News & Notes
Dec. 12, 2017

Gr 8 Science

Mrs. Medling

                                                                Assignment Reminders

 

The following assignments will be due by Friday, Dec 15

 

8-2 Directed reading worksheet   35  points

Ch  8 Puzzle packet   40 points

Newsela  40 points  (two articles on New Elements, except Block 4, one article on why your nose runs when it is cold, and one article on new elements.

Text questions:  p. 255 8-2 section questions..do all

                              p. 258-259 Ch 8 Chapter review  #1-20,, skip # 15    60 points

Periodic Table Coloring Lab  100 points

Total of 275 points due by this Friday!  You have had plenty of time to finish

 

Test will be Monday Dec. 18 and will cover Ch 7 and 8.  There will be a review sheet on Thursday




December 1, 2017

Holiday Greetings.  Students took their Symbols test this week and did fantastic!  They are now learning about the  unique properties of water and will have a fun lab on Monday. We will finish that chapter with a review of mixtures and then dive right into our study of the Periodic Table. Right around winter break they will learn about chemical reactions and  equations, including balancing them.  Midterms will go out on December 12.  If there are any questions you have, please contact me:
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org







November 21, 2017 

Happy Thanksgiving!.  A few notes before the holiday break.  Students will have their Symbols Test on  Nov 29.  They should be studying a few every night.  There are no notes on this test of course.  There will be 50 questions and ten extra credit questions.  Speaking of extra credit, it is due by December 1.  Students should speak to me if they need the extra credit assignments.  Students will be doing a fun Atomic Models Lab on Tuesday 11/21.  Upon return from break they will continue  in their study of Chemistry by learning about Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures.  This will be followed by a mini-unit on the Periodic Table.  There are engaging lab activities for all of this.  Students should check PowerSchool daily.  Some assignments cannot be made up and the student should do some extra credit.    I hope each of you has a safe and warm Thanksgiving.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  robyn.medling@bsemail.org





 
Nov. 15, 2019

Here  is a quizlet to help students memorize the list of symbols an formulas.

https://quizlet.com/244108318/flashcards




November 13, 2017


Happy November, a month to be thankful for things in our lives.  Students need to check Powerschool.  Many students are not doing well because they did not turn work in, even when a 4 day extension for late work was given,  and it is now too late.  Later in this 9 weeks, I will provide an opportunity for extra credit to raise averages.  Today students did the fun Oobleck Lab to learn about properties of matter, part of their Chemistry unit. Tomorrow is the big test on Chapter 5 and 6.  It is open notes.  Wednesday they begin a mini-unit review on atoms and subatomic particles.  From here they will be given a set of elements and symbols and compounds and formulas that they need to memorize.  That test will NOT be open notes.  They have two weeks to memorize them.  we practice in class and students should make their own set of flashcards or quizlet on their laptops. If you have questions please email me at:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org






October 27, 2017
Happy Friday.  Reminder to students that The Imaginary Ocean Creature Project is due Tuesday 10/31/17.  Even one day later is 50% off.  Grades close that same day so this will be assessed in N2.  Also, remember to do all make up work, including Newsela.  Tonight's newsela and sections 5-4 questions can be accessed online.  For the book section and questions go into Canvas,- Medling,- Chemistry , Ch 5





October 26, 2017

Good morning.  I wanted to make everyone aware that students will have a guest teacher for four days starting next Wednesday, 11/1/17.  They will be learning about  Reproductive Health and Safety Education.  A letter was sent home today with the students giving detailed information.  If you do not wish your son or daughter to participate please send a written letter to Mr. Lewis, our principal before November 1, 2017.




October 23, 2017

Hope you have an umbrella!  What a rainy day.  Students have completed their Hydrology Unit with today's Test on Oceans.   Their Imaginary Ocean Creature Project is due on Oct. 31, 2017.  Detailed instructions were sent home last week.  Tomorrow students begin their long Matter and Chemistry Unit.  There are several  activities students will be doing in the next few months.  We will be in chemistry for the rest  of this semester.  The grading period ends nex Tuesday, 10/31.  If you have any questions or concerns please email me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org



October 4, 2017

Welcome Autumn!  So beautiful in the NC mountains.
Students are well immersed in their ocean unit at this time.
They will soon have another project, 'The Imaginary Sea Creature Project".  More information on that is forthcoming. Midterms go out tomorrow, but as always check Powerschool.  If  you have concerns, please email me at:
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  See you at Open House!



September 15, 2017
School is off to a great start in 8th grade science.  Already students have completed their first lab, had a test, and are finishing their first project (Biography of a Scientist) which is due 9/18/17/
Currently students are engaged in our Hydrology Unit, dealing first with Fresh Water, and later Oceans.  We are planning a water quality lab for students to participate in where they will determine the health of our school pond and nearby Swannanoa River.
Thank you so much for the $5 lab fee, and it is never too late to pay this.
Have a great weekend.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org





August 23, 2017
Welcome back students.  I hope you are ready for a great learning adventure in science.  You will be given  many handouts that need to be brought home, read and signed.
We will start the year with a mini review of the nature of science and the first quiz will be Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Most of the handouts given at the first of the year are also located here on my website.   If you have any questions, please contact me via email:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org









May 15, 2017

Greetings once again.  Students are nearing the end of their Hydrology unit with a study of the physical parts of oceanography.  The Arboretum Field Trip was a great success and correlated with their curriculum on ecosystems and fresh water ecology.  After oceanography, students will delve into biotechnology and and conclude the year with mlecular biology (nutrition).  After these two mini-units, the Great EOG Review begins.  Science EOG is June 1.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me:
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org

April 20, 2017
Happy Spring.  Students are well rested from spring break and busy delving into the world of pathogens and diseases.  Their project is due 4/27.  The directions and rubric were given in class today as well as time to research.  We will be traveling to the NC Arboretum on May 10.  Permission slips were handed out in class and need to be returned by 4/24.  There is no cost as explained on the form, but we do need to know their lunch plan, whether they are bringing a lunch from home, or if they need a school lunch.  Students participated in an interesting bacteria lab yesterday, taking cultures from various places around OMS.  They will be making observations and conclusions after 48 hours of time for bacteria to grow in the agar in the petri dishes.  Another lab they will do is the "Typhoid Mary Lab:  Or- How Diseases Spread".   At the Arboretum they will participate in a Fresh Water Ecology Lab and and forest ecosystem experience.  The 8th Grade Science EOG will be June 1, 2017.  There will be a complete review package given in class .  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org

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April 3, 2017

The 4th 9 weeks is upon us already.  Students are in the middle of their Pathogens and Diseases unit learning this week about bacteria and viruses.  Upon return from spring break, they will have a very interesting lab on bacteria.  The next unit after this will be on biotechnology, a small mini-unit, followed by the molecular biology (nutrition) module.  Students end their curricular studies with the large unit on Hydrology (fresh and salt water).  There will be a project this 9 weeks on disease, as well as a field trip to the NC Arboretum.  More information on that will be forthcoming.  Report cards will go out this Friday, although their N3 grades can be located on Powerschool.  If you have any questions please contact me via email.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org

March 23, 2017
Greetings one and all. Spring has sprung!  Hard to believe we just had some snow, and the week before it was near 70 F.  That's our mountain weather.  In science, students are beginning their unit on Pathogens and Diseases (8.L.1) with a review of cells, organelles, and cell processes including photosynthesis and cellular respiration.   Students created some spectacular fossil projects for the  "So you want to be a paleontologist" assignment.  Several are hanging up in the room.  The project for this new unit will entail researching a disease and creating a Public Service Announcement for it.  More details will be forthcoming.  Part of this unit is spent reading and discussing the historical fiction novel Fever 1793.   This is a story that takes place in Philadelphia in the year 1793 and follows the true course of the epidemic of Yellow  Fever.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org




February 9, 2017 
Almost Valentines Day already.  Semester 1 is completed and we are well into the 3rd 9 weeks.  Students are in the middle of their Earth History unit learning about dating rocks and fossils and the Geologic Time Scale.  Next week students will start their Fossil Project.  For this project they get to pretend they are a paleontologist and discover a brand new species.  Information and the rubric for assessment will be given.  Upon completion of the Earth History unit they will have a  4 day tie in study of evolution.  See the Standard Course of Study in DPI for more information on this goal. In class students have been doing lessons in Canvas CK12 as well as newsela aticles. We have two more hands-on labs for this unit one dealing with radioactivity and the other examining fossils. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at robyn.medling@bcsemail.org

