Donna Hink | Science

Donna Hink | Science


Happy Mother’s Day!

For the upcoming week there are no doubles.  Tuesday at 1:00 the drama club will present their spring play, and Saturday 5/18 it will be at 2:00.  For all grades we are looking for 1950’s poodle skirts for the girls to wear, if they wish, at the June 10th Musical presentation. So keep your eyes & ears open, or get creative & make them!  Also, look for envelopes containing your child’s IOWA scores.

Grade 6–Mon 5/13 Weather forecasting pg. 470-75;  Tues 5/14 instruments used to measure weather variables-worksheet 55-6; Wed 5/15 class trip! Thurs 5/16 determine what the forecast is-worksheet 90-1; Fri 5/17 weather questions study guide pg. 28-9.

Grade 7–Mon 5/13 Review main ideas of Reproduction; Tues 5/14 Chapter test on Reproduction & stages of growth & development; Wed 5/15 begin the Nervous System pgs. 594-99; Thurs 5/16 compare peripheral & central nervous systems-pgs. 599-602; Fri the Senses-pgs. 604-09.

Grade 8–Mon 5/13 Review main ideas of Chemical Bonds; Tues 5/14 watch the drama club play; Wed 5/15 Formal assessment on Chemical Bonds-chapter 6; Thurs & Fri no classes due to trip.



Week of 5/6–5/10/19

May the 4th by with you:) And Cinqo de Mayo!

It’s hard to believe we are into the month of  May!  This upcoming week there are doubles on Tues/Th.

Grade 6–Mon 5/6 learning about low pressure & tornadoes, worksheet 7,9,10,11; Tues/Th 5/7 & 5/9 looking at weather forecasting pg.90-91 & making a flip book about a twister; Wed 5/8 learning about how hurricanes form & are named, worksheet 15,17,20,23,28,31; Fri 5/10 learning about functions of satellites in weather, worksheet 12/13.

Grade 7–Mon 5/6 the birthing process & stages after birth, packet pgs. 636-641; Tues/Th 5/7 & 5/9 complete life-size bodies; Wed 5/8 chapter review on Reproduction; Fri 5/10 review main ideas of Reproduction for test.

Grade 8–Mon 5/6 key concepts about chemical bonds & compounds, section quiz; Tues/Th 5/7 & 5/9 mixture experiment & worksheet on mixture & compounds; Fri 5/10 Chapter 6 Review.

week of 4/15-4/17/19

We’re almost at Easter Break…we can make it!

Thank you to all my 7H families who turned in their paper/ and/or bought their ticket for the 50/50 raffle. If you haven’t, please send in.  Next week is only M,T, and early dismissal W.  Please enjoy a holy, blessed Easter with the risen Christ!  Enjoy your family time.

When we return Mon. 4/29 the students may wear summer uniforms.

Grade 6- Mon 4/15 Reading about different cloud formations; Tue 4/16 watch video on cloud formations & illustrate.

Grade 7 -Mon 4/15 reviewing Respiratory & Excretory Systems; Tues 4/16 Chapter Test on Respiratory & Excretory Systems.

Grade 8-Mon 4/15 comparing how the relative amounts of energy of electrons are in an atom; Tues 4/16 drawing Dot Diagrams.

Week of 4/8–4/12/19

Wow, last full week before Easter break!  No doubles this week.  Beginning of 4th Marking Period!  Report cards can be viewed Friday afternoon.

Grade 6–Mon 4/8 Pressure systems & what drives weather systems; Tues 4/9 4 types of weather fronts-worksheet 31/36; Wed 4/10 quiz about weather patterns; Thurs 4/11 weather clues crossword puzzle; Fri 4/12 no class due to Mass.

Grade 7–Mon 4/8 begin the Excretory System &  learn how the kidneys work; Tues 4/9 Urinary diseases & disorders-worksheet 580-82; Wed 4/10 review main ideas of the Respiratory System-chapter review; Thurs 4/11 go over answers to the chapter review; Fri 4/12 review the Respiratory/Excretory System for test next week.

