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Life Science (Period Per. 5)

Mrs. Patricia Vega-Jeter

Course Description

Richard Graves Middle School
Seventh Grade Life Science
Patricia Vega-Jeter

Course Description: The purpose of the 7th grade science curriculum is to introduce students to science processing skills through hands-on laboratory activities, problem-solving situations, open-ended investigations, and cooperative/collaborative work. (NGSS aligned) The emphasis will be on the life sciences with a continuation of the study of the physical sciences in the 8th grade. The topics in the 7th grade include: The Structural Organization of Organisms, Genetics, The Diversity of Species, Earth and Life History, Structure and Function in Living Systems, Physical Principles in Living Systems, and Scientific Process. A unit in Family Life is also included as part of the curriculum.



Grading Policy –All students will receive a letter grade based on exams (50%), assignment and projects (45%), and participation (5%). Final grades will be based on the percentage a student has earned.

90-100%= A   80-89.9%= B 70-79.9%= C   60-69.9%= D   Below 60%= F


Testing Policy- All students are expected to score 75% or better on all tests. Any student that does not achieve 75% or better must retake the test after a study session.


Assignment Policy- All assignments are to be turn in on time during class. If a student is excused absent, he/she may turn the assignment the first day back to school. It is the student’s responsibility to as for missed work when returning from a excused absence.


Unexcused Late Assignments-Any assignment turn in late will be given a maximum of 75%.


Grade Check- It is recommended that students and parent regularly check on their students’ grades weekly or bi-weekly basis. There are three ways to receive an up to date progress report for your student:

information from Mrs. Vega-Jeter.

  • Make sure to thoroughly read the advisory card that will be given

       out very three weeks.

Extra Credit- Extra credit will be given sparingly as an opportunity to improve a grade, only if all required work is completed.


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Progressive Discipline Plan Mrs. Vega-Jeter 2016/2017

To ensure that every student in my class has the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe classroom environment my students are expected to follow the following progressive discipline plan:

Classroom Rules:


  1. Come to school prepared!
  • This means with assignments that are due-completed, binder in order, that is, pencil pouch, 2 pencils & 1 pen, 1” of line paper, highlighters, post-it notes, pocket dividers, planner filled out properly and Chrome books charged—the AVID way!
  • Keep track of your academic progress via Aries/Google classroom daily.


  1. Students will not disrupt the learning process of the classroom. Do not say anything unless it is good to say! Follow directions the first time they are given. Listen when requested to do so.
  • This means take everything out of your hand, maintain eye contact with the speaker and close your mouth


Infraction Management (daily basis)

  • Verbal warning, name on board, loss of group points, call home, text or email



Positive: Good grades, Student of the Month, participation in all school wide privileges, field trips, incentive programs, Mind the Red, Advisory etc.


Negative: Poor grades, lost of privileges, Friday detention with Mr. Martinez (prior notification will be given) loss of school-wide privileges


Note: Your child will be sent to Mr. Martinez’s office when all other corrective measures fail.