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8th Grade Science

Course Syllabus Outline

Mrs. Cassell

Email: 903-896-4332 ext 8072

Class Schedule

8:00-8:45 Science

8:50-9:35 Science

9:39-10:24 Science

10:28-11:13 Conference

11:17-12:02 Science

12:02-12:32 Lunch

12:36-1:21 ESL

1:24-1:54 Tutorials

2:01-2:46 Science

2:50-3:35 ESL

Unit of Study: (Year at a Glance) 

Unit 1: How Does Science Work?-Scientific Investigations (3 weeks)

Unit 2: What Are We Made Of?-Chemistry (5 weeks)

Unit 3.1: How is Balanced Achieved?-Physics 

Unit 3.2: Earth’s Balance-Geology (7 weeks)

Unit 4.1: What are Movement Cycles?

Unit 4.2: What are Earth’s Cycles? -Meteorology (8 weeks)

Unit 5: What is Your Legacy?-  Ecology (4 weeks)

Unit 6: Are We Alone? The Universe-Astronomy (4 weeks)

Class Rules and Procedures

1. All students will be expected to be in class daily.

2. All students will be expected to be on time to class.   

3. All students will be in their seat by the tardy bell.

4. All students will have the necessary supplies for class daily.

  a. Habitual failure to have all necessary supplies in class will result in lunch detention or some other form of punishment.       

      b.  All students will be responsible for keeping an organized binder with dividers.

Students will sign a discipline book for not following the above procedures.  3 signatures will result in a discipline write-up that will be sent to the office.


Your nine weeks average will be determined in the following manner.

Daily Work/Quiz Grades………60%

Test ……………………………..40%


All daily work assignments must have the student’s name, class title, and the date of the assignment in the top right hand corner of the paper.


Any test with a grade lower than a 70 may be corrected for up to a 70.  It is the students responsibility to make sure the corrections are completed and turned in on the due date.

Late Homework Policy

  • 1 day late...thirty points off (70 will be the highest possible grade)
  • 2 days late...fifty points off (50 will be the highest possible grade)      
  • More than 2 days will not be accepted after two days late.


Students are responsible for any assignments they will miss due to an extracurricular activity before they are absent. If you do not get the assignment before you are absent or do not turn it in on the due date, the late work policy will be followed. That means if you have a competition on Thursday, you need to get your assignments on Wednesday.  If also means that when you return to school on Friday, it is due immediately upon entering class. No exceptions.

Required Materials

1 ½ Binder   
Pens and/or Pencil 

Colored pens for grading   

Map pencil and/or  Skinny Markers   

Glue sticks   


Notebook paper


Student Cell Phone

  • Students are not allowed to use cellphones in class unless it is being used for a classroom activity.
  • Students will be expected to place cell phones in a designated place during class. 
  • Cell phones will remain on silent or turned off during class.  
  • If the cell phone goes off during class it will be taken up and given to Mrs. Mays or Mr. Dover at the end of the period. The student

will not receive it back until the end of the school day and will be issued a lunch detention.

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