Supplies: Students should have a small 3-ring binder and loose leaf paper. It is recommended that 8th graders have a basic 4-function calculator. Physics and Chemistry students will need a scientific or graphing calculator.
Grading: I grade on a point system. Homework, quizzes, class participation, and assignments range from 10-50 points. Tests and presentations are worth 100 points. Grades will be posted shortly after giving the grades to the students. I strongly encourage the students to discuss their assignments and grades with you on an ongoing basis.
Science 8 Physical Science: This course explores the physical world though the study of matter and energy. Students will learn basic Physics and Chemistry to better understand the world around them and how it works. There is an emphasis on hands on labs and demonstrations. Students are required to take a NYS Science Exam in June covering material from grade levels 5-8. Class meets every day (Period 1)
Chemistry: This is a modern NYS Regents course that emphasizes unifying principles of chemistry and related concepts. Units include: classifications of matter, particle nature of matter, chemical and physical changes, stoichiometry and the mole, energy and change, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Students will be expected to meet the lab requirements. Class meets every day (Period 2) Lab meets on days 2, 4, and 6 (Period 3)
Physics: This is a modern NYS Regents course with major emphasis on fundamental concepts. Units include: problem solving, force, motion, energy, physical waves, electricity and magnetism, and atomic physics. Students will be expected to meet the lab requirements. Class meets every day (Period 5) Lab meets on days 1, 3, and 5 (Period 6)
Environmental Science: This course is designed to encourage students to take an educated approach in deciding on the environmental issues facing the world today. Environmental science relies on many other sciences to explore and understand the human relationship with nature. There are numerous labs and field studies to support the content of the class. Units include: invasive species, biomes, biodiversity, natural resources, alternative energy, sustainability, pollution, forestry, soils, wildlife, and aquatics. Class meets every day (Period 9)