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Welcome & Classroom Information

  • Important Dates: 



    Jan 31 - chp 7/8 exam

    Feb 4, 5, 6 - Museum of Tolerance field trip

    Feb 7 - 8th grade visit to ACHS

    Feb  17-21 No School -Presidents' Week

    Feb 24 - chp 9/10 study guide due

    Feb 27  - chp 9/10 exam

     *Important Announcement*  Late work will not be accepted in 3rd and 4th quarters to prepare 8th graders for the rigors of high school.  Students with extra time to do assignments as stated in their IEP or 504 will be held to those extra days allowed.  As always, students who are absent due to illness are allowed the same number of days they are sick to make up the work.

    ALL notes (teacher version) can be found in the file library
    To sign up for Remind.com text announcements:   To number 81010, text the message @hebkge
    For Google Classroom Hebert Science:  Class code is:   a26bwx

    Our weekly schedule:

    Feb 10 - chp 9/10 notes

    Feb 11 - Lab 189 - Kinetic Energy - golf and tennis balls

    Feb 12 - chp 9/10 study guide - due Feb 24

    Feb 13 - visit to ACHS

    Feb 14 - Lab 191 - Step It Up! Work and Power


    Feb 3 - make-up exams, PhET science simulations, chp 1-6 vocab review

    Feb 4, 5, 6- 8th grade field trip to Museum of Tolerance

    Feb 7 - vocab review due, review answers to chp 7/8 exam, begin chp 9 notes


    Jan 27 - Lab 14B Newton's 2nd Law

    Jan 28 - Lab 13A Forces/Newtons - Study guide due

    Jan 29 - Finish up Labs/Review study guide

    Jan 30 - Review Study guide

    Jan 31 - chp 7/8 exam; all labs due; report cards go home


    Jan 20 - No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Jan 21 - finish 12A and 12B labs

    Jan 22 - chp 8.1 and 8.2 notes - net force, friction, and gravity lecture and notes

    Jan 23 - notes 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 - Newton's Laws, momentum, free fall

    Jan 24 - visit from electives teachers from High school


    Jan 13 - science workday for study guide and speed worksheet; speed worksheet due at end of class

    Jan 14 - Lab 127: How Fast are You? - normal pace, fast pace, slow pace

    Jan 15 - Lab 138 - Motion Graphs - 5, 10, 20, 30, 60 meters

    Jan 16 - Lab 12A - race cars

    Jan 17 - Lab 12B race cars


    Jan 6 - No School - Staff Development Day

    Jan 7 - switch seat, return labs and review, return 5/6 exam and review answers

    Jan 8 - chp 7.1 and 7.2 notes - speed and velocity

    Jan 9 - chp 7.3 notes - acceleration

    Jan 10 - speed = distance/time practice


    Dec 16 - Review answers to study guide

    Dec 17 - Precipitate lab

    Dec 18 - chp 5/6 exam

    Dec 19 - Newton's Laws of Motion movie

    Dec 20 - Periodic Table Bingo


    Dec 9 - Balancing Chemical Equations, Parts of a Chemical Equation

    Dec 10 - Mini Endothermic/Exothermic Lab, begin 6.3 and 6.4 notes

    Dec 11 - finish 6.3/6.4 notes, work on study guide

    Dec 12 - pH/Cabbage Lab

    Dec 13 - finish pH/Cabbage Lab; study guide due


    Dec 2 - Electrolysis of Water

    Dec 3 - chp 5/6 study guide

    Dec 4 - Lab 101 - 4 types of chemical equations; review answers to exam 1B/SynMat

    Dec 5 -finsih Lab 101; work on study guide

    Dec 6 - Elephant Toothpaste


    Nov 18 - 1B Study guide due and review for exam; finish working on Engineering Lab 106

    Nov 19 - Slime Lab

    Nov 20 - Chp 1B and Syn Mat Exam

    Nov 21  - begin chp 5 notes; assembly in afternoon - rescheduled from Oct

    Nov 22 - chp 5 notes continued


    Nov 11 - No school - Veterans' Day

    Nov 12 - Finish density lab; begin chp 1B study guide (due Nov 18)

    Nov 13 - Finish 1B notes and begin Synthetic Materials Notes

    Nov 14 - Synthetic Materials notes

    Nov 15 - Engineering Lab 106


    Nov 4 - review for chp 3/4 exam delayed by fires

    Nov 5 - chp 3/4 exam - it will go on 2nd quarter grades

    Nov 6 - Hunting the Elements

    Nov 7 - chp 1B Notes and Lecture - Measuring Mass and Density

    Nov 8 - Density Lab


    Oct 28 - Hunting the Elements

    Oct 29 - Last science workday for element projects

    Oct 30 - chp 3/4 exam and assembly in afternoon

    Oct 31 - Halloween and Periodic Table bingo

    Nov 1 - No school - staff development day


    Oct 21 - Step-it-Up Fundraiser Fun Day - Science workday for study guide and projects

