Donna Hink | Science

Donna Hink | Science

Week of 12/10–12/14/18 2nd Week of Advent!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! NO DOUBLES this week.

Grade 7 NYC trip Wed. 12/12.

Wed. 12/12 Play rehearsal for grade 8 & 6 3-5:00 pm.

Thurs. 12/13 Play rehearsal for grades 6,7, & 8 3-5:00 pm.

Wed. 12/19 Christmas play grades 6,7, & 8 6:00pm.

Grade 6–Mon 12/10 worksheet 56-7; Tues 12/11 quiz on lesson 3 absolute dating; Wed 12/12 Rock cycle pages; Thurs 12/13 Archaeology pages; Fri 12/14 Chapter 10 test on Geologic Evidence-open notes.


Grade 7–Mon 12/10 chapter 6 test on Adaptations over time; Tues 12/11 no class due to confessions; Wed-NYC trip; Thurs 12/13 begin Animal behavior; Fri 12/14 Behavioral adaptations.


Grade 8–Mon 12/10 Begin Energy & Resources chapter; Tues 12/11 lesson 2 Energy Transformations; Wed 12/12 concept map on various energy forms; Thurs 12/13 lesson 3 Sources of Energy; Fri 12/14 cont. Sources of Energy.

Week of 12/3–12/7/18

Happy 1st week of Advent!

I have to apologize for not posting anything last week.  It was a very emotional week for the Hink family, as we buried my mother-in-law of 94 years on Nov. 28 and then welcomed our first granddaughter into the world on Nov. 30! Truly a circle of life experience within a week.

But now the December calendar has been flipped, the first advent candle has been lit, and we have many fun and exciting activities planned during the upcoming season!  For 7th grade we shop at the Secret Santa Sale on Tues. 12/4; and on Fri. 12/7 is our school Mass and 12:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.  Enjoy a wonderful week.

NO Doubles this week.

Grade 6–Mon 12/3 learning about Relative age dating of rocks; Tues 12/4 worksheet 26; Wed 12/5  lesson 2 quiz; Thurs 12/6 Radioactive decay of rocks; Fri 12/7 no class due to mass.


Grade 7–Mon 12/3 Chapter 6 Ideas about evolution packet; Tues 12/4 identify fossils as evidence of evolution; Wed 12/5 no class due to Santa letter writing with Pre-K4; Thurs 12/6 lesson 2 Evidence of Evolution packet; Fri 12/7 cont. Evidence of Evolution packet.


Grade 8–Mon 12/3 How are Voltage,Current & Resistance related?; Tues 12/4 Chapter review; Wed 12/5 review main ideas of Electricity; Thurs 12/6 Chapter test; Fri 12/7 build a circuit.


Week of 11/19–11/23/19

As we start this short week, I’d first like to wish everyone a happy & safe Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful!  Congratulations on all the Honors, 1st Honors, & Principal Honors that 7H earned!  Keep up the good work.

**Reminder 12:00 dismissal Wed. 11/21.  No doubles this short week!

Grade 6–Mon 11/19 Galaxies lesson 4 & worksheet 71-72; Tues 11/20 quiz on star life cycle & study guide pg. 834-5; Wed 11/21  begin reviewing chapter.

Grade 7–Mon 11/19 Worksheet on Genes & DNA; Tues 11/20 DNA quiz; Wed 11/21 begin review of Cell Reproduction Chapter.

Grade 8–Mon 11/19 Review main ideas of Electricity & Magnetism; Tues 11/20 Chapter Test; Wed 11/21 finish up Test.

Week of 11/12–11/16/18

Happy windy & chilly Saturday!  A few reminders:  1)We are still collecting food for our November outreach–we’d like to collect 60 items, we have 19.  We will continue collecting only until Tues. 11/13;  2)Report cards will be available Friday and conferences will be the following week; 3) Our fun 60 cakes for 60 years Tea is next Sunday 11/18-join us for some fun & great cakes & pies!!

There will be doubles Tues/Thur this week.

Grade 6–Mon 11/12 Lesson 2 How stars are layered; Tues/Th 11/13 & 11/15 make a constellation; Wed 11/14 quiz on lesson 2; Fri 11/16 lesson 3 Life cycle of a star.


Grade 7–Mon 11/12 stages of Meiosis; Tues/Th 11/13 & 11/15 observe sugar creating energy in yeast lab & diagram mitosis; Wed 11/14 Cell reproduction; Fri 11/16 parts of a DNA molecule.


8th grade learning about Thrust with balloon rockets!

