posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 20

I am excited to announce that on Nov. 30th I will be taking a leave of two and half weeks to be home with my family as we welcome our second little boy (Ian Jacob Pughsley).  I am very excited and know that your students will be left in good hands during my absence.  I truly enjoy working with your sons and daughters each day and helping them to strive to set goals and have high expectations.

Upcoming topics in class:

  • Gravity, weight, mass
  • Impact craters (creation and parts)
  • Solar system bodies
  • Life cycle of stars




Donation items needed for the classroom:

  • 2 liter bottles, universal remote, any old electronic devices(cell phone, tablets) for classroom use, telescope, old newspapers, old magazines, and other science tools or toys you think would be useful at school (ask me and I will let you know)


Thank you for your help and investment in your child’s education!

Kevin Pughsley

Mr. P

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 20

Here is a copy of the sheet given out today so the students can go ahead and start gathering information on all the planets for their project.

Planet information sheet

If you prefer to have the most up to date information on each planet use this website.

Here are the planet information pages from the book as promised!

venus 1 earth jupiter1 mars mercury neptune pluto saturn uranus

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 20

Below are the rubrics for the second nine weeks projects that the students have to choose from.  One of the projects is an advanced version of the science.  In order to complete the advanced version the student has to have made a B or higher during the first nine weeks and currently hold a B or higher.  They also are required to have parental permission by signature in order accept the advanced version since it is very rigorous.  See the rubrics below for information on each activity.

science project advancedScience project

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 18

We had a great time continuing on Newton’s laws of motion.  If you students came home explaining to you that you don’t weigh anything, that is awesome because they are taking what they have learned in class and applying it.  We were discussing that you weight is determined by the gravity of Earth pulling on you.  Weight is determined by the force of gravity pulling you down so your weight (lbs.) is just the force of in which gravity pulls on you.  If Earth lost its gravity what would happen?  Right, gravity would no longer pull on you and you would begin to float in the air because you would be weightless or weigh zero!  I can’t wait for tomorrow we will have a lot of small activities for the students to complete using Newton’s laws, gravity, weight, and mass.  Have a great night!

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 17

Here are the readings from yesterday and today on Heavy Thoughts and Mass and Weight.  You can use the articles to help you finish entries 9 and 10 if you didn’t finish yesterday or today.

Heavy Thoughts Article

Heavy Thoughts page 1 heavy thoughts page 2 Heavy Thoughts page 3

Mass and Weight

Mass and weight page 1 Mass and weight page 2

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 17

Just wanted to remind everyone about parent night tonight at Calera Middle School.  It starts at 5:20p.m. before the breakout sessions start.  I can’t wait to see all the parents and go over some tips and techniques to help you work with your child.  Check out this cool website below called solar system scope.   It is great for the students to learn more about the solar system and to explore.


posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 16

Tonight you need to finish the backside of entry 9 and figure out your weight on all of the planets.  Remember put your weight down for the mass and then multiply it by the gravity for that planet.  Complete all of the planets and we finish the reading in class tomorrow.  I need a student to bring in an egg tomorrow to show you are cool activity.  If you can bring that would be great.  Have a great night.

weight on another planet sheet


posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 10

The students today used scale factors to calculate the scale diameter and distance from the Sun for all the planets.  They have to finish at home whatever they didn’t finish in class.  This is due on Thursday.  I have pictures of my board below so you have an example of how to do it.  Thanks and have a great day.copy of scale factor sheet scale diameter example scale distance example

posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 9

We created our models of the solar system today in class.  The students had to choose what items represented each planet and place how far they thought they were from the Sun.  We find out the actual distances tomorrow from the Sun and the actual scale diameter of the planets.  Don’t forget the notes on the back of entry 6.  A picture of the notes are below incase you need it.  Have a great day.

Our model solar system notes


posted by Kevin Pughsley on Nov 6

I just wanted to say that everyone worked hard in class today to finish their mission debriefing.  Students who didn’t finish will have until 11:59p.m. tonight to turn in their mission debriefing.  They can access their paper by logging into their Google account and opening docs and finding their paper under recent documents.  Have a great weekend and see everyone next week for the release of the solar system project!