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Contacting Me:
You may contact me by either email or phone. My email address is To reach me by phone you can call 936-435-6400 Ext. 4230.
I teach seventh grade science.
Conference Time:

If you would like to meet for a conference, I am available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school.


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.

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 January 29th in Science

Dear School Family,
Wednesday, January 31st, has some exciting lunar events.  I am hoping for a clear sky so you can experience this.  Wednesday will be a "blue moon", meaning it will be the second full moon this month.  This doesn't happen very often, so the old saying of "once in a blue moon" originates with this.  Also, a lunar eclipse will happen early in the morning.  Between 6:51 a.m. and 7:09 a.m., the moon will be setting in the West.  This will be the maximum coverage time.  Please make sure your family views the moon as they are getting up and getting off to work and school.   During the eclipse, the moon will have a reddish color because of the eclipse.  The moon is also a bit closer to Earth in it's path around the Earth, so it should appear a bit larger than usual.  This will not happen again until 2033.  
Monday, January 29th, Mance Park Middle School will have a Course Information night from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with 7th and 8th grade teachers to discuss the electives and the differences between level and pre-ap core classes.  Students will receive a list of classes that the student signed up for, for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Families will be able to see the building and become familiar with it's layout.  All current 7th graders and current 6th graders are encouraged to attend. 
Friday, February 2nd, HISD will be a staff development day.  The students have a holiday.  Please make sure to mark this on your families calendar.
Progress reports will be sent home on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.  Please make sure to ask your child for this report.
This week in science - 
Monday - January 29th - practice working dichotomous keys
Tuesday - continue practicing dichotomous keys
Wednesday - students will create a dichotomous key
Thursday - students will evaluate each others dichotomous keys to make sure they work
Friday - Student Holiday

Week of January 22nd in Science

Dear School Family,
Monday evening, from 4-6, HISD will welcome our new superintendent at the HAB.  Please stop by and meet Dr. Sheppard if you can.  
The opportunity for families to meet teachers for next year was moved to Monday, January 29th from 6 - 8 pm.  This is for next year 7th and 8th grade families to meet teachers and see club opportunities.  
This week in science, we continue to learn about adaptations, both structural and behavioral.  Please ask your child to explain what these adaptations are and some examples.  The more a person talks about what they are learning, the better they will understand the topic.
Please make sure that your child charges and brings the chrome book every day.  This is important in our learning.
This week in science -
Monday - finish the text investigation about adaptations
Tuesday - play a game reinforcing adaptations 
Wednesday - investigate how adaptations have allowed species to change over time
Thursday - use structural adaptations information with dichotomous keys
Friday - use dichotomous keys to identify organism names
I hope your family has a wonderful week.

Week of January 15th in Science

Dear School Family,
I hope your celebration of Dr. King is wonderful.  A great man deserves a great day!
I am not sure about tomorrow and the weather.  Please know that tonight will be very cold and there could be weather problems tomorrow.  I will email you if there is any change in the school day.  
Report cards went home last week.  Please make sure to reflect with your child about the progress that has been made this year.  
This week in science - 
Monday - January 15th - School Holiday
Tuesday - Finish introduction reading about adaptations
Wednesday - Lab investigation to see some adaptations
Thursday - Quiz over lab, play adaptations matching game to identify differences between structural and behavioral adaptations
Friday - Finish up adaptations and play Quizlet live (need a charged computer to play)
If you have any questions, please email me at
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of January 8th in Science

Dear School Family,
Welcome back! I hope your holiday has been wonderful! I am excited to get back in the classroom and learn more science.
We need to finish up genetics before we move on to adaptations.  I sent a couple of different video sets to your child last week with some great review videos.  I suggest your child watch all of them over the next couple of days.  They are in Google Classroom.  
Report cards will be given to your child during school on Monday. Please make sure to look over the grades, conduct, and comments with your child. If you have any questions, please email me at There will also be some important dates at the bottom portion of the report.
This week in science -
Monday - January 8th - Students will use notes to construct Frayer models with academic vocabulary; review school procedures
Tuesday - Students will compare characteristics of asexual vs sexual reproduction, play genetics bingo, begin sumative assessment of genetics with geneman
Wednesday - Students will finish geneman (major grade)
Thursday - Students will begin a new unit about adaptations with an inquiry activity
Friday - Students will read and organize information about adaptations 
As a reminder, all of our procedures at MPMS are the same. The dress code has not changed. If you need specific details, the document is at We expect students to be on time to class to maximize the learning opportunities. Each time a student comes in late the learning is interrupted. Learning is important for success.
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.

