• Hello Amazing Sutter Families,

    Back to School Night is coming September 2nd. I know you are working hard and busy so your time is valuable. All the information you need is available in your students Google Classroom for 6th Grade Adventures in Science with Mrs. O'Boyle. You can access your childs account using their log in information for Google Classroom. My Sutter teacher website will simply direct you to my Google Classroom so save yourself the time by going straight to Google Classroom. All the current work, assignments, agendas, and class information is posted in Google Classroom. Getting comofortable with the sight will help you support your child.

    Once in Google Classroom do the following steps: go to the Classwork tab, then find the Topic "Student and Parent Resources". Locate the "Back to School Night slide and video presentation". Please open and view the entire slide deck and screencasts with in the slides by September 2, 2020. I cover all the questions you may ask or I have been asked in the past. If I miss something please reach out. I am here to help.

    During the allotted time slots for your child's back to school night I will specifically answer and address any questions via e-mail. If I do not get to you in the available time frame I will respond within 24 hours. The following is the schedule for Back to School Night.

    Mrs Phillips Welcome 6-6:10 PM
    1st Period 6:17- 7:01
    2nd Period 6:34-6:44 PM
    3rd Period 6:51-7:01 PM
    5th Period 7:08-7:18 PM
    6th Period 7:25-7:35 PM
    7th Period prep no class

    Of course you do not have to wait to e-mail September 2nd or in the time slot. I will respond as soon as possible, but I am supposed to be available at the time slot for questions. Please include your scientists in training first and last name as well as the period I have them, so I can more efficiently support you.

    Your students have been absolute champions helping each other and me learn the new technology. My parent contact has been very supportive and patient. You are appreciated and make a difference as a valuable part of your child's success. I am so grateful for you and your students!

    Thank you,
    Mrs. O'Boyle
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Welcome to Adventures in Science with Mrs O'Boyle 

     
    Every Choice Matters!
     
    Welcome Amazing Families and Students
     
    Together we will make 6th-grade science a grand adventure for all.  Your scientist in training has a wonderful large new room, new materials, and new curriculum in store for them when we return to school.  To start with distance learning you should have received a TCI Bring Science ALive red 6th Grade Textbook and a new Chromebook.  If you did not receive either of these please contact the school for the next distribution day.  Even though we are in distance learning we will start the year developing relationships for a safe learning environment, review the code of conduct, and get familiar with the Google Classroom, Clever/TCI online Platforms, and my teacher website. I will be posting the weekly agenda with learning targets, daily activities, what is due, if any handouts are given, and more information in the 6th-grade Agenda and Homework tab on the left of the home page.  Find the week and click on it to open the tab.  The teacher website will be the initial plan, the students google classroom will have all the information we actually do and will be most current. Please use the Agenda and Homework tab to monitor students progress while tracking PowerSchool grades.  I will share tips at back to school night with you to be sure your scientist is learning and participating.  I do not generally give homework.  I give classwork with time in class to complete the work. Any unfinished classwork does become homework.  However, if your child is spending more than 15-30 minutes a week on science at home we should get together and brainstorm and solve the concern. Please keep in touch with me and check in on your student when you have questions. I am so looking forward to working with each of you this year.  Together we will all have a fantastic year in science.  I so appreciate, your support and time.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mrs O'Boyle 

    Instructor Contact Information and Communication

    Please contact me at any point during the school year with any questions or concerns. I am able to meet virtually with you to answer any questions or give extra help; however, please make arrangements ahead of time to ensure that I am available. 

    • Email: soboyle@fcusd.org (best form of contact)
      • Important on parent and student email inquiries- Please Always include the First and Last name of your student with their class period in the subject line of your message to help me speed up my response.
    • Google Voicemail: (916) TBD Coming Soon (Please note that I will not answer calls during instructional time or meetings) 
    • School Phone Number: (916)294-9035 extension 320907 (not able to access except for days I work at school)
    • Teacher Website Home Page Link: https://www.fcusd.org/Domain/2693
    • Teacher Website Agenda/Assignment Link: http://www.fcusd.org/Page/15357  
    • Room: Virtual Distance Learning Home/SMS Room A 207  
    • Prep: 6th Period Prep
      • Monday 11:30 AM- 11:50 PM
      • Tuesday/Thursday No Prep
      • Wednesday/Friday 1:00 PM-2:00 PM  

    Advisory is the best time to get a hold of me for student help 9:40-10:10 Tuesday-Friday, Student Intervention 11:30 AM-12:00 PM or email.  I do my best to respond to messages and emails within the day, however, note I do not have prep on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I apologize if there is a delay. 

