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Dear Students and Parents,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to 8th grade science!  My name is Stephanie Hahlen and this is my 14th year teaching middle school. I believe we will have a fun year full of discoveries. Here are some tools that I think will help you be successful!

  • Class website: http://www.westbranch.k12.oh.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=432 On this page you will find links to weekly updates, project info, course syllabus and special announcements.

  • Google Classroom:  Every student will join our Google Classroom using their school account.  Throughout the school year students will complete projects, read articles and type responses using this platform.  It will also be the location of study guides and helpful videos.

  • Progressbook: Stay up-to-date on your assignments and grades. Contact the school if you need help setting up/reactivating your account.

  • Remind: A great tool to receive reminders about what is going on in class. Easy and safe. Students will be bringing home more info at the beginning of the year.

  • Science Binders: 3-ring binder used every day in class that serves as a personalized textbook. Check website regularly for updates.

  • Class Textbooks: Not every unit will have a school-issued textbook. If a textbook is being used in class, students have the opportunity to check one out to bring home.

  • Communication: Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.

    • Email- stephanie.hahlen@wbwarriors.org (typically reply by the end of school day)

    • Phone- (330)938-4300 ext 4352 (typically reply within 24 hrs.)

    • Conference- contact the school or myself

Have a great year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Stephanie Hahlen

 


Syllabus

Class Expectations:

  • Try your best.    

  • Keep yourself and others safe in the science lab.

  • Show respect.

  • Come to class prepared.

Curriculum: Eighth grade science curriculum follows the Ohio Academic Content Standards.  The areas of life, physical, and Earth sciences will be covered and include the following units: Density and Planetary Formation, Seismic Waves, Plate Tectonics, Topography,  Constructive and Destructive Forces, Geologic Time, Diversity of Species, Reproductive Strategies, Heredity and Genetics, Potential Energy, Noncontact Forces, Force and Motion and Reference Points.

 

Textbooks: Prentice Hall Science Explorer Series (Copyright 2007) are used to supplement some units.

 

Other Reading Material: Scholastic Science World Magazine (class subscription); NEWSELA (leveled reading); online sites such as USGS, PBS, NASA, etc.

 

Computer Use: Students will use a class set of Chromebooks to access their Google Classroom, simulations, review games, and videos.

 

Grades: Grades are based on the scale adopted by the West Branch Local School District.  Science assignments will include tests, quizzes, labs, entrance and exit tickets, and projects.  Grading rubrics are often used for larger labs and projects. Points may also be given for participation, presentation, or completion of particular tasks. Certain assignments may qualify for retakes or corrections.

 

Extra Credit: Occasionally bonus  points may be given on an assignment or assessment.  Points will be awarded for students who have not used their dash passes at the end of each nine weeks.    

 

Supplies: 2’’ binder, set of binder dividers (5-8), #2 pencils, colored pencils, loose leaf notebook paper, clorox wipes (collected), pocket folder, 3x5 index cards.

 

Homework: Occasionally homework may be assigned.  Three missing assignments can result in a detention.


Safety Contract: Students and guardians must read and sign the science safety contract at the beginning of the year.  Please make note of the in class cell phone use policy.