Ms. Chavez's Science Class

Ms. Chavez's Science Class


McAuliffe Middle School

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8th Grade Science Course Syllabus 2016 - 2017

  Ms. Jessica A. Chavez Room# 505


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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



Letter grades are based on the following:


A       =       100-90

B       =       89-80

C       =       79-75

D       =       74-70

F        =       69 and below 


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)


Pre-AP Expectations    

The Pre-AP course provides a foundation for the study of 8th grade science topics at an advanced and accelerated pace.  The student will be able to:

  • conduct a variety of inquiry-based laboratory investigations
  • develop skills that facilitate critical thinking
  • analyze and evaluate scientific data
  • design experiments
  • articulate conclusions in various formats
  • perform at rigorous academic levels
  • acquire knowledge, concepts, and skills that facilitate a higher level of learning


Classroom Routines

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

Students are responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the district policy.  Students who miss classwork must ask the teacher for classwork and agree to a revised deadline for turning classwork in for grading.



The following supplies/materials are needed for this class.

  • 1 composition notebook
  • 3 Pocket Brad Folder
  • 1 Pack of 100 count Index Cards
  • Pen or pencil
  • 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 to obey the following rules while in class:

  1. Come in grab your book, paper, pencil, take your seat and answer the warm up posted on the board
  2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak. NO TALKING without permission
  3. DO NOT get out of your chair unless given permission
  4. Be alert and awake with your head up
  5. Follow all instructions, complete all assigned work, use appropriate language including proper names
  6. Be respectful to ALL students, staff, and property at ALL times
  7. The bell does not dismiss the class, THE TEACHER DOES


Failure to comply with these rules will result in the one or all of the following:

  1. Discussion with the student regarding incident
  2. Parent Contact and discussion of incident
  3. Parent Conference with student, teacher, and administrator
  4. Referral to the office


Teacher information


Name:                   Ms. Jessica A. Chavez

Room #:                505

Conference:            5th Period

Contact #:             (210) 623-6260 ext. 2397



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







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


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