Seventh Grade Science Course Rules and Policies


Dear Parents and Students,

            I wish to welcome you to the 20011-2012 school year.  I have great aspirations for this year’s 7th grade class and am confident that we will have an enjoyable year in science. Below is a list of expectations I have for our students both in and out of the classroom. I look forward to working with you this year!


  1. RESPECT – Have respect for yourself as well as towards others. 
  2. Come to class on time and be prepared to learn.
  3. Have a magnificent positive attitude.  Learning is FUN.  Why not enjoy it?
  4.  Follow all the basic rules of both John Adams Middle School.



Student Responsibilities

  • Be in your seat ready to learn when the bell rings.   This includes having your supplies out.
  • Be on your best behavior at ALL times so that everyone benefits from a SAFE environment.  Students must behave well if they want to participate in the labs.  Labs are FUN and a privilege, not a given right.  If a student behaves poorly they put both others and themselves at risk of getting hurt.
  • Complete all assignments neatly and on time.  Homework assignments can be found on the classroom whiteboard as well as on the teacher’s website.
  • Keep an updated notebook section for science.  See below for a list of supplies.
  • Complete all reports and projects.  Due dates and information can be found in class and online.
  • Study for all quizzes and tests.  Dates and study guides can be found in class and online.
  • Please ask for help if and when you need it.  We will be more than happy to help you.
  • The bell does not dismiss you – the teacher does.



Student Supplies Needed

  • 4 Dividers (for science sections:  Notes, Assignment Records, Misc.)
  • Highlighters (for note taking)
  • Blue/Black Ink Pens (carry at least 2 with you at all times)
  • Pencils (carry at least 2 with you at all times) – we prefer mechanical pencils with extra lead and erasers
  • Colored pencils or washable fine markers
  • Lined Paper (carry at least 20 clean sheets with you at all times)
  • USB Flash Drive (to store computer files for all classes) – shouldn’t need more than 64MB
  • John Adams Middle School SCAB (School Calendar Assignment Book)

Course Curriculum

Unit 1: Looking at Cells

Unit 2: Genetics and Evolution

Unit 3: Structure and Function of Living Things

Unit 4: Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course Textbook

Focus on Life Science (California Edition), Pearson Prentice Hall, c. 2008.



Grading Information

  • Homework: Assigned 2-3 times weekly (related to the work done in class and projects).
  • Assignment Records:  All student assignments are to be recorded on the Science Assignment Record. This will be collected every few weeks and the students will be given a grade for the completion of the work for that unit of study.
  • Tests and Quizzes: Will be announced in advance.
  • Projects: Will be announced in advance.
  • Grades: Entered using the Pinnacle grading program (available online and printouts will be posted). 
  • Grading Scale:

-       Academic Grade:

93-100% A

    90-92%   A-

87-89% B+

    83-87% B

    80-82% B-

77-79% C+

    73-76% C

    70-72% C-

67-69% D+

    63-66% D

    60-62% D

Below 60% F


Wish List

            Reams of 8 ½ X 11 paper (any color)

            Staples gift cards

            Paper towels

            Antibacterial surface wipes

            Hand sanitizer

            Donations (make check out to “Santa Monica Science Magnet”)




Thank you,



Mr. Joel Post

(310) 452-2326 ext. 173