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Welcome & Classroom Information


    Important Dates:  (subject to change)


    Jan 7 - classes resume

    Jan 25 - end of 2nd quarter

    Jan 29 - chp 9/10/11 exam

    Jan 30 - Career Day

    Feb 1 - 8th grade visit to Adolfo Camarillo High School

    Feb 1 - 2nd quarter report cards go home

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

    Feb 25 - R/R/E (study guide) for chapters 16 and 17 due

    Feb 27/28 - Exam for chapter 16/17 Electricity and Magnetism; multiple choice and constructed response essay

    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 @e8294a
    For Google Classroom Hebert Science:  Class code is ikk25x

    Our weekly schedule:


    Feb 11 - no school; Lincoln's Birthday

    Feb 12 - chp 16.3 and 16.4 notes; Electric Circuits

    Feb 13 - chp 17.1, 17.2, 17.3; Magnetism and magnetic fields

    Feb 14 - Movie about Nicola Tesla

    Feb 15 - 17.4 and 17.5; Electromagnetism


    Feb 4 - Review answers to chp 9/10/11 exam; switch seats

    Feb 5 - Museum of Tolerance Field Trip for some students; chp 16.1 and 16.2 notes

    Feb 6 - Museum of Tolerance Field Trip for some students; begin study guide pages (RRE)

    Feb 7 - Movie on Magnetism

    Feb 8 - Museum of Tolerance Field Trip for some students; PHET sims for electricity and magnetism


    Jan 28 - Review for exam

    Jan 29 - Exam - chps 9, 10, and 11 - Energy

    Jan 30 - Career Day in morning; Constructed Response Essay exam afterwards

    Jan 31 - Electricity and Magnetism movie

    Feb 1 - Camarillo High School visit


    Jan 21 - No School; MLK Day

    Jan 22 - Finish Lab 3A, check grades on Chromebook, sign up for Career Day

    Jan 23 - chp 11 Notes: Thermal Energy

    Jan 24 - Lab 216 and 217 - temp and thermal energy

    Jan 25 - Lab 218 - convection currents


    Jan 14 - chp 10 lecture and notes: What is Energy? and Forms of Energy

    Jan 15 - chp 10 RRE (study guide) workday

    Jan 16 - Lab 189: Kinetic Energy

    Jan 17 - Lab 3A: Mass, Velocity, and Kinetic Energy

    Jan 18 - Lab 201: Mechanical Energy


    Jan 7 - Crash Course Chemistry and Physics videos

    Jan 8 - Notes 9.1 and 9.2: Work and Power

    Jan 9 - Lab 170: Investigating Power

    Jan 10 - Workday for R/R/E study guide pages

    Jan 11 - Lab 189: How High does a Ball Bounce?


    Dec 17 - Return labs and papers and review them; review chp 7 notes

    Dec 18 - Lab 14B: adding mass to cars on ramps

    Dec 19 - Review chp 8

    Dec 20 - Chp 7/8 exam

    Dec 21 - PHET science simulations


    Dec 10 - finish 7.3 notes; begin 8.1 and 8.2 notes

    Dec 11 - workday for RRE (study guide) pages; work on speed worksheet, net force worksheet

    Dec 12 - Lab 145 and 13A; speed worksheet due

    Dec 13 - Notes 8.3/8.4/8.5

    Dec 14 - Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying; chp 7 notes due, net force worksheet due


    Dec 3 - Lab 127: Calculate your walking speed at normal, slow, and fast paces

    Dec 4 - Lab 138: Calculate and graph your speed at various distances at a walking pace

    Dec 5 - Lab 12A and 12B: Race cars and ramps - graphing their speed and acceleration

    Dec 6 - Finish Labs 12A and 12B and begin Speed Worksheet

    Dec 7 - Review answers to previous 5/6 exam and work on R/R/E study guide pages in chp 7 notes packet


    Nov 26 - Review/Correct RRE pages (study guides) for chapters 5 and 6

    Nov 27 - Chapter 5 and 6 Trivia Game to review for exam

    Nov 28 - Chapter 5/6 exam (rescheduled from 3 weeks earlier)