    






January 3, 2017
Happy New Year!  We begin the year with a small unit on Ecosystems, Goal E. L.3 in the SCOS. When students finish this they will have a 4 day Sex Education Unit.  This used to be taught in the Health Classes, but it has since been moved to the science curriculum.  Health experts will be teaching this class. This will round  out 9 weeks and Semester 1 as well.  If  you have any questions, please contact me at robyn.medling@bcsemail.org

December 12, 2016

It is nearing the end  of 2016.  As we close out the year students are completing their chemistry unit with a look at chemistry in our world, benefits and risks. In the newsletter going home this week I incorrectly stated we were going to study Geology next.  In fact, it will be ecology we will study when we return from winter break. Midterms have just gone home today.  If you have any questions, please contact me:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  The food drive continues through Dec. 20


November 21, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all and safe journeys for those traveling.  Students should be encouraged to use this holiday break to catch up on any work missing.  They can check PowerSchool to see what they are missing.  I would also remind students that they are to be charging their laptops at home or leave it in their  homeroom to charge overnight.  They are not to be charging their laptop in the middle of class time.  This has become an issue lately along with using the laptop t play games during class time.  Because each student has a laptop, there is  no need to have their cell phones out during class either.  Upon return from break, students will be learning about Chemical Reactions and Chemicals in our World.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org




    


November 2016
Greetings to everyone.  Apologies for my taking so long to navigate to this new website.  Students are deep into their unit on Chemistry, having just completed a study of the Periodic Table.  Upon return from Thanksgiving break, they will embark on lessons related to Chemical Reactions.  Report cards just went out and soon midterms will follow.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  I also co-sponsor the Student Government (Council). Our annual food drive begins Nov 28 and runs through Dec 20.  More information on the school website and FB pages.








May 25, 2016
Students  are thick into review.  Today they reviewed the last page in the 11 page EOG review packet.  Tomorrow will be the last quiz.  The Science EOG is Tuesday,  May 31, 2016. Powerschool is updated with current grades.  If you have any questions please email me at robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 May 18,  2016
EOG review time is here!  Students had their first EOG quiz on Hydrology today.  The next quiz will be Thursday on Chemistry.  Students were given an 11 page review packet along with a summary of all the Standards/Goals covered in 8th grade Science.  Each night students are told which pages/topics to review and there is a quiz the following day.  Because the chemistry unit is so long, we take two days to review it. All folders and tests have been returned and now also serve as study guides for the EOG. Another excellent review tool is all  their Science Words of the Day.  There are 20 sets of these. The Science EOG is Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Following the EOGs there will be a mini-unit on Cancer. If  you have any questions, please email me at: robyn.medling@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
May 10, 2016
 
 The final countdown!  This marks our last week of science instruction of the 8th Grade Science Curriculum.   Students are learning about the world of biotechnology as well as gaining a better understanding of molecular biology as it applies to nutrition.  Next week, students begin a very thorough review of the last 9 months of work!  They will be given a review packet.  One of my links on this site is for the NC DPI and this will give more detailed information of the goals and learning targets we have covered .  Midterms came out Monday and are due back by this Thursday, May 12.  Please contact me if you need further information.  The  Science EOG is Tuesday, May 31, right  after the Memorial Day holiday.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
May 2, 2016
 
Here it is, already May and we are nearing completion of the 8th grade science curriculum.  Students finish the Pathogens and Disease unit this week, with a test on Thursday and they will continue on to a small unit of biotechnology and nutrition. Beginning around May 16, we will start the big EOG review, with the Science EOG coming on May 31.  Midterms come out next Monday.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.medling @bcsemail.org
 
 
April 19, 2016
Greetings.  Students are smack in the middle of their Pathogens and Disease unit. Today students will take swabs of various surfaces to determine how clean or dirty they are.  We will watch how much bacteria (and fungi) grow in the petri dishes and record the findings.  Wednesday students will go the computer lab to read a Newsela article on the Zica virus, as well as do the research for their Disease Project.  Directions for this will be given Wednesday.   Next week they will return to the computer lab for a "mystery microbe"  assignment.  Next week students will also do the "Tyhpoid Mary" lab, or How Disease Spreads.  The test for this unit will also be next week.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
April 13, 2016
 
Today was Science Festival Day and all the 8th graders participated in learning about many aspects of science from the health of a stream, the wide world of engineering to farm science, etc.   Scientists from many different areas arrived at 8 am to ignite the flames of learning in our students.  It has been a great experience for all of us.  In class, students just finished their review on CELLS and begin tomorrow on the Pathogens and Disease unit, beginning with a review of protists, fungi, and bacteria .  We will include information on viruses as well. Students will be completing a project on diseases and will receive a direction sheet and rubric on this next week.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 4, 2016
And so the countdown to HS begins as they embark on the last 9 weeks.  An exciting time for our 8th graders,  it is also a busy time as we finish the curriculum and begin our EOG review.  Students finished their Sustainable Energy posters today and presented them in class.  We began a small review of cells, which will lead into cell processes such as movement of material into and out of the cell (active and passive transport)  and cell processes such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  Report cards come out this week.   If you have any questions please email me: robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
March 18, 2016
Happy Vernal Equinox on Sunday, March 20, 2016!
 Students are just about through with the Energy Unit.  The test for Energy is today, 3/18/16 and next week there will be a Wind Energy lab and a Sustainable Energy poster project done in class.  Upon return from Spring Break students will have a brief review of cells and then a thorough unit on cell processes.  From there they will launch into the Pathogens and Disease unit.  During this time they will be reading "Fever 1793" in class each day for about 3 weeks.  This is an historical fiction novel we do every year. It revolves around the real 1793 Yellow Fever Outbreak in Philadelphia, which was the capital at that time.  The grading period ends next week and report cards will go home soon after spring break.  If you have any questions please contact me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
March 7, 2016 
 
So lovely to have spring almost upon us.  Students finished their Ecology unit today with a unit test.  Tomorrow they !the Energy unit.  Paleontology projects are now graded and posted on PowerSchool.
 There are about 80 students going to the Outer Banks.  They leave on March 23.  I will be staying back and have a fun field trip to the Nature Center Scheduled for March 24.  We will have a  guest speaker, our own Mr. Firley talk to the students about bee keeping and about Owen's beaver dam. The energy unit will be completed with in two weeks and from there students embark on a review of cells and cell processes before we turn to pathogens and diseases.  After the disease unit, students will have a molecular biology unit (health and nutrition) and a short lesson on biotechnology.  Then, time for EOG review.  You can locate at Standard Course of Study at the NCDPI website.  If you have any questions, please contact me at robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
February 11, 2016
 
Due to two snow days, the Science/ELA  assignment will now be due on Monday, February 15.  Please read the link on Mr. Feste's webpage to get detailed information.  NOTE:  3 class periods were given for research (2 on Monday and one today in ELA class).   
 
 
 
February 8, 2016
Winter is upon us once again, although rumor has it the ground hog did see his shadow indicating an early spring, according to folklore.  Students are currently researching information for the assignment being done in conjunction with ELA, titled "So you want to be a paleontologist....."  This project is due Friday, Feb. 12.  Directions, rubrics, and a quick facts sheet were also given to students while in the media center. There will be a fossil lab this week in science as well as the Test for this unit.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, students will be back in the library to complete any research they may need). If you have any questions, please let me know.  Mr. Feste has this posted on his website. robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
January 29, 2016
 
Greetings and Happy Winter.  That was quite a snowfall.  Hopefully next week we will have a full 5 day week and students will be back on that curricular track.  They have begun their study of Earth History.  This week they learned about Relative and Absolute Dating. Next week they will have a lab on 1/2-Life, Carbon 14, as well as a Fossil Lab.  We will be assigning a project towards the end of next week.  They will work on it in conjunction with their Language Arts class. Here's hoping that the weather they predicted for this weekend (in the 60s) comes to be, and that it will be an enjoyable one. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
January 15, 2016
 