Grade 8–Mon 4/8 review main ideas of chapter; Tues 4/9 review chapter 5-Physical & Chemical Reactions & Changes; Wed 4/10 Chapter 5 test on Physical & Chemical Reactions & Changes; Thurs 4/11 begin chapter 6-Atomic Structure & Chemical Bonds; Fri 4/12 compare how the arrangement of electrons in an atom is related to its place in the periodic table.

**Reminder-Friday, 4/12 is a 12:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.

Enjoy a great week!

Week of 4/1–4/5/19

Happy Friday!  What a great showing we had for this years’ Science Fair.  Thank you to all my students and their parents, too. The last part of the Science Fair is the written report; most have handed it in, but for the rest, please have it to me Monday.  End of the 3rd marking period is upon us and I’m closing out all grades.

Next week we will have doubles on Tues/Thurs.

Grade 6–Mon 4/1 lesson 1 quiz on Weather; Tues/Th 4/2 & 4/4 explaining the Water Cycle- triangle puzzle & cut & paste activity; Wed 4/3 lesson 19 packet on what weather is; Fri 4/5 Teachers In-Service  no classes.

Grade 7–Mon 4/1 label and identify the parts of the Respiratory System on worksheet 29; Tues/Th 4/2 & 4/4 Yeast Respiration investigation lab; Wed 4/3 identify disorders & diseases of the Respiratory System-worksheet crossword puzzle; Fri 4/5 no class-Teachers In-Service.

Grade 8–Mon 4/1 identify & explain Chemical & Physical Changes-pair read, then answer questions for quiz; Tues/Th 4/2 & 4/4 build a Density Tower & make a Cartesian Diver; Fri 4/5 no class-Teachers In-Service.

April is Earth Month!  For this first week here are some ideas: Buy SJRS reusable bags;     pick up someone’s trash;  Dine in the dark!   short-shower day!

Enjoy the last March weekend–April weekends are sure to be a little warmer, a little sunnier, more flowers and more smiles!

Week of 3/25–3/29/19

Happy Spring!  The students have assured me they are busy with their Science Fair projects.  They may bring them to school Monday, 3/25 or Tuesday, 3/26 for class presentations.  The projects will be set up & on display for 5:00pm Wednesday, 3/27.  The schedule for judging is as follows:  6th grade 5:00-5:45;   7th grade 5:45-6:30;    8th grade 6:30-7:15.  I ask that your child be at his/her project for those times at least.  When your child needs to leave, he/she can take the project, find Dr. Fipp, Mrs. Wilson, myself, or any other teacher and let one of us know that you are taking your child from school.  Looking forward to seeing over 100 FANTASTIC projects!

No doubles next week. All grades–Typed Report about your Science Fair project is due by Fri 3/29!!

Grade 6–Mon & Tues 3/25 & 3/26 project presentations; Wed 3/27 begin Weather unit-p.456 questions; Thurs 3/28 worksheet 9, 17; Fri 3/29 lesson 1 quiz on weather & Report due.

Grade 7–Mon & Tues 3/25 & 3/26 project presentations; Wed 3/27 begin the Respiratory & Excretory Systems  worksheet 65-66; Thurs 3/28 understanding hiccups-worksheet 17-18; Fri 3/29 typed Report due.

Grade 8–Mon & Tues 3/25 & 3/26 project presentations; Wed 3/27 begin Chapter 5 Properties & Changes of Matter-ques. pg. 138; Thurs 3/28 lesson 2 Chemical Properties-ques. pg. 142; Fri 3/29 lesson 3 Physical & Chemical Changes-quest. pg. 148 & Report due.

Have a beautiful weekend; I hope to see many of you at the SJRS Gala in AC on Saturday eve!