7th grade working with Genetics & Cells

Grade 8–Mon 11/12 lesson 2 Electricity & Magnetism; Tues/Th 11/13 & 11/15 electricity lab & magnets worksheet; Wed 11/14 NYC trip; Fri 11/16 magnets quiz.


Hello, I sure hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful Fall weekend.  The tree/leaf colors are spectacular, and I didn’t have to drive to PA or New England to witness!

This upcoming week we will have Tues/Th doubles, Chapter tests for all grades, and the end of the 1st marking period.

**Reminder–we are collecting canned/boxed goods for the food pantry.


Grade 6–Mon 11/5-Review for chapter test; Tues/Th 11/6 & 11/8-Solar System chapter test; Wed 11/7-begin Chapter 22 The Night Sky, worksheet 13,19 for homework; Fri 11/9-how stars shine-lesson 2.


Grade 7–Mon 11/5-Review for chapter test; Tues/Th 11/6 & 11/8-Chapter 5 test on Heredity; Wed 11/7-begin chapter 4 Cell Reproduction; Fri 11/9-lesson 2 Mitosis.


Grade 8–Mon 11/5-review for chapter test; Tues/Th 11/6 & 11/8-lab with balloon rockets to explain thrust; Wed/11/7-Forces & Pressure chapter test; Fri 11/9-begin chapter 21 on magnets.

Week of 10/29–11/2/18

Wow October is nearly over!  I hope everyone stayed high & dry today.  Thanks to everyone who sent in socks for Soctober–we almost reached our goal of 60 pairs.  Next up, food for the Food Cupboard.  Send in any non perishable food item–boxed potatoes, green beans, canned gravy & sweet potatoes are all good.  This Tuesday St. Augustine Prep & Our Lady of Mercy will visit the 7th & 8th grade students.

REMINDER: Friday is a 12:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.

Reminder II-NO doubles this week!

Grade 6 Mon 10/29-worksheet on impact craters; Tues 10/30-features of the sun; Wed 10/31-Chapter 21 review; Thurs 11/1-no class due to Mass; Fri 11/2-Review for chapter test.


Grade 7 Mon 10/29-how genes control traits worksheet; Tues 10/30-high school visits; Wed 10/31-lesson 3 importance of genetics; Thurs 11/1-worksheet 58-9 summarizing key ideas; Fri 11/2-review main ideas of chapter.


Grade 8 Mon 10/29-Archimedes’ principle; Tues 10/30-lesson 3 doing work with fluids; Wed 10/31-chapter review; Thurs 11/1-chapter review; Fri 11/2-Forces & Pressure chapter test.

Week of 10/22–10/26/18

I hope you enjoying this Fall weekend; especially with Monday an extra day off for students!  Don’t forget–Tuesday begins winter uniforms.  Also please send in socks for our 60 socks for Soctober…we currently have 26.  School pictures will be Friday, 10/26–send in form & money.

This week we will have doubles on Tues/Thurs.

Grade 6–Tues/Th 10/23 & 10/25 designing a travel brochure for the planet they picked; Wed 10/24 looking at the Outer planets; Fri 10/26 Dwarf Planets & other objects.


Grade 7–Tues/Th 10/23 & 10/25 Draw character whose phenotype matches the determined traits; Wed 10/24 Heredity practice & Zork genetics; Fri 10/26 Genetics since Mendel.


Grade 8–Tues/Th 10/23 & 10/25 Calculate water pressure; Wed 10/24 lesson 1 on Pressure; Fri 10/26 Buoyant force-lesson 2.

Week of 10/15–10/19/18

Happy Fall weather.  Reminders:  1-We are collecting 60 pairs of socks per grade for “Soctober”-please send them in; 2-Winter uniforms begin Tuesday 10/23; 3-No school for students Monday 10/22 due to teacher’s in-service.  We will have doubles/lab Tues/Th this week.

Grade 6-Mon 10/15-Matching planets with correct facts; Tues/Th 10/16 & 10/18 Making an 8 flap foldable on the planets; Wed 10/17 quiz on lesson 2 facts about the Inner planets; Fri 10/19 Lesson 3 the Outer planets.


Grade 7-Mon 10/15-Review for chapter 3 Cell Processes Test; Tues/Th 10/16 & 10/18 Test; Wed 10/17 begin chapter 5 Genetics; Fri 10/19 Mass then worksheet on genetics.


