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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 30th

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Welcome back after an exciting Homecoming week!

In 7th Grade Science the students will be diving deeper into their nervous systems. From the senses to information processing, the students will learn more about why they do what they do. On Friday, the students will have an open note quiz on the nervous system. Some great resources to review these topics are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPix_X-9t7E

https://www.getbodysmart.com/nervous-system

In 8th Grade Science, the students will be applying their knowledge of scale to the vast universe. We will be discussing the Big Bang Theory and all the other theories of the universe. This will allow the students to begin to focus back in on objects in our solar system like our sun and moon. 

Week of September 16th

Posted on Sep 18, 2019

I hope we all had an amazing weekend at Fisherfest, it was so much fun to be able to connect it to our cell organelle unit and physics in 8th grade. After all that fun, it's time to get back in action.

In 7th grade this week, the students will be making the connection between specialized cells all the way up to our organ systems. They will be creating a presentation to show how from the smallest of the small to the largest of them all work together to make our bodies work. This will be their first presentation grade, so I stress that they practice what they are going to say at home so that they feel comfortable speaking in front of the entire class. They will do this many times throughout the year to strengthen their public speaking skills. 

In 8th grade this week, the students will be wrapping up their physics unit with a test on Friday. Wednesday and Thursday the students will be completing choice board study activities to strengthen their knowledge as well as their study skills. 

Week of September 9th

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Happy Fisher Fest Week! It couldn't be more perfect with what our 8th graders are learning about. We're talking all about Physics! 

In 7th grade this week the students will be reviewing and taking a quiz (Thursday) on the cell organelles. 

In 8th grade this week the students continuing their work on Newton's Laws, Friction, and wrap up the conversation talking about Gravity! They will be able to apply all this knowledge at Fisher Fest on Friday!

It was so nice to meet so many of you at Parent Night. I look forward to yet another wonderful year at Fisher. If you were unable to make it, and/or you would like more information regarding Junior High Science please email me at amcandrews@sjfschool.net

Week of September 2nd

Posted on Sep 03, 2019

Happy Labor Day Students and Families!

Even though we have a short week, we have a packed week. I look forward to meeting my new 7th grade parents, and catching up with my 8th grade parents at Back to School Night on Wednesday. There I will talk in general about the 7th and 8th grade curriculum, and a few changes we have made since last year. This is also a great time for me to meet each and every one of you to create a relationship that will support each and every one of our students to have a successful year!

In 7th grade Science this week, the students will be starting a choice project to show what they know/learn about Cell Organelles. 

In 8th grade Science this week, the students will be continuing to learn about Newton's Laws. By the end of the week they will be experts in the laws where they will show their knowledge of physics in a sport of their choice!

***If you work or have a hobby in life, earth, space, or physical science and would like to come speak to our students about Science in the real world please contact me at amcandrews@sjfschool.net ***

 
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