6-8 Science
Instructor: Mrs. Cansler   
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:3
April 24-28
Middle School Science
6th Grade
Chapter 21 Ecology
SWBAT describe the living and nonliving factors in an ecosystem
Monday, April 24 - 21.2
Tuesday, April 25 - 21.3
Wednesday, April 26 Lab
Thursday, April 27 Review
Friday, April 28 Race Day

Element of the week: Barium (Ba)

7th Grade
Ch. 17 - Plants
SWBAT identify characteristics of seed plants.
Monday, April 24 - Monocots/Dicots
Tuesday, April 25 - Review for Test
Wednesday, April 26 Lab
Thursday, April 27 Test
Friday, April 28 Race Day

Element of the week: Barium (Ba)
Homework: Study Guide Due Tuesday

8th Grade
Chapter 4 Interactions of Life
SWBAT observe how the environment influences life

Monday, April 24 -
Tuesday, April 25 -
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28

Element of the week: Barium (Ba)
Week of April 18-21
Middle School Science
6th Grade
Chapter 21 Ecology
SWBAT describe the living and nonliving factors in an ecosystem
Monday, April 17 - Easter Monday No School

Tuesday, April 18 - Complete Endangered Animals projects, present slide shows
Wednesday, April 19 - Lab: Calculating Population Density p. 628; Observe Soil Characteristics p. 623
Thursday, April 20 - 21.1 What is an ecosystem?
Friday, April 21 - 21.2 Relationships among living things

Homework: Endangered animal slide show due Wednesday in Google Classroom
Element of the week: Cesium (Cs)

7th Grade
Ch. 17 - Plants
SWBAT identify characteristics of seed plants.
Monday, April 17 - Easter Monday No School​
Tuesday, April 18 - Review Seedless Plants
Wednesday, April 19 - Lab: Identifying Conifers
Thursday, April 20 - Seed Plants
Friday, April 21 - Plants as Medicine

Homework: Self check 18.2 (1-6) p. 511 due Thursday

8th Grade
Chapter 4 Interactions of Life
SWBAT observe how the environment influences life

Monday, April 17 - Easter Monday No School​
Tuesday, April 18 - Slide shows on momentum/velocity/speed due - presentations
Wednesday, April 19 - Lab: Observing Seedling Competition
Thursday, April 20 - 4.1 Living Earth
Friday, April 21 - 4.2 Populations

Element of the week: Cesium (Cs)
Homework: Ch. 4 Vocabulary p. 116 (1-10) due Friday
Science Fair Middle School Timeline
  • Research Plans - these are saved in Google Classroom
  • Background Research about science topic, independent variable, and dependent variable - saved in Google Classroom
  • Forms - Forms were sent home for students with projects involving human participants, animals, microorganisms or hazardous materials Forms can also be found here: https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef-forms
  • Science Projects - Experiments should be underway or complete
  • Data Analysis - students have data and graphs saved in Google Classroom
  • Project Board - due January 10 in the school gym by 7:30 am.
  • Science fair judging and student interviews - January 12
  • Awards Ceremony - January 13
  • Winners of the science fair will have additional forms to submit by January 17
  • Regional fair (First, Second and Third place winners of our science fair) for grades 7-8 (Upper Fair) will be March 22, Grades 3-6 (Lower Fair) will be March 23 at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS
  • State fair (for the awesome First and Second place winners of the regional upper fair!) will be April 6 in Starkville MS.
Robotics Club
Robotics Club is preparing to participate in the SeaPerch underwater robotics program, beginning February 2017.
Meeting will be held Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23. Competition is March 25.

The following excerpts are taken from the Sea Perch website: www.seaperch.org

The U.S. Needs Trained Engineers

The world is changing. Innovations transform our nation, creating whole new industries and occupations. Every job of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Science and technology careers exist in a culture of inspiration, discovery, and innovation. Advances in technology will have a meaningful impact on the lives of every American.

