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MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mr. Gary Stratman RSS
     I am the seventh grade science and social studies teacher at Highland Middle School.  I have been teaching here since 1991.  I enjoy the variety of teaching two subjects and continually strive to be the best teacher I can be for the students in my classroom.

     In seventh grade science, students continue to meet the Colorado State Standards for science with a significant part of the year spent studying living things.  In addition, some areas of earth science and physical science are covered.  Students use the scientific method to perform investigations which increase their abilities in the eight process skills listed below.

Observing, Communicating, Predicting, Charting & Graphing, Measuring, Classifying, Inferring, Imagining & Creating

        In social studies, as students travel in their studies from place to place and from century to century, they explore the aspects of each culture they encounter.  These five aspects are (1) government, (2) language, (3) economy, (4) expression, and (5) religion.  We begin with ancient Egypt and end with the Renaissance & Reformation.

        Assignments are generally completed in class, but may be taken home to be finished if needed.  Some special projects require time spent beyond the school day in order to be completed.  There are occasional quizzes.  Tests are given at the end of each chapter, and the students are notified of test dates several days in advance to allow time to study.
 
      Assignments and quizzes count for 100 points each.  Tests are worth twice that.  All grades are calculated on a typical percentage scale, that is, 90-100%=A, 80-89%=B, etc.  Makeup work for an excused absence is given full credit.  Late work is accepted with a maximum possible score of 50%.
     
       Grades may be viewed on the parent portal.  They are also regularly posted by student number in the classroom.
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