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Welcome to Mrs. Ullrich’s Class
 
Contacting Me:
You may contact me by either email or phone. My email address is jullrich@huntsville-isd.org. To reach me by phone you can call 936-293-2888.
 
Subjects:
I teach seventh grade science.
 
Conference Time:
 

My conference time is from 2:45 pm - 3:35 pm.  I can meet with you after school as well except on Wednesdays. Please email me, and I will make the appointment.

 

Tutorials: I have tutorials every Monday from 3:35 pm until 4:05 pm. Students must have a ride to pick them up at 4:05 pm at the front of the school. Please tell me that you are attending tutorials so I will be prepared.

 
Communication:
I will email your family each week with information about class and school. This email will go to the account that you registered your child with this year. If you change your email address, please update the address so that you receive the class emails.
 

Recent Posts

Week of April 24th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We will have a unit test that will cover genetics, heredity, and homeostasis on May 2nd.  If you feel strongly one way or the other about a hard copy review, please email me and tell me.  I think that me giving the students a link to a quizlet flashcard set worked well the first time, but not the second time.  
 
We will work on predicting offspring by using Punnet squares this week.  Please encourage your child to really concentrate this week.  Punnet squares are like puzzles and easiest to understand when a person understands the rules used to complete them.
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 24th - begin to apply the vocabulary to real situations
Tuesday - students work on filling the Punnet square; check together
Wednesday - quiz over Punnet square; begin geneman (major grade)
Thursday - finish geneman
Friday - tie up any loose strings on heredity and genetics
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.

Week of April 17th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
This week in class we will begin to learn about how traits are passed onto offspring.  We will compare the differences between asexual and sexual reproduction.  We will examine, genetically speaking, the differences in offspring produced by asexual and sexual reproduction.  Next week, we will predict the traits of offspring using a Punnett square.
 
This week in science - 
Monday - April 17th - Student Holiday
Tuesday - Introduction to types of asexual reproduction
Wednesday - Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of asexual reproduction
Thursday - Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of sexual reproduction (genetically speaking)
Friday - Apply our newly learned information to different situations and begin to understand traits
 
Thank you so much for sharing your child with me this year!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of April 10th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
The fifth six weeks ended last Friday.  Report cards should be sent home on Wednesday, Thursday at the latest.  If you have any questions, please contact the teacher.  We have a lot to learn in science and we will work every day.  Being prepared for class is also important. Please make sure your child plugs in the chromebook each night, has notebook paper, and a pen or pencil to write with every day.  
 
This week in science -
 
Monday - April 10th - Begin research on an assigned disease and create an informative poster about it
Tuesday - Finish poster
Wednesday - Present poster
Thursday - Explore Genetics
Friday - Continue to discuss why genetics is important
 
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.  Each evening, have your child explain what was learned in class that day.  Remember, if she or he can explain the topic to you, then learning is occurring.
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
Mance Park Middle School

Week of April 3rd in Science

Dear School Family,
 
This is the last week of the fourth six weeks of school.  The year is flying by and we still have so much to learn.
 
We will have a test over unit nine (chemistry) this Tuesday.  The last unit, I made the quizlet and the students studied it.  That worked well and I send the link for this current test review tomorrow at the end of the school day.  Please ask your child if they have prepared for the test and gone over that document.  If for any reason, your child will not take the test on Tuesday, it must be completed by Friday.
 
I am on a committee that will review the current grading policies for MPMS. If you have any input about this policy, please email me and I will take your concerns with me. Please try to be as specific as possible. The current policy is on the HISD website at: https://1.cdn.edl.io/TK7rZ60ArFbZpiwZ7JXzznS03SHppPJTyyGu3udb7mAHVX4M.pdf
 
This week in science -
 
Monday - April 3rd - Review for Chemistry Test
Tuesday - Chemistry Test
Wednesday - Homeostasis Vocabulary Research
Thursday - Finish Homeostasis Research
Friday - Discuss Homeostatis
 
Thank you so much for sharing your child with me this year.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrch
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of March 27th in Science

Dear School Family, 
 
This is a big week at school.  Tuesday is the writing STAAR test.  The students will see tomorrow what classroom they will test in.  I encourage each of the students to ask where each teacher will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Lunch will be eaten in the testing classroom on Tuesday. Please understand that no lunches can be delivered.  Make sure your child brings a hoodie or jacket and a book to school on Tuesday.  
 
Wednesday, the seventh graders will be in classrooms downstairs to keep the building quiet so the eighth grade can take their reading test upstairs. Each of the seventh grade teachers has a classroom assignment downstairs.  Each teacher will share that room number on Monday.  I encourage the students to write this information down.
 
This week in science - 
 
Monday - March 27th - Finish chemistry review of 6th grade information
Tuesday - STAAR testing in the morning; begin chemistry learning stations
Wednesday - regular classes downstairs - continue chemistry learning stations
Thursday- examine the differences between organic and inorganic compounds
Friday - examine the differences between physical and chemical change
 
Remember, the students need a full night of sleep before the test so they can do their best.  I suggest that all technological devices charge in the kitchen to make sure that the students are not distracted during the night.  
 