    Oct 22 - Flame Lab 67

    Oct 23 - Lewis Dot Diagram (on back of periodic table we colored in)

    Oct 24 - Study guide due - Peridic Table Bingo

    Oct 25 - Review Study Guide


    Oct 14 - finish 3.3 Metals Notes and 3.4 Non-metals and Metalloids notes

    Oct 15 - Color-Coding the Periodic Table

    Oct 16 - Sodium in water teacher demo outside

    Oct 17 - Hunting the Elements: Mendeleev and Curie, fire/earthquake drill

    Oct 18 - Vision and hearing screening for 8th grade in science classes


    Oct 7  - Review chp 1/2 test answers together/ finish Mystery of Matter movie

    Oct 8 - 3.1 and 3.2 notes: Atoms and Elements

    Oct 9 - finish 3.2 notes, discuss Element Project and Name in Elements Project

    Oct 10 - 3.3 notes: Metals

    Oct 11 - Workday for Element Projects


    Sept 30 - 2.3 Notes and Lecture: Boyle's and Charles' Gas Laws

    Oct 1 - Study Guides Due, Lab 38

    Oct 2 - Review Study Guide answers

    Oct 3 - Chapter 1/2 exam

    Oct 4 - Test make-ups and Mystery of Matter Movie about Periodic Table


    Sept 23 - chp 2.1 notes

    Sept 24 - chp 2.2 notes and Lab 21: Solids, Liquids, and Gases/ Assembly: Step It Up Fundraiser

    Sept 25 - morning assembly girls only; study day to work on missing labs and study guide for chp 1&2

    Sept 26 - Phet Simulation Lab and Dry Ice Lab

    Sept 27 - Lab 27:  Melting Ice


    Sept 16 - Absolute Zero Movie

    Sept 17 - Chp 1A notes and lecture

    Sept 18 - Lab 1:  Sort and Classify

    Sept 19 - Lab 4: Modeling Atoms and Molecules

    Sept 20 - Lab 5:  Separating Mixtures


    Sept 9 - Lab 218: Convection Currents; hand out Study Guide for chp 11

    Sept 10 - workday for any labs and/or study guide

    Sept 11 - Study Guide chp 11 due; review answers; quick Lab 219: Thermal Properties

    Sept 12 - Chp 11 Exam - students may use notes and study guide

    Sept 13 - Review answers to exam, discuss how to complete test correction


    Sept 3 - notes and lecture:  chp 11.1, 11.2 Temp, thermal energy, heat, heat transfer

    Sept 4 - Lab 216: Cold and hot water

    Sept 5 - Notes and lecture:  chp 11.3 Thermal Properties

    Sept 6 - Lab 217:  heat transfer to melt butter


    Aug 28 - First Day of School!  We will review classroom policies and procedures.  There will be a packet sent home for parents and students to review and sign

    Aug 29 - Review Lab Safety Rules and procedures - parents and students review and sign.  Students will not participate in a lab until this page is returned.

    Aug 30 - Sign up for Google Classroom, Remind.com, and Begin chp 1: Introduction to Matter

    STUDENT CONNECT is now live!
    Students can access Student Connect by clicking on the below link:

    Student logins are:Username: ID #

    Password: Q password (which is their Google password)

    Course Outline:


    Standard 1. Matter and Its Interactions

    Atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures, properties of a substance before and after substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction occurred, how synthetic materials impact society, particle motion and thermal energy, conservation of mass

    Quarter 1


    Chapter 1 – Intro to Matter                            (CPO chapter 3.1)

    Chapter 2 – Solids, Liquids, Gases                 (CPO chapters 4/5)

    Chapter 3 – Elements and Periodic Table       (CPO chapters 6/7)

    Chapter 4 – Atoms and Bonding                    (CPO chapter 8)


    Quarter 2


    Chapter 5 – Chemical Reactions                     (CPO chapter 10)

    Chapter 6 – Acids, Bases, Solutions               (CPO chapter 9)


    Standard 2. Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

    Newton’s Third Law, Newton’s First Law, Newton’s Second Law (motion of two colliding objects and the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object), electromagnetic fields, gravitational interactions

    Chapter 7 – Motion                                         (CPO chapter 12)

    Chapter 8 – Forces (and 9.1/9.2)                    (CPO chapters 13/14)

    Chapter 16 – Electricity                                  NEW NGSS STANDARD


    Quarter 3


    Chapter 17 – Magnetism                                 NEW NGSS STANDARD


    Standard 3. Energy

    Relationship between kinetic energy and the mass of an object, potential energy, thermal energy transfer,