Today starts the new semester and third 9 weeks (N3).  Grades are updated on powerschool.  If you have any questions, please contact me@robyn.medling@bcsemail.org......We have adjusted our pacing guide to reflect some changes.  Rather than Energy, we are starting the new semester with our Historical Geology Unit.  This is being done to coordinate better with the ELA teachers on a joint project the students will be working on.  Details of that project will be coming soon. We have many exciting lessons planned for this unit including 3 labs. As Geology was my major in college, this is one of my favorite units to teach.  I get to share my personal fossil collection with my students.  Students with AAA cards will have a great "chocolate event" today.  They need to rest up on this 4 day weekend to so they can begin fresh and energized on Wednesday, January 20. As a reminder, several students in my home room are a tad behind in their Outerbanks field trip payments.  I will send an update on what they owe with the report card, which comes out Jan. 22
 
 
 
 
January 5, 2016
Happy New Year!  Students are winding down their second nine weeks course of study.  Tomorrow they have a lab on chemical reactions and Thursday they will have a test on Chapter 10 (Chemical Reactions). They will do a Molecular Model Lab on Friday.  Next week they begin a mini unit on chemicals in the environment "Chemicals in Our World".  This is always a highly informative unit because they learn things that affect their lives on a daily basis.  This will finish out the first semester.  Second semester will begin with the Energy Unit.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 15, 2015
 
I would like to take this opportunity to extend holiday greetings to all of you.  I sincerely wish you all the best in 2016.  Students are winding down their study of chemical reactions.  They had quiz today and when they return from break they will finish up with rates of reactions, two labs, and the unit test.  From there they will embark on a study of chemicals in their world/environment.  As the new semester starts they will journey down the road of energy, followed by a look into the past in their Earth History unit.  In that unit they will complete a digital project in conjunction with their ELA class.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  I will be updating PowerSchool over the break as I finish up grading labs and quizzes.
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 December 7, 2015
Hard to believe but next Friday, Dec,. 18, is our last day before the winter break.  Students will be doing a paper/pencil lab on the Periodic Table tomorrow.  They need colored pencils and will complete it at home.
There is a test on Wednesday, Dec, 9, over Chapter 7 (Elements, Compounds and Mixtures) and Chapter 8 (The Periodic Table). Students are allowed to use their Science Words of the Day as well as 2 other sheets of notes, which can be worksheets or their own notes). We begin Chapter 10 (Chemical Formulas and Chemical Equations) on Thursday.  If you have any questions please email me :  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
December 2, 2015 
 
Seasons Greetings to All!  Hard to believe the holidays are among us again.  Students received their Midterm Reports today and they are due back in my  homeroom by Monday,, Dec. 7, 2015.  The Pacing Guide listing topics for the rest of the year has been updated and there is a link for this.  Today students had their Symbols Test and they did a delicious CHOCOLATE LAB about solutions, solvents, and solutes.  Their study of the Periodic Table begins tomorrow.  If you have any questions, please contact me. robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  PS..Don't forget about the Food Drive that runs through Dec. 18, 2015, the last day before the winter break. 
 
 
 
 November 23, 2015
 
Gobble Gobble.  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving break.  Students had a fun lab today called The Magic Cup, learning some unique properties of water.  Next week as they learn about mixtures, they will have the now famous "Chocolate Lab".  More information next week. robyn.medling@bsemail.org 
 
 
November 3, 2015
 
Autumn greetings to all.  Report cards have been distributed and need to be returned signed.  Please be aware of the new tardy to school policy.   Last week students enjoyed a field trip to see Hamlet.  Last Friday they did the fun lab on OOBLECK.  This week we continue our study of  MATTER and students will have a physical lab activity as well as a computer activity involving NEWSELA and Discovery Education.  Their next test will cover two chapters,  5 (Matter) and 6 (States of Matter).  There is no school on Wed. Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Imaginary Sea Creature Projects have been returned and some of the very creative ones will be on display in the hallway leading into the cafeteria.  If you have any questions please contact me:  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
October 15, 2015
The trip to the NC Arboretum was a huge success!  Students learned a lot about testing water quality in the Fresh Water Ecology activity,  and about form and function  from the Robot Zoo.  Students received many compliments about their behavior, which reflects well on OMS.  Imaginary Sea Creature Project is due tomorrow. We will finish up our Ocean unit with a mini lesson on currents and currents and climates next week, as well as a lab on waves.  We begin chemistry next week as well, which will take us through this semester.  Next Wednesday marks the end of the grading period.  There is a FREE field trip to see Hamlet on Oct. 28.  Permission slips went home today. Your son or daughter may have told you I was absent for 4 days.  I was on my honeymoon, 6 months delayed.  Mrs. Miller is an excellent sub and the students worked on the same lessons they would have if I had been here.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 2, 2015
 
Autumn is definitely here. Unfortunately it is bringing a bit more rain than we need.  I enjoyed talking to many of you at the Open House on Wednesday.  Students are getting excited about their field trip on Wednesday, October 7 to the Arboretum.  If you have not yet paid the $12 or returned the permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.  I have looked ahead at the forecast.  No rain.  But we shall see.  The field trip occurs, rain or shine.  At the Arboretum students will test the health of Bent Creek measuring such variables as pH, temperature, nitrates, biological indicators, and turbidity.  They will also tour The Robot Zoo. If you have any questions, please contact me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 September 25, 2015
 
Fall is definitely here and what a welcome rain we are having today.  Midterms went out on Wednesday and several grades have since been added so be sure to check PowerSchool.  This week students finished the Fresh Water unit with the pH lab and they turned in their project, Biography of a Scientist. Students then began their oceanography unit, today viewing the National Geographic special on how the Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard .  Part of their target goals is understanding the technology used to explore the ocean.  Monday 9/28 is the Cherokee field trip.  My students go to the Arboretum on October 7.  Please turn in permission slips and the $12 by next Friday, October 2.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
  
September 21, 2015
 
Correction:  Midterms will now go out on Wednesday 9/23/15  due to a shut down of PowerSchool over the weekend for maintenance.  Today's lab on Acids/Bases and the Project which is due tomorrow (9/22) will NOT be averaged into the midterm grade but will be part of their final average for N1 (First Nine Weeks).  If you have any questions please email me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
September 18, 2015
 
Autumn is nearly here!  My favorite season.  Students are finishing their Fresh Water Unit with a Discovery Science lesson today using the laptops.  This will be their last grade before I average grades for midterms, which come out on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  On Monday students will have an insightful lab on acids and bases, part of their understanding of the health of a stream. Their project on the Biography of a Scientist/Inventor, is due Tuesday, 9/22/15.   The Cherokee field trip is September 28.  The Arboretum Field Trip is October 7, 2015.  The permission slip and $12 is due by October 2, 2015.
Next week after the lab the students will embark on their Ocean  (salt water ) unit. I hope everyone has a great weekend.  My husband and I will be in Chapel Hill for the football game.  UNC  Vs,  U of Illinois.  My son and daughter in law are Tarheel alumni, and I am a Fighting Illini alumnus.  If you have any questions the best way to contact me is via  emailrobyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
September 11, 2015
 
Today ends another successful school week.  It also marks my son's 30th birthday. How on earth did 30 years pass so quickly?  This week students are completing the Fresh Water portion of their Hydrology unit.  There will be a test next week.  They will also travel to the media center to research a scientist and then create their Biography of a Scientist Project.  Next Friday we will finally be able to have the laptops in class and students will complete their Discovery Education lesson .  Also today the field trip permission slips for the Arboretum were given out.  My students will go Oct. 7.  The cost is $12.  Slip and money due by Oct. 2, 2015 .   Please check the PowerSchool portal for grade updates.  There are now 18 grades for science listed. If you have any questions, please email me: robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  Have a great weekend.
 
