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7th Grade Science

Class Syllabus

7th Grade Science Class Syllabus

Ms. DeMatteo      Room 213



            Welcome to Ms. DeMatteo’s Science class. I am so excited to get to know each of you and help you to explore the world through science.  I want to help all of you succeed so please feel free to come and talk with me about how I can help you learn. I am available during lunch and after school.  You can also email me at


Course Overview: Some of the topics we will cover:

            - Structures and Properties of Molecules.     

- Interactions and Dynamics of Ecosystems

            - Chemical Reactions Involved in Energy Cycles

            - Fossils, Rocks, & Landforms

            - Human Impact & Global Issues
- Engineering & Design of Research Methods & Practical Solutions


Classroom Expectations & Student Responsibilities

  • Come to class prepared with your materials
  • Be respectful
  • Ask for help if you are lost or confused
  • Cheating & Plagiarism are not allowed - each student must do his or her own work
  • Follow all safety procedures when doing labs and using equipment


Grading: Your grade will be composed of the following things:      


  • We will have a test at the end of each unit. We may also have small quizzes throughout.

            Science Notebook

  • Each student will be supplied with a science notebook, which we will use in class every day.  All notes, activities, lab sheets, and graded work will be kept in the notebook and it will be collected periodically.


  • Homework assignments will be due at the beginning of the period on the due date. 
  • You will receive one homework late pass each trimester that will allow you to turn in homework late without a penalty. Unless you have an excused absence, late work without a homework pass will be marked down a minimum of 20%. Unused homework passes may be turned in at the end of the trimester for 5 points extra credit.


  • There will be several long-term projects during the year.  It is important to plan ahead and pay attention to due dates.
  • Each project will be assigned with specific written instructions.
  • Homework passes cannot be used on long term projects.
  • A Current Event will be due roughly once a month (dates will be handed out with the written instructions).
  • A SAY Science Activity will be due twice during the year (dates will be handed out with the written instructions).






Absent Work

            It is very important that you attend class every day.  However, I understand there are situations that can’t be helped occasionally.  If you know you will be absent, please come see me beforehand to get the work you will miss.  If you have an unforeseen absence, please come see me on the day you return and we will make arrangements for you to make up any work you missed. 



Lab Safety Contract

  1. ALWAYS follow all written and verbal directions exactly. Do not leave out ANY steps. Do not ADD any steps.
  2. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.
  3. Do NOT taste or smell any chemical or substance.
  4. Use safety goggles when told to do so.
  5. Tie back long hair.
  6. Use a holder to pick up hot glassware.
  7. Always point a closed container that is being heated away from others.
  8. Always treat a hot plate as if it were on. Never touch it or allow clothing to touch it.
  9. Always clean up wet spills immediately.
  10. Broken glassware should be reported to the teacher. Never pick up broken glass with your fingers. Use a broom and dustpan.
  11. Never place an eyedropper that has been used anywhere but in its proper container.
  12. Always handle chemicals with extreme care. NEVER touch them with your bare hands
  13. Always dispose of matches in the proper container. Never throw them in the wastepaper basket.
  14. Never cover a test tube or beaker with your hand. Stopper it properly.
  15. Always use thermometers carefully. They break easily. If one does break notify your teacher.
  16. Always be sure that any equipment used is kept in the center of the table.
  17. Always report accidents, breakage, and spills to your teacher.
  18. Breakage of equipment because of negligence or carelessness may result in the students responsible paying for replacement or repair.
  19. Clean up your work area after every activity. Put all materials back in their proper places.
  20. Always wash hands with soap after lab.

Parent Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian,


One of our goals in the science department is to make students aware of how science relates to the world around us.  As a result, students will be reporting on current events roughly once a month beginning in September.  I encourage your involvement in helping your student find the articles to complete these assignments and discuss with them what they are reading.  Students will also complete two SAY science activities outside of class this year.  These activities may include a visit to a museum or an independent experiment.  Instructions for SAY science activities will be sent home separately.  In addition, I invite anyone who works in a field related to science to visit our classroom and share your experiences with the students.

            Feel free to contact me whenever you have concerns or comments about your son or daughter.  The best way to communicate with me is by sending an email to or you can also call and leave a message at 927-3530 x1213.

Please review the attached class expectations with your student and sign the form below.  If there is anything you would like me to know that will help your student be successful this year, please feel free to contact me or complete the comment section.

            In order to study the ecology of our local creeks, we will walk across the street in front of Stanley to Las Trampas creek at least once a month.  By signing below, you give your permission for your student to participate.  If this is a problem, please let me know.

            I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night on September 14th.





Sarah DeMatteo




Please return this portion of the letter to Ms. DeMatteo in Room 213 by Friday 8/25.


I have discussed the information on both pages of the class syllabus with a parent or guardian and I understand the expectations.


Student Name (please print) ___________________________________________ Period __________


Student Signature ___________________________________________________



I have discussed the information on both pages of the class syllabus with my student and I understand the expectations.  Ms. DeMatteo has permission to take this student to Las Trampas creek during the 2017-2018 school year.


Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________________________

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