Week of 3/18–3/22/19

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Erin go Braugh!  Your students have this weekend and next weekend to complete their Science Fair experiment, results, make charts, graphs, pictures, and apply to their Science Board all due Monday or Tuesday 3/25 or 3/26, with the Science Fair on Wednesday, 3/27 and the typed report due on Friday, 3/29.  On the evening of the Fair, the 6th grade will report to their projects for judging from 5:00pm to 5:45pm; 7th grade will report 5:45pm to 6:30pm for judging; and 8th grade 6:30pm to 7:15pm for judging.  If anyone needs help with their Science Fair project, next week there will be mentoring on Tuesday, 3/19 2:45-3:45 ( NOT Monday).  Just email/call me.

Please try to join many of our SJRS Staff and families at the Gala next Saturday.  It’s always a great time! And it’s our BIG fundraiser to support all the plans and projects we have for our school.  Do your part to support the school; donate, invite a friend, join us!  See you in AC next Saturday!

Grade 6–Mon 3/18 quiz on Volcanoes; Tues/Th doubles 3/19 & 3/21 making a tri-fold about the 3 types of Volcanoes & facts; Wed 3/20 Review for Chapter Test on Volcanoes; Fri 3/22 Chapter Test on Volcanoes.

Grade 7–Mon 3/18 do Chapter review for homework; Tues 3/19 7B doubles, review for chapter test; Wed 3/20 7B Test on Circulatory System, 7A review for test; Thurs 3/21 7A doubles, Chapter test; Fri 3/22 begin Chapter 20-Respiratory System.

Grade 8–Mon 3/18 worksheet 20/27; Tues 3/19 worksheet 145/6 & chapter review for homework; Wed 3/20 review for chapter test on Matter; Thurs 3/21 Chapter test on Matter; Fri 3/22 build a Density tower.


Week of 3/11–3/15/19

Happy Lenten season.  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend- after some crazy weather this week!  My 7th grade homeroom students did a terrific job taking the IOWA’s & CogAts everyday; they arrived on time, seemed to be well rested, broke their fast, and cooperated with the  grueling schedule!  Thanks for your help, as well.

This upcoming week-back to classes.  Remember to send in your permission slip for our field trip to Holy Spirit High to see Hello Dolly.

**Reminder–your child should be doing the experimenting part of their Science Fair.  Monday, 3/11 is another mentoring after school.  The actual Science Fair is Wednesday eve ,March 27th, 5-7:30…more details to come.

Grade 6–Mon 3/11 Volcanic Eruptions; Tues 3/12 possibly no class due to confessions; Wed 3/13 Volcanoes lesson 2 quiz; Thurs 3/14 Understanding main ideas-do work puzzle; Fri 3/15 Chapter 9 review.

Grade 7–Mon 3/11 Blood Pressure worksheet & understanding how your heart works; Tues 3/12 identifying the parts & functions of blood; Wed 3/13 Play; Thurs 3/14 Blood types packet; Fri 3/15 diseases of the blood.

Grade 8–Mon 3/11 All Pop-up books due! Chapter study guide & worksheet pg. 132-3; Tues 3/12 Behaviors of Fluids, worksheet 145-6 & 27/20; Wed 3/13 Play; Thurs 3/14 Chapter 4 review about Matter; Fri 3/15 review main ideas of Matter.



Week of 3/4–3/8/19

Welcome March–as it comes in like a lion!  Please remind your children that next week the weather will be freezing–they need to wear their winter coats still.  Wed. the students will receive ashes in the afternoon. Next week also brings IOWA testing, and for 7th graders, the CogAts.  Every grade tests in the morning; so please have your child  1) get a good night sleep;  2) eat a good breakfast;  3) bring in a snack; and 4) relax and do their best.  These tests are important, and are another way of measuring your child’s progress.

