I would like to take a moment to welcome you and your child into my classroom. I am excited about this year and look forward to working with you to accomplish your child's academic needs and goals.
We have a busy year ahead. Units that will be covered during the year include: Unit 1: Energy, Unit 2: Classification of Matter, Unit 3: Interaction of Matter, Unit 4: The Periodic Table, Unit 5: Heat Energy, Unit 6: Forces and Motion, Unit 7: Electricity and Magnetism, and Unit 8: Waves. Students will be given a pacing guide to guide our curriculum through the year. They will also be given a student learning map for every unit that describes the standards, concepts, and vocabulary that will be covered during the unit as well as a study guide that will detail key learning vocabulary and concepts. The unit student learning map and study guides will not only serve as a class guides, but they will also be a study guides for major tests (9-week/Semester exams).
Studying nightly is very important to the success of your child in class. Please encourage your child to review and study over class notes, graphic organizers, and vocabulary daily. This will help ensure his/her success in class as well as on the GMAS at the end of the year.
Your child will be required to maintain a structured class interactive notebook, science lab manual, and science journal. The class interactive notebook will contain the Georgia Performance Standards for our class, student learning maps, study guides, class notes and daily activities that will be used in order to meet and exceed our standards. The science lab manual will contain all reports that follow our hands-on activities. The science journal is a daily journal that will contain answers to daily questions and writing prompts, which will be completed at the beginning of class. Textbooks are not assigned to students, however they may check them out if needed to supplement their learning. Although homework may only be assigned two or three nights a week or as needed, students should review notes as well as read daily.
In order to help students prepare for success, I will integrate writing, reading comprehension and math in science content. The students will take the Georgia Milestones Assessment System Test towards the end of the school year. In order to be promoted to the 9th grade, they must meet those science standards on this test. It is important that your child practice these skills as much as possible.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns that you may have. I am best reached via email, however appointments may be set up through guidance (387-2445). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to having a great year!!!
Thanks, Whitney Ensley