The U.S. has fallen from 3rd to 17th in the world in the number of college graduates in engineering programs. In the U.S., only 5% of science degrees are awarded in engineering, as compared with 50% in China. It is estimated that 400,000 engineers will be needed in the near future. If it is not addressed, the expected shortage of skilled workers could decrease the nation's global competitiveness and result in a lack of expertise in mission-critical areas.

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use. Consideration of optimal maneuverability as well as control and speed should be given when constructing your SeaPerch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box.

The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (18" minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate their ROV through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end.

Scores for this round will be based on the fastest time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.

Robotics Club
The Sacred Heart School Robotics Club meets on Thursdays, from 3:00-5:00, in the Science lab. We have 23 student members, composed of students in fifth through eighth grades.

We are preparing to compete in the Sea Perch underwater robotics competition at Mississippi State University on March 25, 2017.
The Sea Perch is a simple remotely operated vehicle made from PVC pipe, motors and floats. The vehicle will be used in a challenge.
Students will create 4 different design ideas, evaluate the designs with a partner, and explain the benefit of the final design.
Students will learn how to drill, solder, and cut PVC pipe. Students will practice maneuvering the robot through obstacles in the water.

We recently competed in the "Bet the Farm" competition of MS BEST Robotics, sponsored by Mississippi State University. The competition was held at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS on October 1, 2016. Our robot design was the "Crop Picker", and our team was number 79. Our team placed 12th out of 22 teams throughout Mississippi.
An important part of our school community is our Protection of Children training. We have this training for both students and parents. Once parents have been through the initial training that Mrs. Martin and Ms. Jones conduct in August, there is ongoing training called VIRTUS. VIRTUS is a monthly program of online newsletters on important topics to help you keep your children safe. This newsletter will come the first full week of every month. The Diocese of Jackson and Bishop Kopazc are very committed to the VIRTUS program. It is important that we empower our students with the knowledge they need to be safe. As parents, it is our responsibility to watch, act, and teach our children about means of possible abuse.

Each month, you will need to read the news article. It is our experience that topics have been relevant to current topics of concern for us. If you fall behind in reading, you will not be allowed to participate in activities that include our children, such as field trips, class parties, coaching and sponsoring activities and sports.

If you have questions about access to your account, please let us know. We will be glad to help you. If you know your login, you may visit the VIRTUS website at any time to log in to your account. The site is: www.virtus.org

You should read your article the week it is received. Mrs. Martin will post in principal updates when the article comes out and when you should have it read.
Science Fair General Guidelines

Source: University of Mississippi website:

Remember the Scientific Method

  • Ask a question.
  • Gather information on the topic.
  • Form a hypothesis.
  • Test the hypothesis, and sometimes retest.
  • Record the data.
  • Analyze the data.
  • Draw a conclusion based on the data.
  • Communicate the results.

The best projects are the ones that follow the scientific method and students can articulate their findings and explain the details of the project as well. It is sometimes common for students to find their project ideas on the Internet and follow the directions exactly, but they have very little idea of how to explain the project and its importance.

If you need project ideas, Education.com has several ideas that can be searched by grade level and category at
3rd - 6th: http://www.education.com/science-fair/elementary-school/
7th - 8th: http://www.education.com/science-fair/high-school/
Also look at www.sciencebuddies.com

Please remember – originality is key to any good project. Judges can tell when a student has copied another’s idea or if the project has been overdone. There is nothing wrong with advancing or building on a project that has already been done.


Remind Codes
To sign up for remind text messages, text to 81010. In the body of the message, put the appropriate code.

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Start thinking about your science fair project!
Sacred Heart Science Fair winners are entered in the regional science fair.

The Ole Miss regional science fair dates for this year:
Grades 7- 8 Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Grades 3- 6 Thursday, March 23, 2017

Last year we had 16 entries in the upper fair, and 5 who went to the state fair!

For category descriptions, see: http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/academic_competitions/science_fair/categories.html

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