Grade 8-Mon 10/15-quiz on Newton’s 3 laws of motion; Tues/Th 10/16 & 10/18 review main ideas of chapter 11-Forces & Newton’s laws for test; Wed 10/17 continue chapter review; Fri 10/19 Chapter 11 Test.

Week of 10/8–10/12/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  Reminders:  Monday 10/8 is a 12:00 dismissal, bring socks in for ‘Soctober’, Family Fall Fest is 5-8p on Friday, 10/12/18, if you haven’t sent in your $30 class fee please do so.  Thanks.

Grade 6–Mon. 10/8-Solar System packet; Tues/Th 10/9 & 10/11 lab days-watch video & list facts about 8 planets; Wed 10/10 Inner Planets; Fri 10/12 Inner Planet worksheet 55-61.


Grade 7–Mon. 10/8 Moving Cellular material; Tues/Th 10/9 & 10/11 lab days-Observing Osmosis & Diffusion; Wed 10/10 Active & Passive Transport; Fri 10/12 Energy for Life packet.


Grade 8–Mon. 10/8 Understanding Gravity worksheet; Tues/Th 10/9 & 10/11 lab days-Stations demonstrating Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion; Wed 10/10 Lesson 3-Newton’s 3rd Law worksheet 21-22; Fri 10/12 quiz determining which law of motion it is.

Week of 10/1–10/5/18

Happy October!  Where did September go?!  For the month of October SJRS is collecting new socks for the needy–Socktober:)  Please send in the socks any time you get them.  Reminder:  Please pay your class fee of $30.00 (if you haven’t already done so).

Remember Friday 10/5 is a 12:00 dismissal/faculty meeting; and Monday 10/8 is also a 12:00 dismissal.  Have a wonderful week enjoying this glorious weather!

NO labs/doubles this week.

Grade 6–Mon. 10/1 chapter review/test prep; Tues. 10/2 Review for test; Wed. 10/3 Chapter test on Sun-Moon-Earth system; Thurs. 10/4 Begin the study of the Inner Planets; Fri. 10/5 no class due to school Mass.

Grade 7– Mon. 10/1 do Chapter 2 review; Tues. 10/2 Review for chapter test; Wed. 10/3 Chapter 2 test on Cells & organelles; Thurs. 10/4 begin chapter 3-Chemistry of Life; Fri. 10/5 Organic Compounds.

Grade 8–Mon. 10/1 Begin Balanced & net Forces; Tues. 10/2 Newton’s 1st law of motion; Wed. 10/3 Gravity & balanced/unbalanced forces; Thurs. 10/4 Newton’s 2nd law of motion; Fri. 10/5 worksheet of Newton’s laws.

Week of 9/24–9/28/18

IMG_2599IMG_2586IMG_2586IMG_2586Good morning!  I hope everyone got to enjoy our last beautiful day of summer yesterday.  I want to thank everyone who attended Back-to-Night.  We had a wonderful turn-out! Pictures are 6th grade Moon Phases lab:)

This week:  NO labs.

Grade 6: Mon. 9/24–lesson 19 packet on Lunar eclipses-finish for homework; Tues. 9/25–Review lunar eclipses; Wed. 9/26–lesson 20 on Tides, complete pgs.119-121; Thurs. 9/27–quiz on eclipses & tides; Fri. 9/28  Chapter review of Moon, Sun, Earth System.


Grade 7:  Mon. 9/24–Photosynthesis process-complete for homework; Tues. 9/25–quiz on cell organelles; Wed. 9/26–no class due to Mass; Thurs. 9/27–Viewing cells-comparing compound light & electron microscopes; Fri. 9/28–Chapter 2 review on sections 1,2, & 3.


Grade 8:  Mon. 9/24–Chapter 10 review-complete for homework; Tues. 9/25–Forces & Motion review; Wed. 9/26–Review concepts of chapter 10-Forces & Motion for Test; Thurs. 9/27–Chapter 10 Test;  Fri. 9/28–go over chapter 10 results on Forces & Motion.

Week of 9/17–9/21/18

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful, sunny weekend!  For the upcoming week all grades have labs on Tues/Thurs, B group/A group.  Back-to-School night for grades 6,7,8 is Tuesday, 9/18 at 6:00pm.  Please go directly to your child’s homeroom, and you will rotate to each teacher’s classroom.  Looking forward to seeing you.

If you haven’t already signed & returned the technology form & picture permission form, please send them in–students may not use the computer lab until the form is completed.

Grade 6–Mon. 9/17 – lesson 2 quiz on Earth’s moon; Tues/Th 9/18 & 20 – lab on moon phases; Wed. 9/19 – lesson 17 packet on moon phases; Fri 9/21 Lesson 3 packet on Eclipses & Tides.


