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Science Syllabus

Phillip A. Sharp Middle School



Instructor: Mrs. Laura Spradlin

Email: laura.spradlin@pendleton.kyschools.us 

** I do check email throughout the day and will respond as quickly as I can

Grade level: 8th



Course Standards:

In 8th Grade science, emphasis will be made on:

  • Develop thought and problem solving processes.
  • Enhance scientific reasoning skills.
  • Develop explanations based on contemplation, research, and testing. 
  • Analyze and organize information to understand past and present events and predict future events based on analysis.
  • Strengthen research skills using a variety of sources




We will use various textbooks in class as a resource.  Students may check out a book for the night but must return in first thing in the morning so it can be used throughout the day. 




My classroom is currently set up with a full set of Lenovo laptops. Students will be on these devices multiple times a week. They are required to follow school expectations for technology usage or will be required to complete alternative assignments at the teacher’s discretion.




EVERY DAY                                                  

Composition notebook                                                Glue Sticks

Folder                                                                         Colored Pencils

Pen and pencils (blue or black only)                          Scissors






The following grade scale is used to convert percentage grades to letter grades:

A+ 99% or higher                      C 76% - 81%

A 95% - 98%                            C- 73% - 75%

A- 93% - 94%                           D+ 70% - 72%

B+ 90% - 92%                          D 67% - 69%

B 87% - 89%                            D- 65% - 66%

B- 85% - 86%                           F 64% or lower

C+ 82% - 84%



Test Taking:

Students are expected to do their own work. If a student chooses to use materials or use another student’s test when not permitted, they will receive a ZERO on the test. 



Extra Credit: 

It is extremely important for students to stay caught up with homework. Absolutely no extra credit will be offered to an individual student. Middle school students are expected to understand what is needed to be successful in the classroom, thus have complete control over what their grades will be in their classes. Extra credit may be offered to a class or group, but must be completed by the deadline determined on the extra credit directions.


Science Department Grading Policy

Classwork:                                                                  30%

Assignments/Lab Reports                                          30%

Assessments (Unit quizzes/tests):                             40%                                



Participation & Attendance:


Students are required to participate in all class work including: labs, assessments, practice, and writing assignments/journal entry, group projects and design challenges.  Design team selection will vary depending on the challenge. 


If during lab activities or design challenges a student becomes a disruption or acts in a way that is harmful to themselves/others, they will not participate in the lab resulting in a zero for their grade on that specific activity as well as receiving a written consequence as outlined in the Student Handbook. 


If absent, be sure to check with me for class assignments when you return to school.  All make-up work will be accepted according to school policy.  Check Infinite Campus often and contact me if you see any discrepancies. You can access Infinite Campus from the Pendleton County Home Page.



BYOD Policy:

All devices must be put away in my classroom at all times. Failure to comply with my policy will result in the device being confiscated for the remainder of the day.



The expectations for this class are centered on the three R’s:


  1. Ready. Bring all of the required materials to class every day. Complete your coursework on time. Stay on topic during discussions and seatwork.


  1. Respect. Respect yourself by working hard to complete coursework correctly and on time. Respect others by paying attention to their comments and presentations. Respect me by following class rules and expectation #1.


  1. Responsible. Take responsibility for learning. I can provide content material and guidance, but YOU are the only one who can decide to learn. In the end, science class will give you back only as much as you put into it.



This is going to be an exciting and fun year where I plan to push you to your highest ability in preparation for the rest of your educational career. I am here to help you in every way that I can and I look forward to working with all of you this year. 


Mrs. Laura Spradlin