Life Science- August 10-12

 

Welcome to a great year of learning about the beautiful world that surrounds us!  I am excited for a new school year to begin and to join with you in educating your student about the wonders of the world.

My name is Christina Agurcia, and I am originally from Illinois.  I graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a BS in Bible and from Illinois State University with a BS in Biology.  I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach a wide range of science subjects, including biology, chemistry, and physics.  As well, I have taken graduate education courses in zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and AP Environmental Science.  Currently, I am enrolled in a program at Adams State University to earn a Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

I have over 10 years of teaching experience in the secondary science classroom, and this will be my tenth year at Discovery School.  Previously, I taught one year at a private school here in Tegucigalpa and three years at a public school in the United States of America.

This year in life science we will be covering the following topics:

First Quarter-    Scientific Method, What is Life?, &  Cells

Second Quarter-  Ecosystems and Biomes & Genetics

Third Quarter-  Natural Selection, Classification, & Bacteria, Protists, Fungi, and Plants

Fourth Quarter-   Animals & Body Systems

The science department divides a student’s grade into the following categories:

Homework/Classwork- 20%                        Portfolio- 10%

Projects/Labs- 40%                         Tests/Quizzes- 30%

The following supplies needed for life science class are:

20 File Folders               20 File Metal Fasteners               200 Sheets of Loose Leaf Paper               Pens or Pencils              Colored Pencils                          Ruler

Scissors             Eraser or Correction Fluid

I am looking forward to developing an excellent working relationship with you.  It is important that we keep in close contact about your student’s progress.  Each week I will be updating a blog and calendar, which will have information about the material being covered in class, student activities and homework, as well, as upcoming dates for projects and tests.  The blog is found at https://grade6ds.wordpress.com.  As well, links for the blog are found on the school’s website under the secondary tab.  Students and parents should check the blog each Monday.

All classwork and homework are to be kept securely, using a metal fastener, in a unit portfolio.  If work is not presented in the unit portfolio, it will not earn a grade.  Homework, as listed in class and on the blog, is due by 8:00 AM on the day the assignment is due.  Students must bring their portfolio, including their work, to my classroom and place it in the bin.  Any work submitted after 8:00 AM will be considered late.  Only excused tardies and absences will be accepted as a reason for turning in work after 8:00 AM.    A student who does not have homework ready at 8:00 AM will be expected to complete that work at snack or lunch time, for 90% of the credit.  Assignments presented one day late are worth 90% of the credit, and assignments presented two days late are worth 80% of the credit.  After this point, no credit will be earned.

Classtime is valuable, and therefore, a student should attempt be at school as much as possible.  However, if a student is absent, he/she is responsible to complete all make-up work.  Make-up work can be found in the “make-up” folder for his or her class.  Any missed notes can be copied from a fellow student.  If a student missed a test/quiz/lab, she/he will need make an appointment to complete the work.  For excused absences, students are given one day to make-up work per each absent day.  For one or two day excused absences, the students should be prepared to take any pre-scheduled test or quiz and submit any large project upon returning to school. For a longer absence, the student will not be required to take a test or quiz on the first two days after returning to school.  For preplanned absences, a student is to notify the teacher in writing previous to the absence (at least 3 days).  The teacher will assign work, giving a schedule for work to be complete.  No credit will be given for unexcused absences or absences due to suspension.

This year, 6th grade students will be participating in science fair.  This is a long term project that will span all of the first semester and will involve components in language arts and science.   While this is a student-directed project, parents are asked to provide the necessary supplies and to help their student keep on track with due dates, which will be posted on the blog.

If you need to contact me individually, the best way is through email.  My email address is cagurcia@discoveryschool.edu.hn.  The office will also take messages for me.  If you would like to meet with me, I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If your student has any concerns or does not understand a topic, please encourage him/her to see me.  I am available most days before school, during snack, and during lunch.

Thank you for entrusting me in joining you in the education of your student!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Christina Agurcia

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