    Course Description and Goals: 

    Content we will be focusing on Earth Science (the study of the Earth), Physical Science (the study of inanimate natural objects), and Life Science (the study of living organisms and their associated processes). Throughout the year we will integrate the practice of mathematics and engineering with relevant science topics to gain a better understanding of the natural world around us. 

    The following are the topics of study that we will cover during this school year: 

    • Earth:
      • Earth’s Systems
      • Earth and Human Activity
    • Life:
      • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
    • Physical:
      • Energy

    Science Materials:

    Provided Science Materials:  

    ● TCI: Bring Science Alive

    ● Chromebook

    Suggested Materials:

    • One 70 page college-ruled notebook exclusive to science 
    • Pencils and Pens 
    • Colored Pencils or Crayons 
    • Pencil Sharpener 
    • Glue Sticks 
    • Scissors 
    • Basic Calculator
    • White Out 
    • Highlighters (Green, Yellow, Pink) 
    • Ruler

     Grading Policy: 

    I have high expectations for all students and expect each student’s personal best; I believe all students can reach their desired grade through hard work and dedication! The grading scale is as follows:

    90-100% = A

    80-89% = B

    70-79% = C

    60-69% = D

    Below 59% = F

     Grades will be based upon the following categories:

    ✓ Approximately 70% - SEP’s (Science & Engineering Practices) & Labs

    ✓ Approximately 30% - Assessments (quizzes, tests & projects)

    *There are no scheduled extra credit opportunities. Students have the opportunity to revise assignments and retake assessments for a better grade 1 time.

    Online Grades/Assessments: 

    Assessments include quizzes, tests, and projects. Most assessments will be in the form of projects or written responses where students can demonstrate their knowledge to the best of their ability. Following quizzes and exams, 1 retake will be available (based on teacher discretion) after students have time to re-learn the material. Not all work will be graded; some classwork and assignments allow students to practice skills for mastery. Many of the graded assessments will be evaluated using a rubric-based system (5 - Advanced, 4 - Above Proficient, 3.5- Proficient, etc.). Students are always encouraged to review the rubric before turning in work. Grades will be available on PowerSchool along with brief assignment descriptions and make-up opportunities. Select assignment descriptions will also be posted in more detail in Google Classroom. If a mistake was made in entering scores or grading, it can easily be corrected with evidence of the completed work. For this reason and that most tests and quizzes are open notes, please do not throw away or get rid of any work for science until the last day of school.

    Classwork/Homework Policy: 

    I expect students to complete all classwork assignments and to turn them in on time with their name on their paper.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.

    Assignment/Quiz/Test Corrections: 

    Each quiz/exam/assignment correction is allowed by teacher discretion.  Students who wish to revise any classwork must turn it in by the end of the unit.  Students may revise their work for a re-grade one time.

    Make-up Policy: 

    It is important that students regularly attend class and participate in the lesson(s) to the best of their ability. The science content is cumulative and gaps in information can occur when a student is not present in class. Students will be given two days per day absent to make up any work that was assigned when not present in class. All students are required to check with me after an absence to get any missed assignments. If a student misses notes or classwork, it is required that they get all relevant information from our recorded Microsoft Teams sessions and Google Classroom. Students can access Google Classroom to stay informed of our daily activities, what is due, and any homework. Students can also utilize advisory time to receive help and get clarification on assignments. *It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about any missed work and to make-up all learning and assignments on time.

     

    Full Values Contract: 

    1. I agree to work together as a group and do my best toward individual and group goals.
    2. I agree to stick to safety and group behavior guidelines.
    3. I agree to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.

