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Course Expectations

Course Expectations

Mrs. Reader

8th-grade Physical Science

Course description: Physical Science consists of three main areas of study. We will focus on fundamental science skills, Chemistry and Physics. These three areas of study are designed to help a student think critically and develop a scientific mindset. The course will be taught as a hands-on inquiry-based learning style. The goal is to develop students who will be scientifically ready for the 8th-grade PSSA test and be able to score proficient or above.


Course Topics: The following topics will be covered as time permits.

Scientific Method                 Chemical Interactions                             Heat

Systems                             Forces/Motion                                         Life Science Review

Measurement                 Work/Simple Machines                             Earth Science Review

Phases/Classification of Matter    Energy                                                      Periodic Table     

Class Expectations: As an 8th-grade student you are expected to be a leader and set the example for the other students. In order to accomplish this, I expect you to follow these rules and guidelines.

  1. Enjoy learning. You only get one first chance to get it right. Take every opportunity available to learn as much as possible. You might not think you like what we are learning but give it a try, you just might be surprised.

  2. Arrive to class on time and ready to learn. This means you are through the door before the bell rings and you have ALL required materials (including but not limited to…. charged Chromebook, writing utensil, folder/binder with all papers in date order and  homework)

  3. You will treat everyone with respect. That includes teachers, other students and yourself. If you are unable to do this do not expect to be respected by those around you.

  4. Follow all directions and classroom room rules at all times. These rules are for your own benefit. 

Grading Criteria: Grades will be based on points. The value for an assignment will be determined by the length and complexity of the assignment. Assignments will include tests, quizzes, homework, notebook, group and individual work and projects, labs, and bell ringers.


Remind 101: This year I will be using the remind 101 app to assist with homework and test reminders. To sign up for the remind app send a text message to @treade and enter the number 81010. This should allow you and your parents to receive reminders about my class. If you prefer to receive the messages through email send a message to treade@mail.remind.com. Please let me know  if you have any issues



***Your course expectations are to be the first paper in your binder at all times for reference***




Parents please read, sign, date and return the bottom of the paper.


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Student signature Parent/Guardian Signature Date