As always, chromebooks need to be charged every night and students need to bring a pen or pencil to school every day.
 
Sincerely, 
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
Mance Park Middle School

Week of March 20th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
March 20th is the first day of spring.  Happy Spring!!
 
If your child missed science the day before spring break, March 10th, they missed the assessment for our systems unit.  The activity will take about 30 minutes to complete and is a major grade.  Your child will need to make up the assignment during tutorials this Monday (3/20) or Tuesday (3/21) after school.  Please email me to tell me which day is better for you.  Pick up will be at 4:15 pm in the front of the school.
 
I am moving the unit 8 test to Thursday, March 23rd.  We got about a day behind the other classes with the HELM unit and I don't want the children to miss the labs that need to be done to give the material we learned some support.  The test will cover systems and adaptations.
 
This big question the students will want to know is, "did we get a new seating chart?" and the answer is yes.  :)
 
This week in science - 
Monday - March 20th - three mini labs; circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
Tuesday - Adaptations Lab
Wednesday - Review for Unit 8 Test
Thursday - Unit 8 Test
Friday - Introduction to Organic Chemistry (don't worry we just look at the basics)
 
STAAR Writing test is March 28th.  Please make sure that your child does not have any doctors appointments that day.  Also, lunches will not be delivered.  I wanted to give your family notification so that a meal could be packed and sent with your child that morning.  Also, this would be the time to think about finding a good book to read, as the children will not have access to any computers or cell phones during the testing.  
 
Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of March 6th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We continue to work on our HELM unit in science.  Each student will finish the unit having a guide about how to understand their own body systems.  We will begin the share part of our unit on Tuesday.  The students need to refine and have their unit ready to share.  The learning of the systems is so important for each student.  Please ask your child to explain the system that their team researched last week.  Make sure that the function of the system, major organs of the system, and diseases of the system can be explained clearly.
 
This week in science - 
Monday - March 6th - use the science textbook to understand academic vocabulary for human body systems
Tuesday - examine the information about each of the major body systems
Wednesday - continue completing booklet about human body systems
Thursday - finish booklet about human body systems
Friday - reflect about the HELM unit, use information to show and understanding of the human body
 
If there is any way that I can help, please don't hesitate to email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org. Thank you for sharing your child with me.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
Mance Park Middle School

Week of February 20th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
The current 7th graders and their families are encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the classes available for the 2017-2018 school year this Tuesday from 6 - 8 pm at MPMS.  We hope that you can attend.
 
The fourth six weeks grades are updated in gradebook for science.  Report cards will be printed and sent home on Thursday, February 23rd. Please examine the grades and conduct to see the progress being made at school. 
 
The students have a holiday on Monday for President's Day.  The teachers will have staff development.
 
If your child needs to ask me a question or tell me something, they are always welcome to email me.  I check my emails frequently, even when I am not at school.  
 
This week in science - 
 
Monday - February 20th - Student Holiday
Tuesday - Begin Human Body Systems Unit
Wednesday - Explore Body Systems introduction
Thursday - SUBSTITUTE - Guided Reading of Skeletal and Muscular System Unit
Friday - SUBSTITUTE - Science World Reading Assignment to Learn About Current Science
 
The students know that a substitute will be in the classroom for Thursday and Friday.  I will be with the 8th grade on their trip to Washington DC.
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of February 13th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Our test over cells is Wednesday.  We started our review last Friday and will finish it tomorrow.  Last week, the students took the same quiz that they took two weeks ago.  This time it was closed notes.  This grade is a good indicator on how much each student needs to study.  The quiz questions are not the same as the test questions, but if a student did well on the quiz, they are learning as we go.  Also, I have graded the web quests and they will be returned tomorrow.  If by chance, a low grade was earned on the web quest (a major grade), it may be corrected and turned back in for the highest grade of a 75.  If the grade is less than a 75, I recommend the corrections be completed and turned in to earn a higher grade.
 
This Friday is the last day of the fourth six weeks. Please make sure to ask if your child is caught up in all classes.  All work must be turned in by Friday.
 
The MAP test will be given during the morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The students are familiar with the test and know what to expect.  They must bring a charged chromebook to school to complete these tests. The schedule is a bit different and I shared it with the students on their Canvas account.  The students go to 3rd period at 7:45 am and will test there each day.  Please make sure that your child has a book to read for after the test.  They will only be allowed to read when they finish their test.
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 13th - Finish the review
Tuesday - Correct the review and play Quizlet live
Wednesday -  Cells Test
Thursday - Inquiry lab
Friday - Begin the systems unit
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
Mance Park Middle School
7th Grade Science

Week of February 6th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Progress reports were sent home with the students last week.  Please make sure to review the report and discuss progress being made in classes.  
 
The student council is organizing a Valentine's Dance for February 10th at MPMS.  The details will be announced on Monday to the students.  
 
We will have our unit 7 test on February 15th.  The test will cover cell organelles (structure and function), organization of life, and the cell theory.  Students need to bring their chromebook freshly charged with ear buds to school every day.  Please check your child's backpack to make sure there is a pen, pencil, and notebook paper.  Please have them show you these items. 
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 6th - Begin a cell webquest (major grade equal to a project)
Tuesday - Continue the web quest
Wednesday - Finish web quest; examine and illustrate a cell model in class; explain the advantages and limitations of the model
Thursday - Write goals for the upcoming test and what students will do to achieve the goals, complete a matching activity
Friday - Begin to make a study guide to achieve the goals set for the unit 7 test
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of January 30th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Parent-teacher conference day is February 3rd for HISD, please make sure to set up a conference with your child's teachers.  The students will not have school that day.
 
We continue to investigate cells in science.  The students need to know the structure and function of each of the cells main organelles.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - January 30th - We will make Frayer models with our last 4 organelles
Tuesday - Apply our knowledge with a lab about cells
Wednesday - Finish the lab and view our own cells on the microscope
Thursday - Begin making analogies with cells and organelles
Friday - Parent Teacher Conference Day 
 
February 1st - Progress Reports will be sent home with students
February 16th - we will have our cell test
February 20th - Student Holiday - Staff Development
February 23rd and 24th - I will have a substitute (because I will be with in DC as a chaperone) 
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of January 23rd in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We have started our exploration of cells.  In this unit, we examine the structure and function of plant and animal cell organelles.  This information will be used in the next unit as well (living systems) and then is the foundation for the high school biology units.  Please ask your child each evening what we discussed in class that day.  This process will help them remember each organelles importance.
 
This week in science:
Monday -January 23rd- Explore the differences between plant and animal cells
Tuesday - Explore nucleus and chromosomes
Wednesday - Explore cell membrane and cell wall
Thursday - Explore cytoplasm, mitochondria, and vacuoles
Friday - Explore chloroplasts
 
Please remember to remind your child to charge the chromebook every night and bring it to school every day.  
February 3rd is parent teacher conferences.  The students will not have school that day.  If you would like to meet with a teacher, contact them for an appointment.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of January 17th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I am really sorry for the late up date.  Last week was very busy at school.  Report cards went out and we have started a new semester. 
 
Last Friday the students wrote their own lab.  Tomorrow, the students will have an opportunity to examine all of the other students write ups and make any needed changes.  The outcome of the lab was very interesting.  The students tested to see how many drops of water will fit on top of a penny.  Have your child explain the lab to you and discuss the changes that were made to their poster. 
 
This week in science - 
Monday - School Holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday - Complete a gallery walk looking at lab write ups, make any changes needed on the posters
Wednesday - Introduction to Cell Theory
Thursday - Students will try to persuade other students that the scientist they are representing was correct in his theory
Friday - Begin the organization of life
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of January 9th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Welcome back to school.  Report cards will be sent home with the students on Tuesday.  Please make sure to look over your child's grades and comments.  If you have any questions, please make sure to email the teacher for clarification. Remember, you have the ability to view your child's grades and attendance using the Home Access Center.  If you have not used the system yet, I highly recommend that you do this soon.  You are able to check grades and attendance (including tardies) any time you want.  
 
 
This week in science -
 
Monday - January 9th - Review primary and secondary succession
Tuesday - Use the test review to make a study aide 
Wednesday - Review and correct the test review, use the study aide to prepare for the test
Thursday - Make an A on the Unit 5 & 6 Test
Friday - Complete an inquiry lab
 
January 9th all of the teachers will review the dress code (nothing has changed - no holes in clothes and shirts need sleeves) and explain changes to the technology use and tardy policy.  Students are not allowed to use any technology in the hallways.  Tardies are going to be documented in the grade book (attendance portion) and detention will be assigned from the AP's office.  Cell phones will not be used in class.  Chromebooks provide all of the technology needed.  The students seem distracted by their phones.  Phones will not be needed out during class or the hallway.  
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Happy Holidays!

Dear School Family,
 
I hope your holiday has been wonderful!  I wanted to send a couple of interesting science links.  
 
A comet will be visible tomorrow night.  The links below will explain how to see it if the sky is clear.
 
 
There is also a bald eagle live cam waiting for a couple of eagle eggs to hatch in Florida.  One of the eggs has a crack so should open soon.  The live eagle cam address is:
 
The feed is live.  I have watched for a while and there seem to be a couple of people that are making some comments that are odd, but it is a great conversation about "just because we read it on the internet that does not make it fact."  In years past, there have been some gruesome feeding times by the adults.  This is a nest that Harriet returns to year after year and she lost her mate (Ozzie) a year or so ago.  This
 male is named M15.
The eaglets will be numbered as they hatch.  
 
I look forward to seeing the students back on January 9th. We will have a test on January 11th.  I will give the students a review on the ninth to study.
 
Happy New Year!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrch

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Name
Johanna Ullrich
Position
Science Teacher
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Phone
(936) 293-2888
Address
441 Fm 2821 East
Huntsville, Texas 77320