Mrs. Breinlinger

Grade 8 Homeroom & Science 6 - 8

Contact: tbreinlinger@stjohnskenmore.com

Happy February!  February is a time when most of us think about love - what it means to love and how to show love to others.  We can use St. Valentine as an example of both of these. 

It is also a time for us to start preparing for the greatest act of love; the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross; with the season of Lent.  Lent is a time for us to truly contemplate the sacrifice that was made for us and how we will live out our lives as true disciples of Christ.   

This February I hope that you discover all the love that God has for you and that you show that same love to others.  

Mrs. Breinlinger   

Dates to Remember:

Sat Feb 3 - Father/Daughter dance

Fri Feb 9 - Easter candy sale due; Dress down ($1)

Tue Feb 13 - UB Bulls basketball game 7:00 pm

Wed Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday - Mass 9:00 am

Mon Feb 19 - Fri Feb 23 - February Break

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.      

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.          

8th Grade - Physical Science:  In 8th grade the primary focus is on phyical 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. 

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.  

Any missing homework will result in a lunch detention the following day.  Parents will be notified via email of missing homework and consequent lunch detentions.  

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%