Sig Rogich Middle School
Mrs. Heidi Heck
A. Course Description
This year-long course for eighth-grade students provides the physical science explanations that
extend understandings developed in previous science courses. Students will use scientific
processes, protocols, and relationships explained through the physical sciences. Critical thinking,
collaboration, accuracy, and communication skills will be emphasized as students refine their
B. General Course and Career Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
1. Demonstrate scientific literacy and content knowledge of physical science.
2. Safely engage in structured and original exploration of scientific questions.
3. Understand the nature of scientific endeavors.
4. Understand the nature, properties, and classification of matter.
5. Describe structures and functions of physical systems.
6. Use models of atomic structure to explain reactions, properties of matter, the periodic chart,
electricity, nuclear energy, and genetics.
7. Understand the dynamic interactions in living and physical systems.
8. Explore the relationship between force and motion.
9. Differentiate among forms of energy, energy transformations, and uses of energy.
10. Explore the history and use of various energy sources.
11. Explore the relationship between magnetism and electricity.
12. Apply knowledge of wave characteristics and behavior to sound and light.
13. Use knowledge of properties and characteristics of light to understand movement, distance,
and locations of celestial objects.
14. Explore physical science concepts used in genetics, space exploration, energy
consumption, and technological applications.
15. Develop awareness of career opportunities in science and related educational requirements.
C. Class Requirements and Grading Procedures
1. Quizzing and Testing Schedule
a. Quizzes will be given periodically throughout each quarter and can include: pop
quizzes, video quizzes, and announced quizzes.
b. A test will be given at the end of each chapter.
c. Unit test will be given at the end of each unit: Chemistry, Force and Motion,
Electricity and Magnetism, and Waves.
2. Materials - #2 pencils, blue or black pens, 3-prong folder with loose-leaf paper, an agenda,
flash drive, colored pencils/markers, crayons, glue stick, ruler, and scissors.
3. Assignments – Students will be evaluated on the following:
a. Class discussion, both in class and through Coursesites.com
b. Written Assignments
e. Class Activities
f. Online Science Journal
i. Animations, Glogsters, and other online activities
j. Daily Science – collected at the end of each week
k. Daily Work
4. Late Assignments
Late assignments will not be accepted except for under extenuating circumstance. All
assignments are due at a given date.
5. Grading Categories and Weighting
a. Quizzes/Test – 50%
b. Projects/Reports/Labs – 25%
c. Homework Assignments – 15%
d. Daily Assignments and Participation – 10%
6. Grading Scale
A = 90 – 100%
B = 80 – 89.99%
C = 70 – 79.99%
D = 60 – 69.99%
F = Below 60%
7. Semester Grade Formula
Semester 1 Grade Semester 2 Grade
Quarter 1 – 40% Quarter 3 – 40%
Quarter 2 – 40% Quarter 4 – 40%
Semester 1 Exam – 20% Semester 2 Exam – 20%
D. Discipline Procedures
i. Be seated in assigned seat upon entering the room.
ii. Be prepared for class.
iii. No food, gum, candy or drinks other than water are allowed in the lab.
iv. Remain seated until dismissed.
v. Follow all lab safety rules and procedures.
vi. Follow all school rules outlined in the student agenda.
vii. Follow all school rules pertaining to computer use agreement.
1st Disruption – Verbal warning 4th Disruption – Counselor’s referral
2 Disruption – Second warning 5th Disruption – Dean’s referral
3 Disruption – Parent contact
***Severe disruptions or not following lab safety procedures will result in immediate
E. Attendance/Make-up Work Policies
A student will receive a semester grade of “F” in this course if he/she exceeds ten (10)
unapproved absences in a semester.
After an absence, a secondary student is required to initiate contact with the teacher to obtain
makeup work within three (3) days immediately following the absence. Students shall be
allowed a minimum of three (3) days to complete makeup work.
Approved absences may be considered unapproved if course work is not completed by the
student within a reasonable length of time to be determined by the teacher.
Any student who is caught cheating on any assignment or test will receive an automatic zero
(0) on the assignment or test and an unsatisfactory behavior for the quarter. Students will not
be able to redo assignments on which cheating occurred.
