Unit 2 Forces and Energy

This is our 2nd week into our new unit. Students have been getting familiar with the concepts of Gravity and Magnetism. We have also, been working hard at improving class behavior. Many students have been assign detention. Parents please, ensure students are conscious of how their actions affect others (i.e. talking while the teacher is talking, staying on task,  being respectful of other students and their time as well, and being on-time for class). Thank you very much!

Conference Ending…


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It was great talking with so many parents this week!!!

This week the students will be reviewing “are we there yet” which is a pre-test to the Unit test. Students were given a question analysis. This showed all their specific weak areas. Students are encourage to utilize this as a study guide for the unit test.


This week also, students were allowed to choose their own element from the periodic table. The rubric for the Atom Project is linked above.

Conference Week Coming Soon!!!

First, welcome back from Fall Break!!! I hope everyone had a great time!!!

Conference week is quickly approaching. Parents, please be on the lookout for scheduling sheets coming home this week!

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This week all classes are completing our unit on matter. Presently, we are studying the Periodic Table of Elements. We will finish up studying how the elements are organized on the Periodic Table.

Note: There have been several issues with my grade book. Please excuse this, it was due to my own in experience with the Cobb System. But, all of the issues have been resolved and the current grades in Synergy are up to date. Many students have missing assignments. These assignments have been explained to students in all classes. Students have until 10 days after the semester as per Cobb County School Policy to turn them in. But, if they are not turned in by 10/11/2017. I will enter a grade of zero, until they are made up.

Enjoy you break!!!

This past week we have tried flexible learning. I thank all of you for cooperating even though, it was different from our regular routine. This week we worked on Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures. We completed our lab to re-enforce the differences and similarities. Students were provided the opportunity to create their own lab to prove the Law of Conservation of Matter.

When we return from break. We will complete the rest of the unit on Matter. Specific topics will be the organization of the Periodic Table and an over-all review of our Matter Unit. This will lead to our first unit test.

Some students still have outstanding homework assignments to turn in. The 9 weeks will be here before you know it. Let’s get caught up! I will see everyone when we return from the break!!!

Week of 05-08 Sept

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Students this week will continue studying Chemical and Physical Changes. Additionally, on Thursday and Friday students will receive and introduction to the Periodic Table and Conservation of Matter. Students will be receiving handouts as well as writing notes inside their science interactive notebooks. This is a short week but, the expectation is always the same.

I finally got it!!!

I’m so sorry guys!!! I think, I finally figured out my blogging issue. So here we go!

section a. There was some confusion on the test. Vocabulary will be focused today and tomorrow. Our 2nd major lab starts tomorrow. Attached are study materials for the re-test. Also, attached are study materials for our next Summative  Assessment.

New Updated Focus Standard:

S8P1. Students will examine the scientific view of the nature of matter.

  1. Describe the difference between pure substances (elements and compounds) and mixtures.
  2. Distinguish between physical and chemical properties of matter as physical (i.e., density, melting point, boiling point) or chemical (i.e., reactivity, combustibility).
  3. Distinguish between changes in matter as physical (i.e., physical change) or chemical (development of a gas, formation of precipitate, and change in color).

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Week three is here!!!

Last week, students continued to get exposed to different ways to view matter. We specifically look at physical and chemical properties. Students also, learned about density. This exposure will enable students to make a better determination of the possible causes of the Ogeechee River Fish Kill.

While discussing density, students learned how to calculate mass, volume, and density of various objects. They were given their first homework assignment.

Welcome to Physical science!!


Welcome to my brand new blog at Griffin Middle School!

I know, we are going to have a great school year!!! Our first unit is Matter. We are going to study the Ogeechee River Fish Kill to help understand the physical properties of matter.

Today, we completed out first lab on the “Properties of Water”. Students were able to use water as a solute and combine with various solvents and observe/ record the results.

Below is my current syllabus for reference.

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