Middle School Science

I have been blessed with a Catholic education, am sending my children to Catholic schools, and have committed myself to teaching for the Archdiocese.

Growing up in Hastings, MN, I attended Hastings Parochial School. I graduated from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN with a major in elementary education and minor in mathematics. I received my Master of Education from St. Mary's University and an Education Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas. I moved to Golden Valley in August 2016 with my husband, Todd, and 6 children. We have a rescue dog named Lexi. I am an active member of Good Shepherd Parish.

I have been teaching in the Archdiocese since 1994. I taught at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion, MN for most of 1997-2016 in the 5th and 6th grade classroom. This is where I found my passion for teaching science, starting the school science fair, science night, and annual environmental retreat. My summer vacations include Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, Minnesota Minerals Education Workshops, Audubon Center educator experiences, rock hunting in Maine, and many other educator conferences and workshops.

I am excited to be able to share my passion for C-STEM education with the Sacred Heart community by helping our students experience science in varied, interesting, and enjoyable ways. Classes will be a mixture of exploration, group activities, and labs in order for students to develop a conceptual framework for science.

My Family - 2018

Space Camp - 2008

International Society for Technology in Education Conference - June 2018

At Sacred Heart, science knowledge is developed using an inquiry-based model that promotes active problem solving, communication, creativity, and the shared construction of new ideas. Students apply real-world problems that connect science to the world around them.


These experiences allow students to understand the concept, even define it, before a term is presented. This gives the students the opportunity to "discover" the concepts on their own and something to connect the terms to. Students can then elaborate, or apply, the new concepts to related phenomena for a deeper understanding.

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”

Mrs. Petit's Middle School Science Guidelines


Welcome to Middle School Science! I hope that you will learn a great deal this year, and have fun in the process. I know that I will learn a great deal from you. The following information is intended to clarify my expectations and requirements. Please let me know if something is not clear.

Please note that based on the needs of the class and individual students the details in this outline may change. I will do my best to communicate these changes to everyone involved.


*Pencil or Pen *File folder *Chromebook or iPad *Science Notebook


2009 Minnesota Academic Standards for Science 2013 Next Generation Science Standards


5th Grade General Science 6th Grade Physical Science 7th Grade Life Science 8th Grade Earth and Space Science


STEMscopes NGSS 3D

Login must be from the assigned link above. This link should be bookmarked. STEMscopes NGSS 3D is built on Three-Dimensional Learning—crosscutting connections, discipline-specific core ideas, and science and engineering practices. Click here for more information about STEMscopes.


It is the responsibility of the student to find out what work was missed. View assignments online, talk to a classmate, and/or check in with me. Try to have assignments that are due the day you return, completed. That way you won't be trying to catch up during class.


Students are responsible for making up and missed, missing, or late work. If this cannot be completed at home due to required materials or questions, students may come to class during recess time (Mon/Thurs/Fri) or afterschool (Mon/Thurs/Fri). Students with missing work after the test will be assigned homework detention (Thurs). Late work will receive a maximum grade of 90%.


A variety of assessment practices will be used throughout the year. Formative assessments (labs and stations ) will be used to assess student readiness for testing. Summative assessments will be assigned at the conclusion of most scopes. Most of these tests will be completed following the CER (claim-evidence-reasoning) model. Students may use their notebooks for all summative assessments. Students will be taking the NWEA science tests in the fall and spring.


Students have the option to recover missed points on assessments. Re-dos and re-takes must be initiated by the student. Summative tests may be retaken after the Request to Reassess form has been completed. A copy of the form is available in the classroom or can be printed from Classroom. All recovery points and re-dos are due before the end of the trimester.


  • Summative assessments: 80%
  • Stations: 15%
  • Daily Work (Labs, notebooks, homework): 5%

Additional tips for success:

*Ask questions...participate in class...always be wondering and thinking! Be engaged!

*Listen carefully. Be aware of the people around you.

*Come to class prepared with the needed supplies, assignments, and enthusiasm to learn.

*Keep organized.

* Turn work in on time! Check STEMscopes, Educate and Google Classroom regularly.

*Plan ahead! Some assignments or projects will take time--don't wait until the last minute to do them.

*Take care of our classroom and supplies.

*Don't hesitate to talk to me! I am here because I love teaching and care about you. If you have questions or do not understand something, please arrange to meet.

We are embarking on a great adventure. I am looking forward to an awesome year in Middle School Science!