2020 Science Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                               

I am looking forward to working with your child as we begin a new school year. I would like to provide you with important information regarding my class that should make your child’s transition into middle school easier. 

For every student to be successful in a classroom environment it is imperative that all students demonstrate appropriate classroom behavior. All students are expected to be polite and respectful to all people, pay attention, follow directions, and to do all that he/she can to ensure a positive and successful class environment for everyone.  Following the 5 basic rules below should ensure a productive and successful classroom environment:

  1. Raise your hand to speak.
  2. Stay in your seat.
  3. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
  4. Allow the teacher to teach and the students around you to learn.
  5. Come prepared to learn every day.

Supplies needed for my class are: 

  • 1 plastic folder with pockets (Mandatory)
  • Earbuds/headphones (Mandatory)
  • plenty of pencils with erasers (Mandatory)
  • covered hand-held pencil sharpener (Mandatory)
  • a box of colored pencils (Mandatory)
  • pencil pouch to carry necessary class supplies (Mandatory)
  • school planner/calendar (Mandatory)

 

Due to COVID 19 sharing supplies will not be possible, therefore, it is important that each student have their own supplies in order to be successful in class.

 

 Optional and appreciated supplies:  tissues, hand soap, disinfectant wipes

 

Students are expected to bring to class every day the following:  laptop, headphones, plastic folder, pencils, sharpener, colored pencils, and school planner.

Units of study in Science class:

  • Science Inquiry
  • Earth Systems:Structures and Processes
  • Structures and Functions of Living Organisms
  • Genetics
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy:Conservation and Transfer

Much of the information covered in science is new to your child.  Just being present in my class is not enough for your child to pass.  For many students studying and preparing to take a test is a foreign concept.  They will need to develop study skills this year to be successful.  Waiting to the last minute may be too late to start studying for a test.  Students will have everything needed to be successful in studying within their science notebook, class handouts, study guides, and on their laptop.  

To help students be prepared I post important information (homework, test, school events…) at the beginning of every week on the board.  This lets students know what to expect daily and provides student that were absent with information needed on what to make up. I also try to post information on the classroom calendar found on the NBMS webpage.  For virtual learning, assignments are identified by the date they should be completed to help keep students on track. 

Completing work in a timely manner is very important whether in face to face instruction or virtual learning.  Work that is late (not submitted by due date) will be deducted 10 points for every day late.   Work that exceeds the due date beyond 3 day may be subject to not being accepted. 

Grading:
Independent/Classwork: 40%
Test: 25%
Projects: 20%
Quizzes: 15%

Extra credit is not given in my class.  If students complete and turn in the required work for my class extra credit will not be necessary. 

Please help your student follow the NBMS dress code.

Please contact me via telephone at 645-7944 or email at melissa.wilson@bcsemail.org  if you have any questions or concerns.  I check emails when time allows.  Please know that I will respond promptly to emails once received and read.

Thank you,

 

Melissa Wilson