8th Grade Science 

Ms. Gautam

shambhavi.gautam@rentonschools.us     425-204-2870


News-  Students will be going on a Science field trip to Cedar River Park on December 15th, 16th, and 17th.

                                                                            Chaperones needed!!!  

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Welcome to our class website! This site has many resources which I hope students and families will find helpful in working toward student success in 8th grade science. Keep exploring to see what information is here.If you have ideas of additional information or resources that you would like to see on our website please e-mail me!

 Getting Help and Make-up Work

I offer help most Thursdays after school from 2:45 - 4:00.  This is a great time for students to get extra help, study for assessments or to make-up work from absences.  Students who stay for these sessions are able to take the activity bus home if they are bus riders.  If students are not able to come in afterschool, I am also often available during lunch.  Students should see me to get a pass.

What students will need to have in class everyday

  • Science Journal
  • Pencils
  • Notebook Paper
  • Binder

 Behavior Expectations

Students are expected to follow all expectations listed in the Dimmitt Middle School Student Handbook.  Students will follow all PRIDE Expectations

P – Participate Positively

R – Respond Respectfully

I – Improve Daily

D – Demonstrate Safety

E – Embrace Differences

 Safety Expectations

All students and parent/guardians will sign and return the Science Safety Contract.  Students will abide by all safety rules for the safety of themselves, their classmates and staff members.  Violation of the Science Safety Contract may result in disciplinary consequences including but not limited to lunch detention, a referral or possible suspension. 

Grading and Assessment
The Renton School District middle schools are implementing a Standards Based Grading System.  Please refer to the Parent Handbook for more detailed information.


Academic Grade

The academic grades reflect how well students have mastered specified learning targets. Students will be assessed multiple times on each learning target.  Grades reflect academic achievement on formative and summative assessments.


Non-Academic Indicators

Effort - This communicates how well your student follows the class routine, completes classwork and homework, and shows a focus on learning during class time.

Community Skills - This shows how the student impact the learning environment.  For example, how well the student accepts responsibility, shows active listening skills, respects personal/public property, respects the voice of others, and values instructional time.


Academic Report Card Key

4 Distinguished - Student consistently meets requirements for exceptional work and demonstrates a deep level of knowledge and skill (Exceeds Standards).

3 Proficient - Student consistently meets requirements for proficient work and demonstrates grade     level knowledge and skill (Meets Standards).

2 Basic - Student meets some requirements for proficient work and demonstrates some grade level knowledge and skill (Approaches Standards).

1 Below Basic -  Student meets few requirements for proficient work and demonstrates little grade level knowledge and skill (Well Below Standards).

IE - Insufficient evidence has been gathered to indicate an accurate grade.

NA - Not assessed

 Retake Policy

Re-takes are only allowed for Summative Assessments ( e.g. Tests) and not for Formative Assessments (e.g. Check-ins, small quizzes). You have one week (from when you got the graded papers back) to do the re-takes.  

How can families encourage science success at home?

  • Provide a quiet place and set time for homework and study time.
  • Encourage you child to think and reason about everyday phenomemena.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about their world.
  • Communicate to your child that you expect them to do well in science.
  • Teach your child that effort, not just ability, is a key to success in science.
  • Provide access to science books, magazines, videos and other sources of information.
  • Talk about science news and issues during meals, while in the car, or anytime!
  • Teach your child that their math, writing, and reading are all skills that are used in science too.