**Reminder-Monday, 3/4 after school until 4:00pm will be another Science Fair mentoring session.  All students have their Materials & Procedures index card due Friday, 3/8.  Just let me know if your child is staying!  Students should be thinking about “doing” their experiment now; they don’t have to wait until mid-March to complete it.

Grade 6–Tues 3/5 Deep under a volcano worksheet; Thurs 3/7 Comparing Cinder cones, Composite, and Shield Volcanoes.

Grade 8–Presenting their Wanted poster of their element; and making a 3-dimensional pop-out book.

Grade 7–will only have Grammar & Literature classes in the afternoon.

Have a great weekend-even though it’s cold, we’re into March & Spring training Baseball has begun!



Week of 2/25–3/1/19

My goodness, the last week of February and Tuesday marks 70 days of school left!  Time sure does fly.  **Reminder–Science Fair index card with Testable Question & Hypothesis is due Monday 2/25.  And our new mentoring program begins Monday also.  You’ll receive details about this new program! There will be doubles/lab this week.

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend.

Grade 6–Mon 2/25 worksheet on volcanoes; Tue/Th 2/26 & 2/28  making flip books about an erupting volcano; Wed 2/27 worksheets about cinder, shield, & composite volcanoes; Fri 3/1 no class due to Mass.


Grade 7–Mon 2/25 Circulation lesson pgs. 540-44; Tues/Th 2/26 & 2/28  take blood pressure & color heart/blood flow; Wed 2/27 read about pulmonary & systemic circulation-do ques. 1-5 pg. 148; Fri 3/1 complete vacab word puzzle on the heart.


Grade 8–Mon 2/25 Changes of States of Matter, lesson 2, Wanted Poster is due!; Tues/Th 2/26 & 2/28  1) test on 50/75 Elements & Symbols!  2)make a liquid solution semi-solid; Wed 2/27 cont. Changes of states of matter-do questions 1/5 pg. 114; Fri 3/1 investigate how energy affects matter-worksheet 132-133.


Week of Feb. 18–22, 2019

I hope everyone enjoys their long President’s Day weekend.  This upcoming week I will be reminding students that their question & hypothesis for their Science Fair project will be due on the 28th of Feb.  We’ve been discussing it in classes, and many have gotten a tentative approval.  Please ask your child about it. There will be NO doubles/lab this week.

A BIG shout out & THANK YOU to the Tampellini family for taking care of all the Valentine grams!!

Please support the Thirty-one fundraiser online–SJRS receives 30% of all sales!  Also don’t miss out on our annual SJRS GALA–hope to see many families there.  And if you can’t attend, perhaps make a donation.


Grade 6–Tues 2/19  Shake, Rattle & Roll worksheet; Wed 2/20 chapter 3 wrap-up worksheet pgs. 197-200; Thurs 2/21 review for chapter test on earthquakes; Fri 2/22 chapter test on earthquakes.  Nest chapter–Volcanoes!


Grade 7–Tues 2/19 Nutrients & Digestion chapter test!; Wed 2/20 begin Circulatory system and the path the blood travels around the body; Thurs 2/21 worksheet on the way your blood travels through your heart; Fri 2/22 working of the heart-color code oxygenated/unoxygenated blood flow.


Grade 8–Tues 2/19 Chapter test on Matter part II; Wed 2/20 begin chapter 4-The States of Matter, worksheet 135-6 for hwk; Thurs 2/21 lesson 2 Thermal Energy & Temperature; Fri 2/22 changes in Thermal energy to changes of State-worksheet 132-3.



Week of February 11–15, 2019

Wow last Thursday we celebrated day 100 of school!  That means as of Monday there are only 88 school days left.  Let’s make the most of marking period 3!  Enjoy your weekend, and stay warm-more cold weather upon us!  There are doubles this Tues/Thurs.


Grade 6– Mon 2/11 quiz on lesson 1 earthquake types; Tues/Thu 2/12 & 14 make a seismograph,worksheet scramble & earthquake video; Wed 2/13 vocab worksheet; Fri 2/15 diagram different types of earthquake waves.


