Donna Hink | Science

Donna Hink | Science

March Madness–week of 3/19-3/23/18

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful, rest-filled weekend. This upcoming week is a 4-day week and the third marking period is coming to an end.  Please check Cornerstone for your child’s grades and any missing assignments.

**Reminder-All 7th graders need to return the AtlantiCare permission slip for class demonstration on Monday!

**ReminderII-Friday 3/23 school is closed due to teacher retreat day at Paul IV High School.

**Reminder III-SJRS Annual Gala is next weekend, 3/24…there are some awesome prizes, a fun night, and a wonderful chance to support our school.  Hope to see many of you at The Flanders in Ocean City (where Mr. Hink & I had our wedding reception 38 years ago!).


Grade 6–Mon 3/19 Predicting volcanic eruption types, worksheet pg. 40; Tues 3/20 Mt. Mazamba flip book; Wed 3/21  lesson 2 quiz on predicting eruptions; Thurs 3/22 Eruption styles & chapter review worksheet. No school Fri 3/23.


Grade 7–Mon 3/19 AtlantiCare Healthy Schools demonstration on nutrition (permission slip necessary); Tues 3/20 review main ideas of Circulation, Blood & the Lymphatic system; Wed 3/21 Chapter 19 test on Circulatory & Lymphatic Systems; Thurs 3/22 continue work on life-size body; Fri 3/23 no school.


Grade 8–Mon 3/19 review elements of matter–research your chosen element for Wed; Tues 3/20 Chapter 3 test on Matter; Wed 3/21 design Wanted Element poster; Thurs 3/22 complete Wanted poster; Fri 3/23 no school.


Week of March 12-16, 2018

Boy what an exhausting week!  The Iowa & CogAts are 100% completed in 7H…thank you everyone for being at school for the testing-it’s so important!  And enough with the crazy weather!  At least the extra daylight will make it seem closer to springtime.  Have a good week.  Grades 5–8 go to confessions on Tues. 3/13.

Grade 6-Mon 3/12 review for earthquake test; Tues 3/13 Chapter test on earthquakes (if we have returned from confessions); Wed 3/14 begin study of volcanoes; Thurs 3/15 types of volcanoes; Fri 3/16 color 3 types of volcanoes.


Grade 7-Mon 3/12 begin the study of Blood; Tues 3/13 confessions; Wed 3/14 wkst 39-40 & 15,21 on blood types; Thurs 3/15 functions of lymphatic system; Fri 3/16 wkst 17-18 on lymph system.


Grade 8-Mon 3/12 lesson 3 Compounds & Mixtures; Tues 3/13 chapter review; Wed 3/14 Chapter 5-8 wksht. pg. 31-2; Thurs 3/15 wksht. 55-6 on vocab definitions; Fri 3/16 review for chaper 3 test on Matter.

IOWA testing week March 5-9, 2018

I hope everyone has their hatches battened down for winter storm Riley! Enjoy your weekend, remember Monday begins Iowa testing.  Please have your child get plenty of rest, EAT breakfast, and bring a pencil or 2.  The 7th grade take IOWA’s Mon-Thurs mornings, and on Fri they take the CogAts in the morning. They will only see limited teachers/classes nest week due to all the testing.  PLEASE have your child attend school, unless they are really sick.

**Reminder** Friday, 3/9 is a 1:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.

Grade 6-I will only see them on Tues. & Thurs due to testing; they will do a Changing Earth quiz part I & II each day.

Grade 7-I will see them all week for testing, but there will be no homework. Tues. 3/6 they will receive a presentation by Mr. Anthony at 12:15, then they will go participate in the Barn Hill Preserve Zoo at 1:00. Fun!

Grade 8-Each person needs a 1/4 sheet poster board for Tuesday. They will choose a number, research their element, and make a Wanted Poster. On Wed. they will do their 50/75 elements & symbols test. Study the elements with them! Let them show you how many they know.

**The Barn Hill Preserve Zoo will bring a baby Joey, a tortoise, and a bearded dragon to educate all students at SJRS on Tuesday, March 6, 12:30-1:30.  How exciting!  Be sure to sign permission slip; perhaps buy a photo of your child holding one of the animals!

week of 2/26–3/2/18

2nd week of Lent.

