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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

June 28th

 
Please make sure to put the Meet and Greets on your family calendar.
 
 
MPMS 7th & 8th Grades Meet & Greets
Date: 8/10/2017, 5 PM – 7 PM
Location: Mance Park Middle School
 
First day of school is August 16th.
 
MPMS School Supplies 
(Teachers may add a few things for their class.)
Graph Paper
Kleenex
Notebook Paper
Earbuds
Highlighters
#2 Pencils
Blue or Black Pens
Map Pencils
1 Pkg AAA Batteries
Notecards
Post-It Notes
Markers
 
If you are in pre-AP language arts, don't forget that you have summer reading that needs to be complete before school starts.  You should not wait until the last minute because it will be hard to find the book(s).  Please use this link to see the assignment :
 
If you have further questions, please email and ask.  We are here to help in any way that we can.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of May 22nd

Dear School Family,
 
I can't believe this is the last week of school.  The year has zipped by so fast.  
 
Please make sure that you have signed the permission slip so your child can attend Field Day on Tuesday.  The permission form is due tomorrow, Monday the 22nd of May.   The students need to be in dress code all week at school.  Shorts are allowed but need to meet the guidelines written in the HISD dress code.  All shirts need to have sleeves.  Tuesday is Field Day and this event will begin at 1:30 and last until 3:35.  If you would like to donate bottled water for this event, please drop that off at the front office.
 
The last day of school is Wednesday.  The students should not bring backpacks or large purses on Wednesday.  Just in case your child needs to bring a large bad of some sort, the bag will be checked in to the front office before school begins and returned at the end of the school day.  This is a precaution to eliminate any problems that could arise.  We appreciate your support with these extra items as we close out the school year.
 
We are having some problems with students using their phones in the hallway and during class. Please remind your child to keep all phones and technology safely tucked away while at school.
 
The Texas Education Agency will send the STAAR report and how to read the report to HISD the last week in June.  As soon as the report arrives, your child's report card and STAAR score will be mailed home. We are sorry for the delay, but will mail all information as soon as it arrives.
 
Please be mindful that the HISD school board will hear reports from each campus about dress code this summer.  The board may make changes to the dress code if they feel changes are needed and HISD will post those changes.  I would suggest waiting until that time to buy new school clothes, just in case changes occur.  
 
This week in science -
 
Monday - May 22nd - Science final
Tuesday - Finish final
Wednesday - Investigation of US space program
 
It has been a pleasure being your science teacher this year.  Please have a safe and wonderful summer.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of May 15th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
This week has a few extra activities.  Thursday is our awards ceremony in the gymnasium.  The students that have all A's, all A's and a B, and perfect attendance will receive an invitation for their families to attend.  Each teacher gives an award for best citizenship and an award for most improved student.  The teachers will call the families of those children and invite the family.  We wish that we could give every child an award but we are limited to these two.  
 
This week in science - 
 
Monday - May 15th - Practice identifying organisms using a dichotomous key
Tuesday - Finish our station lab practicing using the dichotomous key
Wednesday - Quiz using a dichotomous key; predict the rules used to write pedigree
Thursday - Identify adaptations and how they help organisms survive better
Friday - Start to review for the end of science test; students will each have specific questions to teach the answers to their peers
 
If your child checked  out a textbook or library book, please return them this week.  If your child is interested in playing any sport next year, the school will provide a free physical on May 17th.  I highly recommend this process so that your family already has the needed paperwork done to try out. The form needs to be completed and signed before the 17th and brought to school.  The form is available from the front office and the coaches. 
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org. Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
Mance Park Middle School 

Week of May 8th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
This is a big week at Mance Park Middle School.  The seventh graders will take the math STAAR on Monday and the reading STAAR on Tuesday.  The students may need a reminder that the afternoon classes on Monday and Tuesday will go in a different order.  The students go straight to their testing room on Monday and Tuesday.  After testing is complete, then the students will eat lunch in the classroom where they tested.  They may talk quietly, but it is very important that the children understand that they are not allowed to discuss any part or process of the test while at school.  After an announcement is made, the students will be released to go to 7th period, then 6th, then 5th periods.
 
Remember, the students (and teachers) are not allowed to have any technology at all during testing.  Students will need to turn in to the testing teacher all phones, computers, or smart watches.  No technology will be allowed on in the classroom.
 
No lunches can be delivered on Monday or Tuesday.  Please make sure that your child brings a lunch to school or understands that there will be a sack lunch delivered from the cafeteria for them.  
 
Also, please make sure your child brings a good book to read for when they finish the test.  I also suggest that your child brings a light jacket or hoodie, in case the room feels cool.
 
Wednesday and Thursday, the seventh graders will be downstairs for all of their classes.  In science, they will complete the MAP test, which will show exact progress of academic abilities.  These tests are important as this shows the school the progress made during this school year.  Our science class will be in room 115, the same room as last testing time, the room next to the art teacher.
 
STAAR scores will be mailed home with your child's report card at the beginning of June.
For any student that has not taken last Wednesdays test, or needs to retake last Wednesday's test, tutorials will be in our regular classroom and parents need to pick up your child at 4:10 pm in front of the school.
 
This week in science -
Monday - May 8th - Math STAAR in the morning and learning about genetic variation in the afternoon
Tuesday - Reading STAAR in the morning and learning about dichotomous keys in the afternoon
Wednesday - MAP testing in room 115 (room next to the art room)
Thursday - MAP testing in room 115 (room next to the art room)
Friday - Practice using dichotomous keys
 
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teachers
Mance Park Middle School

Week of May 1st in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday.  
 
Students will turn in their chromebooks, chromebook case, and charger during math.  Mr. Nash has told me the dates for return are May 3rd and 4th.  This gives us the ability for the students to make a review on their chromebook and study with it one more time.  I am asking that all students make a quizlet flash card set or slideshow and I will grade it on Wednesday, right before the test. If your child does not have access to the internet at home, then he or she needs to tell me so I can get some hard copy cards to use.  If you could use the review sheet and ask your child the question and then check to see if they know the answer, that would be great!
 
This week in science -
 
Monday - May 1st - Complete the unit 11 test review
Tuesday - Check answers and play Quizlet live game
Wednesday - Make an A on the unit 11 test
Thursday - Begin genetic variation (dichotomous keys)
Friday - Use a dichotomous key to identify organisms
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
Mance Park Middle School

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