Grade 7–Mon 2/11 digestion quiz; Tues/Th 2/12 & 14 place digestive organs on life-size bodies; Wed 2/13 chapter 18 Digestion review; Fri 2/15 no class due to mass.


Grade 8–Mon 2/11 Chapter 3 review & quiz on elements & their symbols; Tues/Th 2/12 & 14 correct chapter review, begin designing Wanted poster of your element; Wed 2/13 review for chapter 3 test; Fri 2/15 Chapter 3 test on Matter.

All grades–should be thinking about  and researching a topic for their Science Fair question & hypothesis…due in 2 weeks!!


Welcome February!  We had a wonderful Catholic Schools week-as I’m sure you saw from the many pictures posted.

This upcoming week all classes will have doubles Tues. & WEDNESDAY.

Grade 6–Mon 2/4 Begin Chapter 9 on Earthquakes; Tues/Wed lab 2/5 & 2/6 plot where earthquakes occur on a world map; Thurs 2/7 learn how scientists monitor earthquake activity; Fri 2/8 answer worksheet 19-20 on what earthquakes are & where they occur.


Grade 7–Mon 2/4 begin the Digestive system, worksheet 72-3; Tues/Wed lab 2/5 & 2/6 demonstrate digestion lab & varies tastes lab; Thurs 2/7 digestion worksheet; Fri 2/8 chapter 18 review.


Grade 8–Mon 2/4 interpret questions about the periodic table; Tues/Wed lab 2/5 & 2/6 create words using periodic symbols; Thurs 2/7 lesson 3 Identify compounds & different types of mixtures; Fri 2/8 Chapter 3 review.

Week of 1/28–2/1/19

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  Thank you so much for choosing St. Joseph Regional School for your child’s Catholic education!  Grade 7H is assigned the Book Fair on Monday afternoon; also there is Tues. eve during our open house 6-7:30pm, and after the Buddies & Brownies Bingo Wed. 3:15-4:15 to peruse and buy wonderful books for all ages!

**Remember we have 12:00 dismissal/faculty meeting on Fri. Feb. 1,2019.

**No doubles this week due to all the Catholic Schools Week activities.

Grade 6–Mon 1/28 no class due to assembly; Tues 1/29 Lesson 4 Continent Building, worksheet 71, 75 for homework; Wed 1/30 lesson 4 quiz; Thurs 1/31 Earth’s Dynamics chapter test; Fri 2/1 no class–Mass.


Grade 7–Mon 1/28 Nutrition & Digestive System chapter 18; Tues 1/29 worksheet 44 on the food pyramid; Wed 1/30 Bring in a snack with a nutrition label to compare; Thurs 1/31 parts of the Digestive System worksheet 70-71; Fri 2/1 5 connected parts of the Digestive system worksheet.


Grade 8–Mon 1/28 Interpret the Periodic Table worksheet; Tues 1/29 quiz on 25 elements & symbols; Wed 1/30  complete STEMconnector survey; Thurs 1/31 Talent Show-no class; Fri 2/1 solve the riddles to find the elements.



Week of 1/21–1/25/19

Enjoy this three-day weekend, but stay warm & dry!  Next week no doubles due to shortened week & upper classes have Mass.  2nd Marking Period ends 1/25/19–Please check your child’s grades.

Don’t forget to have your child take a selfie at church this weekend!!:)

Information about the Science Fair will be given on Tues. detailing each step of the process and dates that each step is due.  Please discuss with your child.

Grade 6–Tues 1/22 lesson 2 Features that form where plates meet; Wed 1/23 concept builder on features of plates; Thurs 1/24 lesson 3 Mountain Building-worksheet 57-58 for homework; Fri 1/25 lesson 3 quiz on Mountain building.

