Science

Sixth Grade Science Syllabus     Seventh Grade Science Syllabus     Eighth Grade Science Syllabus

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Sixth Grade Earth Science

 The middle school course of earth science is designed to give all students an overview of common themes in earth science including, but not limited to, meteorology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, resources and human impact on the earth. 

The purpose of this communication is to inform you of the basic requirements and expectations of this course. 

Upon completion of this course, students will…

  • Have explored the current scientific views of the universe and how those views have changed.
  • Understand the effect of the relative positions of the earth, moon and sun.
  • Recognize the significant role of water in earth processes.
  • Understand how the distribution of land and oceans affects the climate and weather.
  •  Have investigated the scientific view of how the earth’s surface is formed.
  • Describe various sources of energy and with their uses conservation.

Methods of Evaluation and Assessment

A variety of methods will be used throughout the year to assess your progress toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards.  DO NOT ask “is this for a grade?”  Everything done in this class is moving you toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards and will be assessed. 

Based on the policy of our new program, zeros are not permitted (ZAP), students who fail to complete assignments will be assigned a day to stay after school to complete the missing work.  The day will vary by teacher.  Students assigned to ZAP will be required to attend.  A bus will be available to take students home if they are not picked up by 4:30.

To help you understand how your assignments will be weighted, please review the following scale:

1.    Tests and Projects - 30%

2.  Classwork and Homework - 30%

3.  Notebook, quizzes, lab reports and other assignments - 30%

4.  Midterm & Final - 10%

Expected Classroom Behavior

In order to fully participate in the planned activities and achieve the outcomes, certain classroom behaviors must be followed.  These behaviors include:

  • Behave as ladies and gentlemen at all times.
  • Show respect to other people as well as their property
  • Report to class on time and ready to learn
  •  Listen and follow directions

Failure to follow the classroom expectations will result in consequences.  Because different violations of the expectations may warrant different types of consequences, specific consequences are not tied directly to the violation.  Rather, violation of an expectation will provide your teacher with a choice of appropriate consequences which include but are not limited to:

  • Verbal warning
  • Isolation/New seat within the classroom
  • One-on–one meeting to discuss future consequences for continued in appropriate behavior
  • Parent notification
  • Parent conference
  • Referral to principal

 Remember, your behavior not only affects your ability to learn but also that of those around you. 

 Important Dates to Remember 

August 21 - PTO and open house

August 28  - Progress reports go home

October 23 - PTO and Family Science Fun Night

Should you have any questions regarding the information outlined here, please contact the school at 478-457-3370.

Again, welcome to sixth grade!!

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Seventh Grade Life Science

The middle school course of life science is designed to give all students the necessary skills for a smooth transition form elementary life science standards to high school biology standards.  The purpose is to give all students an overview of common strands in life science including, but not limited to, diversity of living organisms, structure and function of cells, heredity, ecosystems and biological evolution.

The purpose of this communication is to inform you of the basic requirements and expectations of this course. 

Upon completion of this course, students will…

  • have investigated the diversity of living organism and how they can be compared scientifically.
  • be able to describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.
  • be able to recognize how biological traits are passed on to successive generations.
  • have examined the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments.
  • have examined the evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics that promote survival of organism and the survival of successive generations of their offspring.

Methods of Evaluation and Assessment

A variety of methods will be used throughout the year to assess your progress toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards.  DO NOT ask “is this for a grade?”  Everything done in this class is moving you toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards and will be assessed. 

Based on the policy of our new program, zeros are not permitted (ZAP), students who fail to complete assignments will be assigned a day to stay after school to complete the missing work.  The day will vary by teacher.  Students assigned to ZAP will be required to attend.  A bus will be available to take students home if they are not picked up by 4:30.

To help you understand how your assignments will be weighted, please review the following scale:

1. Test and Projects - 30%

2. Classwork and Homework - 30%

3. Notebook, quizzes, lab reports and other assignments - 30%

4. Midterm & Final - 10%

Expected Classroom Behavior

In order to fully participate in the planned activities and achieve the outcomes, certain classroom behaviors must be followed.  These behaviors include:

  • Behave as ladies and gentlemen at all times.
  • Show respect to other people as well as their property
  • Report to class on time and ready to learn
  •  Listen and follow directions

Failure to follow the classroom expectations will result in consequences.  Because different violations of the expectations may warrant different types of consequences, specific consequences are not tied directly to the violation.  Rather, violation of an expectation will provide your teacher with a choice of appropriate consequences which include but are not limited to:

  • Verbal warning
  • Isolation/New seat within the classroom
  • One-on–one meeting to discuss future consequences for continued in appropriate behavior
  • Parent notification
  • Parent conference
  • Referral to principal

Remember, your behavior not only affects your ability to learn but also that of those around you. 

Important Dates to Remember

August 21 - PTO and open house

August 28 - Progress reports go home

October 23 - PTO and Family Science Fun Night

Should you have any questions regarding the information outlined here, please contact the school at 478-457-3370.

Again, welcome to seventh grade!!

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Eighth Grade Physical Science

The middle school course of physical science is designed to give all students the necessary skills for a smooth transition from elementary physical science standards to high school physical science standards.  The purpose is to give all students an overview of common strands in physical science including, but not limited to, the nature of matter, laws of energy, motion and forces, and energy transformation. 

The purpose of this communication is to inform you of the basic requirements and expectations of this course. 

Upon completion of this course, students will…

  • have examined the scientific view of the nature of matter.
  • be familiar with the forms and transformations of energy
  • have investigated the relationship between force, mass and the motion of objects.
  • have explored the wave nature of sound and electromagnetic radiation.
  • recognize characteristics of gravity, electricity and magnetism as major kinds of forces acting in nature.

Methods of Evaluation and Assessment

A variety of methods will be used throughout the year to assess your progress toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards.  DO NOT ask “is this for a grade?”  Everything done in this class is moving you toward meeting the Georgia Performance Standards and will be assessed. 

Based on the policy of our new program, zeros are not permitted (ZAP), students who fail to complete assignments will be assigned a day to stay after school to complete the missing work.  The day will vary by teacher.  Students assigned to ZAP will be required to attend.  A bus will be available to take students home if they are not picked up by 4:30.

To help you understand how your assignments will be weighted, please review the following scale:

1.  Tests and Projects - 30%

2.  Classwork and Homework - 30%

3.  Notebook, quizzes, lab reports and other assignments - 30%

4.  Midterm & Final - 10%

Expected Classroom Behavior

In order to fully participate in the planned activities and achieve the outcomes, certain classroom behaviors must be followed.  These behaviors include:

  • Behave as ladies and gentlemen at all times.
  • Show respect to other people as well as their property
  • Report to class on time and ready to learn
  •  Listen and follow directions

Failure to follow the classroom expectations will result in consequences.  Because different violations of the expectations may warrant different types of consequences, specific consequences are not tied directly to the violation.  Rather, violation of an expectation will provide your teacher with a choice of appropriate consequences which include but are not limited to:

  • Verbal warning
  • Isolation/New seat within the classroom
  • One-on–one meeting to discuss future consequences for continued in appropriate behavior
  • Parent notification
  • Parent conference
  • Referral to principal

Remember, your behavior not only affects your ability to learn but also that of those around you. 

Important Dates to Remember

August 21 - PTO and open house

August 28 - Progress reports go home

October 23 - PTO and Family Science Fun Night

Should you have any questions regarding the information outlined here, please contact the school at 478-457-3370.

Again, welcome to eighth grade!!

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