Week of December 18th in Science

Dear School Family,
This week will be a very exciting one.  The students are very happy to be done with benchmarks.  We will continue to learn about genetics in science.  Both days this week are important to reinforce and enhance our learning.  
This week in science -
Monday - December 18th - Examine the different types of asexual reproduction and compare asexual reproduction and sexual reproduction. 
Tuesday - Use traits to make an organism and write the genotype that made the phenotype 
Remember - Tuesday is an early release day.  Students will be released at 1:30.  
I hope that your family enjoys the winter break.  I wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.  We will resume classes on January 8th.
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of December 11th in Science

Dear School Family,
The calendar year is quickly coming to an end. We start the topic of genetics tomorrow.  Students seem to enjoy the genetics unit since it is all about them.  We will not take a test over this unit, but we will do an activity to assess an understanding of genetics and the vocabulary that goes with it.  I believe we will complete the activity after we come back to school in January.
This week in science  - 
Monday - December 11th - Begin genetics with an introduction reading and organizing day
Tuesday - Practice using genetics with scenarios and Punnett squares
Wednesday - Students practice completing Punnett squares
Thursday - Math Benchmarking (last one this semester, I promise); afternoon will have more with Punnett squares
Friday - Compare sexual vs asexual reproduction (students must know that asexual reproduction makes identical offspring to parent organism and sexual reproduction makes a blended offspring with some characteristics of mother and father organism)
Tuesday, December 19th, the students will be released from school at 1:30.  Please make sure your child knows how to get home with the different schedule.  
I hope that your family has a Blessed and happy holiday.  
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of December 4th in Science

Dear School Family,
We will have a test over turgor pressure, tropisms, homeostasis, and a few past test questions this Friday, December 8th.  We will work on the review for this test Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The next topic in science is genetics.  
Tuesday and Wednesday, the seventh grade students will complete benchmarks to see how they are progressing in writing and reading.  These tests allow the teachers to understand how much the students are learning.  These tests are important and will be graded.  Please encourage your child to do their best when completing the benchmarks.  Please make sure that your child gets a good nights rest and eats well to have the best results on testing.  I recommend the students bring a book to read for after the tests and a jacket in case their testing room is cold.
This week in science - 
Monday - December 4th - Investigate homeostasis with stimulus and response
Tuesday - 1st - 3rd period Writing Benchmark, 4th - 8th period will begin test review
Wednesday - 1st - 3rd period Reading Benchmark, 4th, 5th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd periods will work on review
Thursday - Correct any misconceptions on test review
Friday - Complete test
Progress reports will be sent home with students on Tuesday. Please make sure to review these grades and comments. If you have any questions, email me at
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of November 27th in Science

Dear School Family,
I cannot believe we are so close to winter break and we have so much to do.  December 5th and 6th, the students will have their writing and reading benchmarks to see how the students are progressing.  On those days, we will try to have a similar environment to STAAR testing.  There will be no deliveries of lunches and we ask that you schedule doctors appointments on different days.
Progress reports will go out on December 5th. We will have a unit test on December 8th covering turgor pressure, emergence of seedlings, and homeostasis. A review will be given to the students to prepare for the test.
BookUp club meets in my room on Mondays from 3:35 - 5 pm.  Dr. O'Bannon comes from Sam Houston to bring books that the children request.  They read together and discuss the books and authors thoughts.  Your child is welcome to attend and keep any books received during the meetings.  She is wonderful with the students and we are hoping for more students to join the group. Any student that attends MPMS is welcome.  Please be at the front of the school at 5 pm to pick up your child.
This week in science -
Monday - November 27th - Working in groups to illustrate pinto beans growing in a ziploc bag in the windows; discuss phototropism and geotropism
Tuesday - Working in same group, discuss & observe turgor pressure, illustrate how and why this happens
Wednesday - Working in same group, illustrate pinto beans and answer analysis questions
Thursday - Working in same group, evaluate internal and external stimulus, make a graphic organizer
Friday - Working in same group, complete a Quizizz, discuss feedback mechanisms and how they work with homeostasis, Quiz over this week of learning
Dress code remains that same at MPMS.  The tardy policy is still in effect.  The students that are late often are receiving lunch and after school detention.  Class begins right away when the bell rings, if your child is late to class, then some of the learning has been lost. 
If you have any questions or I can help in any way, please email me at
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of November 13th in Science

