We Got This!!

Welcome to 6th grade science! My name is Ms. Oppenhagen (Ms. O) and this is my 16th year at Rippon Middle School.

Please use this class page as a tool to help you in your science studies this year and to help you stay organized. Here you will find important, dates, calendars, and documents related to what we do in class. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at oppenhdm@pwcs.edu.

May 27:

Go to the Spring 2020 page for this week's project :-)


April 29:

Phase 5
April 27th- End of School Year


  • For the remainder of the School Year students will have the option of completing projects and reviewing content from the First and Second Quarter.
  • There are no grades for the Fourth Quarter.
  • If a student completes an optional project or assignment they will only receive feedback- no grade will be given.

Instructional Time
Every Wednesday from 10:00AM-11:30AM

Optional Assignments will be posted on the Spring 2020 page as well as emailed home on a weekly basis.

Office Hours
Every Thursday from 1:30PM-3:00PM
Emails will be responded to promptly at this time.


April 22:
This week is the final week to make-up any missing work or improve work for a better grade.  Students received an email yesterday about how to improve their unit test grades.  Any make-up work is due on Friday by 5 PM


April 15:

Phase 4 
April 14th-April 24th


During the next two weeks students will have the opportunity to improve their Third Quarter Grades before the Third Quarter officially ends on April 24th. All work is optional for the duration of the School Year and if no replacement assignments are completed then the Third Quarter Grade will remain unchanged.

Instructional Time
Every Wednesday from 10:00AM-11:30AM

Optional Assignments will be posted on the Spring 2020 page as well as emailed home on a weekly basis.

Office Hours
Every Thursday from 1:30PM-3:00PM
Emails will be responded to promptly at this time. 

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

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April 14:

Good morning,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

We were right in the middle of Unit 4 Weather and Climate when schools were closed and we did not get to complete quizzes, the test, and labs that would have factored into everyone's final score for the nine weeks. Based on Superintendent Walts' and the School Board's decision to proceed with only review material for the remainder of the school year, we will not be posting any new assignments for the remainder of the year. We have been instructed to allow all students the ability to re-take any assessment from the 3rd quarter in an attempt to improve the grade. 

Please keep a look out for our messages beginning this week for virtual learning. Wednesdays (10:00 AM-11:30 AM) have been designated as Science day, so content and activities will be available each Wednesday through early June. Science teachers will have "office hours" each Thursday from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM to help with the content activities and assignments. You can reach out to us through emails if you need extra help support or assistance. 

 I would like to update you all on the calendar for the 3rd quarter marking period if you are not already aware. Grades are due on April 24th, which gives you two weeks to complete all retakes for the Energy and Matter -Part 2 test and other NHI assignments. Please go over your grades on the HUB to see what your current grade is for this marking period and what grades you need to make up. You can contact me directly with the name of the assessment you would like to complete or any tests/quizzes that you would like to retake. I will send you the details how to complete them at home. 

Let me know if you have further questions!

April 2:
Just a reminder:  Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

March 30:
spirit week on lockdown

March 26:  

Below is the pacing guide for 6th grade science provided by PWCS.  We were following this guide and were up-to-date as of the time we left school:

6th grade science pacing guide
We did not complete the natural and human caused changes to air quality or weather map interpretation.  Other than that, you should have notes on everything.

Since the 3rd quarter grading deadline is currently extended, all missing assignments can be completed upon our return to school.  Alternatively, if you would like to submit any missing assignments before then, please scan and email to me.  

No projects or lengthy assignments were assigned prior to March 13 (our last day in class) so there is currently nothing due.

Please see the Spring 2020 section for content review of Weather and Climate.

Please see the 2019-2020 Standards Review section for content related to previously taught standards:  Solar System and Earth Systems (6.2 and 6.3), Energy (6.4 and 6.9), and Matter (6.5).
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March 23:  

Good morning!

QUIZIZZ
A student in one of the classes forwarded information about this site.  I would like you all to use the code below and sign in to the class.  I will put all my classes together so you can challenge someone in your class or another class.  Any activities you do are not graded, so if you have forgotten the information and bomb the quiz, no worries!!  Just try.

I hope you are staying safe and self-isolating.  I know it's hard but it will be better in the long run.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions or just want to say hi.  

Code:  https://quizizz.com/join?class=N142782

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March 17, 2020 update:  
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Remember to wash your hands and stay home and away from crowds.  In case you want something to do, here are some games about weather you can play:

https://scied.ucar.edu/energy-choices-and-climate-change

https://scied.ucar.edu/ruler-world

https://ssec.si.edu/weather-lab

Also - here is a link to the activity we were going to do on making clouds.  Feel free to try this at home:  

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-a-cloud-in-a-bottle/




Grading and Testing Policy:

Grades are calculated as:
80% Summative 
(A
ssessment of students where the focus is on the mastery of the objective and what they should be learning (EX = Unit Tests, Summative Projects, Lab reports that show outcome of what they are learning))

20% Formative
(Assessments that summarizes the students' development at a particular time, like a snapshot of what they know at that exact moment. (EX = unit quizzes, exit tickets, activities, homework, etc.)

Tests & Retests
Tests are given at the end of each unit. There are 6 units covered throughout the year (matter, Earth's water, Earth's energy resources, energy in Earth's atmosphere, weather, and the solar system). Each unit test will also include a part that covers the 6.1 scientific inquiry standards (testing their knowledge of being able to conduct scientific investigations). 

Retests are given for summative assessments to allow students the opportunity to master the learning standards they have been taught. Retests are given before and after school. Students will attend a reteaching session, show teacher a notebook with complete notes and complete any review guides. Students are not allowed to retake the same day they do remediation.