Grade 7–Mon. 9/17 -Plant & Animal cell vocab & function; Tues/Th 9/18 & 20 – lab on labeling & coloring a plant & animal cell; Wed. 9/19 – Photosynthesis packet; Fri 9/21 – quiz on cell parts.


Grade 8–Mon. 9/17 – Lesson 2 Acceleration, worksheet 55-6; Tues/Th 9/18 & 20 – lab exploring force, motion & acceleration; Wed. 9/19 – Lesson 3 Mass & Inertia, worksheet 61-2; Fri 9/21 – Chapter 10 Review.

Welcome to A New School Year!

Good Evening! I have to apologize for not posting before now.  My computer had a virus, IT reset, wrong setting…etc.  I am up and running.  For my homeroom, Thank you, thank you for all the supplies you’ve sent in-paper towels, wipes, and tissues.  If you haven’t sent them in yet-no worries, we are well stocked; you can send in at a later date!

Please read, print out, & sign the technology agreement form & picture use form.  The students need the tech form in order to use the computer lab.

To my new 6th grade parents: welcome to the upper unit!  Looking forward to seeing & meeting many of you at Back-to-school night Tuesday, 9/18/18, 6:00pm.

Starting with this weekend I will post the homework, quizzes, tests, & projects that each grade will be having for the upcoming week.

Grade 6:  We are studying Sun-Earth motion; students had an open-notes quiz on lesson 1 today; some students needed time at home to complete the task & return Thurs.


Grade 7:  We will be studying the Human Body-beginning with the study of Cells.  Students will need to know all the organelles of a plant & animal cell next week; remind them to review vocab regularly-don’t cram the night before!


Grade 8: We have started our chapter on Motion & Forces.  A worksheet for homework is due Thursday.

Thank you for patiently awaiting my posts.  Contact me with any concerns or questions.

Enjoy these nice warm days of September!

Welcome June!! Week of 6/4–6/8/18

Well it’s hard to believe it’s June!  We’ve come a long way.  This week is a sad/happy week for our 8th graders who finish up classes with us.  7th graders get ready to step up to the plate and take the lead as the eldest students.

6th grade- we will be making a solar cooker this week out of pizza boxes; please send any clean boxes to school.  We’re aiming for Thurs. 6/7 to cook outside in the cookers; however we will be watching the weather closely as we need a bright, sunny day for optimal results.  I will keep you posted as to what day the students need their food to “cook”.

7th grade- we will be making a solar cooker out of pizza boxes this week; please send any clean boxes to school.  We’re aiming for Thurs. 6/7 to cook outside in the cookers; however we will be watching the weather closely and will keep you posted as to when the students will need their food to “cook”.  The 8th grade Farewell Dance given by the 7th graders is Friday 6/8…hope to see every 7th grader there–it’s always a fun time!

8th grade- Well this is my last post for you!  For many of you we began our relationship back in 5th grade, before I made a switch to 6,7,8 Science!  For others, we’ve known each other 1,2,or 3 years.  Regardless, you will forever be part of “my kids”–my family of students spanning over 30 years!  Do yourself, your parents, your teachers, & SJRS proud;and keep in touch!  Love, Mrs. Hink

5/21–5/25, 2018

Happy weekend-hopefully we’ll see the sun sometime soon!  Many students have brought their Science Fair projects into school and handed in their reports; congratulations.  For the rest, please bring in Monday or Tuesday.  And Wednesday, 5/23 I need students at their science fair project table in the cafeteria at 5:30, for about an hour.

Grade 6-Mon 5/21 & Tues 5/22 project class presentations; Wed 5/23 worksheet on What starts wind?; Thurs 5/24 High & Low pressure-Tornadoes worksheet; Fri 5/25 Hurricanes worksheet.

**Reminder-please save clean pizza boxes for solar cookers!

Grade 7-Mon 5/21 & Tues 5/22 project class presentations; Wed 5/23 complete Body Systems booklet; Thurs 5/24 review  all the systems of the body before watching Osmosis Jones; Fri 5/25 continue watching Osmosis Jones-discussing body systems seen.


Grade 8-Mon 5/21 & Tues 5/22 project class presentations; Wed 5/23 review main ideas of chapter 6; Thurs 5/24 Chapter 6 test-Why Atoms Combine; Fri 5/25 discuss states of matter in the process of ice cream making; discuss ingredients and tools needed for next week.