**Reminder-Iowa testing begins the following Monday, March 5-9.

Grade 6–Mon 2/26-Plot earthquakes & volcanoes on world map; Tues/Th 2/27 & 3/1–doubles lab-design a quake-proof building; Wed 2/28-worksheet locating the ring of fire; Fri 3/2-no class due to school mass at 10:00.


Grade 7–Mon 2/26-compare/contrast arteries/veins/capillaries; Tues/Th lab-learning & taking blood pressure; Wed 2/28-Blood moving through the heart; Fri 3/2-heart blood flow worksheet.


Grade 8–Mon 2/26-interpreting a hypothetical periodic table; Tues/Th doubles-quiz on 50 elements & symbols & designing a word from the elements; Wed 2/28-periodic table worksheet quiz; Fri 3/2-formal assessment of elements & symbols.

**Reminder II-Fri. 3/2 soup & stations by SJRS Staff-6:15 for soup, stations to follow.  Please try to join us!

President Day Weekend 2/19–2/23/18

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant 3-day weekend with your family.  I’ve noticed little green sprouts peaking from the ground…warmer weather spring aren’t far behind!

Grade 6  Tues 2/20-Determining earthquake magnitude; Wed 2/21-Earth shaking language arts reading; Thurs 2/22 quiz on lesson 1 earthquakes; Fri 2/23-defining earthquake vocab.


Grade 7  Tues 2/20 Review for chapter 18 test on Nutrients & Digestion; Wed 2/21-Chapter 18 test on Nutrients & Digestion; Thurs 2/22 begin Circulatory System, how a heart works; Fri 2/23-worksheet matching heart vocabulary.


Grade 8  Tues 2/20 section 2 characteristics of elements-quiz on matter; Wed 2/21-periodic table worksheet-begin learning elements & symbols; Thurs 2/22 interpreting the periodic table worksheet;  Fri 2/23-worksheet on names/symbols of elements.

Week of 2/12–2/16/18

Boy what an exciting week we had; with the Eagles BIG superbowl win!, the victory parade in Philly, and the SpaceX launch & controlled upright landing of the boosters at Cape Canaveral! Such fun & interesting times.  Don’t forget about Designer Bag Bingo Saturday eve.

**Reminder-Valentine’s Day will be celebrated at St. Joe’s on Tuesday, as Wed. 2/14 is Ash Wednesday & the beginning of Lent.  Also, day 100 is Thursday, 2/15–only 80 more left of the school year–make them count!


Grade 6–Mon 2/12 Chapter 8 review for test; Tues/Th 2/13 & 2/15  Doubles-Chapter 8 test on Earth’s Dynamics; Wed 2/14 begin chapter 1 Earthquakes; Fri 2/16 vocab worksheet on earthquakes.

Grade 7–Mon 2/12 worksheet on digestive system; Tues/Th 2/13 & 2/15  Doubles put digestive system onto poster bodies;  Wed 2/14  Mass & ashes; Fri 2/16 review for digestive system test.


Grade 8–Mon 2/12 begin Chapter 3 Atoms, Elements,  Periodic Table; Tues/Th Doubles Explore & color-code the periodic table; Wed 2/14 lesson 2 Simplest Matter; Fri 2/16 lesson 2 cont. Simplest Matter.


**Reminder Mon. 2/19 -no school-Presidents’ Day.

Happy Superbowl Weekend! 2/5-29/18

Wow what a great week we had celebrating Catholic Schools Week!  Next up, celebrating the Eagles!!

*Reminder- Friday 2/9/18 is a 1:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.

**Reminder II-the flu has hit SJRS…please make sure your child gets extra sleep & stays home if they aren’t feeling well!

Grade 6-Mon 2/5 worksheet quiz on lesson 3; Tues 2/6 lesson 4 continent building, worksheet for homework; Wed 2/7 worksheet quiz on lesson 4; Thurs 2/8 Chapter 8 review; Fri 2/9 Chapter 8 test.


