• Kelly Ladner

    kladner@madison-schools.com 
    (601) 859-0376
     
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    Welcome 

    Welcome to 7th grade Science! I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my love of Science with all of my students. This year the students will learn about: chemical and physical changes, atoms and elements, weather patterns, climate changes, and inquiry skills just to name a few. Please make sure to visit my website in order to stay current on all the things happening in Room 702! 

     

    About the Teacher

    I have lived in Madison County my entire life and am a graduate of Madison County Schools. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. SMTTT! I recently completed my masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi and am currently working on my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to having a great year at Germantown Middle School. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Go Mavs!

     

    Classroom Philosophy
     
    Throughout this year I want you to remember a few things:
    • You are capable of anything.
    • You are the focus of this class, not me. I will do everything I can to help you experience success this year. 
    • You will face difficulties this year, but I know that you can do anything you set your mind to.
    • I am here to support you and cheer you on. Please let me know what I can do to help you.
    • I am SO proud of you, and I can't wait to see what you achieve this year!

     

    Helpful Hints

    I encourage both students and parents to sign-up for my Remind 101. In order to sign up, you can text @ladner20a for A-Day and @ladner20b for B-Day (include the @ sign) to the number 81010. I will not send daily reminders through Remind, but I will send reminders about upcoming tests or important school information.   

    Zero block will alternate between face-to-face and online every Wednesday. Face-to-face zero block will begin in my classroom at 7:30. Online zero block will take place on a Canvas conference beginning at 4:30. Students are welcome to join during this time to receive extra help, study for upcoming tests and quizzes, or work on assignments. If you feel as though you need more help outside of this designated time, please contact me, and I will be happy to meet with you on other days!


    Assigned Grades  

    1. Mav Marks will be checked after students have completed them for five days. We will correct them every day, so they will be graded for accuracy and/or completeness.  Each day is worth ten points.

      • 8 points for having the Mav Mark complete and/or correct and 2 points for the daily check off.

    2. Exit Tickets will be combined with the Mav Mark grade. Five exit tickets will be given over a two-week time span and each will be worth ten points.

      • The exit tickets (50 points) combined with the Mav Mark (50 points) will equal a minor grade.

    3. Homework is checked for completion and sometimes accuracy and must be turned in on time.

      • Each homework assignment will be worth twenty-five points. If an assignment is partially completed, fifteen points will be awarded. An incomplete assignment will be awarded zero points.

    4. Quizzes will be given throughout a unit in order to gage student’s understanding of the material. Pop quizzes may also be given throughout the unit. Quizzes will count as a minor grade.

    5. Tests will be given at the completion of a unit. Test dates will be announced at least two weeks in advance in order to allow students enough preparation time. The tests will be counted as a major grade.

    6. A NM” stands for ‘No Mark’ and serves as a ‘place holder’ for an upcoming assignment. The “NM” doesn't’t affect a student’s average. A “NM” may also be placed in the grade book if a student was absent when an assignment was given. Once the assignment is completed, the grade will be replaced.

    7. A NG” stands for ‘No grade’ and is averaged in as a zero.  This shows the student did not turn the assignment in when it was taken up. However, the student may still turn in the assignment for partial credit. An “NG” could also be assigned if the student did not put their name on an assignment. Students are welcome to check the ‘No Name’ basket located in the classroom to see if their paper does not have a name.