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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 February 25th

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

It is the last week of the Trimester! Please, if you have any questions or concerns in regards to anything email me at amcandrews@sjfschool.net . As I mentioned last week, both 7th and 8th Grade will have a final test this week. Resources for studying are found on my last blog post as well as your students classroom page. 

For 7th Grade, the students will be completing a writing assignment Tuesday on whether we should Genetically Modify our food or not. Wednesday, the students will be working on the study guide and other study materials; in which  we will go over Thursday. Their test will be on Friday. I will be hosting morning review sessions for 7th grade Thursday and Friday Morning. 

For 8th Grade, the students went over the study guide today in class, while tomorrow we will do one last review before the final on Wednesday. I will be hosting morning review sessions for 8th grade Tuesday and Wednesday Morning. 

Week of February 19th

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

While we are close to wrapping up Trimester 2, we have a lot of fun activities that we are completing. 

In 7th Grade we are continuing to learn about natural versus artificial selection. We will be learning about dog breeding this week, next week we will be learning about genetically modified crops/food. We will wrap up the trimester reviewing and taking our final test on Friday March 1st. 

In 8th Grade we are wrapping up our projects on our view of Climate Change. Our students dove into the Science and Opinions that support both sides of the debate. Thursday and Friday of this week the students will be working on the Study Guide and other review activities for the final next week Wednesday, February 27th. 

You can find the two study guides on your student's classroom page, as well as in the links below. If you would like a paper copy sent home, please email me at amcandrews@sjfschool.net 

7th Grade Study Guide:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F4uCJZDykCMPNK-lEIOJhOn42aUCJwiR5-9sL0Sme4o/edit?usp=sharing

8th Grade Study Guide:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1votvA10LZ0TcDDSdkG31TtRGXd5Qjd_LuPKu0NbOryk/edit?usp=sharing

Week of February 11th

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Welcome back, I apologize for not posting in a while! Our students have been busy with back to back STEM labs. Using the Scientific Method, the 7th graders had to make a plant grow adding an unknown variable; while the 8th graders demonstrated heat transfer.

This week in 7th Grade Science the students will be taking their knowledge about Fossils and seeing how closely all living things are. This is a great time to talk about how even today, we all look, talk, and even act very different, but we are more alike than we think! We will continue to investigate the Theory of Biological Evolution for the rest of the 2nd Trimester. 

This week in 8th Grade Science the students will be assessing their knowledge of heat transfer with a quiz on Tuesday!  On Thursday they will do a valentines day lab, before moving on to our final topic of the Trimester. Just like First Trimester, the 8th graders will again take another final on all that was learned throughout Trimester 2. This will prepare our 8th graders for the challenges of high school that are right around the corner. 

 
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