Back-to-School Night with Ms. Luo August st 31 , 2011 JLS Middle School, Room 630 Team Kaleidoscope A “Snapshot” of Ms. Luo Ms. Linda (Qin Qing) Luo A Bay area native (attended Los Altos High School) Graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor in Communications Graduated from Stanford with a M.A. in Education and Single Subject teaching credential Contact information Periods 1/2/3/5 (7th grade: Per. 7) Email Address: [email protected] (24 hour policy) Phone Number: 856-5152 (48 hour policy) Class Website: Schoology Course page/ http:lqluo.wordpress.com Course Overview Year-long course with four major units: Nature of Science (Scientific Inquiry) Chemistry Physics Astronomy Course Objectives Understanding the concepts covered by state and district standards in each unit Developing scientific processing skills Promoting scientific literacy Based on 8th grade California Curriculum Standards and PAUSD standards Unit 1: What is Science? Until Mid-Sept Science vs. Pseudoscience Scientific Method/Inquiry The Metric System Project: Independent Research Project (IRP may lead to Science Fair project during 2nd semester) Unit 2: Chemistry Mid Sept.-Dec. Properties of Matter •The Periodic Table Physical & Chemical Changes •Elements & Compounds Atoms & Molecules •Project: Element history, facts and Atomic T-Shirt Unit 2: Physics Jan.-Mid-April Linear Motion Newton’s Laws of Motion Work and Power Forces Energy Current Event Presentations ongoing Unit 4: Astronomy June May- Stellar Bodies Star Cycles The Solar System Seasons Earth & its Moon (Eclipses) •Project: Invent an Alien that could live on a planet or moon within our Solar System •Current Event Presentations ongoing Textbook & Homework Textbook used: Focus on Physical Science, Prentice Hall, 2008 Homework: Usually begin or review it in class (~1-1.5 hours/week) 3 ways to find it: 1. Copied into Binder Reminder 2. W-2 form (beginning of the week) 3. Schoology website Extension passes on daily homework and projects only. Grading •Grades break down to the following approximations: Tests and Quizzes (60%), Projects(25%), Science Notebook/Homework (15%) •Students and parents can check their grade progress online through Infinite Campus •Based on the following grading scale: •A+= 100 A= 93-99 •B+ = 87-89 B= 83-86 •C+= 77-79 C= 73-76 •D+ = 67-69 D= 63-66 •Below 60= F A-= 90-92 B-= 80-82 C-= 70-72 D- = 60-62 •Students will receive an invitation from teacher to discuss strategies to improve academic performance when in the C- range Thanks for coming! Questions?