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    MRS. WHITEHURST

    email: jwhitehurst@madison-schools.com

    Mrs.  Whitehurst

     

    WELCOME!

    Welcome to SCIENCE! I am so excited and look forward to a fun school year with you. My love for Science derived from my own middle school experiences, and I look forward to sharing that love with my students while helping them create those positive memorable experiences for themselves. My classroom is fun, very structured, and filled with a lot of LOVE! Please do your best to visit my page regularly so that you can stay updated on all things happening. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by calling the front office. 

     

    ABOUT THE TEACHER

    I grew up in Corinth, MS where Jesus, family, and playing sports was a way of life. Basketball was and still is a passion of mine (so if your student comes home saying that Mrs. Whitehurst challenged me to a game of horse they're probably telling you the truth ;)... ). I graduated from Mississippi State University with an Elementary Education degree with a science endorsement. I am married and we have a 1 year old son named Owen. This is my fist year at Germantown Middle School, but this is my fifth year teaching middle school Science. Again, I'm super pumped to make this year a fantastic one! If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me by email. GO MAVS!! 

     

    HELPFUL HINTS

     I encourage both students and parents to sign-up for my Remind 101. In order to sign up,

    Eighth Grade Science: you can text @sci82019 (include the @ sign) to the number 81010 or download the Remind 101 app. I will not send daily reminders through Remind 101, but I will send reminders about upcoming tests, pictures of notes or study guides, or important school information. 

    Seventh Grade Science: you can text @sci72019 (include the @ sign) to the number 81010 or download the Remind 101 app. I will not send daily reminders through Remind 101, but I will send reminders about upcoming tests, pictures of notes or study guides, or important school information. 

    Please remind your students to look over Science everyday. We will cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. Have your students rewrite their notes in their own words, teach you the material, make note cards, and drawing the diagrams and pictures we go over in class. Spending 10-12 minutes each night will help your student be successful this school year.

    Zero block will take place in my classroom on Tuesday beginning at 7:30. Students are welcome to come during this time to receive extra help, study for upcoming tests and quizzes, or work on assignments. 

     

    ASSIGNED GRADES

    1. Mav Marks will be checked after students have completed for ten days. 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.

    • 4 points for the copied question, 4 points for the correct letter and corresponding answer, and 2 points for the stamp or check.

    2. Homework is checked for completion. Each homework assignment will be worth twenty-five points. If an assignment is partially completed, fifteen points will be awarded. An incomplete assignment will not be awarded any points. After four assignmend have been collected, a homework grade will be assigned. Homework grades are minor grades.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 grade book if a student was absent when an assignment was given. Once the assignment is completed, the grade will be replaced.

    6. 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.