Dear School Family,
The school year seems to be racing by.  I hope that your family has had a chance to evaluate the report card that was sent home last week.  Grades often drop just a bit from the first six weeks to the second six weeks.  The first six weeks often has some curriculum review from sixth grade which makes the average a bit higher.  The second six weeks, we are back to foundation learning and there is more thinking involved.  Please make sure your child shows you how to access the Home Access Center (HAC) so you can see the grades all six weeks long.
We just finished the body systems unit and test grades are already in the third six weeks gradebook.  Our new unit is about plants and how they survive.  Thank goodness, the rest of the units this year are not as long.  We should finish this unit in about three weeks.  :)
This week in science -
Monday - November 13th - Preassessment with Texas A&M or begin the new unit by predicting what an article might say by examining academic vocabulary
Tuesday - Science Benchmark - Science is giving our benchmark to see what information has been retained from sixth grade and this school year; please encourage your child to do their best so we know what we are doing right and what needs to be readdressed
Wednesday - Begin our plant unit by looking at pinto beans, making a journal to document changes in seeds, and predicting the changes that may occur
Thursday - Examine what changes do happen with plants and why this happens
Friday - Illustrate the changes that are occurring in plants
School is on Thanksgiving holiday from November 20th through November 25th.
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year. If you have any questions, please email me at
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of November 6th in Science

Dear School Family,
Please remember, our unit 3 test is Thursday.  We started reviewing on Friday and will complete the stations activity tomorrow.  At this point, your child should be able to name all 11 body systems and at least one major organ for each from memory.  We have also learned the function of each system.  
Parent teacher conferences are Friday, November 10th.  If you would like to meet with me, please send an email and I will arrange for an appointment.  
Texas A&M University has extended the deadline date for the preassessment forms to Wednesday.  They are hoping for more families to participate.
This week in Science -
Monday - November 6th - Finish the stations activity - these are riddles about the body systems
Tuesday - Complete review sheet to prepare for the unit 3 test
Wednesday - Review and correct review sheet
Thursday - Complete unit 3 test
Friday - Parent Teacher Conference Day; Ideally your child would come with you and be involved in the meeting
Thank you for sharing your child with me this school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of October 30th in Science

Dear School Family,
We are getting close to the end of the body systems unit.  The unit 3 test which will cover all of the body systems is November 9th.  The last day of the second six weeks is November 9th.  Parent - Teacher conferences are November 10th.  The body systems test requires the students to know the functions and major organs of the following systems: circulatory, endocrine, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, excretory, respiratory, and reproductive. 
If you would like to schedule a parent - teacher conference, please email me and I will reserve a time that works with your schedule.  
This week in science - 
Monday - October 30th - Explore the integumentary system 
Tuesday - Examine a chicken wing to see the integumentary system, the circulatory system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system
Wednesday - Explore the endocrine system and the reproductive system
Thursday - Explore the excretory system
Friday - Work in groups to answer riddles reviewing the systems
The students turned in projects (major grade) last Friday.  If the project was not handed in, it should be completed and handed in on Monday.  The students were able to work on this assignment in class last Monday and it should be complete.
If you have any questions, please email me at
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of October 23rd in Science

