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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 936-435-6400 Ext. 4230.
 
Subjects:
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.

 
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 May 21st in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Thank you so much for sharing your child with me this year.  I am honored to have been part of your family.  Report cards should be mailed in June.  The usual process has been to wait for the STAAR scores to come in and then send the report with the report card to you.  If you have questions this summer, make sure to call the school Mondays through Thursdays and ask.  
 
On Wednesday, school will release at 1:30 pm.  It is important that all children either go home on a bus or get picked up quickly.  
 
The students will take an end of course test in science this week.  To make sure that everyone has an opportunity to do their best, we will start the test tomorrow.  This will count as a daily grade.  The data from this EOC will be shared with the 8th grade science teachers and administration.  There are 6th grade and 7th grade questions on this EOC.  This will give us a good idea about how much information is being retained.  Please make sure your child knows to take this seriously so we plan the best curriculum for your child next year.
 
This week in science -
Monday - May 21st - Finish the space sheet from Friday and start the EOC
Tuesday - Finish the EOC and bubble the answer document
Wednesday - Watch and discuss the science of The Lorax
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science
MPMS

Week of May 14th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I hope your family has a wonderful mother's day tomorrow. This upcoming week is a very important one for the students.  If your child has Mr. Nash for math, then those students will still meet in the gym Monday morning.  The students received a room assignment sheet yesterday in 8th period.  This sheet tells the students what room they will take the 7th grade math STAAR test (Monday) and the 7th grade reading STAAR test (Tuesday).  Please make sure your child gets a solid 8 - 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep the nights before the tests.  I recommend that all electronics, cell phones and Chromebooks, are charged in the kitchen to avoid any updates during the night.  Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria as usual, but if your child doesn't eat breakfast at school, it is important to eat a good breakfast.  I encourage each student to bring a good book to read and a jacket or hoodie in case the room is cold.  
 
We are finally getting to our last two objectives in science.  Space is our last unit to teach.  I feel like we worked really hard in science this year and we learned all of the needed units.  Next year, the students will build on this foundation.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - May 14th - math STAAR test in the morning; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th periods in the afternoon - Introduction to Space
Tuesday - reading STAAR test in the morning; 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th periods in the afternoon - Introduction to Space
Wednesday - Explore Space History and design a time line
Thursday - Illustrate a Spaceship with all of the needed accommodations
Friday - Finish Spaceships
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of May 7th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We are quickly moving through the six weeks.  Please make sure that your child brings the Chromebook to school everyday fully charged.  The chromebooks will be collected May 14th.  Please make sure that the charger goes to school on the collection day.  
 
Any book that has been checked out from school should be returned as well.  If a book was checked out from the library, it needs to be returned to the library.  If a book was checked out from the AP's office, then it goes back to Mrs. Sutton.  The book needs to be handed to an adult for check in.  I do not recommend leaving a book on a desk.  An adult can make sure the book is checked into the system.  
 
The math STAAR test is May 14th and the reading STAAR test is May 15th. I will send the afternoon schedule for these days next week. 
 
This week in Science -
Monday - May 7th - Students will prepare a slideshow explaining catastrophic events
Tuesday - Students will calculate work
Wednesday - Friday - Students will complete work lab and present their analysis to the class
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of April 30th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Can you believe it's going to be May this week?  We have several really important topics to finish before school is out.  We will finish up watersheds and human effect on water this week.  Then, we will start catastrophic events. There have been so many different ones this year that we should have plenty of examples.  The following topic will be work.  The students will design their own way to demonstrate work and how to calculate it.  Finally, we need to understand what humans need to live on another planet or moon.  Please, please, please make sure your child goes to school every day with a charged chromebook.  
 
Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please make sure that you look over it with your child.  Progress in each class is important.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 30th - Students will use their chromebooks to participate in a peardeck about groundwater and surface water
Tuesday - Students will finish the compare and contrast graphic about groundwater and surface water
Wednesday - Students will complete a watershed lab
Thursday - Students will use their chromebooks to complete an on-line assessment with remediation as needed about water
Friday - We will begin catastrophic events
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of April 23rd in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I will enter test grades for last Thursday's test before supper tonight.  I thought that they would be in last Thursday, but I didn't have the energy.  
 
This week we examine weathering, erosion, and deposition.  This is a short unit and will go quickly.  At the end of the week we will insert work.  Work will be done as more of an inquiry and practice activity.  The students will work to design and demonstrate work being done, calculated, and compared. 
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 23rd - Begin weathering, erosion, and deposition
Tuesday - Sort cards with different descriptions as either weathering, erosion, or deposition
Wednesday - Assess knowledge of weathering, erosion, and deposition with an activity
Thursday - Introduction to the concept of work
Friday - Practice actual work, design a lab to demonstrate work, make sure to include variations of demonstration, create the lab using the scientific method format
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of April 16th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Last week, report cards were sent home with the students.  Please make sure to look over your child's grades and conduct.  We still have six more weeks of school before the break.  The instruction during these school days is just as important as the days at the beginning of the school year.  Please make sure to encourage your child to learn while he or she is at school and summer will be here soon.  We will finish up life science and then on to earth science.  
 
