April 24th - 28th: This week in science we will finish the electricity and magnetism unit and complete a quiz on Tuesday. The second half of the week we will be focusing on SOL Review. We will begin by reviewing the concepts from 7th grade. If you have your notes and textbooks from 6th and 7th grade you should begin reviewing these.
April 24th - 28th - Math and Science: This week in science we will continue with the coding unit. The Kings Dominion Field Trip is on Friday. We will be leaving school around 9:00 am and will return by 8:00 pm. We will be going over the expectations and logistics in class this week. Please let me know if you have any specific questions.
April 17th - 21st: Welcome back to school. I hope that you all had a relaxing spring break. This week in science we will continue exploring electricity and magnetism. The students will have an opportunity to build a parallel and series circuit and determine what happens to each circuit when a bulb goes out. The students in the math and science program will be working on coding this week. Don't forget the language arts field trip is on Friday April 21st. SOLs will be starting soon, so please make sure that you come to class with questions that you may have. Listed below are some websites that you can use to help prepare for the science SOL.
SOL Pass: http://www.solpass.org/6-8Science/6-8Science.php
Jefferson Lab: http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/
April 10th - 14th: I hope that you all have a safe and relaxing spring break. Math and science students, please make sure that you are working on your roller coasters. They are due April 18th.
April 3rd - 6th - Math and Science: This week in science we will be building parallel and series circuits. We will also have an opportunity to experiment with electromagnets and determine how to make them stronger. We will be going to the computer lab on Monday to practice for the Science SOL. You will have a quiz over electricity and magnetism on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Thursday is the end of the quarter. Please make sure that all missing work is turned in by Wednesday April 5th. Permission slips for Kings Dominion were passed out, and are due by April 6th. Roller coasters are due on Tuesday April 18th. Don't forget, we go to Kings Dominion on Friday April 28th.
April 3rd - 6th: This week in science we will have an opportunity to practice answering Science SOL style questions to help you to prepare for the test. Monday we will be in the computer lab. Tuesday we will be reviewing for the unit 7 motion and forces test. The test will be on Wednesday, so please make sure that you are reviewing your study guide and asking questions in class. Thursday we will have an opportunity to do more SOL review. The end of the quarter is Thursday. All missing work needs to be turned in by Wednesday April 5th. There is no school on Friday for students.
March 27th - 31st - Math and Science: This week in science you will deepen your understanding of work and power by completing a lab. The unit 7 test over motion and forces is scheduled for Thursday March 30th, and we will review in class on Tuesday. Wednesday is the Civics field trip, so please make sure that you study for your test. Thursday and Friday of this week we will begin the Electricity and Magnetism unit. Remember that your roller coasters are due on Tuesday April 18th. Make sure that you are working on them so that it does not become overwhelming.
March 27th - 31st: This week in science you will be learning about work and power. You will have an opportunity to explore work and power through a lab this week. We will also begin discussing simple machines and how they are used to make work easier. Wednesday is the Civics field trip, so I will not see you in class. The end of the quarter is on April 6th. Make sure that all of your missing work is turned in before this date.
March 20th - 24th: This week in science we will continue discussing Force and Newton's Laws of Motion. Due to the two snow days, we will be completing the lab exploring Newton's laws on Monday. The quiz over vocabulary, Newton's laws, and force calculations has been rescheduled to Wednesday March 22nd. We will also have an opportunity to discuss momentum before learning about Work and Power at the end of the week. The end of the quarter is approaching quickly. Please make sure that you have all of your missing work turned in.
March 13th - 17th: This week in science we will be discussing Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion. The students will be completing a lab that will provide them with an opportunity to explore each of Newton's laws in detail. We will also begin working on force calculations, and the students will learn another way to calculate acceleration. There will be a quiz on Friday reviewing key vocabulary words, Newton's laws, and force calculations. Interims will be sent home this week. However, check online to see the most up to date grades.