    The 3 Personal Standards

    • Show Respect 
      1. Treat staff, students, and self with kindness and grace. 
      2. We will respect the teacher’s right to teach and everyone’s right to learn.
        1. Examples: Dialogue protocol-one person speaks at a time, eyes track the talker. 
    • Make Good Decisions
      1. We agree to follow all Microsoft Teams expectations as described by Mrs. O’Boyle.
      2. We agree to be present and focused during all synchronous class sessions.
      3. We agree to have integrity and work cooperatively/collaboratively with all our classmates.
      1. Be responsible to say or do only things that encourage or build others up. Follow class/school safety rules and procedures. 
    • Solve Your Problems
      • Part of your future success is going to be the ability to solve your problems and present solutions. If you do not know what to do, ask for help at the appropriate time, be prepared, do your work, collaborate with others... The reality is we are all good at something. We accept this reality and agree to do our best even if things are hard. Accepting others in their weaknesses and celebrating their strengths. We agree to say positive things about others or nothing at all. 

        Online Science Code of Conduct


        • While online in Science, what I say and how I say it will be school appropriate.  

        • I will use posts to discuss school-related content only. 

        • I will use a respectful tone of voice when posting.  All school rules and consequences related to harassment apply to distance learning.

        • I will use appropriate grammar instead of texting language.

        • I will not reveal any personal information online while in science.  This includes telephone numbers, addresses, emails, etc.

         


        Posting & Replying to Messages or Comments

        • Post a note to the whole group if your question is about something the whole group should know (assignments, instructions, due dates etc.) 
        • Send a note only to your teacher if you want to talk about something that doesn’t relate to everyone.
        • Don’t post questions or comments about personal issues or topics.  Keep private information private.  
        • Keep your conversations on the topic. 
        • If you’re not sure if a word, joke, or image is okay, then it’s probably not. DO NOT write posts that tease, bully, annoy, spam, or gossip about any other person.

        Inappropriate Content

        • If you think there is something inappropriate posted online in science,  please tell your teacher immediately! 

        Punctuation & Grammar

        • No texting lingo. I am ur tcher…show me that u have lrnd how 2 spell.
        • DO NOT PUT SENTENCES IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  This is considered shouting!
        • Do not end sentences with more than one exclamation mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or question mark????????????
        • Please please please do not repeat a word more than necessary

         

        Microsoft Teams Class Meetings will be recorded and posted in Google Classroom for students to view or review.  Due to the confidentiality of student privacy note the following disclaimer: No one is allowed to download the recording without the permission of the teacher and Folsom Cordova Unified School District California Education Code Section 51512.
    Let the adventure begin!

     

    When we return to the Classroom I am often asked for what my Wish List Classroom Items Are.  Here are somethings I often wish for if you are interested in helping out when we return to classes.--Thank You in advance for any and all donations large or small:

    • Reams of copier paperwhite and/or colored
    • Tissue Boxes & Paper Towels
    • Poster Paper Post Its
    • Rolls of Tape & Glue Sticks
    • Colored Pencils and Crayons
    • Pencils and Pencil Sharpeners
    • Microbial clothes and hand soap "not hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes" (students and staff are no longer able to use hand sanitizer in class or Clorox wipes as they are now being deemed by OSHA as hazardous.)  
    • Always need quart and large Gallon Size ziplock bags
    Thank You,
     Kona Splat Sunset
     
    Mrs O'Boyle          

     

     

    Brace  

    The Next Generation Science Standards

    Science education is going through an exciting shift, implementing more hands-on, phenomenon-based learning to help our students learn how to be critical thinkers and real-world problem solvers.

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    Email: soboyle@fcusd.org (best form of contact) 

    Important on parent and student email inquiries- Please always include the Full Name and Period of your student in the subject line of your message to help me speed up my response.

     

    Google Voicemail: (916) TBD Coming Soon (Please note that I will not answer calls during instructional time or meetings) 

     

    School Phone Number: (916)294-9035 extension 320907 (not able to access except for days I work at school)

     

    Teacher Website Home Page Link: https://www.fcusd.org/Domain/2693

     

    Teacher Website Agenda/Assignment Link: http://www.fcusd.org/Page/15357  

     

    RoomVirtual Distance Learning Home/SMS Room A 207  

     

    Prep: 6th Period Prep

    Monday 11:30 AM- 11:50 PM

    Tuesday/Thursday No Prep

    Wednesday/Friday 1:00 PM-2:00 PM  

     

    Advisory is the best time to get a hold of me for student help 9:40-10:10 Tuesday-Friday, Student Intervention 11:30 AM-12:00 PM or email.  I do my best to respond to messages and emails within the day, however, note I do not have prep on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I apologize if there is a delay.