WSMS 8th Grade Science

N.C. Grading Scale

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69

Science Quarterly Weighted Grades

Homework / Classwork 10%

Science Labs 20%

Quizzes / Projects 30%

Tests 40%


    • Science Measurement
    • Hydrology (Water)
    • Ecology (Ecosystems)
    • Chemistry
    • Energy
    • Evolution & Geology
    • Microbiology

For more information refer to this link: North Carolina 8th Grade Science Essential Standards

Students are asked to study Google Classroom current information, notes, handouts, returned assignments, labs, and various other materials, and should study 15 to 20 minutes each night unless other Science homework is assigned. There is always something to study unless there was a unit test given that day.


Being in class for instruction and a better understanding of materials is very important for success. Demonstrations, activities, labs, and other things that happen during class are essential to learning.

Homework Policy:

All work is expected to be turned in on time. A late grade will be given. If turned in within 1 week, 10 points per day will be deducted from the grade. After 1 week, a zero will be given unless prior arrangements have been made.

Work that is late due to an absence is due within the amount of days the student is absent. For example, if an assignment is due on Tuesday, and the student is absent, he/she is expected to turn the work in on Wednesday. If the student was absent the day the assignment was given (Monday), then the student will be allowed to turn the assignment in on Wednesday. However, in most cases the assignment will be in Google Classroom on the day given, so the student could get the assignment in on time if he/she takes advantage of this.

A paper without a name on it may result in a zero. They are put up on the board with a magnet, but if not claimed within a couple of days, they are thrown away. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure the “no name” paper is not his/hers if a graded paper was not received.

Daily Homework:

Students will be expected to study current information for 15-20 minutes each night unless additional homework is given. Waiting until a night or two before a test to study is not recommended. There is a lot of new material learned before each major test. Quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will be given. To ensure a good assessment score, students need to study daily.

After-school Tutoring

Parents should send a signed note giving permission for the days and times. This is offered on various throughout the year. I let students know which days I will be there after school each week. It is important that rides are there on time if students stay. It will depend on my after-school duties and other commitments. I usually offer at least 2 different days a week until 4 p.m.

If students stay for tutoring, they have to come prepared with questions or specific items that they need to review This is NOT time for students to make up late work due for my class. However, if I am staying after and a student wants to stay in my room to do work for my class or any other, as long as this is arranged ahead of time and parents pick their child up on time, I do allow this. They are allowed snacks in the room at this time.

Drinks,Snacks, Gum

Clear bottled water with a screw-on cap is the only thing allowed in class. No food or drinks. No gum. We sometimes use items or mild chemicals that is not safe or sanitary while eating in class. The school policy is the same as my room policy. I don’t allow gum due to Science activities and to keep furniture and floors clear of stuck on gum.