Mrs. Breinlinger

Science & Health 6-8

Contact: tbreinlinger@stjohnskenmore.com

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great summer vacation and is ready to learn.   I know that it is going to be a great year!  Please see the information below for class information (supplies, topics & grading) and upcoming school events.  

Mrs. Breinlinger

Important Dates:

Wed Sept 4 - First Day!  - Early dismissal @ 11:00 am

Wed Sept 11 - School Mass @ 9:00 am

Sat Sept 14 - Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction 

Wed Sept 18 - Parent Orientation Grades 6-8 @ 6:00 pm

Thurs Sept 19 - HSA Parent Meeting @ 7:00 pm - Reina Community Room

Wed Sept 25 - School Mass @ 9:00 am

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Supplies:

1 -  Green 5 subject notebook

1 - Green folder with pockets

** Students should bring notebook paper, pens/pencils & an eraser to class everyday.  

Topics Per Grade:

6th Grade - Earth Science: In 6th grade students study earth science.  We examine the Earth as a dynamic system, where all the parts work together and are connected to one another.  Some of our specific topics include: Plate tectonics, Rock Cycle, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Atmosphere, and Ocean.  Health: In health we study what health and wellness are, the benefits of physical activity, personal health, and nutrition.       

7th Grade - Life Science:  In 7th grade the primary focus is life science.  We examine what it means to be alive and how all of God's creations have a place in the world.  Some specific topics include: What is life, Cells and cell processes, Viruses & bacteria, Plants and Animals.  Health: In health we study body systems, growth and development, conflict resolution and preventing violence.             

8th Grade - Physical Science:  In 8th grade the primary focus is on physical science.  This is a combination of basic chemistry and physics.  Specifically we examine the following topics: Matter, Changes in matter, Periodic Table, Atoms, Motion, Energy, Light & Sound.  Health:  In health we study mental and emotional health, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and communicable and noncommunicable diseases.   

Each grade level course of study includes a variety of hands-on learning opportunities and individual student projects to give students a deeper understanding of what they are learning, to make the learning more concrete and to help the students make connections to their real world experiences.  

Homework Policy:

All homework will be checked on the day it is due.  Most assignments will be graded using the following scale:

5 pts. = completed on date due

3 pts. = one day late

1 pt.  = two days late

0 pts. = missing (3 or more days late)

Some homework may be collected and corrected for a percentage grade.  Students will be notified which assignments these will be.  A missing graded assignment will lose 5 points per day that it is missing.  

Parents will be notified via email when a student is missing 3 or more homework assignments.   

Grading Policy

Progress report and report card grades will be calculated based on the following:

Tests & Quizzes = 30%

Projects = 25%

Homework = 15%

Classwork/Labs = 30%