• Waynesville Middle School 7 Grade Science Syllabus 2021-22

    Teacher: Debra Cartagena       Email: dcartagena-calhoun @waynesille.k12.mo.us   Phone: 573-842-2550 

    Course Title and Grade: Science 7 th grade     Team: The White Team!!! 

    Conference Period: 1st hour- M, T, Th, F 7:30-8:00 & Wednesday- 8:00-8:30 

    Academic Assistance: Tuesday 2:45-4:00, Thursday 2:45-3:30 (parent pick-up or check into WIN) 




    Unit 0-Science Basics 

    • I can accurately use science tools to measure quan es and gather data (mass, length, me, liquid volume, temperature). 
    • I can interpret and create simple line graphs. 

    Unit 1- Engineering Design 

    • Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

    Unit 2- Solar System- Gravity & Orbits 

    • I can develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the moons within galaxies and the solar system.  


    Unit 3- SUN-EARTH-MOON 

    • I can develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to explain the cyclical pattern of seasons, which includes the Earth’s tilt and directional angle of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year. 


    Unit 4- Weather & Atmosphere

    • Design and develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.


    Unit 5- Climate Change

    • Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.


    Unit 6- Cells & Functions

    • Provide evidence that organisms (unicellular and multicellular) are made of cells and that a single cell must carry out all of the basic functions of life.

    Unit 7- Force and Motion 

    • I can plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. 

    Unit 8- Electromagnetism 

    • I can analyze data and determine the strength of electric and magnetic forces by the turns of wire and /or number of magnets. 

    Classroom expectations: Tiger Traits: Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner. Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings, prepared with the textbook, paper and a pencil. Students must raise their hands to speak and be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately, (2) have the student complete a Think Sheet (3) contact the parent, (4) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have one day for every day missed to make up those assignments. 

    Canvas Info: Students should check their grades in Canvas weekly to ensure that all work is submitted. Parents can download the Canvas App that explains how to link to the students Canvas account. Your student will be able to generate an access code directly from their Canvas account. Please use that code to link together and see grades, assignments, announcements, etc. 

    Attendance: Students must be present every day. If a student is absent they will have the same amount of days to complete the homework or practice upon their return. Students should attend academic assistance or Tiger Time to get work missed during absence and turned in. 


    • Any work not finished in class, such as lab sheets, notebook entries, worksheets, projects, current events, vocabulary, etc. 
    • Current Events (1 per unit) 
    • Projects (deadlines and rubrics will be included) 
    • Bell Ringers (dailly). 

    Grading/ ReTesting Policy for 2021-2022 School Year 

    • 50% of the semester grade comes from summative exams and/or summative projects. 
    • 50% of the semester grade will be derived from homework, projects, quizzes, and formative assessments. 

    ○ All teachers will allow students to turn in work up to the summative exam. 

                ○ After the Summative test, late work can only earn a max of 70% credit. 

     Allowing retesting on summative exams: 

    • Retesting for students who scored above a 60% will be determined by the teacher and student.

    The following guidelines will be used for retesting for all students 1 time per unit earning the higher of the two grades:

    1. The student has turned in all missing assignments on the day of the retest. (teacher assigns the re-test date)
    2. Must complete test corrections and/or attend at least one academic assistance/HERO Time intervention.
    3. Students have 2 weeks after they receive their summative assessment score to retest or when the teacher assigns the retest date.
    4. Required retakes for a score below 60% (these students will be required to complete all missing assignments, test corrections, and unit reflection)
    5. All retest assessments must be a different form from the original assessment.
    6. Summative projects, Lab Reports, and Essays may allow students to fix or re-do if turned in on the due date.

    Book: ● SAVVAS Elevate Science Modules (Online- Clever Portal) AND workbook 

    Online Resources: 

    • Canvas 
    • Website Book- https://www.pearsonrealize.com 
    • Waynesville Middle School library 
    • You Tube-videos that go with content 
    • Current Events- Newsela.com, Scholastic.ScienceWorld.com, Time news for Kids assigned with each unit 

    Things I believe: 

    • All students can learn. We will work together so all will succeed. 
    • All students need love and a feeling of belonging. I care how my students do and that they feel a part of my class. 
    • No person is perfect all of the time. We must learn from mistakes. 

    Parental Responsibilities: 

    • Contact me or use Canvas (updated by Tuesdays) to track grades and communicate. 
    • Ask to see your student’s work and what they are learning each day. 
    • Provide supplies for projects and class.