 
 
 
September 8, 2015
 
Another week of school flew by.  Last week students performed a lab learning abut weathering, erosion, and deposition.  This week they continue their study of water, concentrating on ground water and testing the health of a water system.  There will be another lab next week.  All Cherokee Field Trip money ($15) and permission slips are due tomorrow.  The Outerbanks first payment of $50 was due last week but of course may come in later.  Spots are filling up fast for that trip.  On Thursday the students will receive another field trip permission slip.  This trip is to the NC Arboretum and is part of their water unit.  In addition there is a program called The Robot Zoo that they will participate in.  The cost of the trip, including transportation is $12.  That money will be due in by October 2.  The field trip is October 7.  PowerSchool is up and running and so far students have 14 grades in science, with more coming weekly.  There will soon be a test on Fresh Water, most likely next week.  They will also do a Discovery Education lesson on water.
If you have any questions, please let me know.  Email is the best way to contact me.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
August 28, 2015
 
We survived the first full week of school! Students had their first science lab yesterday, learning about variables and controls, and today they finished up with a mini lesson on the history of science.  In addition, the measurement and metric study was completed.  Monday students have their first science test.  It covers Scientific Method, Metrics, and the Nature of Science.  Students are allowed to use their Science Words of the Day and one other sheet of notes (front and back).  Starting Tuesday students will begin the HYDROLOGY unit where they learn about fresh water and salt water. This will culminate in the field trip to the NC Arboretum on October 7 where they will engage in testing the health of Bent Creek as well as tour the new Robot Zoo.  Field trip information on this will be coming after Labor Day.  The cost is $13.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  PowerSchool has been off-line for two days and that is why grades are not yet posted. Have a great weekend.
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
August 21, 2015
 
Well the first 3 days are completed.  Students seem eager and ready to learn.  They have their first quiz on Monday.  Next week we will complete the mini unit on the Nature of Science.  Students will have their first lab, provided they have turned in their Safety Contract.  This is an OSHA regulation that we must comply with every year.  We are making plans to go to the Arboretum on Oct. 7.  My students will go that day.  Mrs. Christian's students will go Oct. 9 .  More information on that as we get closer to that date.  Have a great weekend.  Feel free to email me if you need clarification on anything.  robyn.medling@bcsemail.org
 
 
August 18, 2015
 
Welcome to another school year and to 8th Grade Science.  This is the place to look for what is going on in the classroom.  I try to update it once a week.
 
First thing many students will notice is that my last name changed from Schuster to Medling.  I was married last April.
 
This is my 21st year at OMS and I am looking forward to teaching another outstanding group of students as we prepare them to be thinkers and learners in the 21st Century.  Students do have a Science EOG and part of their curriculum prepares them for this as well. 
 
Our first unit is just an Introduction to Science, sometimes referred to as the Nature of Science.  We will review lab safety, equipment, the metric system, scientific method, and learn a bit about the history of science.  After this students will embark on their HYDROLOGY unit studying both fresh and salt water systems.  In conjunction with this we will travel to the NC Arboretum for our annual field trip to discover the Ecology of a Fresh Water Stream  (Bent Creek).  When those details are ironed out, we will let you know.
 
Science in 8th grade involves book work, hands on activities, computer lessons, research and projects. 
Students will be given a detailed letter home as well as their Lab Safety Contract which must be signed.
 
Lab Fee:  We have a suggested lab fee of $5.00.  This small amount enables Mrs. Christian and I to purchase materials for our many hands-on labs.  Cash or a check is fine (made payable to Owen Middle School).  Money collected for each grade level stays with that grade level. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact me.  The best way to contact me is via email:
robyn.medling@bcsemail.org  I eagerly look forward to another successful year full of  student learning here at Owen Middle. 
 
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 June 3, 2015
 
 My goodness it is now June. So far students have completed the EOGs for Language Arts and Math.  The Science EOG is this Friday, June 5. Students taking the Algebra EOC will take that this Monday, June 8.  One June 8th we will also have our postponed multicultural day, this year focusing on the contributions of African American scientists and the Civil Rights Movement.  They will view the film "Selma" in the afternoon.  Tuesday will be a regular school day.  In science students will have their mini-unit on cancer.  Wednesday, June 10 we will have awards in the morning, followed by Promotion Practice, and in the afternoon we will have 8th Grade Field Day, for which there is no cost. Promotion will be Thursday, June 11, in the auditorium.  Most students will be in their "Sunday Best".  Parents are allowed to check out their son/daughter following they ceremony.  They return to homeroom, where the teacher will have their report card, promotion certificate, and other pertinent material for high school. It has been a pleasure to be your son or daughter's science teacher this year. I hope you all have a pleasant summer.  --Mrs. Robyn Medling
 
May 28, 2015
 
Greetings.  It's nearly that time of year.  Students are deep into EOG review.  They were given a 5 page review packet. In addition to this, they had all of their tests for the entire year returned to them, with their scantron answer sheet showing the correct test answer.  These make excellent EOG review guides. Each day they have a quiz over one of the pages.   Each day we start with questions they have related to the review sheet, followed by practice EOG questions. It is tedious for some, but so necessary since the science EOG is a comprehensive content based exam....so we are reviewing goals studied since August 20. It is my sincere wish that all my students perform to the best of their ability on this exam.  The EOG in Science in next Friday, June 5.  If you have any questions, please email me.  Even though my name has changed to Robyn Medling, for the remainder of the school year my email is still:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
May 14, 2015
 
Students did the lab "How Does an Infectious Disease Spread" , aka, Typhoid Mary  today.  It was a great lesson that simulated how quickly a disease can spread.  This concludes our Pathogens and Disease unit.  Tomorrow and Monday they will learn a bit about nutrition, and then we conclude our curriculum with a two day biotechnology unit next Tuesday and Wednesday.  By Friday we will begin the very comprehensive EOG review.  I am still grading yesterday's test and the PSA projects.  Students will have a grade update next Friday, May 22.  Of course PowerSchool can always be checked.  I try to enter new grades about twice a week.  Midterms went home yesterday.  As I told the students, there is NO extra credit in the last 9 weeks.  They need to work hard everyday. The Science EOG is online again this year, and is June 5.  Students will have daily quizzes during review that they can use their notes on.  Please email me at robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org if you have any questions.  Mrs. Robyn Medling
 
 
 
May 11, 2015
 
Just about one month left of school now.  Midterms come out this Wednesday and each student will have an attachment from me for science.  The big test for Bacteria, Viruses and Disease will be this Wednesday.   It is open notes, which  is  why I encourage students to always complete their worksheets and graphic organizers.  This week I will also begin assessing the PSA Disease Projects, and the students will do a disease-simulation lab related to the infamous Typhoid Mary.  I will collect Words of the Day tomorrow (total of 12 this time for 120 points).  Regarding midterms:  Students receiving zeroes, cannot make up those assignments. They were present when the work was done in the classroom. They made a choice not to do it.  If they missed a lab or ticket, I excused them from that.  There is no extra credit in the last 9 weeks which is why I have repeatedly advised them to do all classwork and do it carefully.  The EOG is June 5 and is comprehensive, covering all the goals in the Standard Course of Study for Science Grade 8.  (this can be found on the DPI website).  My email for the remainder of this year is still: robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org, even though I recently changed my name.  Let me know if you have questions or concerns.--  Mrs. Robyn Medling.
 
 
 
 
May 5, 2015
 
Greetings for this merry month of May.  Students have completed their disease/PSA project and I am in the middle of grading those.  They are now nearing the end of the pathogen and disease unit.  This week they are doing a bacteria lab whereby they try to predict which objects will have the most bacteria on them, then they tested it, and make observations all week and come to a conclusion on Friday.   Believe it or not but the Science EOG is one month from today on June 5.  Students have two mini-units to finish (biotechnology and nutrition) and then we will begin the BIG review for the EOG.  After the EOGs they will do a mini unit on cancer.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Midterms will go home next week although we will average the grades by this Friday.  Although my name has changed to Mrs. Medling, my email for the remainder of this year is still:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
April 27, 2015
Students are busy learning about pathogens and diseases.  They are creating a PSA (public service announcement) .  This project is being researched in science class, and then created and perfected in their ELA class with a final 30 second PSA as their goal.  This week students will also be doing a fun lab on bacteria, learning which objects have the most bacteria on them .  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Again, although my name has changed to Mrs. Medling, my email for the remained of this school year is still:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
April 14, 2015
 
Students are looking forward to tomorrow's 2nd Annual Science Festival here at OMS.  They will rotate out of 4 science presentations/ classes in the morning .  We have guest speakers coming from all fields of science and various venues such as Science House, NC Arboretum, Chimney Rock Park, Riverlink, UNCA, Warren Wilson, Grove Stone Quarry, Coburn Gem Museum, Nature Center, etc.  For a full list see the link on the OMS webpage.   Thursday students will do a fun interactive computer lesson called "Medical Mystery" as part of their introduction to Pathogens and Diseases.  There will be a comprehensive quiz on Friday over Cells and Cell Processes.  Stay tuned for more information as we progress through this unit. If you look at the school calendar you will see that the dates for the EOGs have been set.  The 8th Grade Science EOG will be June 5.
Report cards will go home tomorrow and are due back (with parent signature) by Friday, April 17.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  Although my name has changed to Mrs. Medling, my email for this year still remains the same:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
April 6, 2015
Greetings and I hope everyone is well rested after the break.  Your son or daughter may have told you that I got married over the break, which I did.  My name is now Mrs. Robyn Medling.  My email will continue to be robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org for awhile however.  On the report card it will also still have the Schuster name for instructor.  The process of changing one's name is a tad complex.  In class students did an interesting Fossil Lab today.  They will have the test on this unit this Thursday.  After this we will have a review of cells and cell processes such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  From there they will embark on our study of pathogens and diseases. This will then lead us into the EOG review.
 
