August 10, 2022
Welcome to Desert Ridge Middle School and 7th & 8th grade Special Ed. Science. I am looking forward to working with your child as part of a productive and rigorous learning experience. Students will be utilizing technology this year on an almost daily basis this year. Student will be expected to have their APS Chromebook with them daily.
My goals this year are to help your child to become successful student, and to provide them with the skills necessary to understand several principles of science. 7th and 8th Grade, students will be working within a spiraled pattern of learning. They will learn concepts from Earth Science, Life Science, Physics and Chemistry.
Expectations: It is expected that all students will come to class prepared with all materials and ready to engage in classroom activities. They are to be respectful to others and responsible for their assignments and materials. Students will be expected to be in class daily, as that is the best way to learn.
Grading Procedures: Grades will be based on homework, class work, projects, group work, quizzes and tests. I grade using a point system rather than percentages or weighted grades. Your students will know the point value of various assignments and tests when assigned. It is expected for homework/assignments to be handed in on the due date, which is one day after assigned, unless otherwise stated. I do not count assignments late/missing until after I have graded the assignment, not according to due date. Large projects and reports will be broken into manageable chunks of work so that your student can experience the satisfaction of completing a project without too much stress. Extra credit is built into the curriculum and is not assigned separately.
I have a teacher website located at http://mrmasseydrms.educatorpages.com/ . As time goes on, this will be the best place to get the latest information. Please check it regularly, and you may want to bookmark this site for the easiest access. Assignments are posted on a weekly basis on the website, with most related worksheets. Students have an active email account through the district, and will be expected to use it on a regular basis.
I look forward to working with your child this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
7th & 8th Gr Special Ed Science
Science Dept. Chair