Mrs. Breinlinger

Science & Health 6-8


Wow!  How can it be May already?   Time is just flying by here at St. Johns.   May is sure to go by in a flash with everything going on.   Be sure to check below for all of the special upcoming events.  

I love the month of May because it is the month we recognize Mary, the mother of our church.   She is always there for us, along with her son, to guide us and help us.   And as they say, if you stay close to the Mother, you will always be near the Son.   

6th grade - We are just finishing up our study of soil.  After that we will dive the hydrosphere and learn about the water on our planet and how it helps shape the Earth.     

7th grade - The next topic we will be studying is plants.  We will learn about the different groups of plants, the role plants play and why they are so necessary to life on Earth.  

8th grade - Eight grade will begin to study forces.   We will examine what a force is, the different types of forces and how roller coasters incorporate many of the ideas of motion and force.  

Important Dates:

Wed May 1- Thurs May 2 - NYS Math testing - Grade 8

Fri May 3 - Moving Up Day Mass (9:00 am) and Class Night (5:30 pm) 

Wed May 8 & Thurs May 9 - Mother's Day Plant sale 

Thurs May 9 - Progress reports go home 

Fri May 10 - No school for students - Staff Development Day

Mon May 13 - Fri May 16 - Spring Book Fair (Evening hours on Thurs 16)

Mon May 13 - May Crowning 9:00 am

Thurs May 15 - Spring Concert 6:30 pm

Wed May 22 - NYS Science Performance Assessment - Grade 8

Thurs May 23 - Rock Around the Block Party - evening

Fri May 24 - Mon May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday

Tues May 28 - Wed May 29 - 8th Grade trip

Thurs May 30 - Ascension Thursday Mass 9:00 am


1 -  Green 5 subject notebook

1 - Green folder with pockets and prongs

** 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 = 35%

Projects = 25%

Quizzes = 15%

Homework = 10%

Classwork/Labs = 15%