Science 8

University Academy

2017 -2018

Teacher: Mr. Jeremy Dorrell


Phone Number: (816)412-9255

Room: A300


Welcome to a new school year here at University Academy. I am very excited about meeting you and being your Science teacher this year. Eighth grade science will help your students answer the why and how’s of science with interactive, investigative and animated problem solving activities that will capture your students’ imagination.  It is my goal to make this class as fun and informative for your child as possible.  My door is always open starting at 7:15 a.m. every morning to around 4:00 p.m. 


Course Description

            In addition to meeting the state science standards, this course is designed to provide hands-on experiential learning. Students should expect to find the curriculum rigorous and engaging as the course will include collaborative work and project-based learning. This course will help your students by preparing them to become better note and test takers.


Required Materials

            The students should come to work each day prepared to work. They are required to have pencils, paper, pen (Blue or Black only), two composition books for the year and a folder designated for handouts in my class. If additional materials are required for and activity, I will let the student know in advance.


Course Standards

  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Changes of Matter
  • Cells and Body Systems
  • Disease
  • Reproduction and Heredity
  • Rock Cycle
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Inquiry (throughout all lessons)
  • Science, Technology and Human Activity (throughout all lessons)



Classroom Expectations

  1. Be respectful to everyone.
  2. Have all supplies when you arrive for class.
  3. In your seat before the bell rings. Start the assignment on the board.
  4. Complete tasks given and encourage others.(lend a helping hand)
  5. Nothing that detracts from learning is allowed.
  6. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before you speak or leave your seat.


In the event that a student is not meeting behavior expectations the following consequences may apply: change of seating within the room among students, a class period with seating in a safe seat, removal from classroom to a “Buddy Room,” parent contact (via phone and/or email), and office referralIf a student is relocated to the “Buddy Room,” they must follow the receiving teacher’s directions fully.  Failure to do so will result in relocation to the Recovery Room and/or an Administrative Behavior Referral.  Please refer to the UA Middle School Handbook for further information or see the instructor.


Academic Dishonesty

Honesty is a valued UA character trait and must be upheld by students at all times.  Academic dishonesty can be broken into two categories that include cheating and plagiarism.  Cheating is any action that misrepresents the student’s learning or work product; this includes but is not limited to copying work, allowing copying, signaling during a test, informing other students of test content, using cell phones or other electronic devices that are not school or teacher approved, using cheat sheets or a failure to report (confidentially) known instances of cheating.  Plagiarism is the wrongful act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own without giving credit to the author.  If a student is found guilty of either form of academic dishonesty, the consequences are as follows:  The student will receive a parent contact and an office referral.


UA Middle School Attendance and Tardy Policy

It is expected that all students will attend regularly.  Parents/legal guardians should call the school if the student must be absent.  Excessive absences may result in loss of academic credit, retention, and possible withdrawal from University.  Students must be under the appropriate teacher’s supervision when the bell rings or a tardy will be given.  Please review the UA Middle School Parent and Student Handbook for further details.


REMIND APP! Parents and students can subscribe to the 8th grade Science Remind App on a computer or mobile device.  “Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders.  All personal information is kept private.  Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs.” To subscribe text @mrdorrell to 81010 or 816-521-6005.  To receive messages via email send an email to












University Academy 8th Grade Academic Policy

The 8th grade community will foster a fun learning environment that supports academic rigor, character building, high school readiness, and college preparation.

The 8th grade team believes that ALL students can learn ANYTHING. So, we only have one goal: MASTERY OF ACADEMIC SKILLS.

However, students must demonstrate what they know in order to earn their grades. The 8th grade team believes that 3 things help contribute to a passing grade:

  • Effort: You get out what you put in. If you do the work, the grade will come.
  • Desire: You work for what you want. If you want to pass your classes, you have to work for it.
  • Drive: Do your best EVERY time. If you give your best, your misunderstandings become clear, and we can give specific help for you to succeed.


  1. Deadlines are important for instruction and understanding. When an assignment is given, it’s expected that it be turned in on time. If the assignment is late, there will possibly be a delay in grading and the opportunity to be assessed.
  2. In order to master a skill, you have to practice it. Practice assignments are not scored, but will be used to determine your mastery of a skill, so it will directly impact your grade. Practice assignments are expected to be turned in at the start of the class period by which it is due. If you don’t have your assignment ready, you are not prepared for the current day’s class, which will affect your ability to master skills.
  3. Late work is accepted. Even if you miss a deadline, do the assignment so that you can get the practice; show your teachers what you know; and master the current skill(s).
  4. Assignments may be submitted a series of ways. You may hand them in physically, submit them via email, share them as a Google doc, or submit into an electronic classroom, such as Edmodo or Google Classroom.
  5. Assessments are the ultimate display of what you know. If you take an assessment and score a “2” or less, you must retake all or part of the assessment at the assigned time on the assigned date. You will be given multiple chances to retake, with intermittent tutoring, until you can demonstrate that you have mastered the skill.


8th Grade Assessment Retake Policy


Assessments are the ultimate display of what you know. If you take an assessment and score a “2” or less, you must retake all or part of the assessment at the assigned time on the assigned date. You will be given multiple chances to retake, with intermittent tutoring and other interventions, until you can demonstrate that you have mastered the skill.

Before a student can retake part of or an entire assessment, he or she must first:

  1. Make parent aware of original score via parent signature, email, text, or phone call.
  2. Complete one or more of the following interventions:
    1. Self-corrections: I understand the material and simply need to correct mistakes.
    2. Reflection: I don’t understand all or part of the material, so I am walking the teacher through my thinking by explaining how I arrived at the answer(s).
    3. Working Lunch: I need additional help and am willing to work with my teacher during lunch to get better understanding.
    4. Tutoring: I need additional help and am willing to come during Advisory or stay after school to get a better understanding.
    5. Practice Assignments: I am willing to take work home to practice the skill before I take my assessment retake.

*Teachers reserve the right to assign additional interventions as necessary to ensure students are successful.*





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