Welcome to my class. I am so excited to be teaching at GMS. Go MAVS! This year I am teaching 7th grade science, 8th grade science and STEM. 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 21 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 6th 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, swimming and traveling. I am looking forward to a great year at GMS. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
- Mav Marks will be checked after students have completed ten, one per day. We will correct them every day, so they will be graded for accuracy. Each day is worth ten points. Mav Marks will count as a minor grade. 5 points for the copied question and 5 points for the correct letter and corresponding answer
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- Students will need 3 sections in their binder for my class. The 3 sections need to be labeled as follows: Mav Marks, Notes, Graded Assignments. Notebooks should always be well organized because this will serve as their study guide for each unit. Students should keep all notes. Please DO NOT throw away notes after we complete a unit.
- Most of the inquiry based labs that we do will count as tests grades; therefore, it is important that all labs and lab reports be completed seriously and on time.
- 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, even if your child does not have assigned homework, please encourage them to spend about 15 minutes a day studying/reviewing for my class. Some examples of this include: rewriting notes, reading and highlighting notes, making study cards, drawing diagrams, correcting mistakes on assignments or explaining their notes to you.