Tuesday, April 17th, the seventh grade students will have an assembly to hear author Jason Reynolds speak about why he became an author and the books that he has written.  We are so excited about this opportunity.  Dr. Amanda O'Banion from SHSU has also ordered a copy of Ghost for each student to keep and begin a personal library.  The language arts department will distribute the books when the department begins a unit of study by reading the book.  If you know Dr. O'Banion, please make sure to thank her for her many hours of work arranging for Mr. Reynolds to visit our school and for each student to receive a copy of the book.
 
We have a test over biodiversity and ecosystems on Thursday, April 19th.  The review questions for the test are in your child's google classroom.  Please help your child review for the test by asking him or her each of the questions.  It is important that your child be able to explain the answer to you.  
 
Friday, April 20th, is a student holiday.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 16th - Begin a Biome Project 
Tuesday - Finish the Biome Project
Wednesday - Review for Test, play an on line review game
Thursday - Test
Friday - Student Holiday; Staff Development
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of April 9th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
This school year is passing so quickly, I can hardly keep up.  Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please make sure to review each grade and conduct, for each class.  I know that sunny days makes us all think about summer, but I need everyone to make sure to give 100 percent effort in every class until the last day of school.  
 
Our language arts and math teachers are in need of our support.  The level math and reading benchmark tests will be Wednesday and Thursday.  Our teachers need to know what they need to reteach before the STAAR tests so our students need to take the benchmarks seriously.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 9th - Investigate ecological succession
Tuesday - Illustrate ecological succession and understand the difference between primary and secondary succession
Wednesday - 7th Grade Math Benchmark Test; 1st-4th period (I think)
Thursday - Reading Benchmark - 5th - 8th period (I think)
Friday - Begin Biomes - What makes biomes different?
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of April 2nd in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I hope that you enjoyed Easter with your family and that this email finds each of you healthy and happy.
 
STAAR writing test is Tuesday.  Tomorrow, each student will receive a card during 8th period that will indicate what room he or she will test in.  Each student is also listed on a large poster across from the upstairs office.  Please make sure that your child has at least 8 hours of sleep Monday night.  Ideally, these would be hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Sometimes, students receive alerts during the night on their phone and the sleep cycle is interrupted.  Please make sure that this does not happen.  The school will serve breakfast Tuesday morning.  Please encourage your child to eat breakfast.  I encourage each student to bring a good book to read and a jacket. The students will be released to go to classes at 1 pm.  At the 1 pm release the students will go to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
 
Wednesday, the pre-ap math students will take their math STAAR test and all level math students will have a normal day.  Mr. Nash will inform each of his students of their test room.
 
If your child is interested in the physics day field trip on Saturday, April 7th, make sure to send the signed permission form back tomorrow.  You can drop off your child at 8:20 am in front of the gym and we will return at 5:15 pm.  The physics day is free.  The only thing that you need to worry about is lunch.  Your child can bring a lunch or you can send $8.00 and a lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria at TAMU.  This will be our first time to attend physics day and I am very excited.
 
This week in science -
Monday - April 2nd - We begin biodiversity with notes
Tuesday - Writing STAAR Test in the morning and illustrate biodiversity academic vocabulary in the afternoon
Wednesday - Investigate biodiversity with a stations lab
Thursday - Finish the stations lab
Friday - Complete an activity linking biodiversity to ecological succession
 
Friday is the end of the fourth six weeks and report cards will be sent home the following week.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of March 26th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We have a test this Wednesday over chemistry.  The original date was Tuesday, but we moved the test to Wednesday.  The students will have the review tomorrow.  I will send a copy to the google classroom and hand out a hard copy.  The test is only eleven questions so they are nine points a piece.  Please make sure that your child has studied for the test.  I suggest you ask your child each question and have him or her explain the answer to you.
 
The STAAR writing test is April 3rd.  
 
This week in science - 
Monday - March 26th - We will finish our scavenger hunt using density; begin our test review
Tuesday - Go over all of the answers to the review; play Kahoot
Wednesday - Make a good grade on our chemistry test; watch an introductory video about biodiversity
Thursday - Student Holiday - Staff Development
Friday - School Holiday
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org. Thank you for sharing your child with me this year. I feel like we are learning a lot about science.