 
March 23, 2015
 
Spring has sprung at last!  Students going to DC are eagerly awaiting their departure tomorrow.  Students not going will have plenty of interesting work to do at school. (For example, they will have TWO sections of science and will be learning about why the Monarch Butterfly is endangered and be taking a virtual field trip to a National Park.)  In our regular science class students are nearing the end of their Historical Geology unit.  After spring break, they will have a lab on fossils and then finish with a study of the Geologic Time Scale/Calendar.  After this unit, they will do a review unit on cells and cell processes leading up to the final unit on Pathogens and Diseases (bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists).  There are some interesting labs for those topics as well.  We hope to begin the BIG EOG REVIEW by mid-May.  EOGs are given at some point during the last ten days of school. Please let me know if you have any questions.  The grading period ends the week we return from break.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
March 6, 2015
 
We very nearly got all of a full week in this week!  Students have finished their Evolution and Genetics unit and will begin the Earth History unit on Monday.  (Goal 8.E.2).  This unit will have several labs including one on fossils, and one on simulating radioactivity and half-life.  Students will be working quite steadily up until March 24 when about half leave for the Washington DC trip.  I will remain behind with those not attending and Mrs. Christian and I have some interesting  science lessons planned related to the Monarch Butterfly Crisis and exploring our National Parks.  The extra credit has been posted on my door and is due my March 25, which means students going to DC need to turn it in by March 24.   If you have any questions, please let me know.
have a great weekend!  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 February 23, 2015
 
What an interesting little winter break.  Students are now back at school eager to learn new science lessons.  They have just completed their Ecosystems unit and are embarking on a small unit "Evolution and Genetics".  They will have a very interesting lab on adaptations for this unit.  There is a field trip this Thursday.  Midterms will go out Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 February 5, 2015
 
Seems like winter comes and goes this season.  Snow day and early dismissal, and this weekend the forecast is for the 60s.   Students are well into their study of ecosystems this week, having finished the Energy unit with the test on Tuesday.  Tomorrow they are looking forward to the afternoon PBIS movie "Frozen" and Monday morning is the field trip to Early College and the STEM High School (Discovery Academy).  We will spend about another week on ecosystems and then move into the Evolution unit followed by historical geology.  There have been some questions about Powerschool grades.  I often post the assignment but may not post the grade until a few days later.  The date of the posting does NOT reflect the day the assignment was given or collected.  It is simply the day I found time to post grades from my paper grade book to the Powerschool grade book. Please email me if you have any questions.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
January 23, 2015
 
Looks like winter is upon us, no snow but freezing rain. During this short week students have been learning about non-renewable energy (fossil fuels and nuclear energy).  Next week they will delve into the "green" world of renewable or alternative energy resources (solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, tidal). Report cards will go home on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
January 14, 2015
Happy New Year!.  Upon our return from break, students worked for 4 days on their joint Science/ Language Arts Digital Element Projects. Many thanks to Ms. Sturdivant an Mr. Babb in the Media Center for all their assistance.  They are WEB 2.0 based and they are spectacular.   The types of projects included:  GoAnimate, Explain Everything!, Short video, Stop Motion and Green Screen.  I am still in the process of grading them.  The semester and second 9 weeks ends this Friday. Monday is a Holiday with no school, and Tuesday is a Teacher Work Day.  Report cards will go home Jan. 28.  Wednesday we begin our unit on ENERGY!  Students will be learning about sustainability, renewable and non-renewable resources, and the pros and cons associated with each type of energy resource.  Students are reminded that their Wash DC January payments are due.  An up-to-date letter will be sent home this week with details of payments and balance due. There will be a field trip on Feb 9 to visit Early College and the new stem High School.  Permission slips will go home Wednesday.  There is no cost.  On a personal note, I am happy to relay my exciting news that I became engaged over the Christmas break.  I am making plans for the wedding and soon will have a different last name.  More news on that later in the year.  Stay Warm!  If you have any questions please email me at: robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
December 15, 2015
 
 
Well the holidays are nearly here and so is the end of 2014.  Students have been very busy in science learning about chemical reactions.   They had a lab last week of molecular models to enrich their understanding of reactions, and this week they will have another hands on lab about chemical reactions,  The test for CH 10 will be this Wednesday and it is Open Notes.  Tomorrow they are doing research for their Digital Element Project, in collaboration with their ELA teacher. A very detailed instruction packet was given to the students today.  Two periods each day from Jan. 5-8 will be devoted to this project, using IPADS or computers. Extra Credit has been posted on my door in the classroom.  It is due by Monday, January 13, 2015.  I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays.  Happy New Year.  email me if you have questions or concerns.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
November 25, 2014
 
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I sincerely hope it is a pleasant and safe respite for us all.  Students enjoyed doing their Tasty Solutions Lab last Friday (aka, "The Chocolate Lab"). They are very glad their Symbols/Elements Test is done and most performed spectacularly.   We began our study of the Periodic Table today and will continue this next week upon their return to school. Upon completion of this, they will embark upon a study of chemical reactions, including some fun and enlightening lab activities.  In the week students return from the Christmas holidays, they will be working on a joint Science/ELA project about elements.  They will be creating a project using digital technology  (WEB 2.0 skills).  Midterm reports will go out next week.  I also want to remind folks about the Food Drive and Santa Toy Run. I am one of the Student Council sponsors and we run these drives.  Toys will be collected through Dec. 5 and food will be collected through Dec. 19. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via this email:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 November 17, 2014
Hard to believe it but Thanksgiving is next week already.  Students will be very busy up until next Tuesday .  They are in the heart of their chemistry unit now.  This week they have two labs, one on the special properties of water and the other on solutions, specifically chocolate!  We will finish our chapter on elements, compounds and mixtures this week as well.  Next Monday 11/24 is the Symbols Test. Students should be practicing at home.  We have had a few quizzes and exit tickets lately that students have scored poorly on.  This is in large part due to two factors:  first, not focusing in class, and second, not properly or completely finishing their graphic organizer notes in class.  Both notes and Words of the Day can be used on these quizzes and exit tickets.There will be an opportunity for some extra credit points on next week's Symbols Test.  In addition, after the midterms, I will post projects that can be done for extra credit, if needed. The project for this 9 weeks is on ELEMENTS and there will soon be information on how to do this project.  It will be started in class and completed at home.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 10, 2014
Students are traveling to the movie theater on Thursday to see the movie "The Giver" as part of their ELA program.  Today students did an eye-opening lab making models of atoms so that they might understand them better.  Students were also give the list of elements and symbols, compounds and formulas to memorize.  They must learn 33 and may learn an additional 22 for extra credit.  Flash cards work best for this.  We will practice each day in class, but it will be necessary for students to study at home as well.  This will not be an open-notes test for obvious reasons. The test is two weeks from today, Nov. 24.  We will finish this mini unit on Wednesday with a quiz , followed by  an article , and then a practice sheet on drawing atoms.  From there we begin Ch. 7 on Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures.  It is in this chapter that the chocolate lab is performed.  Students allergic to chocolate or choosing not to eat it, may use the data obtained by another student, but they will answer their own summary questions.  I hope everyone has a good day off tomorrow.  Hats Off to all our many veterans in this area.  We appreciate your service to our country.  If you have any questions, please email me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 November 3, 2014
Well here it is November already!  It came in with a blast, too.  I had 5 inches of snow at my home.  Student had a lot of fun last Friday doing the Oobleck lab where they had to figure out if the substance was a solid or a liquid. Today they finished Ch 6 on States of Matter.  There is a quiz tomorrow and a big test on Wednesday over Chapters 5 and 6.  A review will be given in class tomorrow (Tuesday).  It is open notes.  After this they will begin a mini unit on atoms, followed by a study of elements, compounds and mixtures. The project for this unit will be on elements and we are finalizing the directions and rubric for that now. There are two great labs for these units, one involving CHOCOLATE, a tasty solution.  Signed report cards are due back by Tuesday (tomorrow).  If you have any questions, please contact me.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
October 21, 2014
Chemistry here we come!  Students have embarked on their long unit of chemistry beginning with a look at Matter followed by States of Matter.  Today students were in the computer lab doing a GIZMO lab simulation on DENSITY, along with a Discovery Ed lesson on Matter.  We have several activities lined up for this unit including a great hands-on lab on Halloween.  The grading period ends tomorrow with report cards coming out on Oct. 30.  If you have any questions, please contact me at robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
October 13, 2014
Autumn has definitely  arrived here in the mountains.  These dark cool mornings and sunny afternoons will  help speed along the changing of the leaves (color). The Imaginary Ocean Creature projects are in the process of being evaluated.  Many of them are quite creative and will be displayed in the hallway by the cafeteria.  Students will finish their unit on Hydrology with a lab today "Motion on the Ocean" and a quiz Wednesday.  We will then begin our long chemistry unit, starting with a review of MATTER.  Students will need to have a new folder by Thursday.  They keep the hydrology folder at home.  Tomorrow students will complete the ACT test in the morning.  A notice went home about this last week.  The results will help clarify future plans for them insofar as interests and strengths in various areas. There next project in science will be on ELEMENTS.  More information on that in a few weeks.  There is a Washington, DC parent meeting tonight at 5:30 in the auditorium.  All extra credit is due by this Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please let me know. robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 October 3, 2014
   