Grade 7-Mon 2/5 Chemical & Mechanical digestion; Tues 2/6 Parts of the Digestive System; Wed 2/7  single period lab on digestion; Thurs 2/8 Organs that help the digestive system; Fri 2/9 quiz on chemical & mechanical digestion.


Grade 8-Mon 2/5 Study guide & Chapter review on chapter 15; Tues 2/6 review answers from study guide; Wed. 2/7 Review Thermal Energy for test; Thurs 2/8 Chapter 15 test on Thermal Energy; Fri 2/9 complete puzzle on Heat & Thermal Energy.


Happy Catholic Schools Week! 1/29-2/2/18

As we begin our Catholic School week of celebration, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for choosing St. Joseph Regional School for your child.  Please check the school calendar for all the fun & exciting activities that are planned.  God Bless you.

*Reminder* visit the Book Fair held in the Library all week!

**Reminder** February 1 is day 90-school year 1/2 over!

Grade 6-Mon 1/29-no class due to PTA assembly!; Tues-1/30 lesson 2 Landforms at plate boundaries; Wed-1/31 lesson 2 worksheet; Thurs-2/1 lesson 2 quiz; Fri-2/2 no class due to School Mass!

Grade 7-Mon 1/29-Nutrients & Digestion-begin discussion; Tues 1/30-cont. Nutrients lesson pg. 516-521; Wed 1/31-Food Pyramid worksheet; Thurs 2/1-compare nutritional labels on snacks-bring in your favorite snack (with a nutritional label!); Fri 2/2-learn organs of the digestive system.

Grade 8-Mon 1/29-lesson 2 on Heat pg. 438; Tues 1/30-mini lab demonstration & ques. pg. 443; Wed 1/31-lesson 3 Engines & internal combustion; Thurs 2/1-lesson 3 cont. Refrigerators pg. 448, ques. pg. 449; Fri 2/2-no class due to Talent Show!

Week of 1/22–1/26/18

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying nicer, warmer weather this weekend.  This upcoming week is a normal, full week and end of the second marking period.  Please check students’ grades on Cornerstone & let me know if there are any errors.

**Reminder** Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, 1/28/18; check the school website for details.

Grade 6-Mon. 1/22 Review for chapter 7 test on Plate Tectonics; Tues/Thurs  DOUBLES  Chapter 7 Test on Plate Tectonics; Wed. 1/24 begin chapter 8 on Earth’s Dynamics; Fri 1/26 do worksheet 13-14 explaining forces that shape the earth.


Grade 7-Mon. 1/22 Chapter 17 test on Skeletal & Muscular system & Skin; Tues/Thurs  Doubles  work on drawing, cutting & pasting bones to life-sized body;  Wed. 1/24  begin Nutrition chapter 18; Fri 1/26–upstairs class Mass at 8:30-no class.


Grade 8-Mon. 1/22 review main ideas of chapter 13-Energy & energy sources for test;  Tues/Thurs  Doubles Test on chapter 13; Wed. 1/24 begin chapter 15 on Temperature & thermal energy; Fri. 1/26 lesson 2 on Heat.

Week of 1/15–1/19/18

Wow what a whirlwind…that’s what 15 inches of snow does for the school week!  Hopefully that is all behind us.  Happy Dr. Martin L. King & 3-day weekend.

*Reminder–we are coming to the end of the 2nd marking period…Please review grades on Cornerstone before I finalize them after next week.

Have a safe & blessed weekend.


Grade 6-Tues. lesson 3 Plate boundaries; Wed. Forces causing plate motion; Thurs. World map & plates worksheet; Fri. Lesson 3 quiz about plate tectonics.


Grade 7-Tues. 3 types of muscles in body; Wed. Skeletal system’s response to exercise & questions; Thurs. Epidermis/Dermis lesson 3 packet; Fri Chapter 17 review.


Grade 8-Tues. Section 3 Advantages/disadvantages of Alternative resources; Wed. review main ideas of chapter 13 Energy & Energy Sources; Thurs Chapter 13 Test; Fri Heat & Thermal energy puzzle.