Grade 7–Tues 1/22 lesson 3 The Skin & chapter review for homework; Wed 1/23 review for chapter test; Thurs 1/24 Chapter 17 test on Structure & Movement; Fri 1/25 no class due to Mass.

Grade 8–Tues 1/22 lesson 2 The Simplest Matter packet; Wed 1/23 Color coding the periodic table; Thurs 1/24 Mendeleev worksheet & name the element quiz; Fri 1/25 worksheet on periodic table-Find the Animals; begin to learn 25 elements & their symbol.

Week of 1/14–1/18/19

Wow it was a long week–but there was plenty of learning going on!  Next week is another full week-the last one before the marking period ends. No doubles next week.

Remember to send in hats, scarves, & gloves/mittens for our January outreach.

Grade 6–Mon 1/14 Chapter review of plate tectonics; Tue 1/15 study guide pg. 51 & review for test; Wed 1/16 Test on plate tectonics; Thurs 1/17 begin chapter 8-Earth’s dynamics; Fri 1/18 what forces can change rocks.


Grade 7–Mon 1/14 Joints & their functions; Tues 1/15 quiz on human body; Wed 1/16 major functions of the muscular system; Thurs 1/17 Exercising your skeletal system; Fri 1/18 Function of the skin.


Grade 8–Mon 1/14 Chapter 15 review worksheet; Tues. 1/15 review for test; Wed 1/16 Chapter 15 test on Thermal Energy; Thurs 1/17 begin Chapter 3 Structure of Matter; Fri 1/18 quiz on Matter.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm & keep your eyes to the skies for those snow flurries.

Week of 1/7–1/11/2019

Happy New Year!  We have a full, uninterrupted week ahead, so we Will have doubles/lab on Tues/Th for each grade.  Enjoy a mild weekend!

Grade 6–Mon 1/7 lesson 2  on Seafloor spreading; Tues/Th 1/8 & 10  demonstrate 3 types of plate tectonics in motion; Wed 1/9 lesson 2 quiz on seafloor spreading; Fri 1/11 lesson 3 Theory of plate tectonics.


Grade 7–Mon 1/7 skeletal system worksheet; Tues/Th 1/8 & 10 dissect owl pellets; Wed 1/9 Bone marrow & joints worksheet; Fri 1/11 bone fractures.


Grade 8–Mon 1/7 Chapter 15 Thermal Energy-how temperature is related to kinetic energy; Tues/Th 1/8  & 10 match energy changes on worksheet & build a pyramid puzzle on thermal energy; Wed 1/9 lesson 2 -learn difference between thermal energy & heat, and insulators & conductors; Fri 1/11 lesson 3-Engines & refrigerators, describe what a heat engine does.

Merry Christmas!

Wow!  We made it…and what a fun last week of school we had!  We watched many Christmas shows; practiced for the 6,7,8 show, performed our show twice! it was awesome:) A big thanks to our room parents for organizing and cooking the yummy home-made waffles for our delicious annual Waffle Breakfast!! Finally the week ended with a beautiful piano recital; then we cleaned up the classroom & left for a wonderful Christmas break.

Thank you for all the delicious, wonderful, generous gifts I received!  I have the Best students & families around!  May you have a Blessed & Holy Christmas with your family.  Be safe, enjoy your break, Happy New Year, and I’ll see everyone Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Love and Peace, Mrs. Donna Hink

Week of 12/17–12/21/18 3rd week of Advent

Good evening and happy 3rd week of Advent.  We are down to the last week before break.  Grades 6 and 8 had their chapter tests this week, so we will not begin any new chapters next week; grade 7 will complete their chapter when time allows next week, as we have many Christmas shows we will be attending!  Grade 6,7,8 Christmas play will be Wednesday eve; students need to be at school by 5:30.  Thank you to all the parents who adjusted their schedules to pick up their children after our rehearsals!  Reminder: Friday the 21st is a 12:00 dismissal.

Have a wonderful weekend–stay dry!

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.

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