Finally it is October!  Students thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's Arboretum educational field trip.  They have been assigned their Imaginary Sea Creature Project, given the directions and the rubric.  It is due next Friday, October 10, 2014.  There will be a test on Oceans next week, Wednesday, Oct. 8.  If you have any questions please contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org   Have a wonderful weekend!  All extra credit is due on or before October 15, 2014.  It is posted on the door in my room.
 
 
 
 September 30, 2014!
 
Arboretum here we come! Students are eagerly awaiting our departure on Thursday.  We will leave around 8:35 and return around 2:35.  They need to remember to bring their lunch (unless they ordered one from the school cafeteria) and to dress appropriately.  Rules for the field trip will be discussed in class on Wednesday. Students are nearing the end of their study of Hydrology.  They were assigned the "Imaginary Sea Creature Project", which is due next Friday, October 10.  The direction sheet has all the information they need as well as the rubric on how it will be assessed.  This is always a fun project and I look forward to seeing how imaginative our students can be. Next week we will test on Oceanography and begin our Chemistry Unit. If you have any questions, please email me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 September 26, 2014
Happy Friday!  Students are eagerly awaiting our field trip to the NC Arboretum.  There is a link to this wonderful place on my links page of this website.  They need to remember that we go, rain or shine.   If they signed up for a lunch, it will be ready for them in the morning.  If they are bringing their lunch, they need to remember to bring it!  Proper clothing is expected.  There will be some creek exploring of biological indicators, chemical tests for dissolved oxygen, temperature and nitrates, and a  1/2 mile hike.  Sandals are not appropriate, and they should not get into the creek barefoot.  There will be no swimming,  just walking in the creek, not past their knees.  Hats and sunscreen are appropriate if your son/daughter need them. Today students learned how Dr. Robert Ballard found the Titanic.  Yesterday students explored the world of oceanography via  the wireless laptops using Discovery Education lessons.  These lessons can also be done at home, if internet access is available.  Each student has their own account. Next week students will continue their unit on oceanography, including the field trip on Thursday, Oct. 2.   Students wishing to do some extra credit may look at the work I posted on my door.  All extra credit is due Oct. 15. Please let me know if you have any questions.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
September 22  2014
 
Happy Autumnal Equinox.  Fall is in the air at last.  Midterms come out tomorrow (9/23).  All money and permission slips for the Arboretum Field Trip is due this Friday Sept 26.  We go to the Arboretum Oct. 2.
Students completed their Fresh Water unit with a lab on acids and bases.  Tomorrow they dive into the world of oceanography.   If you have any questions please contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 16, 2014
 
The Scientist Biography projects are in.  Many of them look great. This week students are finishing up their study of fresh water, including a lab on acids and bases, and a unit test on Friday.  They are learning about the North Fork and Bee Tree Reservoirs, water treatment and sewage treatment.  They are also learning all about  their local river basin, The French Broad.  Midterms will come  out next week. 
 
Many students have yet to turn in their Arboretum Field Trip permission slip and the $12.  This is due by Friday September 26.  I have many extra forms if they lost theirs.  If you have any questions, please email me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
September 8, 2014
 
Greetings to all of you as we end summer and get ready for fall.  Students have finished their Nature of Science unit, including the lab, test and project.  The Scientist Biography Project is due this Friday, September 12, 2014.  It counts 100 points.  Students worked last week in the media center on this.  They  must be sure to have their citations and to follow directions.  It is NOT a written report. 
 
Currently we are studying hydrology, beginning with fresh water.  This will be reinforced on our field trip. 
 
Permission slips have been given out for the Arboretum Field Trip, which my students will attend on Thursday October 2.  The cost is $12 and the  permission form and  money are due by Sept. 26.
 
All students were given a grade update last Friday and it is also posted on POWERSCHOOL.  I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow evening, during OPEN HOUSE. (9/9/14  5:30-7). 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 August 25, 2014
 
Welcome to a new school year and 8th grade science.  Each week I will update this News and Notes section to keep you apprised of what is happening in class.  We started last week and will finish this week with our Nature of Science lesson.  It reviews what science is, why it is important, scientific method, measurement, safety, and equipment.  Part of this unit entails the historical nature of science and thus, students will be completing a project called BIOGRAPHY OF A SCIENTIST.  Next Thursday or Friday students will go to the media center and do research.  The project will be due Sept. Sept 12.  There will be a handout with directions and the rubric that will be used to assess the project.  No two students in the same class will have the same scientist.  The project is worth 100 points.  It is not a written report, but rather a poster or  3-D product.
There will be another quiz this week, as well as a test, and a lab. All safety contracts must be turned in before a student is allowed to participate in a lab activity.  I am still collecting $5.00 for the suggested lab fee and appreciate what we have received so far. 
 
If you have any questions, please let me know.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 4, 2014
 
Today was the Science EOG.  I am not allowed to discuss this test with the students but it seemed to go well.  I hope everyone had a successful year of learning science and I sincerely hope for all the best as they enter high school.  Promotion is next Thursday, June 12.  Awards are next Wednesday.  Come back and visit or email any time you like.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
May 27, 2014
The Science EOG is next Wednesday, June 4.  Students were given a 5 page review packet.  Each night they have been assigned a specific page and are then quizzed on this the next day.  I cannot stress enough how important coming to school for the review is.  It is also a time for students to strengthen any weaknesses they may have had in one of the 8 major areas we covered in 8th grade science.    Please let me know if you have any questions.  Students have been given a small practice session to learn how to take a test on the computer (Science EOG and Algebra Test are both online this year).
 robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
May 18, 2014
 
The end of the school year is fast approaching.  Tomorrow will be the last test of the year (although there will be quizzes) and the test covers Pathogens and Diseases (Protists, Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, and Diseases).  Following that will be a short unit on Nutrition and by Friday of this week, we will definitely begin our EOG review.    Students will be given only ONE copy of the large review packet so they must take care NOT to lose it.  The majority of the work for this review will be done by the student.  They will be told which goals to review each night and to be prepared the next day to ask questions.  The EOG in Science will be June 4.  Upon completion of this test, with time remaining, students will learn about cancer and its many forms.  If you have any questions, just let me know.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 May 9, 2014
 
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  Having a son of my own I know what a job it is!
In Science students are finishing up on Pathogens and Diseases, and will follow it up with a mini unit on nutrition. Upon completion of that, they will begin a week long review of the entire curriculum as they prepare for the Science EOG which is June 4.  Midterms come out on Wednesday May 14.  As I have stated in class many times, there is no extra credit in the last 9 weeks.  Students must just try to do their best each day.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
May 5, 2014
 