    Chapter 10 – Energy                                       (CPO chapter 3.2)

    Chapter 11 – Thermal Energy and Heat         (CPO chapter 3.2)


    Standard 4. Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

    Amplitude and energy of waves, waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials, digitized signals vs. analog signals

    Chapter 12 – Characteristics of Waves           NEW NGSS STANDARD


    Quarter 4


    Chapter 13 – Sound                                        NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 14 – Electromagnetic Waves             NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 15 – Light                                          NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Roller Coaster Project (Forces and Motion)

    Review for CAST science exam (state testing)


    CPO chapters not covered due to changes in standards are:

    Chapter 11 – Biochemistry – moved to 7th grade

    Chapters 15, 16, and 17 – Astronomy – moved to 6th grade


    CA Science Standards:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf

    Next Generation Science Standards:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp


    Grading Scale/Q Parent Connect:  (Grades are calculated as per District recommendations)


    A – 90% to 100%       B – 80% - 89%            C – 70% - 79%            D – 60% - 69%           F – 0% - 59%


    Grading Scale Weights:

    Tests – 50% of total grade

    Projects/Labs/Quizzes – 40% of total grade

    Homework/Participation – 10% of total grade


    Parents should monitor their student’s progress through Q Parent Connect weekly.  A password is required to access the grading system, and is available in the office.


    Teacher Communication:  email is the preferred method of communication:  khebert@pleasantvalleysd.org

    My class website will be updated weekly with homework assignments, quiz and test dates, project due dates, and other important school information.  https://www.pleasantvalleysd.org/Domain/5846   new!


    Assignments may also be sent out through Google Classroom and text reminders using Remind.com

    Recommended Supplies:  folder, lined paper, spiral notebook, pencils and erasers, colored pencils, various colored highlighters (pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green) and a ball point pen for correcting, scissors, glue sticks…CALCULATOR – students are allowed to use a calculator for all exams and quizzes in science, but NOT the calculator on their cell phone.


    Homework Policy:   Class time will be given for all assignments.  Unfinished classwork must be taken home and completed at home and turned in the next day.  All classwork collected will be stamped by the teacher, credit will be given in Q/Parent Connect, and returned to the student.  Work submitted electronically will be graded and returned electronically.  Partial credit might be given for late assignments at teacher discretion. Homework without names will be posted, and it is the student’s responsibility to check if they did not receive their homework back from the teacher.  Unclaimed papers will be thrown away at the end of every quarter. 

     Students with excused absences will have the same number of days to make-up any missed assignments and/or tests.  It is the student’s responsibility to collect and complete their missing homework assignments.


    Test Correction Policy:

    Tests and quizzes are open book/open note.  However, science tests with a grade of 69% and below may be corrected for a new grade to be recorded.  Students will receive half-credit for every corrected answer, not to exceed a 70%.  Corrections must include writing each missed question out with the correct answer by hand and the corresponding page number and sentence where the correct answer can be located in the notes.  Quizzes are not eligible for re-takes. 

    Students should always do their best work on each test and not depend on being able to correct to improve their grade. 

    • Students who study hard and do well on their tests the first time benefit as they will not be surpassed by students who may rely on corrections.  At the same time, students who receive a grade 69% or below on a test will benefit from the opportunity to correct their mistakes, re-learn material, and improve their grade. 
    • Whenever possible, corrections will be scheduled as due within a week after graded tests are returned to students.  It is the student’s responsibility to return the original test on the specified date and have it signed by a parent at the top of the correction page in order to receive credit.   


    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Be prompt: be in the classroom when the bell rings
    2. Be prepared: bring supplies, homework, and dress accordingly
    3. Be accountable: do your own assignments and check for accuracy. Cheating will result in a zero.
    4. Be productive: ask for help, utilize class time for science work
    5. Be a team player: actively contribute to class discussions and group projects
    6. Be respectful: respect your teacher and fellow students as they participate and learn




    Movies shown in classroom throughout the year:

    Crash Course Chemistry and Crash Course Physics on YouTube

    Bill  Nye the Science Guy

    Absolute Zero by NOVA, not rated

    The Science of Measurement: Taking Measure of the World by Athena, not rated

    The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements by PBS, not rated

    Hunting the Elements by PBS, not rated

    Einstein’s Big Idea by NOVA, not rated

    Tesla, Master of Lightning by PBS, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Electricity by Disney Educational Productions, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Magnetism by Disney Educational Productions, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion by Disney Educational Productions, not rated


    A little about Mrs. Hebert:  

    This is my 22st year of teaching, and I  love teaching 8th grade science!  I have a son in 11th grade.  My horses, chickens, rabbits, and organic garden keep me super busy!