Weather and Currents test is April 29, 2019.
Deadline for Plate Tectonics retest is April 12, 2019.
Many students have not done this.
Also, many students have been out for UIL or because
they are sick and have not been in to get their
make-up work. Grade check for progress report is
April 12th. I will be entering 0's foor all missing work.
Please encourage your child to come to tutorials to get
, complete, and turn in their work.
Plate tectonics test is on Thursday, 3/28/2019.
Plate tectonics projects and presentations are due
due on Wednesday, 3/27/2019.
Last day to turn in late or make-up work
for work done so far this 9 weeks (3rd)
is Tuesday, 3/5/19 (after school).
Last day to retest for Force and Motion Test is Friday, 3/1/19.___
_Thursday, 2/14/19: Force and Motion TestForce and Motion Review Key (Reminder: If you hand write - no printing - the answers, you will be able to use it on the test.)The 2nd semester is underway. We just finished the first three weeks. Progress reports were passed out during FLEX on Thursday, 1/31/19. They need to be signed and returned to your child's FLEX teacher. There are many students with low and failing grades. Please encourage your child to be keeping up with their work and completing their homework. Many students have missed one or several days. When your child is absent, they need to come in, get, and turn their make-up work in during tutorials. We do current work in class and their is not time to give them the missed materials, explain the missed materials, or answer questions about the missed materials during class. I have tutorials:Monday - 8:00 -8:40 am (knock on window before 8:15) and 4:15 - 4:45 pm (wait for me - I have crosswalk duty)Tuesday - 4:15 - 5:00 pm (wait for me - I have crosswalk duty)Wednesday - 8:00 -8:40 am (knock on window before 8:15) and 4:15 - 4:45 pm (wait for me - I have crosswalk duty) I am not available in the morning the first or third Wednesday each month.Thursday - 8:00 -8:40 am (knock on window before 8:15) and 4:15 - 4:45 pm (wait for me - I have crosswalk dutyFriday - 8:00 -8:40 am (knock on window before 8:15)IF YOU CHILD WAS ABSENT ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, THEY MUST COME IN TO MAKE UP THEIR TEST DURING ONE OF THE TIMES BELOW.Important upcoming datesLast day to retest or turn in make-up work is Wednesday morning before school (December 19, 2018).Monday: after school 4:15-5:00 pm.Tuesday: before school 7:45 - 8:00 am (knock on window before 8:15); after school 4:15-5:00 pm.Wednesday: before school only 8:15-8:35 amCBA # 4 - Monday: December 10, 2018Semester Journal Test - Thursday: December 13, 2018Universe Test - Friday: December 14, 2018Jeopardy link to help you review. You will need to downlaod for it to work correctly. Universe JeopardyMoon Phase Project due November 15th.Important upcoming datesCBA # 3 - November 6, 2018We are finishing the first 9 weeks on October 11, 2018.Here are some deadlines:1. Last day to retest to bring Atom Drawing Quiz to a 70 - Monday, October 8, 2018.2. Last day to restest to bring Journal Test up to a 70 - Wednesday, October 10, 2018.3. Last day to turn in any late (recent work) or make-up work (recent work) from this 9 weeks.October 4 (Thursday): Journal TestSeptember 26 (Wed.): Atom Drawing Quiz & APE MANSeptember 27 (Thur.): CBA #1 - Atom drawings, APE MAN, and peridic table.When your child is absent, they must come in for tutorials. There is not class time to give them or complete previous days assignments during the class period.My tutoring times are:Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 7:45-8:35 am.Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 - 8:10 am. Then I have cafeteria duty from 8:15 - 8:40 (they may come to the cafeteria for help). If you arrive before the doors to the school are open, knock on my window.Monday through Thursday afternoons from 4:15 - 5:00 pm.Progress reports are being passed out today during FLEX: September 13, 2018 (Thursday).If your child's grade is low, it is either because of test/quiz grades, missing work, or not making up absent work. Everything so far has been review, but things will be much more challenging from here on out.Lab Equipment Quiz - Thursday 9/6/18.Safety Test - Thursday 8/29/18. Study lab rules and safety equipment locations.Want to earn a free homework pass the first day of school?Answer the "Meet the Teacher Extra Credit" question and turn it in when you arrive to class.WHAT WE WILL BE STUDYING THIS YEAR
First 9 weeksGet to Know Each Other;Safety Rules & Procedures;
Intro. to Chemistry
Second 9 weeks
Earth and Moon;The UniverseThird 9 weeksIntro. to Physics;
Weathering, Erosion & Deposition;
Topographic Maps;Plate Tectonics;
Fourth 9 weeksWeather & Oceans
Ecology & Oceans,
STAAR test review;
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 9:39-10:29 am. This is the best time to contact me by phone.My 8th grade team time is 3:03 - 4:00 pm. 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 LearningI have been a member of the TRC (Texas Regional Science Collaborative) for the past 12 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 BackgroundForbes Middle School (present):This will be my 18th 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
Augsburg American High School: