Mrs. Diane Wakabayashi » Team Helu `Ekahi-7th Grade Life Science

Team Helu `Ekahi-7th Grade Life Science

Hello, Students!  Welcome!

I am looking forward to a great school year with you! Let's work together to make it a success!  I pledge to teach you, guide you in your scientific work, and to help you when needed.  You can do your part by putting in your hardest work, giving it your greatest effort, and producing your best work!  Let's do this!

Please keep the "General Learner Outcomes" (GLOs) and "The 4Rs" in mind when you are in your Science class.
    • Self-Directed Learner:  The ability to  be responsible for one's own learning
      • When instructions and time in class are given to do work, please be responsible for your own learning by being productive and doing what you need to in order to accomplish the task.
        • There is a time and place for talking and fooling around.  During class when a task needs to be completed is not that time, nor is it the place. 
    • Community Contributor:  The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together
      • We are all in the classroom together working toward one common goal...success in learning!  Please be a "team player" and work together with me and your peers to accomplish this!  You can either help us to move ahead or be a "roadblock" in our way! 
      • "Many hands make light work."  -John Heywood
        • By working together, much more can be accomplished!  So when we all cooperate and work towards a common goal we can accomplish a lot!  Be a contributor, whether it be working as an entire class or in a smaller group.
    • Complex Thinker:  The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
      • Science is all about finding answers...and sometimes the easy answers are not the ones that are needed.  Let's problem solve together and think deeper to find what we need...doing so will deepen our understanding and learning!
    • Quality Producer:  The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products
      • No one enjoys a pizza that is half cooked, a book that is half written, or a favorite song that is partially sung.  That is the same with one enjoys performances and products in school that are not fully done or not done well!  Please be sure to do your best completed work so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated...both by the student and teacher!
      • "Do or do not.  There is no try."  -Yoda, Jedi Master
    • Effective Communicator:  The ability to communicate effectively
      • Thasdki  :LK395K.  <---Understand?  I sure don't!  Please communicate in a manner which we all can try to understand!  We all want to be heard and we all want to hear what you have to say! 
    • Effective and Ethical User of Technology:  The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically
      • Technology is cool...and when technology and learning collide, learning becomes cool too!  Using technology whenever possible is encouraged but please be sure to use technology in an appropriate manner.
  • THE 4Rs
    • Respect:  Caring for self, others, and surroundings
      • Everyone should feel safe and secure in the classroom.
      • Keep the classroom looking is your classroom!  Though it may not be your rubbish or your mess, please help to clean it up. 
      • Fun, laughter, and jokes are great!  However, please know the appropriate time and place for them...and when it is time to listen, be quiet, do your work, and pay attention.
    • Responsibility:  Being accountable for one's own actions
      • Make good choices and be take responsibility for those that you do make
    • Resiliency:  To overcome or cope with challenges in your life
      • Everybody makes mistakes.  At other times, we may feel like we can't get a break!  However, it is how we deal with the hard times that show true character.  Thomas Edison (the person who invented the lightbulb) said, "I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work."  and "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."  <---He was right!
    • Relationships:  Building positive connections with others
      • As mentioned before, this is your classroom!  You can make it a happy place to be or a not-so-happy place to is your choice!  Be kind to your classmates, respect the room and its contents, and be a positive student.  Your relationship with all  those in the classroom will benefit!

**SPECIAL NOTE regarding the Online Textbook:  It was brought to my attention that the provider of the online textbook (McGraw Hill/Glencoe) does server maintenance at least once a month.  This maintenance is done at no set time and on no particular day (so, not a set day of the week at a certain time).  Therefore, if you are attempting to do your homework at the last minute and server maintenance is occurring at McGraw Hill/Glencoe, the textbook may load VERY slowly.  So, please DO NOT leave homework until the last minute if you are dependent on the online textbook!  (Technology is never a sure thing, especially when we have no control over it.)**  I do not have any control over the online textbook and the website.  It is provided through the publisher of the textbook.  I have nothing to do with the site maintenance or any related problems.


At the bottom of this page you will find documents that may be useful to you!
  • The form for the online textbook is attached below.  It has the website address, the access code, and how to go to different pages in the textbook. 
  • The "Rules, Expectations, Grading Policy, and Syllabus" is attached below.  This is included for your easy reference.
Here's to a fantastic school year!!!