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Ms. Amanda McAndrews-Junior High Science

Hi! I'm Amanda McAndrews, the new Junior High Science teacher at St. John Fisher. In 2015, I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Science. Since then, I have taught 4 years in the classroom, had the opportunity of working with the Museum of Science and Industry, and traveled across the United States getting real world experiences to use in the classroom. I not only love teaching Science, but I also love sports, traveling, playing with my dogs, and spending time with my family. I am anxious for the year ahead with such an enthusiastic, compassionate, and proud community here at St. John Fisher. 

Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 30, 2018

This week is a busy one. The students have lots of guest speakers this week, which means we will be pressed for time. But these students are ready for the Spooky Week ahead. 

In 7th grade, when we meet, we will continue working on Genetics specifically Punnet Squares and Pedigrees. They are catching on quick! That is why we will have a small quiz on Friday covering their vocabulary. 


In 8th grade, all week the students will be creating a new and improved model of "Waves" to sell on an episode of  Shark Tank. They picked one topic to learn more about that covers light waves, sound waves, or electromagnetic waves. Their jobs are to convince myself as well as their classmates why their product is better than the old ones. 


With Halloween on Wednesday, I stress that our students be safe, but have fun!

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Both the 7th and 8th grade Science students wrapped up their second units of the trimester. That means we are on to the next topic!

In 7th Grade, the students will be moving on to learning all about Genetics. This is a great time to talk with you students about where they come from, or their family tree. If you have anything to share about your Pedigree history, please send it my way. 

In 8th Grade, the students will be moving on to learning about Waves. They will start from the components of the waves, and work their way up to creating their own waves! 

Both grades started their units with vocabulary. Make sure to be studying your vocabulary, so that we all start with a good base of background knowledge. 

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

We have another very busy week with Picture Day, High School visits, and All School mass. The students are putting in work, and it sure is paying off!

In 7th Grade Science, the students will be practicing their presenting skills on their organ system, while the rest of the class is practicing their active listening. By the end of the week, the students will be working on a choice activity Body Systems Tic-Tac-Toe to apply their knowledge they learning during the presentations. 

In 8th Grade Science, the students will be using their knowledge they learned last week on the relationship between the sun, the earth, and the moon to begin learning about the seasons. They will take the point of view of someone who lives somewhere different than themselves. 

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

A short week, but a good week! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!

In 7th grade Science this week, we will be wrapping up our cells units. We will continue to grow, and grow, as we learn about the intricate parts of the human body. We will build on the background knowledge that our 7th graders already learned in 4th grade. We will also begin tying in forensic science (life science) for fun!

In 8th grade Science this week, we will be continuing on to find the many relationships between the sun, the earth, and the moon. The students came up with a list of over 15 already! The students will learn about eclipses and tides to add to this list. 


Week of October 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

After an exciting Homecoming weekend, our Science students are jumping right back into it. 

In 7th grade Science, the students will be starting their week off strong with a Mitosis and Meiosis choice project that will be worth 40 project points! On Wednesday they will be given a study guide over the same topics (mitosis and meiosis) that we will review on Thursday in class. They will then be assessed on all of the content thus far on their test on Friday. 

In 8th grade Science, the students will start to learn all about the moon phases. Including their names, what they look like, what causes them, and they will create a 3D model to be able to see them in real time. Please send your 8th graders with shoe boxes by Wednesday to complete this project!


Progress reports will be sent home Wednesday, if your student has any missing or late work due to absences please encourage them to come in early, so that their grade reflects the most up to date numbers.