Happy New Year & week of 1/2/18-1/5/18

I’m sitting here watching the snow fall & cover everything in a fresh, new coat of white. The beautiful scene reminds me to ponder the past year, thank God for all His many blessings, and look forward to a new year-with a fresh start!  I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with your children.  Tuesday, 1/2 it will be time to regroup & get back to learning.


Grade 6-Tues. 1/2-Begin Continental Drift hypothesis, chapter 7- worksheet 17 for homework; Wed. 1/3-lesson 1 worksheet  22-3 quiz; Thurs. 1/4-Lesson 2 Development of a Theory; Fri-school Mass 10:00-no science.

Grade 7-Tues. 1/2-learning about joints of the body-study for quiz; Wed. 1/3-quiz on joints; Thurs. 1/4-worksheet on bone fractures-study for 26 bones of the body quiz; Fri.-1/5 bones quiz.

Grade 8-Tues.- 1/2 begin chapter 13-Energy & Resources-pg. 378 ques. for homework; Wed. -1/3 Lesson 2 Energy Transformations-pg. 385 ques. for hmwk; Thurs. -1/4 concept mapping on energy forms; Fri. -1/5Lesson 3 renewable, non-renewable & alternative forms of energy.


3rd week of Advent 12/18-12/22/17

I hope you enjoyed the snow we’ve experienced!  And thankfully it’s gone & we’ll have a warmer week.  This upcoming week is a week of celebrating, sharing & participating in all the joy of the Christmas Season at St. Joseph.

Please check the calendar for important times & dates of upcoming events, as there are many & they differ per grade.

There are no formal tests for grade 6 or 7; 8th has a Chapter 21 test on Magnetism-either Mon. or Tues.

**Reminder for 7th grade–please bring in a waffle iron for Tuesday breakfast feast!!

The 6,7,8th grade performance , their gift to you,  is Thursday, 12/21 at 6:30.

***Reminder for Friday 12/22–1:00 dismissal & off until Tuesday, January 2, 2018!


Have a very Blessed Christmas, be safe in your travels, enjoy your family time, and a healthy 2018 for all of us!

2nd week of Advent! 12/11–12/15/17

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, snow flakes falling, and time with your family.

*Reminder: 7th grade will shop at the Santa Secret Sale on Thurs. Dec. 14th after lunch; please send in appropriate money if you want them to purchase items.

**Reminder II: grade 6,7,8 Christmas play/concert is on Thurs. 12/21 at 6:30pm.


Grade 6–Mon. do Archaeologist packet & questions; Tues/Thurs Doubles–lab demonstrating the rock cycle; Wed. Chapter 10 Clues to Earth’s Past test-open notes; Fri. collect tests & go over answers.


Grade 7–Mon. Begin Chapter 17 Structure & Movement of the Skeletal System; Tues/Thurs Doubles–choose groups, choose 1 person to trace their body; Wed. Skeletal system worksheet; Thurs-meet with Pre-K buddies to give Santa letters!  Fri-school b’fast then types of joints in the body worksheet.


Grade 8–Mon. lesson 2 Electricity & Magnetism; Tues./Thur doubles-chapter review , then assemble an electromagnet; Wed. Using magnets quiz; Fri Chapter 21 test on Magnetism-open notes.

December 4-8, 2017

Happy 1st week of Advent!  And reminder, Friday Dec. 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception-school is closed.


Grade 6–Mon. lesson 2, Relative-age dating quiz; Tues. lesson 3 on Absolute age & Radioactive decay; Wed. Absolute dating quiz; Thurs. Rock Cycle & Archaeology packets.


Grade 7–Mon. Chapter 6 open notes test on Adaptations; Tues. begin Animal Behavior chapter 16; Wed. lesson 2 on Behavior interactions; Thurs. Chapter Review.


Grade 8–Mon. Review chapter answers & begin chapter test on Electricity–open notes; Tues. complete chapter test; Wed. begin magnetic discovery; Thurs. Chapter 21 lesson 1 on Magnets.

Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed your extra time with your families.  I sure did!

