Science Department Grade 7 & 8

Joseph Le Conte Middle School            

LECONTE HEAT MAGNET                                               

1316 North Bronson Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028

Telephone:  (323)-308-1700

Fax:        (323)-856-3053


Dear Parent /Guardian,

Hello and welcome to Middle School Science . This course is planned to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for leading a successful and productive life in a technological society and to develop a firm understanding of the basic principles of  Science and Health.


Instructional Activities:

Classroom activities will include lectures, demonstrations, activities and labs. Students are responsible for taking complete and accurate notes and actively participating in all activities.

There will be a formal laboratory associated with each unit. Students will be required to submit a typed laboratory report. Tests and quizzes will be given on Thursday or Friday depending on if you have an odd or even class period.


The use of technology is an integral part of this class.

Students will regularly access internet resources for classwork and homework. It is absolutely essential that students bring a fully charged Chromebook along with their chargers to school each day.

It is my practice to occasionally videotape class activities to evaluate my instructional practices.


Grading/Citizenship Policy:

Subject Grade: Students will be graded on five categories of assignments  using Mastery grading. 50% of the final grade will come from homework, class work and labs. The other 50% will come from tests and projects.


              Grading Scale

            4(A)  -   100%  -  89%    

            3(B)  -    89%   -  75%    

            2(C)  -    74%  -   55%    

            1(F)  -    Below   54%  



Work Habits: A mark of E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory), or U (Unsatisfactory) will be given based on the student’s participation and efforts on assignments.

Cooperation: A mark of E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory), or U (Unsatisfactory) will be given based on the student’s conduct. Three unexcused tardies or excessive unexcused absences are an automatic “U” for the grading period.


Late and make-up work:

Students will be responsible for determining what assignments they have missed as a result of their absence.  Students have two days to make up the missing assignments.


Classroom Expectations:


Be seated in your assigned seat when the bell rings
Raise your hand before speaking.
Ask permission to leave your seat.
No talking when the teacher is speaking!
Do your own work with your best effort at all times.
Code of Conduct
Students are STRONGLY advised to comply with the established rules for student behavior at Le Conte  
 Middle School found in the student handbook.
 Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the following;
Student- teacher conference/call home
Parent-teacher-student conference
After school detention
Dean referral and class suspension
Supplies: The following lists of supplies are essential for this class:
Fully charged Chromebook / Chromebook chargers
Class dojo account/ Blackboard connect access
Simple Pocket folder
Pencil(#2) Pen(blue or black) Crayons, markers or colored pencils
Requesting a Parent Conference:
There may be times during the year that you may have questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic progress. A conference may be scheduled through the main office .The student is expected to participate in the conference.
It has been my experience that students are generally hard working and dedicated when properly motivated. The number 1 factor I have noticed is that student success in the classroom is dependent on parental involvement. Please feel free to contact me by phone, email or class dojo.I am available  during my conference periods (3 and 5) or at 7:30 am(M-W-F)  by appointment only. I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a successful year in science class.
Mr. Dankaro
Science Educator
(323) 308-1700