March 6th - 10th: This week in science we will continue to practice how to calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration. The students will have an opportunity to explore distance-time graphs and speed-time graphs. The students will complete an investigation to help them gain a better understanding of the concept of acceleration. This week is the writing SOL test, and the class schedules have been modified to accommodate testing. Please make sure that you keep up with your work and ask questions when you are in class. Good luck on your writing test!
February 27th - March 3rd: This week in science we will begin Unit 7, which is Work, Motion, and Forces. We will begin discussing motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration this week. The students will have an opportunity to explore speed further on Thursday by completing an investigation. There are a lot of calculations in this unit, so keep your vocabulary and formula sheet close by. The third quarter interims will be submitted at the end of this week, so please make sure that you have turned in all missing assignments.
February 20th - 24th: This week in science we will finish up our discussion on sound and light. The students will have an opportunity to complete their light lab on Tuesday. We will then begin reviewing for the Unit 5 and 6 test over sound and light that the students will take on Friday February 24, 2017. Please make sure that you ask any questions that you may have in order to ensure that you are prepared for the test.
February 13th - 17th: This week in science we will discuss transverse waves and light. We will be looking at the electromagnetic spectrum in more detail and explore the concept of refraction. We will also have an opportunity to explore lenses and how light behaves when shined through concave and convex lenses. The students will have a quiz over the light vocabulary, labeling a transverse wave, and labeling the electromagnetic spectrum on Friday February 17, 2017.
February 6th - 10th: This week in science we will continue to explore longitudinal waves and how sound moves. The students will have an opportunity to complete another sound investigation on Monday. There will be a quiz on Tuesday over sound vocabulary, labeling a longitudinal wave, and calculating wave speed, frequency, and wavelength. On Wednesday we will begin our discussion on Light and transverse waves. The students will have the opportunity to explore the electromagnetic spectrum and discuss how light waves travel in comparison to sound waves.
January 31st - February 3rd: Welcome to second semester! You all have done a great job, so far, with mastering the science content. This week we are working through Unit 5, which is on sound. We will discuss the types of waves associated with sound. The students will complete an investigation that demonstrates how sound travels through a medium. We will also discuss the factors that affect sound. Your next quiz will be on Tuesday February 7, 2017.
January 23rd - 27th Core 4 and 5: This week in science we will be finishing up unit 4. We will continue to discuss Conduction, Convection, and Radiation, and review the phase change diagrams. The students will have an opportunity to work on the data analysis and conclusions for the cold stuff lab. We will review together in class, and your Unit 4 test will be on Thursday. Friday we will start unit 5, which is on sound. The last day of the quarter is Friday, so be sure to turn in any missing work before then.
January 23rd - 27th Math /Science: This week we will continue going through the forensics unit. Now that you have processed the crime scene, you need to use your information to determine what happened. We will have a guest speaker on Tuesday who may give you some insight into how to use the evidence that you collected. Friday each group will present their findings after you take a short quiz over what you have learned. Invention convention projects were due on Thursday January 19th. The invention convention and science fair is Thursday January 26th. It is open to the public at 6:30 pm with awards distributed at 7:00 pm. The end of the quarter is this Friday, so make sure you have all of your missing work turned in before then.
January 16th - 20th Math Science: The forensics unit is finally here! This week we will be looking into forensics, and you will be able to process a crime scene like real police officers and detectives. Tuesday we will go over the basics, and there will be a presentation by the Prince William County police department. Wednesday and Thursday you will use the skills that you learned from the presentation to process the crime scene created for you. Don't forget, Invention Convention projects are due this Thursday (January 19th). The end of the quarter is quickly approaching, so please make sure that you turn in any missing work.
January 16th - 20th Core 4 and 5: I hope that you enjoyed your three day weekend! This week in science we will continue to explore heat and temperature. Conduction, convection, and radiation will be discussed on Tuesday, and followed up with a lab on Wednesday. There is a quiz over Heat and Temperature vocabulary on Thursday. There is no school on Monday and Friday of this week. We are getting close to the end of the quarter. Please make sure you turn in any missing work.
