pmangan Mrs. Mangan
Whitefish Bay Middle School 8th Grade Science - Whitefish Bay Middle School

Science and the Future

Science is a creative pursuit that has changed the way we view the universe and a need to explore that continually alters the process and quality of our lives. Today's children will be tomorrow's scientists and science users. They will rely even more than we do on science and technology for jobs, communication, food, health care, energy, and protection of the environment. The future of the world will someday be in the hands of our children. As parents and educators, we must encourage our children to grow into scientifically-literate adults, and perhaps even the scientists of the future!

Science as a Process

Science involves problem solving, searching for answers, observing, investigating, and testing ideas. Through their endless questioning of the world around them, children show how they love these processes. They simply need encouragement and positive experiences with science to challenge and reinforce their natural curiosity. To influence our young students to think positively and protectively about the Earth and the universe as a whole, we must teach them to appreciate and to love science. The Whitefish Bay School District is committed to broadening science awareness as an integral part of everyday life.

Hands-on / Minds-on

Drawing mainly from inquiry and constructivist models, I use a variety of teaching strategies, integrating visual, auditory and kinesthetic experiences to address multiple intelligences and diverse learning styles. In cooperative-learning groups, my students share materials, ideas, and enthusiasm for learning. My labs are activity-based with an emphasis on creative and critical-thinking skills, designed to generate excitement and curiousity, and to reflect the most recent research into how the human brain generates patterns and meaning in a learning situation.

Eighth Grade Science Course

Specific themes to be covered are:

•  The nature of science, scientific problem solving, and measurement skills
•  Atoms, elements, and chemical reactions, including atomic structure, the Periodic Table of Elements, and chemical bonds
•  Forces and motion, including Newton’s Laws
•  Classification of minerals and rocks
•  Changes in the Earth’s surface due to internal forces and plate tectonics, resulting in earthquakes and volcanoes •  History of the Earth, including fossils, evolution, and geologic time
•  Ecosystems, environmental resources, and maintaining a healthy environment 
•  Space exploration, near and distant, including the sun-earth-moon system, solar system, and stars and their evolution


•  Regular, attentive class attendance and on-task participation
•  Respect for the learning needs of others
•  Class materials at hand and used properly
•  Thoughtful completion of work by the due date
•  Timely completion of make-up work


Student grades are based on:
•  Homework and quizzes (25%)
•  Labs (25%)
•  Projects (25%)
•  Tests (25%)

Extra credit

• Due prior to the last week of each quarter
• Available to all students who complete their assigned work
• Teacher approval of extra credit is required before the work is begun

Student Responsibilities

The student is responsible for:

•  Being on time and in seat when class begins
•  Bringing textbook, homework, and necessary materials to class each day
•  Recording the assignments in his/her assignment notebook
•  Understanding the homework assignment before leaving class
•  Taking home any books and materials which are necessary to complete the assignment
•  Seeing that homework assignments are handed in, or ready to be checked, at the beginning of class on the day they are due
•  Making arrangements, at an appropriate time, to complete all missing work when absent from class
•  Using the homework hotline to clarify assignments
•  Producing quality work
•  Accepting the consequences when he/she does not meet expectations

What Students Need Every Day

•  Be in seat when class begins
•  Assignment notebook - take care of immediately
•  Completed homework
•  Pen &/or pencil (not red)
•  Red pen (daily!)
•  Science only notebook - three subject
•  Science folder
•  Science textbook
•  Colored pencils/markers when requested
•  Positive attitude (Come ready to learn!)

Homework Expectations

Purpose:  The purpose of homework is to give students the opportunity to check, demonstrate, and communicate their understanding of the material.  Homework is for the benefit of the student.  To ensure the maximum benefit from homework, students should meet the following expectations:

1.  Assignments are to be the student’s original work.   
2.  Assignments are to be completed with a high degree of quality including:
•  Follow directions carefully
•  Complete all parts of the assigned work
•  Use proper mechanics (spelling, grammar, capitalization, etc.)
•  Keep work neat and readable
3.  When assignments are reviewed in class, students are to make corrections and/or additions in red.  This is considered part of the assignment.  (Red pens/pencils are for correcting purposes only!)
4.  A complete heading is required on all assignments.
5.  Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.  Incomplete or forgotten assignments are considered late.

Consequences and Expectations of Unexcused Late Work

1.  Late work handed in after school on the day it was due will be penalized 10%.
2.  Late work not turned in the day it is due will receive a zero.
3.  The work must still be completed to enhance student understanding of the material.
4.  Parents will be promptly notified about repeated incomplete, late, or missing work.


When You are Absent

Planned Ahead Absence

•  Notify teacher as soon as possible
•  Do the work ahead
•  Take quizzes and tests within two days after you return

Regular Absence

•  Call the homework hotline
•  Call a friend
•  Ask me for your assignments when you return to school
•  Take quizzes and tests within two days after you return
•  School policy states that one day is given for each day missed

Behavior Consequences

•  Conference with teacher
•  Time at lunch or after school
•  Call or note home
•  Go to office
•  Miss trips / activity days
•  Referral form
•  Suspension


•  Period 1 - Report to office
•  All other periods - see teacher

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