Welcome to Middle School Math and Science ! A Little About Miss Sciba Originally from New York (Go Yankees!) Graduated from the College of Saint Rose with my Bachelor’s of Science in Childhood Education and Mathematics Attending California State University at Fullerton for my Master’s of Education in Educational Technology 1st Year Teaching at Saint Jerome (middle school science and 7th and 8th grade math) Class Expectations Be on time, ready to work by the start of class Respect the teacher, other students and yourself at all times Be responsible for your school work Make sure you leave the class the way you found it by picking up any papers, pens pencils and by making sure you have any necessary books, papers or materials needed for homework. Grading Summative Assessments- 80% This Includes tests, projects and labs Formative Assessments – 20% This includes all quizzes, Exit tickets, discussions, participation ect. All grades will be given using a point system of total points awarded over the total possible points Absences and Tardies Students who have an excused absence may turn in work without penalty. They are given one additional day for each missed day to turn in work. It is the students responsibility to contact the teacher, check the missing work bin or the website for any missed assignments. In the case of an unexcused absence, the student must turn in all work the day the day they return to class. Homework/Late Work Homework will be posted on the board daily. Math homework (7th and 8th) will be assigned every day. Science homework and projects will be given throughout the unit but not daily. All homework is due the next day unless otherwise stated. Late homework must come back with a missing homework slip filled out by the student and signed by his/her parent. Late projects will be deducted 10 points per day late. Labs We will complete a variety of labs this year. Labs will coincide with the material covered in each chapter. After a lab is finished students will complete a lab write-up. Students will follow the Scientific Method to complete these labs. Lab write-ups are due two days after a lab is completed. Science Fair The Science Fair will be held on Thursday, January 22. Students will display their projects for the school community to see. These projects will be judged, and three winners from 7th and 8th grade will continue onto the Diocesan Science Fair. The categories to choose from are: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Math and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Applications, and Environmental Sciences. More information will be given to students in mid-September. Physical Science Course Content The following are the major topics that we will be discussing this year in science Motion Forces Structures of Matter Periodic Table Reactions Chemistry of Living Systems Physical Principles in Living Systems Density, Buoyancy, Fluids, and Pressures Waves, Sound Waves, Light Waves Environmental Science Health Science Investigation and Experimentation th 7 Grade Math Course Content The following are the Units that we will be covering this year in math. Numbers and Operations: Rational and Real Numbers Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Thinking Geometry and Measurement Algebraic Thinking: Linear and Nonlinear Functions Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability 8th Grade Math Course Content The following are the Units that we will be covering this year in math. Unit 1 Foundations and Functions Unit 2 Linear Functions Unit 3 Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions Unit 4 Advanced Expressions and Data Analysis I am looking forward to a great year!