Now for a good week of learning;

Grade 6–Mon. begin Chapter 10 Fossils and Clues to Earth’s past; Tues. ancient environments-do worksheet pg. 16 for hwk; Wed. lesson 1 quiz on fossils; Thurs. lesson 2 Relative age dating; Fri. no class due to Mass.


Grade 7–Mon. begin Chapter 6 Adaptations lesson 1 ideas about evolution; Tues. Clues about evolution; Wed. lesson 3 Evolution of primates; Thurs. Chapter review-complete for hmwk; Fri review main ideas about evolution, go over chapter review.


Grade 8–Mon. begin Chapter 20-Electricity-distinguish between conductors & insulators; Tues. read about electricity, answer questions 1-12; Wed. lesson 2 Electric Current; Thurs. lesson 3 Circuits-learn difference between series & parallel; Fri. lesson 3 cont., how to avoid electric shock.

**Reminder–our Outreach gifts for the needy (the slips you received with ideas on it) are due this Friday, Dec. 1.

***Our goal of 500 books is continuing–they may be placed in the large container outside the gym for another 2 weeks.


Brrr, I  hope you are enjoying your weekend–and don’t forget about those outside water lines–I’ve seen 2 examples of frozen-then-burst pipes already, and it’s not even winter!!

We have two shortened weeks ahead, so I am going to post both today.

*Conferences are on Thursday, 11/16; looking forward to seeing many of you; then enjoy the day with your children on Friday, 11/17.

**Reminder-our Outreach canned goods drive ends Wed.-please send in those items for the needy.

***December Outreach project–new children’s books (unwrapped please), due by 12/15.

Wednesday, 11/22 we have a 1:00 dismissal for the long Thanksgiving weekend and return to school Monday, 11/27.  If I don’t see you, have a Blessed, safe Thanksgiving with your family.


Grade 6–Mon. 11/13 Lesson 4 packet; Tues. 11/14 quiz on types of galaxies; Wed. 11/15 chapter 22 study guide;  Mon. 11/20 Review for chapter test;  Tues. 11/21 Chapter 22 test on Stars & Galaxies; Wed. 11/22 return test & review answers.  Next chapter–Fossils!


Grade 7–Mon. 11/13 Multiple alleles; Tues. 11/14  worksheet on traits–Family Pedigree Project paper passed out–due Wed. 11/22 ;  Wed. 11/15 Advances in Genetics; Mon. 11/20 chapter review; Tues. 11/21 Chapter 5 test on Heredity; Wed. 11/22 give back tests & review answers–Pedigree charts due.


Grade 8–Mon. 11/13 lesson 2 How fluid produces buoyant force;  Tues. 11/14 Archimedes’ principle; Wed. 11/15 lesson 3-hydraulics; Mon. 11/20 Bernoulli’s principle;  Tues. 11/21 Chapter review;  Wed. 11/22 finish up chapter on Buoyancy.


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

*Reminder–for November we are collecting food for the Food Bank–sweet potatoes, gravy, veggies, or any other item!  Thanks for helping those not as fortunate as ourselves.

**Reminder II–Friday, 10th is 1:00 dismissal and end of the First Marking Period.  Please check your child’s grades for me as well as the other teachers; we all want to be sure your child has gotten the grade they’ve earned!

***Tues., 11/7 we have our School Mass at 10:00; please join us.

****Reminder III—if you have NOT returned your conference slip for Thursday, 16th, please do so, so we may start the scheduling process!


Grade 6–Mon. Lesson 2 worksheet 52/157 for homework;  Tues.-no class-Mass;  Wed. How Stars form-worksheet 52/58 for homework;  Thurs. quiz on how stars evolved;  Fri. Lesson 4-Galaxies, no homework.


Grade 7–Mon. Use a Punnett Square to make Zorks!; Tues. do Genetics paper on traits;  Wed. worksheet 47-8 completing a Punnett square;  Thurs. Crazy Snowman Genetics;  Fri. incomplete dominance.


