Course Syllabus

McAuliffe Middle School

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8th Grade Science Course Syllabus 2016 - 2017

Mrs. Yvonne Garza

Course Description                                                                                         

8th Grade Science introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, ecosystems, earth science, space, and the interactions between energy and matter.  The course will serve students as a laboratory-based introduction to possible future course work in high school IPC, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics while ensuring a mastery of the basics of each discipline.  The ultimate goal of the course is to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of using their knowledge of science to solve real-world problems and to make personal, social, and ethical decisions.


Course Expectations

Grades are calculated as follows:


Daily Work           60%

(To include: daily assignments, warm-ups, homework, class participation, labs, and other activities related to the content area)

Assessments        40%

(To include: exams, benchmark assessments, quizzes, projects, and other acceptable assessment assignments)


Classroom Routines

Please bring all needed supplies to class.  Enter the classroom quietly and sit at your assigned seat.  Participate in all activities and use your time efficiently.  When dismissed by the teacher, make sure that you turn in all completed assignments, put away your materials, clean up and throw away any trash, push in your chair, and leave the room in an orderly fashion.


Makeup Work/Late Work/Absences

It is the student’s responsibility to get all missing work from the teacher. Missing work will be located in a specific area in the classroom. Mrs. Garza does NOT give extra credit on an individual basis. Occasionally, extra credit will be provided to the class, as a whole, at the teacher’s discretion.   Students are responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the district policy.  



The following supplies/materials are needed for this class.

  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 folder
  • Pen or pencil
  • 1 package Index Cards
  • Supplies for Science Fair will be discussed during later in the year




Tutoring will be offered after school on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm in my classroom or upon request from the student. In order to attend tutoring, students will need to make arrangements with their parent for pick up.


Academic Integrity

McAuliffe Middle School strongly believes in ethical behavior, therefore academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Academic dishonesty includes copying another person’s work, cheating, or turning in someone else’s work as your own.  Consequences for committing an act of academic dishonesty will result in a zero for that assignment and parent notification.


Technology Integrity

All students are to comply with SWISD rules and regulations regarding the use of technology as outlined in the Student Handbook.


Science Fair

All 8th Grade students will be required to participate in the McAuliffe Science Fair.  Students and parents will be provided information regarding science fair dates and deadlines the first week of school. Failure to complete a science fair project will result in failure for 2 consecutive six weeks and possible failure of Semester 1.


Classroom Expectations

Students are expected to show maturity and responsibility through their work and behavior. 


Be Respectful:  Listen and don’t talk while teacher or others are talking.  Do not use foul language.  Keep hands and feet to yourself       

Be Responsible:    Be in seat before the bell rings.  Come to class prepared.  Turn in work on time. 

Be Safe:  Wear safety equipment.  No horseplay.  Do not touch things that you are not supposed to.


Students are expected and required to follow all school and classroom rules and guidelines at all times. Failure to do so will result in classroom consequences and/or school disciplinary action.  Classroom consequences can include student conference, parent-teacher-student conference (PTS), lunch detention, after school detention or referral to administration.


Discipline System:  Any student who does not follow classroom and/or school rules can expect to be subjected to the following disciplinary action:

  1. Non-verbal or verbal warning
  2. Conference with teacher
  3. Phone call home to parent
  4. Lunch detention or after school detention
  5. Conference with teacher, parent and student
  6. Referral to office/administration

REWARD SYSTEM: Students will be given an opportunity to earn reward tickets that can be exchanged for certain privileges such as +20 pts on an assignment, picking from the science treasure trove, etc.  Students can earn these tickets by actively participating during class, being an exceptional role model and displaying other positive behaviors.

 All classroom rules are subject to change at the discretion of the teacher or school administration. Students and parents/guardians will be notified in advance if changes are to occur. If there is any conflict between this course syllabus and school policies-student handbook, school policies-student handbook documents will prevail.


Teacher information



Name:                   Mrs. Yvonne Garza

Room #:                504

Conference:            6th Period

Contact #:             (210) 623-6260



To be up to date with class assignments and announcements join Mrs. Garza’s class on Remind. 

Text:    @rocketsci8 to 81010



I look forward to providing each student with rewarding educational experiences and assisting in their academic achievement!







Please return this section to Mrs.  Garza.  Keep the information provided in the class syllabus for future reference.


Student-Parent Agreement


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