January 9th - 13th: This week in science we will be completing our energy unit (cores 4 and 5), and discussing heat and temperature. The students will have many opportunities to complete investigations this week. We will be exploring endothermic and exothermic reactions in the beginning of the week. We will also look at various conductors and insulators in our cold stuff investigation. Core 4 and 5 will have a test over energy on Wednesday. Core 2 will have a test over Heat and Temperature on Friday. Please make sure that you all are reviewing your information and ask questions as needed. There are only a few weeks left in the quarter, so make sure that you turn in any missing work.
Math and Science students, don't forget that your Invention Convention project is due on Thursday January 19th. Also, we will begin your forensics unit on Tuesday January 17th. Please let me know if you have any questions.
January 3rd - 6th: Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful and restful winter break. This week in science we will be reviewing the forms of energy and the other energy information that we discussed before break. We will also be conducting an investigation of potential and kinetic energy. Students in Core 2 will begin the Thermal Energy and Heat Unit by the end of this week. Energy RAFTs are due on Friday January 6th. All Invention Convention projects are due on Thursday January 19th. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
December 19th - 21st: This week in science the students will continue to discuss the forms of energy and energy transformations. On Tuesday December 20th, students in Core 4 and 5 will complete a quiz over the forms of energy vocabulary and kinetic and potential energy calculations. Students in Core 2 will complete the Unit 3 test over Energy on Tuesday. Interims will be sent home on Wednesday December 21st, so parents should be looking out for them. Winter break is December 22nd - January 2nd. I hope that you all have a wonderful winter break!
Attention all Parents and High School Students Interested in Judging the Rippon Science Fair:
Do you have a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics? If so, please consider volunteering to be a judge for Rippon Middle School's annual science fair on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 3:30-5:00pm. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided to compensate you for your time, and high school students can earn volunteer hours for their high school organization. Please fill out the volunteer form* and email it to Mrs. Clausen at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply drop off the form to the RMS front office. Please submit your volunteer form by Friday, January 13th.
December 12th - 16th: This week in science the students will have the opportunity to display what they learned in Unit 2 by completing a test over the unit. We will also begin Unit 3 on Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations. The students will be able to explore the different forms of energy and how they impact the world around us. Grades for Interims are due on Tuesday, so please make sure that you turn in any missing work. Interims will be sent home on Wednesday December 21st.
* The form can be found in the files and documents tab in the Invention Convention folder.
December 5th - 9th: This week in science the students will practice balancing equations. The students in core 2 will take a quiz over counting atoms and balancing equations on Tuesday. The students in cores 4 and 5 will take the quiz on Wednesday. These are the last two concepts in the unit, so the students will be reviewing for their unit 2 test the rest of the week. The students will be completing a study guide, and we will play review games to prepare them for the test on Friday (Core 2). If you have any missing work, please turn it in by the end of the week. Interims will be sent home before winter break begins.
November 28th - December 2nd: This week in science we will continue to review what we have learned about the periodic table, bonding, and valence electrons. We will begin discussing chemical equations. We will review counting atoms and move into balancing chemical equations by the end of the week. The students will have a quiz on Friday over the vocabulary that have been used so far in this unit.
November 21st - 25th: This week in science we will continue discussing ionic and covalent bonds. There will be a quiz on Tuesday over bonding and valence electrons. There is no school Wednesday - Friday. I hope that you all have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break!
November 14th - 18th: This week in science we will continue exploring the periodic table. We will discuss valence electrons and how elements form bonds using their valence electrons. The students have a quiz on Wednesday over using the periodic table. Please make sure that you ask any questions that you may have concerning the periodic table and how to use it.
November 7th - 11th: This week in science we will continue with our discussion of the periodic table. The students will have an opportunity to finish color coding based on its unique properties. We will complete an alien periodic table activity to gain a better understanding of how the periodic table is organized. We will also practice using the periodic table to determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons for each element.