Grade 8–Mon. Chapter 22 review;  Tues. Chapter 22 Assessment on Electronics & Computers;  Wed. begin chapter 12 Pressure;  Thurs. Buoyant Forces;  Fri.-continue Archimedes’ principle on buoyancy.


Hello, it’s hard to believe October is nearly over!  I hope the upper grade students enjoyed their Halloween dance.  Grade 7 will have their Halloween treat on Tues. 10/31 after lunch/recess.

*Reminder-we have Mass on Nov. 1 for all Saints’ Day, 10:00, please join us.

**Reminder II- Soctober is coming to an end–thanks for all the sock donations!  Beginning Tues. 11/1 we will be collecting food for the Food Band until Nov. 15th.  7th grade–gravy & sweet potaoes; any items will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Grade 6–Mon. lesson 2-Sun & other Stars, worksheet 33/39 for homework;  Tues./Thurs. Lab day–Pictures in the Stars, make a constellation–do you know your zodiac sign?!;  Wed.-no class due to Mass;  Fri.-Worksheet 44-45 on lesson 2.


Grade 7–Mon. Chapter 4 Review;  Tues./Thurs–Lab day Chapter 4 Test on Cell Reproduction;  Wed.–Begin Chapter 5-Genetics;  Fri.–Genetics & Punnett square practice.


Grade 8–Mon. Electronics chapter-using semi conductors;  Tues./Thus. Lab day–investigate current; Wed.–lesson 2 on computers;  Fri.–Memory storage in a computer.  We will be disassembling various electronic items–if you have an old (small) CRT TV, VCR, VHS tape, even an old computer CPU, that you would like to donate, please just send in to school!  Thank you.



I hope everyone is enjoying this fantastic weekend–this 3-day weekend for students!

**Reminder-Monday 10/23 is a teacher In-Service day–no school for students.

**Reminder II-School Pictures are on Friday, 10/27/17.

***Reminder III-SJRS walk for hunger is next Sunday, 10/29/17–see Mrs. Dondero-Garvey’s web for details.


Grade 6–Tues./Thurs.  doubles lab, students will be making an 8-flap planet brochure with facts & illustrations; their brochure of the individual planet that they picked will be due on Friday, 10/27.  Wed. begin new chapter on Night sky & stars; Fri. worksheet on explaining the view from Earth.


Grade 7–Tues./Thurs.  doubles lab, students make their own DNA strand;  Wed. complete DNA & Alphabet of Life packets; Fri. Inheritance & the importance of Genes–Chapter review for homework.


Grade 8–Tues./Thurs.  doubles lab, students work through various 3 laws of motion stations; Wed. Chapter 11 Test on Newton’s laws; Fri. begin Electronics chapter.

If anyone has an old, broken/not used electronic device that you could donate to the 8th grade to disassemble, please send in with your child.  I’m looking for VCR, small CRT tv(19″), computer keyboard, radio,floppy disks, CD’s, etc.  Please don’t send in something you want back!!  We will be working on Electronics the week of 10/30–11/3/17.  Thank you.

October 16-20, 2017

Winter Uniforms have begun!  Everyone is doing a great job conforming.

**Reminder for October we have the Soctober sock collection going on!

**New–for the Food Band collection  during November 1–15th 7th grade is asked to contribute gravy & canned sweet potatoes.  If those aren’t possible then peanut butter, jelly, cranberry sauce, canned veggies, pasta, boxed potatoes, stuffing…any of these would be terrific!  Thank you for helping those who are needy.


**Mass 8:30 for grades 4-8 on Friday, 10/20–join us if you can!


Grade 6–We are finishing the Solar System chapter; if all goes as planned, the chapter test will be on Friday, 10/20; next week we will work on Solar System foldable,  and the Planet brochure is due on Friday 10/27.


Grade 7–Chapter 3 test was graded, will be distributed Tues.; We’ve begun chapter 4–Cell Reproduction–quiz on steps of Mitosis Tues or Wed.; then learning steps of Meiosis.


Grade 8–Tues. quiz on Newton’s 3 laws of motion; worksheet 19-20 for homework; Wed. worksheet 21-22; Thurs. chapter 11 review, worksheet 334-5.

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