September 23

It’s been a busy week, but we completed our unit on electrical circuits and will be taking a test on Tuesday 9/27.  This will be a gold test worth 50 points.  I have posted a review sheet and a power point in Google Classroom for students to access.  The review sheet was handed out today, but I posted it in case one is lost.

Many students have still not completed the vocabulary quiz that was due Tuesday.  I have posted all grades that were done by this morning in I Now.  If there is an incomplete for the vocabulary quiz, you have until 9/27 at 11:59 to take it for partial credit.  After this time it will be inaccessible and the zero will stand.


Update to this post: the quiz is live as a Google form you can access via Google classroom.   The official due date is Tuesday September 20 at 11:59 PM.  


Happy Friday!  Please read important notice below:

***Many students are still having difficulties getting the vocabulary quiz to work online.  I am working on fixing it and will post in Classroom when it is ready.  As of right now, do NOT worry about the due date of tonight at 11:59.  The quiz due date will depend upon how soon the issues are resolved.  Thank you for your understanding.  ****

September 13

I am encouraged by the Aspire Interim assessment scores, overall students did well on the science portion and I am eager to work with students to raise that even higher.  This group is curious and scientifically minded so I am looking forward to see how much we can achieve this year.

We will be taking a vocabulary quiz this Friday and our next major test will either be Friday September 23 or Monday September 26.  I will be posting a quizlet in Google classroom for students to use for the vocabulary quiz.

September 9

On Monday, September 12 we will be taking the Aspire Interim Assessment in science.  This is a pre-test that I will be using to help guide instruction for the next nine weeks.  The Interim is not for a grade and there is no preparation for it, other than a good night’s sleep.  I encourage students to take the test seriously so that I can have accurate information.

We have almost finished lesson 1 in which students use the ammeter and voltmeter with different circuits to see how the arrangement affects current flow.  We will be finishing this lesson next week and starting lesson 2:  Resistance and Capacitance.  We will be investigating resistors and capacitors in circuits and how they affect current and voltage.

We will have our next major test after the completion of Lesson 2, look for it the week of Sep 19.

Progress reports went home today.

Have a great weekend!

September 2

Whew!  Another week done.  On Tuesday we will be building a wet cell battery and then the rest of the week will have us measuring voltage and amperage, drawing circuit schematics, and reading about the earliest batteries.  We are diving deeply into course of study standard 11!  Enjoy the long weekend!

Here is the link to the power point from Open House:

August 30

Good morning!  It was wonderful to see everyone at Open House last night, we had a strong turnout!

This week we are working on our AMSTI pre-assessment lesson in which students work with some of the materials to explore their current understanding of electricity and waves.  Students are constructing models with words and diagrams to display their thinking.  We will begin our first lesson on batteries this Friday.  Students will construct a simple wet cell battery and use it to power a small light.  We will not have another test until we finish Lesson 2.  Look for the test to be around September 12 or 13.

August 23

Hello everyone!  This week we are wrapping up our review content and we will take our first test this Thursday August 25.  The test will cover everything in the student notebooks so far.  Students must be able to do the following:

There is no study guide for the test but students are welcome to take their notebooks home to review content.  We will have a review day Wednesday August 24.

August 17

Hello everyone!  I finally have my blog and running for this year.  I will be posting updates about what is going on in the classroom regularly here.  I am so excited that we are to be an AMSTI school this year!  AMSTI is the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative.  This program is a cooperative program that uses a curriculum aligned to our new standards and created by the National Academies of Science and the Smithsonian Institute.  AMSTI has four modules, one for every nine weeks.  The class receives materials to conduct experiments/investigations, a class set of textbooks, online content access and support from the University of Montevallo AMSTI Service Area.  I have gone through several weeks of training over the years and used AMSTI for 5 years at my previous school.  This is a rigorous and engaging curriculum that allows students to “do” science.  Our first module is titled “Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer” or EWIT for short.  Some of our investigations include building a simple electromagnetic motor, constructing a model that demonstrates the function of a GPS, and how lens shape will affect a reflected image.  There are many, many more and I have been talking this up with students.

A couple of points for support at home:

Thank you for your support and I know working together we will have a fantastic year!

May 16

It has been a while!  Problems with my log in have kept me from posting, but it is now resolved.  Our final exam is tomorrow.  Students received their study guides last week and had several days in class to prepare.  I think we are ready!

Looking Ahead:

If you have a science textbook at home, please make sure it gets returned before Friday 5/20, when I need to do inventory.  I will have all grades posted by this Friday.  Students will know their final grade by then.  The last day I will accept any make up work for the nine weeks is Wednesday 5/18.

Next week:

5/24- awards day at 1:30 for 8th graders

5/25- Husky Day!!

5/26- Last day of classes, students will dismiss at 1:00 PM.

It has been a truly great year, I am going to miss this wonderful group!  Thank you and have a fun, safe summer break!!

March 23

Only three more school days until spring break.  When we return, Aspire testing will begin April 5 and run through April 15.  Please make sure your child is in school and has a good night’s sleep before their test day.  A schedule will be given to students for their test days.

Tomorrow we have a quiz on Chapter 11: Forces in Fluids.  Students have a study guide and a review sheet.

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