• Mrs. Sandy Kinn-Burks

    Science Department Chair
    Classes: 8th Grade Science
    Website: Forbes Middle School
    Phone: 943-5150 x. 7744
    Conference Period 4A (by appt.): 11:26 am - 12-14 pm
    Team Time Period 7: 3:12 pm - 4:00 pm
    MorningTutorials: 8:15 am - 8:40 am Monday - Wednesday & Friday
    Morning Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month (no tutoring)
    Afternoon Tutorials: Monday - Thursday 4:15pm - 5pm
     
    The best way to contact me is by e-mail.
     
     
    WELCOME BACK!!!
     
    ABOUT ME
     
    Hi! My name is Sandy Kinn-Burks and I teach 8th Grade Science and 8th Grade Pr-AP science. I have been teaching at Forbes since the school opened: this year will be my 19th year here. Prior to teaching at Forbes, I taught at Round Rock High School.
     
    I graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Geology and a minor in Biology. I met my husband Dean while attending UT. I enjoy living in Georgetown. Both of my girls, Crystal and Coral, attended GISD schools and graduated from Georgetown High School. 
     
    When I am not teaching, planning, or grading, I have several different activities that I enjoy doing. I enjoy hiking, walking, swimming, attending OrangeTheory Fitness classes, doing a variety of crafts, collecting rocks and fossils, and spending time with my three granddaughters. My favirite places to vacationare beaches and mountains.
     
     
    WHAT WE WILL BE STUDYING THIS YEAR

    First 9 weeks

    • Get to Know Each Other
    • Safety Rules & Procedures
    • Ecology & Oceans
    • Intro. to Chemistry

    Second 9 weeks

    • Chemical Reactions
    • Earth and Moon
    • The Universe 
    Third 9 weeks
    • The Universe
    • Intro. to Physics
    • Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
    • Topographic Maps & Plate Tectonics

    Fourth 9 weeks 

    • Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
    • Topographic Maps & Plate Tectonics
    • Weather & Oceans 
    • STAAR test review and 

      STAAR Test

    • Wellness & Sexual Health (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.

     

     
     
    2019-2020 SCHEDULE

    8:15 am-8:40 am - Morning Tutoring
    1st period 8:45 am-9:33 am - 8th Science
    2nd period 9:37am-10:30 am - 8th Science
    3rd period 10:34 am-11:22 am - 8th PreAP Science
    4th period 11:26 am-12:14pm - Conference/Design
    5A period 12:18 pm-1:06 pm - 8th PreAP Science
    1:10 pm-1:40 pm - 8th Grade Lunch
    6th period 1;44 pm-2:32 pm - 8th Science
    SOAR 2:36 pm-3:08 pm
    7th period 3:12 pm-4:00 pm - 8th Grade Silver Team Time
    4:00 pm-4:15 pm - Duty (crosswalk at Cooper)
     
      
    Lifelong Learning

    I was a member of the TRC (Texas Regional Science Collaborative) for 12 years. I did this until the grant funding ran out. I attended at least 100 hours of in-depth science instruction each year. I continue attend several science and technology in-service sessions each summer. I bring back unique, hands-on lessons to the classroom from the workshops that I attend.
     
     
    My Education & Teaching Background

    Forbes Middle School (present):
    This will be my 19th 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:
    Previously, I taught various science classes at Round Rock High Schoo. I also taught summer science camps through Round Rock Community Schools.
     
    University of Texas (Austin):
    Composite and Earth Science Secondary Science Certifications
    B
    .A. Geology
          
    Augsburg American High School: 
    Augsburg, Germany
     
     
Last Modified on August 13, 2019