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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 September 24th

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

In 7th Grade Science, the students will continue to learn about the Mitosis vs Meiosis. We will be focusing on close reads to help us analyze key terms, diagrams, and more while we learn about a challenging topic. 

In 8th Grade Science, the students will be moving onto our solar system. They will be applying their math skills while learning how to Scale. The 8th graders had a test on Friday that they did wonderful on, but don't forget that was only the first test of the trimester. 

Lets have a great week!

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Happy Monday, I hope everyone enjoyed a fun filled weekend at Fisher Fest! We will be jumping right back into the swing of things in Science.

In 7th grade, we will continuing to learn about our specialized cells that we gave speeches on last week. We will take a check in quiz Tuesday, after reviewing our notes on Monday. Starting Wednesday we will begin to learn about the process of Mitosis. While this can be a challenging topic, we will spend a lot of time diving deep into Mitosis. 

In 8th grade, we are wrapping up our first unit of Force and Motion. On Monday, we will be finishing a Gravity lab. On Tuesday, the students will be given a lengthy study guide that will support the activities we will complete to review throughout the rest of the week. We will wrap up the unit with a test on Friday. 


Remember, please advise your student to come in early, or stay late, if they are needing extra help in Science. We both want to see the success that we know they are capable of!

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

In 7th Grade Science, the students took a short quiz on what they learned about Cells so far this year. Then we will be moving on to the more complex cells called specialized cells, this will help form the basic understanding they need to know before moving onto Tissues, Organs, and the rest of the Human Body.

In 8th Grade Science, the students will be continuing their forces and motion unit learning about Friction. We will be practicing our Force Diagrams that will bridge our understanding of the concepts we learned so far and what it would be like living on the moon. Is their friction? What is mass vs weight? How are forces effected. 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 05, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! Even though it is a shortened week, the Junior High Science Students are working hard!

In 7th grade, the students will be finishing their Cell Choice activity. So many of them chose to create a Cell City, where they got creative about the cell organelles. Later in the week, we will review more on the cell organelles so that we are prepared for the short quiz we will take on Monday. 

In 8th grade, the students will be doing back to back labs to learn Newton's Laws. They will be graded on the check in Bellringer activities that will assess the concepts they learned from the labs. As long as weather permits, the 8th graders will be going outside on Friday to complete a study guide with activities that need more room!

If your student happens to be absent on a lab day, please encourage them to come in early to make it up, it is the best way for them to learn the concepts instead of just watching a video of it. Thanks!