Mrs. Breinlinger

Science & Health 6-8


As we begin this time of Advent, let us remember the reason we celebrate this season - the birth of Jesus.  

I wish you a happy, healthy and blessed Christmas season.   

Mrs. Breinlinger


6th grade - Sixth grade continues to explore the Earth by learning about earthquakes and volcanoes.  We will study the types of volcanoes and the hazards they can cause.  In addition, we will learn how we rate earthquakes, the affects of them and how we can be safe if we live in an area prone to them.  

7th grade - Seventh grade is still continuing to learn about cells and some of their basic functions.  After that we will start to study plants and examine the different groups of plants, the basic parts of a plant and why they are important to us.

8th grade - Eighth grade is continuing to study the periodic table.  We are examining the different groups of elements, their properties and why they are important.  After that we will begin to discuss chemical reactions.        

Important Dates:

Dec 3 - 7 - St. Nicholas Toy Drive

Fri Dec 7 - School Mass - 9:00 am; Report cards go home; Parents Night Out (5:30 - 8:00pm)

Sat Dec 9 - HSA Breakfast with Santa after 10:00 am Mass

Thurs Dec 13 - Christmas Concert - 6:30 pm

Dec 17 - 18 - Santa's Secret Shop - all grades during school

Dec 20 - Advent Prayer Service - 8:30 am - in gym

Dec 21 - 11:00 am Dismissal

Dec 22 - Jan 1 - Christmas Recess

Jan 2 - School resumes


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%