As the school year grinds down we want students to be aware that the learning and expectations for success do not diminish.  Students are finishing their Pathogens and Disease unit this week, including a trip to the computer lab for a Mystery Illness Explore Internet Activity.  Some folks have asked about the Science EOG.  This test is on-line.  It will be June 4, and will cover the entire extent of the 8th Grade Standard Course of Study for Science.  This entire curriculum can be accessed through the NCDPI Website . It lists all the goals and objectives that will have been covered all year.  I highly recommend this as a study guide.  In addition it has practice questions.  Another source of information would be for students to log onto their Discover Ed site and review any of the assignments posted in their for this year.  Review sheets and review sessions will also be available beginning May 20.  If you have any questions, please contact me at robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
April 30, 2014,
Hard to believe that tomorrow starts the merry month of May.  All the Imaginary Sea Creature Projects have been graded.  Many of them are quite clever.  Students are now studying about pathogens and diseases as part of their goal of Structures and Functions of Living Organisms.  We have a few internet activities planned, and a few high interest group labs, such as Typhoid Mary, and discovering where the most germs are in our school.   The Science EOG is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, and is an on-line assessment of all they have learned in eighth grade science this year.  They will be given a very thorough review packet, and we will do some review in class, but ultimately it is up to the student to study and put forth the effort it takes to succeed.  If you have any questions please contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
April 14, 2014
Students enjoyed their all science field trip at the NC Arboretum last Friday.  A great day was had by all.
This week students are finishing their unit on Oceanography.  They have been assigned the Imaginary Sea Creature Project.  In years past this has been a fun assignment.  This is worth 100 points and is due next Monday, April 21, 2014.  As this is the last 9 weeks, it is important for students to work hard everyday.
I do not allow extra credit in the last 9 weeks because I want them to understand that each day's efforts are important.  If you have any questions, please contact me at  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 April 9, 2014
 
Spring fever is definitely in the air following the great Spring Break we had.  Students are still talking about DC and the Cave field trips, as well as looking forward to the field trip to the Arboretum this Friday.  Several students still need to turn in their permission slips and money.   In class, students are DIVING into the world of Oceanography as we complete our Hydrololgy unit.  On Monday they will be assigned the IMAGINARY SEA CREATURE PROJECT.  This is a fun project they do at home creating a make believe sea creature.  Report cards come out next Wed. April 16.  If y ou have any questions, please contact me. robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
March 24, 2014
 
Greetings and salutations.  Students leave Wednesday morning for DC at 5:30.  Those not going to DC will be here with other teachers learning in fun and entertaining ways including our field trip to the Linville Caverns.  When we return from Spring Break on April 7,  students need to have their money and permission slips in for the Arboretum field trip on April 11.  The cost is $12 and ALL students are expected to attend.  Students will be learning about and testing the pH of various acids and bases in tomorrow's lab,.  We will begin Oceanography upon return from Spring Break.  If you have any questions please let me know, robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
March 17,
The countdown has begun until Spring Break it seems.  Students still need to realize that school is in session and learning is still expected each day.  That being said, today students had a demonstration of the particulars of ground water (aquifer, porosity, permeability, percolation, water table) and how caves form.  They will finish their unit on Fresh Water with a small study on how water is cleaned, and why it is imperative we all become good stewards of our hydrosphere.  If you have any questions, please contact me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org  The Linville Caverns field trip is Friday March 28 ($12) and the Arboretum Field trip is Friday April 11 ($13).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 10, 2014
 
Students began their study of the Hydrosphere today.  Among the important facts they learned is that  over 1 billion people on Earth lack access to clean drinking water.  Quite a statistic.  This unit will prepare them for the field trip to the NC Arboretum next month. The project for this unit is the Imaginary Sea Creature.  More details about this will be forthcoming. They will cover microbiology (protists, fungi, bacteria, and diseases) upon completion of this unit.  From there they will have a short unit on nutrition and then we begin the BIG REVIEW for the EOG.  The 8th Grade Science EOG will be on-line again this year.  County office has advised that all EOGs will be given in the last ten days of school. Any time remaining after completion of the EOG will be spent on a mini-unit on cancer.  If you have any questions, please contact me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
March 3, 2014
 
Spring is around the corner, hopefully.  Midterms go out on Wednesday.  All Washington DC money is due March 7.   Students not attending the DC trip will remain back here with teachers.  We are planning a field trip to Linville Caverns on March 28 for $12.  In science class students are reviewing cell organelles and their functions.  This week they will tackle photosynthesis and cellular respiration as well as feedback mechanisms. There will be a field trip to the NC Arboretum in April.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  Extra credit for 3rd 9 weeks is posted on the door in class.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
February 19, 2014 
 
Greetings everyone.  I don't know about you but I have seen enough snow for this winter.  Students have been busy trying  to get back into the swing of things this week.  We are now completing our unit on Ecosystems with a two-day assignment using Discover Education on the laptops.  Students enjoyed doing an Adaptations Lab (Battle of the Beaks) in their Evolution unit two weeks ago. I am in the process of grading their National Parks Projects at this time.  Next week students begin a review unit on Cells and Cell Processes, followed by a unit on Protists and Bacteria. They will do a two day microscope lab with this unit.  Students are preparing to go to Washington DC.  I will not be along on this trip but will be remaining behind with students unable to attend.  I have a field trip planned for these students to Linville Caverns on March 28.  All students will attend a field trip in April to the North Carolina Arboretum as part of their Water and Ecosystem units.  Grade updates will be given in class later this week.  If parents wish to view student progress on Gradebook, they need to have the access codes and passwords.  This can be obtained in the school office if you have no already done so.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  Here's hoping for an early spring!  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 January 24, 2014
 
Now you see us and now you don't.  What winter weather brings us sometimes.  Students have been in the media center today working on their National Parks Project, which is due Feb.3, 2014.  It is worth 200 points.  Students were allowed to pick their partner if they desired one, as well as choose their own park to investigate.  This project was given a very detailed rubric explaining the criteria needed to include as well as the point values.  This project marks the end of our Geological History unit. Next week we begin a small unit on Evolution. From there they will move onward onto a study of Ecosystems. Students are reminded that all the Washington DC money is due in March.  Several students only have one payment turned in.  Report cards come out on Friday, January 31 and will be due back by Wednesday, Feb. 5. This report card will have the Second Nine Weeks Grade as well as the Semester 1 average. When students do not return the report card signed by a parent/guardian, they are assigned a lunch detention each day until it does come in.  Part of preparing for HS is learning to be responsible.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 Welcome back to school!
 January 8, 2014
We have a new year and a new principal, Mr. Robyn Weinkle. In class,students are in the midst of their Historical Geology unit.  This week we will learn about Absolute Dating, including radiometric dating, isotopes, 1/2 life, etc.  From there they will embark on a study of fossils and what they tell us , and then an examination of the Geologic Time Scale.  There are 3 labs associated with this unit.  Once we have completed this, we will turn our attention towards Evolution and then Ecosystems.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
December 12, 2013
 
Hopefully by this time parents have received the Midterm Reports.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding grades.  We are finish our chemistry this week with a unit on Chemistry in our World- Chemical Benefits and Risks.  Students seem to be enjoying this unit.  Next week we will have a GIZMO computer lab on Chemical Reactions and begin our Geology unit.  Students thoroughly enjoyed our Chemical Reactions lab last week, especially the one called "The Milky Way- Or How Detergents Work".  I hope all of you have a joyous holiday season, however you and your family celebrate.  My son and daughter-in-law will be coming in for a short visit on Christmas Eve.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org  PS  We are having a FOOD DRIVE up until Dec 20.  I am one of the Student Council Sponsors and would appreciate any contributions you could make towards this endeavor.  All items will be given to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry in Black Mountain to serve the local people here in need.
 
