Syllabus

Ms. Schmiedekamp’s Syllabus

8th Grade Science

Phone: 325-365-3547 x4028

Email: sherry.schmiedekamp@ballingerisd.net

Conference: 7:55-8:40

Tutorials: 11:56-12:17; for any other time you must set up an appointment.

 

Course Overview:

This Science course will cover Lab Safety, Atoms, The Periodic Table, Chemical Formulas, Chemical Equations, Chemical Reactions, Force and Motion, Newton’s Three Laws, Forces that Change the Earth, Climate Interactions, Earth Cycles, Light Years and Theories, Characteristics of the Universe, Interdependence Among Living Systems, and Student-Designed Investigations as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

 

Course Goals:

Students will be able to critically think in a scientific way. Students will also be able to design experiments and complete investigations to answer questions and solve problems. Students will also be prepared for the 8th Grade Science STAAR test, as well as any further science course that will be taken as 9th graders.

 

Course Grading Procedures:

            Tests/Projects-50%

            Homework/Daily Work/Quizzes-50%

 

Classroom Procedures:

  • When the bell rings line up outside of the class. Do not come into the classroom until I have given you permission.
  • Walk in to classroom and grab your bell ringer.
  • Turn in your homework to the tray
  • Have a seat in YOUR assigned seat
  • Get to work quietly
  • If I have any messages for the class they will be located on the white board.
  • If an adult or I is speaking you are not talking.
  • No computers unless I have told you to use them.
  • Raise your hand (and get permission) before getting out of your seat.
  • The bell does NOT release you I do.
  • In order for you to leave:
    • Everyone must be in his or her assigned seat and the classroom must be clean.

 

Late Policy:

 

If homework is not turned in on time then it is considered late. If the assignment is one day late then 20 points will be taken off and they can make up to a 80. If the assignment is two days late 50 points get taken off and they can make up to a 50. If the assignment is three days late then it will result in a 0, parent/guardian will be contacted, the student will be given detention and a referral to the principal.

 

Absent Policy:

 

If homework is not turned in on time then it is considered late. If the assignment is one day late the 20 points will be taken off and they can make up to an 80. If the assignment is two days late 50 points get taken off and they can make up to a 50. If the assignment is three days late then it will result in a 0, parent/guardian will be contacted, the student will be given detention and a referral to the principal.

 

Materials Needed:

 

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Composition Notebook (Science Lab Notebook)
  • Loose Notebook Paper (optional)

 

Classroom Management Plan:

           

Classroom Rules:

  • Leave you’re drama at the door
  • Leave others and belongings alone
  • Be nice or neutral to everyone
  • When some one is talking you are not
  • Always follow our Science Safety Contract

     

                Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class before the tardy bell (procedures to come)
  • Get to work immediately
  • Use class time wisely
  • Always follow my two rules.
  • Always come in with a positive attitude and always be ready to learn.
  • Always follow the student handbook

    Discipline:

    1. Warning
    2. Parent Contact, Student Conference
    3. Teacher Detention, Parent Contact
    4. Office Write Up

       

      Privileges (these will be based on a whole weeks behavior):

      1. Free Seating on Friday
      2. Game Day
      3. Up to 10 extra points on lowest test of the six weeks