During this school year your student will periodically be participating in a cutting edge program
known as a Flipped Classroom. A Flipped Classroom is meant to increase the interaction between
students and teachers. Our class time will be maximized to ensure every student has ample
opportunities to master the Module objectives. Each student will have the opportunity to take control
of their learning and have some freedom in the pace of their learning. Unlike the traditional teaching
method where a teacher lectures and the student takes notes in class a Flipped Classroom is the
opposite. When the student needs the teacher the most, the student will have direct access to their
How a Flipped Classroom Works
Students will be required to take notes at home from their computer or media device (DVDs of notes
are available). The notes are presented in an online video through Screencast ranging between 4 to 10
minutes. Within the video the student has the power to control the teacher (learning coach), they have
the ability to stop, rewind, fast forward, and re-watch the video to reach a level of understanding.
After each video, they will have to respond to an online discussion or journal question or answer a few
questions on a video quiz. During these activities the students are encouraged to use the notes that
they just took to answer these questions. When the student comes to class they will engage in a variety
of activities and problems. The learning coach will be available within the classroom (learning center)
to assist students with understanding and activities. Students will be working in small collaborative
groups each day.
Learning Modules are broken down into two week segments. Students are responsible for the content
on the videos by certain dates that are posted within the course calendar. Module tests will be given in
class approximately every other Tuesday. Modules contain 4 – 5 videos ranging between 4 – 10
Learning Management System
Throughout the school year the students will be completing some assignments and activities through
Coursesites.com. Coursesites will be divided into Learning Modules. Learning Modules will be
available on the Sunday before we begin the Learning Module through the end of the semester.
Coursesites has many exciting features to help the students gain a greater understanding of the course
material. Within Coursesites.com students will have access to course videos, private online journal,
discussion boards, course blogs, quizzes, tests and a plethora of other activities. You also have the
ability to access Coursesites as a visitor. As a visitor you will have the ability to access course material
so you can be aware of what your student is learning in the classroom.
Students can access Coursesites before and after school and during lunch in the library, as well as if
classroom computers are available.
*Students must have an email account to be able to access Coursesites.
Benefits of a Flipped Classroom
There are a multitude of benefits to a Flipped Classroom over a traditional classroom. Students have
the power to take control of their learning; they can watch the videos as many times as needed to gain
an understanding of the course material. The videos can be watched as a review before test and the
semester final. The Flipped Classroom also allows for the opportunity for parents to take place in their
student learning. You will have the ability to watch the material with your student. Students who are
involved in various activities can watch the videos ahead of time so they do not coincide with their
activities. Coursesites and video can be accessed from anywhere in the world that has internet access.
If you have to leave town for a few days, students can keep up with their science class, so they do not
have a large amount of make-up work from science.
Coursesites.com and class videos can be accessed from: smart phones, iPads, computers, and other
devices which connect to the internet.
Other Online Activities
The 21st Century Learner has access to more information at their fingertips than anyone of us had when
we were students. To help aid the 21st Century Learner our science class will use other online
activities to help each student display their understanding of course material in a fun way. Our class
will be using the following programs: Voki.com, goanimate4schools.com, edu.glogster.com,
Prezi.com, various online labs and learning activities, Dropbox and possibly others.
Each student will receive an invitation over the next few days to create a Dropbox account. Dropbox
must be stored on a computer and then it can be accessed from anywhere that has internet access.
Dropbox is essentially an online flash drive. This is a great tool for students to use from now through
their college career. They can store all their documents and projects online and do not have to worry
about losing them or forgetting to take assignments with them to class. Dropbox also has a share
function where students can easily work together in online groups from anywhere.
Plagiarism has become a major concern with the amount of information available to students.
SmartAssign is an anti-plagiarism software program that is designed to prevent students from
plagiarizing papers. Module 0 within Coursesites has a Jing that explains how to properly site sources
and how to format a paper in APA format. Please see Purdue’s Online Writing Lab for more
If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to email me at
Mrs. Heidi Heck
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I will see that my child attends school every day and is prepared.
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