The 7th grade science classrooms center on the philosophy that students learn best by interacting with the material.  Understanding this principle, students are expected to work in small groups/partners, work cooperatively with their peers in a lab group, as a whole class and will also be independent learners.  Expect a seat change regularly. 

Condensed Syllabus  or  Detailed Syllabus

KUSD 7th Grade Syllabus >>


Each day your will start with a section of your Science Starter, which will be turned in and graded at the end of each week. If it is not turned in at the end of the week, the grade will be a zero.  You may make up the points if it is turned in later, but you will only receive credit for the completed sections.  You are required to complete any section(s) missed while absent.

**Your will not be issued a textbook this year. PDF copies of the textbook will be available on my website.

If a class assignment is not completed during the time allotted, then the work is expected to be completed as homework.  All work is due the next school day unless otherwise noted.  The activities we work on in class build on each other each day and it will be difficult for a student to move on to the next assignment without the prior knowledge from the previous day’s learning.  Labs are activities built into the curriculum to put into action the concepts taught.  If a student has failed to complete the work leading up to the lab activity then he/she may not have the necessary information to be successful and will be asked to work on the missing work before added to the lab group or given an alternate activity.

Articles of the week.  You will be assigned an article to read each week as well as questions that accompany it.  You will NOT be given formal class time to work on these. However, if you have completed your work in class and have access to a computer, you may complete it in class at that time. The articles are to be completed and turned in by Friday of each week. 


1. Missing Work:  Check Infinite Campus regularly to ensure that you don’t have any missing work.

2. Redoing Assignments:  You may redo any assignment that you receive a failing grade, below 60%.  Complete the assignment again and place it in your block’s bin by the door.

3. Redoing Quizzes or Tests:   Fill out the retake sheet, then when completed correctly.  You will retake the assessment the following week in core or another time that is set-up with Ms. Shawver.


Students will be expected to arrive each day with

  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook (kept in room)

They will also need a spiral notebook dedicated to just Science class. The Science notebook is the most valuable tool for class, completing homework and reviewing for quizzes and tests.  Success in science starts by keeping an organized and thorough Science journal. **This will be kept in class, and can be checked out for studying for quizzes and tests.


Grades in science are broken up into four categories.  These are the categories you will see in Infinite Campus.

  • Classwork/ Homework               40%
  • Quizzes/Tests/Projects               60% 

**The district grading scale will be used.          90-100 A    80-89 B     70-79 C     60-69 D    Below F


It is the student’s responsibility to get extra or a new copy of the missing or late work. Late work will be accepted, however watch for the end of quarter cut off deadlines for grades.  Grades will be due ONE WEEK before the end of the quarter, no exceptions.  You will find extra copies in classroom bin/folders or this website to print off and complete at home.


1. TV:  Occasionally we use television news shows and other channels to show clips of related material.  For example, the shows “Mythbusters,” “How it’s Made,” and “Brain Games” often demonstrates many scientific inquiries that directly connect to many of the science standards.  These clips from TV and are not rated with a movie rating.

2. Internet: Students are expected to use Google, Edpuzzle or other digital platforms to complete assignments.  Students in KUSD were given Gmail addresses allowing us to begin using Google Drive to create our documents and store them in the cloud. They will be expected to use these on a regular basis.

We will start the year with a system for tracking behaviors.  When students display awesome behaviors they will receive a Galileo Gold Star.  When the students get 10 gold stars they can “trade” them in for a prize. 


When inappropriate or disruptive behaviors take place in the hallway or classrooms, students will now be told that they have received a "No G.O.". This stands for a "Galileo Offense". The behaviors that warrant No G.O.'s are based on school rules and have been explained to the students.  Students can be issued No G.O.'s for tardiness, disrespect, disruptions, voice level, KYHFOOTY (keep your hands feet and other objects to yourself, basically nonviolent physical contact or excessive goofing around), and refusing to work or any other negative behavior.   Individual concerns are addressed and documented in the moment as issues arise. After receiving four No G.O.'s, students will be issued a detention. If this becomes a habitual issue, more consequences can arise, but will be addressed on an individual basis.

An e-mail will be sent home with information regarding the individual student's infractions when a detention is issued, that means 4 verbal warnings and explanations about their behavior were given to that student before the detention. Once the detention has been served, the student then starts over with a clean slate.

No G.O.'s are not meant to be punishments but rather are designed to help students and staff to recognize patterns in behaviors as well as areas in need of support.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Shawver.   Thank you for your time, attention, and support as we work to provide the best possible environment for student learning and development.

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