Mr. Salamone, Ms. Sindoni, Ms. Ventresca, Mr. Manciocchi, Ms. O'Connor, Ms. Blue
7th Grade Physical Science
My name is Melinda O'Connor and I am excited to start a new year with your child in science class at Ed Smith. This is my tenth year teaching science in Syracuse City Schools. I am excited to be returning for my eighth year at Ed Smith. I have had a love of science since I was young and cannot wait to share this with your child!
I will be with you child September and October then will be out for maternity leave in early November through early February. Your child will be in great hands, as our newly retired living environment teacher from last year will be taking my place while I am out.
Our class this year will focus on topics related to the physical sciences, specifically Chemistry and Physics. Such topics include: engineering design, atoms and molecules, matter, physical and chemical changes, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, forces and motion. We are fully implementing a switch over to the new, New York State Science Learning Standards this year. This puts more emphasis on student centered learning and is a very hands on approach to learning. Students will complete a variety of labs and class activities that will expose them to the different areas of physical science.
In my physical science class students will be assessed based on periodic quizzes, labs, participation, and general classwork. In addition, students will also take district wide Performance Assessments which will count as their test grades. These performance assessments will help to better prepare them for the NYS 8th grade science test next year. Each exam will test on new material as well as material learned from the beginning of the year.
This year I expect that students will…..
In order to be prepared and successful in science class, students will need….
- Leave all cell phones and electronics OFF and OUT OF SIGHT while in the classroom
- Be prepared for class everyday (ON TIME AND PREPARED WITH PENCIL)
- Work cooperatively to complete all labs and classwork
- Be respectful of everyone in the classroom, both teachers and peers.
- Folder (Provided and kept in science classroom)
Please do not hesitate to contact me throughout the school year with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at school: 315-435-4650 or feel free to email me directly at: mo’firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your continued support!!
7th Grade Science
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