Dear School Family,
We continue to learn about our body systems this week.  The systems test is scheduled for November 9th.  The test is challenging because the students are expected to be able to describe the function and major organs for each of the 11 body systems.  The test will also include how body systems work with each other.  For example: the circulatory system's function is to transport nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout the body and carry waste away from the cells.  The major organs are the heart, aorta, veins, capillaries, and arteries.  The circulatory system works with the respiratory system by the respiratory system brings oxygen into the body and the circulatory system transports the oxygen to the cells.
The eleven systems are circulatory, respiratory, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, immune, digestive, excretory, reproductive, skeletal, and muscular. 
It is a lot of information.  Please ask your child which systems we have already covered, what each ones function is, and to name some major organs.
This week in science -
Monday - October 23rd - Receive System Project (each student will draw for a disease and make a mini poster to inform people about the disease); research and work on assignment
Tuesday - examine circulatory system
Wednesday - examine respiratory system
Thursday - complete a lab to see these systems in action
Friday - examine integumentary system
If you have any questions that I can help with, please email me at
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of October 16th in Science

Dear School Family,
Progress Reports will be sent home with the students on Tuesday. Please make sure to look over your child's grades and behavior.  If you have any questions, make sure to contact the teacher quickly so any problems can be corrected.
Friday, October 20th is a staff development day.  Students will have a holiday.  The teachers are at MPMS for campus specific training.
Our new unit is about the human body and how the systems work together.  At the end of this unit, students need to know the job (or function) of each of the 11 systems, the major organs, and how the systems work together.  We will work with each of the systems to understand the functions for a couple of days.  Usually, we will take a few notes about the system and then do an activity seeing how each system works.  The best way to know if your child understands what is being learned at school is to ask what system we are learning that day, what it's function is, and what are the major organs.  If your child can explain that to you, then she or he is learning.
This week in science - 
Monday - October 16th - Finish Digestive system notes; watch two video clips about digestion and compare them
Tuesday - Digestive System activity
Wednesday - Introduction to Skeletal System
Thursday - Introduction to the Muscular System
Friday - Student Holiday
If you have any questions, please email me at and I will find the answer for you.
Thank you for sharing your child with me.
Mrs. Ullrich

Unit 2 Test is Tuesday, October 10th

Dear School Family,
I want to remind everyone that we will have our unit 2 test on Tuesday. The students worked on a review for the test during class. I will include a copy of the test review and answers so that all answers will be correct. Ms. Nathaniel went over the test review in class last week. Please remember, the review must be reviewed for it to be helpful.
Please ask your child the questions and check the answers. This will help put the information into memory so the best answer can be chosen on the test.
I will email the week at a glance tomorrow after the staff development.
Thank you for sharing your child with me.
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of October 2nd in Science

Dear School Family,
This week we will finish up unit 2 and have the test on Tuesday, October 10th.  I will give the students the review tomorrow and we will make flash cards.  I will also upload the review into google classroom so it will always be accessible.  The review will be graded so it is import to complete it. Please encourage your child to use the flash cards to study with.  Once they have studied a bit, it would be great if you would call the questions to your child and have him or her tell you the answer.  The questions are not the questions from the test, but if your child understand each of the review questions, then she or he will be able to understand the questions and answers on the test.
My oldest daughter is getting married on Saturday, October 7th.  I am going to be getting ready for the wedding and a substitute will be in my place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The students will have important classwork to complete and I want to make sure that you know I expect them to work hard, even though I am not there. 
Report cards went home last week. Please make sure to check over the grades and behavior. If you have any questions, make sure to contact the teacher to get clarification.
This week in science-
Monday - Finish cell to organism organization; start unit 2 review (test covers cell theory, cell organelle structures and functions; organism organization)
Tuesday - Finish unit 2 review and check answers
Wednesday and Thursday - Begin academic vocabulary learning for unit 3 (living systems)
Friday - Read Science World (a student magazine with new and up to date science)
Important Upcoming Dates:
Monday, October 9th - Student Holiday
Tuesday, October 10th - Unit 2 Test
Friday, October 20th - Student Holiday
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year. If you have any questions, make sure to email me at
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher