Welcome & Classroom Information
IMPORTANT NOTE: For information about the Distance Learning Opportunity program operating during school closure, please refer to page two of my Class announcement slides below (you can pause on any slide).
More detailed information can be found on Google Classroom.
7th First day letter sign off (parent): https://goo.gl/forms/IUOdEVP1Xadh3aM93
8th First day letter sign off (parent): https://goo.gl/forms/Fe0jDwP1IkkCnQbg2
Student sign off (7th and 8th): https://goo.gl/Et8cas
In science, students should have and bring to class every day, a binder with class section tabs, writing materials, and their charged Chromebook.
Classwork that is not finished during class is expected to be finished for homework. Not finishing classwork assignments is the number one reason for students receiving lower than acceptable grades in science!
Students who are absent (or just forgot what we did in class) should be sure to check the assignments listing and Classroom feed to find out what they missed. (See choices on the left margin) Most worksheets handed out in class can be accessed on the same page so you can print them at home and complete!
We are piloting new textbooks this year. During the fall, we are using McGraw Hill for both 7th and 8th grade Science. There is a softbound consumable book for each section that will be kept here at school. Students will also be given an online login so they may access all materials from home. After winter break, we will switch to the Amplify Science curriculum and students will be using online logins and materials exclusively.
Students (and parents): Get in the habit of checking your grades on "Q" (formerly Zangle) every day during homeroom! If you don't have a Q parent account, contact the front office. Bookmark the link to Q Parent Connect: https://pvsd.vcoe.org/parentconnect/
I act as the teacher representative of the California Junior Scholarship Federation on our campus. It is open to 7th and 8th grade students who qualify each trimester by having a 3.5 GPA in their 4 "core" subjects. See the file library for a complete description of CJSF. 8th graders who maintain CJSF grades for 5/6 trimesters in 7th and 8th grade, receive the CJSF gold seal on their report cards and wear gold cords with their graduation gowns.
Teaching is my passion! This will be my eleventh year teaching 7th and 8th grade science. I am moving up from a 2 year stint as the 6th grade math and science teacher, and prior to that I taught first and fifth grade. I received my bachelor's degree in Science from the University of California at Irvine, with a minor in French Literature and obtained my teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. I have a 32 year old daughter and a 22 year old son who will be finishing a computer science degree at UCSB this year. Outside of school my hobbies are cooking (and trying new restaurants), working out, reading, travel, and writing--who knows, maybe a novel someday?