 
November 26, 2013
 
Looks like winter has arrived with the first 2 hour delay already.  Students were given a grade update last Friday and yesterday was spent as a "catch up" day in class.  We are in the midst of our Chemical Reaction unit at this point and students will being dong an exciting lab next week dealing with chemical reactions. From there we do a mini unit on Chemistry in the Environment , specifically health concerns.  I certainly want to wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving. I am thankful my son and daughter-in-law are driving up to the mountains from Raleigh. As one of the Student Council sponsors I am in charge of the Annual Food Drive which runs Dec. 2-20.  We are asking for non-perishable items to be brought in and put under out school "Giving Tree".  All donated items will be given to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, which serves this immediate area.  If you have any questions or concerns, as always do not hesitate to contact me.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
November 6, 2013
 
 Here it is November already and Thanksgiving just around the corner.  Report cards went home today and should be returned, signed, by this Friday.  All permission slips and money ($10) for next week's field trip to see the movie "Enders' Game", is due by this Thursday.  If you are having financial issues, please just send a note asking for scholarship money.  There is a limited amount available. Students will be going to the library Thursday to research their element for their project.  It is due Friday, November 15.  Directions and the scoring rubric will be given out.  Students have been learning all about the Periodic Table this week.  They will also have a take-home lab to complete (100 points) later this week and they will need colored PENCILS to finish it.  This Friday I will give the students an update on their current 2nd Nine Weeks average.  Attached will be a list of assignments that they should have or will be working on in the next week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
 
I hope all the students enjoyed their 4 day weekend.  I am sure they are ready to get started back in school.  I am happy to report that last year's Science EOG scores are in and Owen Middle School had the HIGHEST scores in the county!  GO OWEN.  This week in 8th grade science we will finish up our unit on Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures with our CHOCOLATE LAB on Thursday, October 31, 2013.  If your son or daughter is allergic to chocolate or milk products they may substitute another type of fast dissolving substance (such as a small cracker)- or just use the data from another student and then answer their own questions about solutions.  On Friday they will have a quiz over Chapter 7, which is open notes.  Friday they will also begin their mini unit on the PERIODIC TABLE, its history of development, its significance, and how it is arranged. On Monday,  November 4 they will have their ELEMENTS/SYMBOLS test.  This is the one test they take without notes. Report cards will go home Tuesday, November 5. They are due back signed by Friday, November 8, 2013.  On Thursday Nov 7 they will be going to the Media Center to research their element for their ELEMENT PROJECT.  A complete sheet of directions along with the assessment rubric will be given out in class. This will be their major project for the 2nd 9 weeks.  It will be due Thursday, November 14, 2013 and counts 100 points. If you have any questions, please let me know.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
 
Grades are in!  I will be letting students know their grade for this 9 weeks by Friday 10/25/13.  Last week students did an Atomic Model Lab, and tomorrow they are doing a lab on the Unique Properties of Water.  There was a quiz earlier this week on Atoms, and next week there will be a quiz on Elements/Compounds,.  Students have been given a list of symbols and formulas to memorize.  This test is Nov. 4.  I recommend students make flashcards and practice each night when they get home.  I hope everyone has a great 4 day weekend.  Teachers will be here at school on Monday and Tuesday. Please email me if you have any questions.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, October 18, 2013
 
 
TGIF At last!  It's been a long week it seems.  Students had a science test, but also took the ACT this week.  They are beginning to study the world of atoms this week.  Students have had an introduction to subatomic particles, the Periodic Table, and elements.  This mini unit will continue next week with a lab on Monday on Atomic Structure where they will build models of atoms.  On Tuesday there will be a quiz on this.  Students have been given their list of elements/symbols to memorize.  The test for this will be November 4, in two weeks.  They should make flash cards and study a little each night.  Please help them! The new 9 weeks begins next week as well.  Many students need to remember that classwork and homework count in their overall average.   They should review my class policy on this and how I determine their grade.  I am available most mornings starting at 7 am, and most afternoons I am here until 5 pm.  If I know a student needs help, I will be happy to meet with them.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  Have a great weekend.  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Monday, October 7, 2013
 
Students have been given an update of their science average, along with a list of any missing work.  Missing work and Extra Credit is due by Oct. 18.
I do not do Jupiter grades anymore, as of Sept. 2, 2013.  The only way for them to know their average is by asking me or when I give out these updates. By November the GradeBook Power School program should be up and running for both students and parents.
This week in science we are finishing the chapter on Matter, and going into a short review of States of Matter.  They will have the fun Oobleck lab on Wednesday as their introduction to States of Matter.
Many students do not come and check with me when they have been absent.  It is not only homework they might miss, it is the CLASSWORK itself.  When students don't have a chance to finish work in class, they may turn it in later, but it still needs to be turned in so I can grade it .
If you have any questions, please email me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 27, 2013
 
TGIF!  What a week.  Students were busy with a test, with a guest from Science House (Dr. Cowan) doing solar energy labs, and  today they were in the computer lab working on a Gizmo Density simulation.   As you know midterms went out on Tuesday.  If you  need to talk to me about the science grade, please email me or you may leave me a message with the school office.  Next week we begin our Chemistry unit by reviewing what MATTER is and comparing and contrasting physical and chemical properties and changes.  It is not too late to pay the suggested $5 lab fee.  The more money we receive, the more supplies we can purchase, and thus the more activities can be done to enrich their understanding of science.
robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 20, 2013
 
I want everyone to be aware that when midterms come out on Tuesday, September 24, the SCIENCE grade will be attached.  What you may see printed there is not up to date as I stopped using Jupiter grades 2 weeks ago.  Please look for my attachment with my signature on it.  I am using the new Gradebook system from  POWERSCHOOL.  Thank you. 
 
September 18, 2013
 
I can just feel the crisp air every morning and I love it.  Autumn is so beautiful here in the mountains. Students have turned in their Scientist Biography project and they look awesome.  We are just about done with our Energy Unit, with the test coming on Monday.  They are currently correcting mistakes on last Friday's lab.  Because this lab was a SKILLS lab, I want all students to make 100% on it.  Last week students had two days on the computer laptops, working through Discovery Education (DE) lessons on Energy and a GIZMO lab simulation on density.  Next Friday we will go to the computer lab and finish this, as well as begin a DE lesson on Matter.For the most part students seem to be enjoying this unit .  Next Thursday Dr. Cowan from the Science House will be out here to assist in some energy related inquiry activities.  Some questions have arisen regarding grades.  We are no longer using JUPITER Grades as the entire state of NC is going with a program called POWERSCHOOL.  We are slowly making this transition.  At this time only teachers and administrators have access to the grades, but hopefully by Thanksgiving it will be up and running for students and their parents to assess the progress in class. Midterms will come out next week and this will be a useful tool for everyone to see where they stand with regard to academic grades.   I do not post individual assignments but I try to inform you of the topics we are covering and any projects or tests coming up. Students complete the graphic organizers in class, as the books cannot go home. When homework is assigned, it involves a worksheet for which the book is not needed.  They are able to take their folders home whenever they want, or leave them in the room.  All quizzes and tests are OPEN NOTE (with the exception of the Elements/Symbols Test).   Thus it is in the best interest of the student to complete as much work as they can in class.  When papers are returned we go over the correct answers and they are able to make adjustments as needed on their sheets.  On most days we begin with a Science Vocabulary Word of the Day.  Students write the definition from a scrambled sentence or a Fill in the Blank sentence.  I collect these from time to time as a test grade.  I collected the first one today, for 100 points.  When students are absent, they simply get the word they missed from a buddy in class or they may see me during the Enrichment time at 2:30. When we complete the Energy unit, students will launch right into the unit on MATTER, followed by CHEMISTRY.  There are several labs planned for this.  If you have not yet turned in the $5 lab fee, it is not too late to do so.  If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
September 9, 2013
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend. We have another busy week ahead of us as the students continue their energy sojourn.  They will be completing graphic organizers, viewing important video clips and have a lesson on Discovery Education.  There is also another lab planned for Friday.  A small activity to provide more practice in handling equipment and measuring. Students should be working on their Scientist Biography, which is due this Thursday, September 12.  Complete directions were given in class last week.  It is never too late to turn in the $5 Lab Fee, so if you are still wanting to turn it in, please do.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
 
 September 3,  2013
 
We are really into the swing of science learning now.  Students have completed their first lab and had their first test.  Jupiter grades are up and running until the  PowerSchool system is fully implemented.  This week students embark on the world of ENERGY.  They will also start their Scientist Biography on Thursday.  It will be due next Thursday, Sept. 12.  Students will be given directions on how to complete this project which is worth 100 points.,  
Thanks to the folks who gave their $5 lab fee.  It is not too late if you haven't paid yet. I am going to send a reminder note home on Thursday for students in case they lost the form stating why we are asking for $5.  If you have any questions, please email me:  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org
 
 
 
 
 
August 21, 2013
 
Welcome to 8th Grade Science.  I am so pleased to have you (or your son or daughter) in my room this year.  There are many exciting things planned to enhance the learning process.  Students went home today with many forms that need to be read/discussed, signed and returned.
 
I try to update this "News and Notes" section at least once a week.  I am updating some of the links on here, so please have patience while we transition to a new school year.
 
We have many labs and projects planned  for this year.   Students' first project will be the Biography of a Scientist.  Research will be done in the school Media Center and then finished at home.
 
After a short week of introduction to science concepts, we will embark full speed ahead on our ENERGY unit.  Stay tuned for more information.
Please feel free to contact me anytime!  robyn.schuster@bcsemail.org 
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