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    Welcome to Science ~ Ms. Dunbar

    Room Number:  1
    Email Address:   ldunbar@seagirt.k12.nj.us
    Phone number:   732-449-3422 ext. 201     
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    Grade  Summary of Week LAB day 
    Have a great summer!


     Students learn science content as they do the practices of science.
    As the scientist who advanced our understanding of atomic structure once said, "Science is not a list of facts and principles to learn by rote; it is a way of looking at the world and asking questions." - F. James Rutherford
    Science Supplies
    • A 2 pocket folder for science handouts
      Please do NOT purchase any notebooks or binders for science class.  Students keep an electronic binder in Google Drive.     
    • Calculator (simple, inexpensive one that fits in their backpack)
      The math calculator is fine, but they need to bring it to science class.
      A small, simple calculator that always stays in their backpack is best. 
    • Headphones
      A pair of inexpensive earbuds that stay in their backpack.
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    Questions and Extra Help
    Every night students should review all their notes from the beginning of the unit.  If they are confused or have questions, they should write their name and question on a slip of paper, then hand it to me as they walk into class. 
    If they would like extra help outside of class, they should make an appointment to come see me during lunch recess.
    Tests and quizzes make up 30% of the student's grade.   Assignments make up 30% of the student's grade.  There will be several assignments each marking period.   The assignments are formative assessments of skills they have been practicing.  Labs are 20% and practice is 20% of their overall grade.  This allows students to learn and practice without negatively impacting their grade; however, students will still need to understand the concepts and apply them to receive an outstanding grade. 
    Email Updates    email logo
    When appropriate, I'll send out email updates for Science.  It is brief and concise. 
    If you have any questions, please contact me.  Email works best:  ldunbar@seagirt.k12.nj.us    My phone is  (732) 449-3422 ext. 201.   
    I do not check email or voice mail during class.  Both emails and calls are reviewed at the end of the day.  If it is an emergency, please contact the front office.
    Mr. J, our Project ASTRO astronomer, invites everyone to a public viewing of the night sky at the Meadowlands Environment Center observatory.  He's often there, so you may bump into him.
    He suggests checking the weather ~ especially cloud cover ~ for zip code 07071 on www.weather.com.  Remember, it can be clear skies in Sea Girt but overcast in Lyndhurst where the observatory is located.
    Specific information about public viewing can be found here.