Physical Science is the study of matter and energy.  All 8th grade students in Franklin County are required to take Physical Science, and are responsible for completing an end-of-course Standard of Learning test that covers all content taught this semester in addition to course content from 7th grade Life Science and 6th grade Earth and Space Science.

During this semester-long course, students will use problem-solving skills and complete a variety of assignments including projects, presentations, and hands-on activities. The variety of assignments allows for a well-rounded view of each student's knowledge.  Grades are awarded based on students' completion and competency for each of these assignments, as well as common assessments for each unit.

Classroom Etiquette:

The  Gereau Center Student Handbook contains extremely useful information for all students and parents/guardians.  It can be located on the Gereau Center website.  Please read this in its entirety to be aware of school expectations. 

A few important guidelines for this classroom:

  • Students, teachers, and school staff will treat people with respect at all times.
  • Students will arrive to class on time with appropriate materials.
  • Students will protect school equipment by keeping all food, drinks, and gum out of classrooms. A doctor's note is required for exceptions.
  • Personal technology (laptops, cell phones, etc.) may only be used in the classroom with the teacher's permission and only for school-appropriate activities.

Consequences for inappropriate behavior:

  • student warning
  • parent phone call
  • guidance referral
  • discipline referral

Lab Safety Guidelines:

  • Always act in a responsible manner.
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask permission before you touch anything that does not belong to you.
  • Keep work areas clean and organized.
  • Wear personal protective equipment when necessary. This could include gloves, goggles, and/or lab coats.
  • Learn where safety equipment is located and how to use it.
  • Do not taste anything in the lab. 
  • Do not smell anything directly. Use the wafting technique.
  • Use care when handling glassware.
  • Use caution when handling heat or flame.
  • Report any accident or hazardous condition to the teacher immediately. 
  • Leave classroom and work areas cleaner than you found them.
  • Do not remove anything from the lab without permission.

    Course Outline:

     Unit SOLs 
     Scientific Investigation PS.1, PS.2
     Atomic Structure PS.1, PS.3, PS.4
     Periodic Table PS.1, PS.4, PS.5
     Matter PS.1, PS.2, PS.5, PS.7
    Waves and EnergyPS.1, PS.7, PS.8, PS.9 
     Electricity and Magnets PS.1, PS.11
     Forces, Motion, and Machines PS.1, PS.6, PS.10


    In order to be successful, you should come to class everyday prepared to learn. Your attitude directly affects your learning. You should also bring basic materials with you everyday. These include:
    • pencil
    • three-ring binder with science section
    Laptops are  available for use during class time at the teacher's discretion. Please remember to read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy. When students log in to the Franklin County Public Schools network, even on personal devices, they agree to abide by the policy and use the internet for school use only.


    Each unit includes several assignments that are used for student practice and monitoring student growth.  A variety of assignments and activities are used to target an array of learning styles.  Additional assignments may be assigned to students who are unable to participate in class activities due to behavior or discipline concerns.  Each of the seven units is concluded with a summative common assessment.