Syllabus


 8th Grade Science & STEM @ Omak MS

Mr. Ward-Guthrie

Room 208   Phone: 509-826-8335                E-Mail: cward@omaksd.org

Instructional Goals

In 8th Grade Science, we will be exploring the topics of Life Science and Engineering.

At the end of the course, you will understand:

Needs and Resources

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Your textbook (HMH Science Dimensions: Modules A, B, C, and D)
  • Internet Access (Class set of Chromebooks during class, personal device outside of class)

 Course Schedule
        1st Quarter – Module A: Engineering and Science
        2nd Quarter – Module B: Cells and Heredity
        3rd Quarter – Module C: Ecology & The Environment
        4th Quarter – Module D: The Diversity of Living Things

Policies and Procedures
General Rules (as per the Omak MS Handbook):

  • Responsibility for School and Personal Property
  • Respect Yourself, Other Students, and All Staff
  • Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

 Corrective Actions include:


  • Warning and Reteach
  • Classroom Consequences
  • Lunch or Afterschool Detention
  • Parent Contact
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conference
  • Office Referral


Grading Policy:

Grades are determined by total points, not by percentage categories. In general:

  • Classwork and Participation               5 points
  • Labs, Investigations and Projects       10 to 20 points
  • Quizzes                                               20 points
  • Tests                                                    40 points

Students will rarely expected to take work home (so NO HOMEWORK!!!), as plenty of time will be given in class to complete all coursework.

Grades are posted weekly via Skyward. Students will have time to access and monitor their grades. I encourage students and parents/guardians to ask about any grade they do not understand.

Important: Missing work is the most common reason for a low grade in my class. I will be giving weekly late/missing work lists throughout the school year. Work missed due to absence is the student’s responsibility.

Group Work

Group work and cooperation is an important part of our classroom. The basic expectations for group work are: 

  • You will RESPECT your group members: listen appropriately, no put downs or negativity.
  • You will share the RESPONSIBILITY of group work: do your share, meet deadlines, cooperate together.

 Appropriate Technology Use 

 Cell phones or other digital devices are not permitted in my classroom.