Welcome to my class. I am so excited to be teaching at GMS. Go MAVS! This year I am teaching 7th grade science. Middle School is a busy and exciting journey full of new experiences. Consequently, parents and students, please visit my website on a regular basis to stay up to date on what is happening in class, especially in the event of an absence.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
I grew up in an Air Force family, consequently I have lived in many places all across the US. Until recently, I made my home in Oklahoma where I met my husband of 22 years. We have two daughters. Our oldest is out of school and is working toward becoming a photographer. Our youngest is also at GMS this year as a 7th grader! I graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Natural Science, a minor in Liberal Arts and my teaching credentials. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing board games, and traveling. I am looking forward to a great year at GMS. Please feel free to email me at mlane@ madison-schools.com if you have any questions.
- Mav Marks will be checked for completion, one per day. We will discuss/correct them each day. Mav Marks will count as a minor grade after we have completed ten. In addition, Mav Mark questions may be used on quizzes.
- Homework is checked for completion and sometimes accuracy and must be turned in on time. Five points will be deducted for each day the assignment is turned in late. Homework will count as a minor grade.
- 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.
- Tests will be given at the completion of a unit. Please check my webpage for test dates. The tests will be counted as a major grade. The best way to help your child prepare for tests is to review the material daily. This can be accomplished by having them explain what was discussed/worked on in class. Please ask your child lots of questions. The more details they recall the better.
- A “NM” stands for ‘No Mark’ and serves as a ‘place holder’ for an upcoming assignment. The “NM” doesn’t affect a student’s average. A “NM” may also be placed in the gradebook if a student was absent when an assignment was given. Once the assignment is completed, the grade will be replaced.
- 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’ board located in the classroom to see if their paper does not have a name.
- I encourage both students and parents to sign-up for my Remind 101. In order to sign up, you can text @mlane19 (include the @ sign) to the number 81010 or download the Remind 101 app.
- Students will need a science section in their binder for my class. Binders should always be well organized by unit. Students should keep all work. Please DO NOT throw away work after we complete a unit.
- In addition to the binder, we will be creating an Interactive Notebook (INB). This will be your child’s main source of notes and examples. I will be checking the INB’s with a rubric. The INB’s will stay in the classroom. But, they may be checked out the class before a test and checked back in the day of the test. Please help your child with being responsible with their INB. This will be a lot of work to make up if they loose it!
- We will be doing inquiry based labs this year. It is important that all labs and lab reports be completed. If your child is absent, they will need to come to zero block to make up a lab. The main purpose of my labs is to develop skills that will make them successful in future science classes. They will complete the entire lab/report so that I can guide them but they will be graded for accuracy on one step at first and we will add steps to their accountability as the year progresses. They will have the rubrics before each lab.
- All extra individual help will be given during zero block. If a student misses a class, he/she may also complete make up work during zero block.
- Parents, I know we are all very busy. But, the best way to help your child be successful in my class is to have a daily conversation with your child explaining our current content. Please ask the questions prompting your child to recall as much as possible.
Remember, it’s a good day to have a good day!