‘Question of the Day’). Any classwork whether it is notes, thinking maps, project ideas, etcetera; should be written with the date in chronological order. The Question of the Day Section must include the date, question, answer, justification of answer, and rating of understanding.