**Reminder-8th graders need a new gallon paint can with the handle removed or a gallon size coffee can.

Week of 5/14–5/18/18

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  This upcoming week is a full week with Tuesday/Thursday lab days.

**Reminder-work on those Science Fair projects!  Bring in to school as soon as you finish it.


Grade 6–Mon 5/14 Weather Forecasts lesson 3; Tues/Th lesson 3 quiz & What’s the Forecast? activity sheet; Wed 5/16 Chapter 13 review; Fri 5/18 Chapter 13 test on Weather.


Grade 7–Mon 5/14 learning about development of an embryo; Tues/Th lab day-design a foldable of all the major systems of the human body; Wed  5/16 learn about developmental stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence & adulthood; Fri 5/18 chapter 25 review on Reproduction.


Grade 8–Mon 5/14 Why atoms combine-Chapter 6 packet; Tues/Th illustrate dot diagrams & science matters worksheet; Wed 5/16 ionic/covalent bonds; Fri 5/18 interpreting chemical shorthand.

Have a great week!


Happy Friday!  Our Super Fair is 2 weeks away…students should be busy with their projects.  Some still have not had their project approved!  Next week we have Ascension Thursday Mass & 1:00 dismissal/faculty meeting on Fri. 11th-which is SJRS beef ‘n beer raffle evening!  The following week, 5/14–5/21 students may begin bringing their projects in to present to the class.  REMINDER** a typed paper of the project must be handed in also.

Grade 6–Mon 5/7 studying severe weather; Tues 5/8 worksheet on Hurricanes; Wed 5/9 quiz on weather patterns; Thurs 5/10 (no class due to Mass); Fri 5/11 finish up weather patterns, discuss progress of/present science fair projects.

**Please save CLEAN pizza boxes for future solar cookers!

Grade 7–Mon 5/7 We begin the Reproductive System; Tues 5/8 Female reproductive system; Wed 5/9 study guide on male/female reproductive systems; Thurs 5/10 Human life stages; Fri 5/11 continue human life stages.


Grade 8–Mon 5/7 finish up pop-up book; Tues 5/8 physical/chemical changes worksheet; Wed 5/9 lesson 3 how physical/chemical changes happen; Thurs 5/10 how physical/chemical changes affect the world they live in; Fri 5/11 harm from acid rain.

**Each 8th grade student will need a new,clean gallon paint can for the ice cream lab on 5/29.


I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!


Week of 4/30–5/4/18

I hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful weekend.  Upcoming for the first full week of May is lab/doubles on Tuesday/Thursday and school May crowning Mass on Friday.  **Reminder** Summer uniforms begin Monday–TOMORROW!

Also, your child will receive a paper about the Science Fair, so keep thinking & looking up great ideas.


Grade 6–Mon 4/30 Weather Patterns; Tues/Th 5/1 & 5/3  What is weather? & winter storm quiz; Wed 5/2 Severe weather; Fri 5/4 no class due to school liturgy.


Grade 7–Mon 4/30 Excretory system & worksheet 8; Tues/Th 5/1 & 5/3 work on full-sized bodies; Wed 5/2 Chapter 20 review; Fri 5/4 Chapter 20 Respiratory and Excretory System Test.


Grade 8–Mon 4/30 Chapter 5 Matter; Tues/Th 5/1 & 5/3 States of matter lab & Pascal’s ghosts; Wed 5/2 Chemical properties of matter; Fri 5/4 Physical and chemical changes.

Science Fair Sites

Good evening.  Here are a few good websites if you are looking for great science fair ideas;;;;  .  If you have any questions you may contact me, or have your student ask me in class.  Enjoy working on the project with your child.


I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Upcoming week is a full week with doubles on Tues/Thursday for all classes.  If anyone is interested, before sunrise-5-6:00 am, a meteor shower may be visible!

Grade 6  Mon 4/23-Weather lesson 1 quiz; Tues/Th lab-make recycled paper & make weather in a cup; Wed 4/25 lesson 2 Weather Patterns; Fri 4/27 no class due to Marine Mammal Stranding Assembly.


Grade 7 Mon 4/23-How Hiccups happen; Tues/Th lab-effects of smoking on lungs & worksheet; Wed 4/25-Excretory/Urinary system; Fri 4/27-no class due to Mass.


Grade 8 Mon 4/23-Chapter 4 review; Tues/Th lab-make a buoyancy diver; Wed 4/25-quiz on States of Matter; Fri 4/27-Chapter 4 Test on States of Matter.


Continue to research ideas for a Science Fair project!

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