Welcome to General Science with
Mrs. Good

Email: alexandra.good@vigoschools.org

Phone: (812) 297-7302

Office Hours: 9:45-10:30

About Mrs. Good

Mrs. Alexandra Good, formerly Ms. Hudson, is an 8th grade General Science teacher at Woodrow Wilson. She graduated from Indiana State University in December 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in both Secondary Science Education and Biology. As a former Wilson Warrior herself, Mrs. Good was proud to join the Woodrow Wilson staff in 2017.

While Mrs. Good understands that science is rarely a favorite topic among students, she feels that everyone should always seek to understand the world they live in, and science is the pathway to understanding many of life’s mysteries. Among the many science topics she teaches, Mrs. Good enjoys teaching genetics the most.

In addition to her teaching career, Mrs. Good also enjoys many hobbies. Her favorites include cooking, photography, and reading. She hopes to one day publish her own cookbook or create a cooking website to share her recipes with others.

  • *wired-earbuds
  • pencils
  • highlighters (at least 3 colors)
  • 1″ 3-ring standard binder (must be for science only)
  • 5 tab divider

*Important Note* Wireless earbuds will not be allowed for testing. Students should have wired-earbuds for classroom and testing use.

Please consider helping out Mrs. Good’s classroom by providing extra materials for students without, or for general classroom necessities that are used frequently.

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • glue
  • highlighters (multiple colors)
  • 1″ 3-ring standard binders
  • 5 tab dividers
  • ***Kleenex tissues***
  • hand sanitizer
  • Lysol wipes
  • Always be kind, courteous, and respectful of the teacher’s right to teach, other students’ right to learn, and everyone in the classroom.
  • NO cell phone or wireless earbuds  in the classroom. If a cell phone or other electronic device is visible, it will be confiscated. 1st classroom offense: warning, home contact, phone will be returned at the end of class; 2nd classroom offense/ 1st official school offense: Dean referral, phone confiscated until the end of the day. 2nd official school offense: Student will not be allowed to have the phone or device at school according to the WDC policy.
  • NO gum in the classroom. Gum should be thrown away immediately upon entering the classroom.
  • Chromebooks remain put away until it is time to work on online assignments.
  • Arrive to class on time every day with ALL your needed books and supplies. Every tardy will be placed on the student’s record. Three or more tardies will result in referrals to the dean. Forgetting materials and needing to go and get them will result in the student having to take a tardy.
  • The teacher will dismiss you at the end of class – NOT the bell.
Weekly Schedule

Monday-Friday: ADV, Office Hours, General Science

Daily Schedule

2021-2022 School Year:

8:05-8:50:  Advisory

8:55-10:30:  Conference Times and Office Hours

10:35-11:20: General Science (Period 4)

11:25-12:10: General Science (Period 5)

12:15-12:45: Lunch

12:50-1:35: General Science (Period 7)

1:40-2:25: General Science (Period 8)

2:30-3:15: General Science (Period 9)

Textbooks:

Book 1 (Blue-surfer): Interactive Science Water and the Atmosphere

Book 2 (Purple-mercury): Interactive Science Introduction to Chemistry

Book 3 (Green-slugs): Interactive Science The Diversity of Life

Book 4 (Green-flower): Interactive Science Cells and Heredity

Description:

As we enter another exciting year of science we will look closer at several stages of life science and chemistry. Each book will cover a specific branch of either life science or chemistry and, by the end of the year, our students should have a deeper understanding of each discipline. Our eighth graders will explore matter at the atomic level, explore the elements that make up our world, and discover chemical reactions all around us. Within the life sciences we will discuss subjects that are prevalent to what’s going on in the news today like global warming, animal behavior and reproduction, cloning and viruses to name just a few!

The Common Core Curriculum:

  • Please see the Vigo County School Corporation 8th Grade Course Syllabus for full list of standards’ descriptions from the VCSC. click here

Teacher-Based Goals:

  • Instill organization skills.
  • Learn good reading and study habits-annotation of passages with in class readings, etc.
  • Encourage full student responsibility.- students are expected to E-mail the teacher if they have questions or concerns about their assignments, grades, or have general questions that need answered.

Homework:

Homework is a vital part of a student’s education. Each assignment will correlate with what we’re doing in class and gives extra practice in a particular area. That is why it is imperative that homework is submitted in my class on time. Some assignments will require answering questions, writing essays (one per quarter), preparing an oral presentation, or reading and annotating passages.

There will be no “lost” assignments, as all assignments are on Canvas with few exceptions-some labs and projects which will be done in class.  Homework submitted late will result in a 10% deduction from the total score received per day until the score possible reaches zero or until the lock date/end of term grading period. Lock dates will be the day of the test/end of term without exception.  All assignments will be counted late if not submitted by 11:59PM on the due date. This classroom policy is intended to teach students responsibility and time management. Students with IEPs that include an extra time accommodation will have their due dates adjusted within Canvas already.

If a student is absent, they are expected to watch the accompanying video (if applicable) for the assignment on Canvas and complete it on time. In the event that it is a serious matter that requires a time extension (hospitalization, VCSC excused extended absences), they are expected to E-mail me to request one. Students who are suspended or placed in AEP are still responsible for returning their work according to the due dates provided on Canvas.

Tests/Quizzes:

I will be using a Quiz generator for every assignment to streamline the system, but the “Quizzes” in my class will be video “quizzes”; not all lessons will have these and some lessons will have more than one depending on content. “Quizzes” will be listed as “Participation” in Skyward.

Each chapter covered will have its own test. Tests will be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and essay/model/graphing questions.

Bonus:

Prior to each test, there will be a Kahoot! Review. The Review will not have all the questions on the test, nor necessarily be worded the same, but they do have a portion of the topics they should have been studying. Each Kahoot! Review will be worth 5 bonus points. In order to receive the points, the Review must be fully completed prior to the test (it will close at the end of ADV) and have their first initial.last name as their username. Students should not expect any other bonus opportunities.

Grading Scale:

A 93-100+%          A- 90-92%             B+ 87-89%             B 83-86%               B- 80-82%

C+ 77-79%             C 73-76%               C- 70-72%              D+ 67-69%             D 63-66%

D- 60-62%             F 0-59%

Homework: 10-15 points      Tests: 25-30 points     Quizzes: 5-10 points    Labs: 10-30 points   Vocabulary: varies by chapter    Essays: 15-30 points       Supplemental: 5-10 points