October 31st - November 3rd: This week in science we will continue to explore the Atomic Theory and the structure of the atom. There will be a quiz on Tuesday (Core 3 and 4) and Thursday (Core 1 and 2) over these concepts. Please make sure that you ask questions in class. We will also begin discussing the periodic table, and will be doing some activities to help students become more familiar with the periodic table. The end of the quarter is Thursday November 3rd. All missing work should be turned in on Monday October 31st.
October 31st - November 3rd for Math and Science Students: This week in science we will finish our food chemistry unit and begin the history of the Atomic Theory. We will review the scientists who have impacted this theory as we begin moving into our understanding of the periodic table. There will be a quiz on Thursday over the Atomic Theory. Please make sure all of your missing work, including your current event, is turned in on Monday. Sections A-C are due this Thursday for the Invention Convention. The end of the quarter is Thursday November 3rd.
October 24th - 28th: This week in science we will begin our second unit - the Structure and Organization of Matter. Monday we will be reading science articles and completing a current event in class in small groups. The rest of the week we will be exploring the Atomic Theory and the structure of the atom. The students will have an opportunity to display their understanding of these concepts by completing a quiz over atomic theory on Friday October 28th. The quarter is almost over. If you have any missing work, please complete it and turn it in by Monday October 31st.
October 24th - 28th for Math and Science Students: This week in science we will continue to explore in our food chemistry unit. There will be two labs that you will complete this week. Your current event is due on Friday October 28th. If you have any missing work, please complete it and turn it in by Monday October 31st.
October 17th - 21st: This week in science we will work on our study guide for the Unit 1 Nature of Matter test. We will also be working on the formal lab report for the Mystery Powders Lab. Thursday we will review for the Unit 1 Test that will be taken on Friday October 21st. Please make sure that you review your study guide and ask questions as needed in class.
October 17th - 21st for Math and Science Students: This week you will be taking your Unit 1 Test on Tuesday. Please make sure that you review for your test. Wednesday we will be starting the Food Chemistry Enhanced Unit. Information concerning the Invention Convention Project will be discussed this week as well. The Mystery Powders formal lab report will be due this Friday. You will have some time in class to complete this.
October 10th - 14th: This week in science we will discuss the acids and bases lab and review the characteristics of acids and bases. The students will have an opportunity to write a formal lab report for this lab as a class. We will be using what we know about physical and chemical properties to determine the identity of some mystery powders. This lab will be conducted later in the week, and the students will be writing a formal lab report on their own using the format that we discussed for our previous lab. Next week the students will take the first unit test, so you may want to start reviewing your notes.
October 3rd - 7th: This week in science we will continue to discuss density and practice calculating the density, mass, and volume of regularly and irregularly shaped objects. The students will complete a quiz over physical and chemical properties on Monday. We will also begin discussing acids and bases. We will be investigating acids and bases in more detail on Wednesday. This will be the first formal lab report that you will have to complete for the year. I will walk you through the steps on how to complete this accurately. There will be a quiz on Friday over density, acids, and bases. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!
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September 26th - 30th - This week in science we will continue to discuss physical and chemical properties and changes. We will focus on density and explore how to calculate density through a hands-on investigation. Students will complete a quiz at the end of this week over physical and chemical properties as well as the matter vocabulary we have been using the past three weeks. Look over your notes in your notebook and let me know if you have any questions.
Greetings! I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the beginning of a great year at Rippon Middle School. I am anticipating an exciting time with unique learning opportunities. Students will be introduced to various areas of physical science with an emphasis on inquiry based learning. Our curriculum will begin with a brief review of science basics and proceed with units on Matter, Energy, Sound and Light, Work, Force and Motion, and Electricity and Magnetism. Students will continue to solve problems using the scientific method and apply that knowledge to their own detailed investigations. A lot of learning will occur during the next ten months!