Eighth grade science will focus on Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics. The course begins with introductory material on general physical science, then moves into Introductory Chemistry. The end of the year will focus on conceptual Physics (Newtonian Law). The course will emphasize the content that is most relative to promotion into high school level science.
Students should come to class prepared to participate in discussions & activities. All students should bring the necessary tools with them to each class. All projects will be graded for accuracy & neatness. All work should be completed on time, as this will affect the overall learning experience if work is not done as requested.
Content assessment is compiled from homework, quizzes, exams, projects and labs. The course will follow the grading scale as stated in the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School Parent/Student Handbook as it applies to Middle School Science. Grades will be posted twice monthly in the Student Portal.
Science grades are weighted: exams 30%, quizzes 25%, labs 20%, homework 15%, projects 25%.
Quizzes & Exams
All tested materials will be posted in the Student Portal. Assessments are derived from homework, in-class work, lecture, & lab applicable materials. Format for assessment is true/false, multiple choice, matching, mathematical calculation, & fill-in questions.
3-ring binder with 5 dividers, notebook paper, colored pencils, #2 pencils, red or green pen, scissors, glue stick.
Physical Science. Prentice Hall, 2008 Edition.
Unless I am in a meeting or other commitment, I will be available most days after school. You will need to let me know ahead of time that you need to meet with me. I am usually in my classroom at lunch and am willing to meet with you then, as well. Please give me advance notice that you need to meet.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are caught up on any missed work due to an absence. This includes homework, quizzes, exams, & labs. Work that is not made up will be scored as a zero.