    Nov 29 - Chapter 7.1 and 7.2 notes

    Nov 30 - Lab (outside) speed = Distance/Time; calculating your speed


    Nov 12 - No School - Veteran's Day

    Nov 13 - Hunting the Elements Movie

    Nov 14 - Lab 9B: Acids and Bases

    Nov 15 - Review RRE pages for chp 5/6

    Nov 16 - Precipitate Lab


    Oct 29 - Balancing Chemical Equations and identifying parts of a chemical equations

    Oct 30 - Lab: Types of Chemical Reactions

    Oct 31 - Lab: Elephant Toothpaste

    Nov 1 - No School:  Staff Development Day

    Nov 2 - Lab:  Precipates


    Oct 22 - Vision and hearing screening 8th graders

    Oct 23 - Lab: Exothermic and Endothermic/ Chp. 5.1 notes (Chemical Reactions)

    Oct 24 - Lab: Electrolysis of Water

    Oct 25 - Step it Up Fundraiser Event outside.  Periodic Table Bingo

    Oct 26 - 5.2 and 5.3 notes (Chemical Reactions)


    Oct 15 - 4.3 notes (covalent bonding) and 4.4 notes (metallic bonding)

    Oct 16 - science workday for periodic table projects and/or RRE pages

    Oct 17 - RRE pages due; review for exam

    Oct 18 - science workday for periodic table projects

    Oct 19 - chp 3/4 science exam on chromebook/ bring notes!


    Oct 8 - Science workday for Wall Element project, name in atoms project, or R/R/E pages

    Oct 9 - Sodium and water outside, 3.4 notes (metalloids and non-metals)

    Oct 10 - 4.1 notes (chemical bonding) and Lewis Dot diagram

    Oct 11 - Lab 67: Element Chemistry

    Oct 12 - 4.2 (Ionic Bonding) Drawing Ionic bonds


    Oct 1 - Hunting the Elements movie

    Oct 2 - 3.1 notes and 3.2 notes (atoms and elements)

    Oct 3 - Review chp 2 exam, finish 3.2 notes if necessary, discuss projects

    Oct 4 - 3.3 notes (metals of the periodic table)

    Oct 5 - pull element from hat, finish Hunting the Elements movie, discuss project further, if needed


    Sept 24 - 2:05 dismissal, Dry Ice Lab, 2.3 notes, Back to Schoo Night tonight 5:45

    Sept 25 - Lab 27: Melting Ice

    Sept 26 - Enrichment and Review for exam, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

    Sept 27 - Pressure and Temp Lab - Charles' Gas Law

    Sept 28 - Chp 2 exam


    Sept 17 - Absolute Zero movie, Fundraiser Assembly 6th period

    Sept 18 - chp 2.1 notes, vacuum jar demo

    Sept 19 - review chapter 1 exam, chp 2.2 notes, Review/Reinforce/Enrich pages 2.1 and 2.2

    Sept 20 - Lab 21 Solids, Liquids, and Gases

    Sept 21 - Lab Pressure and Temperature


    Sept 10 - Density Lab, find mass and volume of mystery substances and calculate their density

    Sept 11 - Density Lab continued/ R/R/pages, Notes 1.4

    Sept 12 - Review for exam, notes 1.4

    Sept 13 - Mixtures Lab

    Sept 14 - Chapter 1 exam on Chromebook, you may use your notes.  Notes will be turned in after exam


    Sept 4 - Lab 1: How do you describe matter? Finish notes for 1.1, begin 1.2 lecture notes

    Sept 5 - Finish notes for 1.2, Review/Reinforce pages 1.1 and 1.2/ Enrichment page 1.1

    Sept 6 - Lego Lab:  Modeling Atoms and Molecules vs Mixtures

    Sept 7 - Notes and lecture 1.3 and 1.4: Measuring matter and changes in matter

    Aug 29 - 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 30 - 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 31 - 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 21st year of teaching, and I  love teaching 8th grade science!  I have a son in 10th grade.  My horses, chickens, rabbits, and organic garden keep me super busy!