Mrs. Breinlinger

Science & Health 6-8

Contact: tbreinlinger@stjohnskenmore.com

Welcome to February!   This new year is really flying by.

During this month of February, we remember that love is the greatest gift of all and that we should love above all else.   

6th grade - In 6th grade are ready to begin our study of volcanoes.  We will discuss the different types of volcanoes, the affects of volcanoes and the dangers that they cause.    

7th grade - 7th grade is continuing to study genetics.   We are in the midst of discussing what modern advances have been made in this field and how this affects us and our every day lives.   

8th grade - In 8th grade we have begun our study of acids and bases.  We will learn what each of those are, their individual properties, how we measure them and how we use them. 

Important Dates:

Thurs. Feb 7 - HSA meeting 7:00 pm

Sat. Feb 9 - Father/Daughter dance 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Fri. Feb 15 - Talent show 8:30 am (Rescheduled from CSW)

Mon. Feb 18 - Fri. Feb 22 - President's Day break

Mon. Feb 25 - Jr. High Bowling (Rescheduled from CSW)

Tue. Feb 26 - UB Bulls Basketball game 7:00 pm

Supplies:

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%