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    Sandy Kinn-Burks

    8th Grade Science
    Science Department Chair

    Forbes Middle School
    Phone: 943-5150 x. 7744
    Email: kinnburkss@georgetownisd.org
    We are wrapping up the 1st nine weeks.
    Journal Test on Wednesday, 10/4/17.
    Chemistry Unit Test on Thursday, 10/5/17. Students received the review on 9/28/17.
    Help session/make-up/tutoring times are every morning (except Wednesday) from 8:00 am - 8:45 am, and Monday and Wednesday after school from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. I will post when I will not be available (duty, meetings, etc.).

    First 9 weeks

    Get to Know Each Other;
    Safety Rules & Procedures;

    Intro. to Chemistry

    Second 9 weeks 

    Earth and Moon;

    The Universe
    Third 9 weeks 
    Intro. to Physics;

    Weathering, Erosion & Deposition;

    Topographic Maps;

    Plate Tectonics;

    Fourth 9 weeks 

    Weather & Oceans 

    Ecology & Oceans

    STAAR test review;

    STAAR Test;

    Worth the Wait

    We will work on critical thinking, science vocabulary, science reading, science writing, and science math skills in each unit. We will be emphasizing claims, evidence, and reasoning strategies.


    My conference period is from 3:10-4:00 pm. This is the best time to contact me by phone.
    My 8th grade silver team time is 10:08 - 10:56 am. You can catch me by phone sometimes.
    Best way to contact me is by email. I will usually be able to respond within 24 hours. 
    Lifelong Learning
    I have been a member of the TRC (Texas Regional Science Collaborative) for the past 11 years. I attend at least 100 hours of in-depth science instruction each year. I bring back unique, hands-on lessons to the classroom from the workshops that I attend. The past six years, I have been a science teacher mentor.
    My Education & Teaching Background
    Forbes Middle School (present):
    This will be my 17th year to teach at Forbes Middle School. I started teaching 8th grade science  and IPC at Forbes when the school opened in 2001. I am currently the science department chair. 

    Round Rock High School:
    I taught various science classes at Round Rock High School for 17 years. I also taught summer science camps through Round Rock Community Schools.
    University of Texas (Austin):
    Composite and Earth Science Secondary Science Certifications
    .A. Geology
    Augsburg American High School:
    Augsburg, Germany
Last Modified on October 3, 2017