Week of March 19th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I hope that your family has had a nice holiday.  It's hard to believe that we are back at school tomorrow.  The next weeks will go very fast and I will try to keep you up to date on any changes to our schedules.  Our new principal, Mr. Campbell, starts tomorrow.  I know that I will be at a training on Wednesday all day. Progress reports should go home with the students by Wednesday, 3/21.  March 29th teachers will have a staff development, so there will be no school for the students.  Friday, March 30th, is a school holiday.  
 
We are learning chemistry right now.  In class, we are reviewing information learned last year and then adding to that with this year's curriculum.  The best way to know if your child is learning is to have them explain what they learned in science each day.  If they can explain it to you, then we are on the right path.
 
Please make sure your child brings the charged Chromebook every day to school.  This computer is needed every day at school in one or more classes.
 
This week in science -
Monday - March 19th - Review characteristics of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, and where are they on the periodic table; what elements make an organic compound; how do we calculate density
Tuesday - Open note quick quiz over Monday's information; explore physical and chemical changes 
Wednesday - SUBSTITUTE - Activity using chemistry information
Thursday - Density Activity in groups
Friday - Review for chemistry test
Monday - March 26th - Review for chemistry test
Tuesday - Chemistry Test
 
If you have any questions or I can help you in anyway, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of March 5th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
It is so hard to believe that there is only one week until spring break.  We have so much to learn.  
 
Please make sure your child charges the chromebook every night and brings it to school every day.
 
Tuesday, March 6th, is the unit 7 test.  Your child has a review and has made flash cards to help review for the test.  If the flash cards cannot be located, they are also in your child's google classroom along with some helpful videos.  Please make sure that your child studies for this test. The flash cards will be graded on Tuesday, so they need to be with your child on Tuesday.  In order to get through all of our curriculum this year, we need to be successful on every test to avoid the need to reteach and retest as a class.
 
We, the 7th grade science teachers, have found a gap in the learning from last year.  Your child may have a great understanding of the periodic table, but we have a bunch of students that do not.  We are going to investigate the organization of the periodic table as we open the chemistry unit on Wednesday and then go onto learn the 7th grade information.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - March 5th - Play review games to reinforce learned information about flow of energy
Tuesday - Unit 7 Test, turn in flash cards
Wednesday - Explore Elements vs Compounds 
Thursday - Explore what elements are necessary for a compound to be considered "organic"
Friday - Explore characteristics of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids
 
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year. If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of February 26th in Science

Dear School Family,

We will finish up the flow of energy information for this unit.  We started the review last week and will finish it this week.  We are making flash cards with the question on one side and the answer on the other.  I explain to the students that they are not useful if they are not used.  Ideally, each student will use them to study for the test.  The student reads the question and then thinks of the answer, and then checks the answer.  To add to that, they will be even more helpful if someone else will read the questions to the student and then checks the student's answer.  I recommend preparing for every test so that every student is successful on the test.  
 
Please make sure that your child's chromebook is being charged every night and is brought to school every day.  The chromebook is needed every day.
 
Friday, March 2nd is a staff development day.  The science teachers will plan specific lessons for the chemistry and biome units. 
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 26th - Finish making the test review
Tuesday - Post Test for the TAMU text structure project
Wednesday - Reteach any TEKS that students need help with
Thursday - Energy Flow computer games
Friday - Staff Development; Student Holiday
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher

Week of February 19th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
Monday, February 19th, is a student holiday.  BookUp club will not meet until February 26th.  Teachers will have professional development to design quality lessons.
 
Tuesday, February 20th, students will take their writing benchmark.  Students should go to their benchmark teacher at the first bell.  Please make sure that your child has had a good nights rest Monday night.  Students will eat in the classroom for lunch instead of the cafeteria.  If your child would like to bring a lunch from home, that will be great.  If your child does not bring a lunch from home, a lunch will be provided from the cafeteria and charged to their lunch account.  I encourage students to bring a book to read and a jacket, in case the classroom is cold.  Please encourage your child to do their best on this test so teachers have an accurate understanding of the learning that has happened. 
 
Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please examine your child's grades and comments together.   
 
Our next test, in science, will be February 27th.  We will begin the review on Friday.  
 
We have one more week of donations for the leukemia and lymphoma society.  Our team of students has donated over $150.  If you come across anymore spare change, we can still donate through Thursday.  Thank you for the money that has already been sent.  
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 19th - President's Day Holiday for students
Tuesday - writing benchmark in the morning; 1st - 4th in the afternoon
Wednesday - illustrate and describe photosynthesis
Thursday - reinforce photosynthesis by playing a game
Friday - begin to make flash cards for unit 7 test review
 
If you have any questions, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich

Week of February 12th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
I hope your family is well and no one has the flu. If your child has the flu, please send an email to his/her teachers.  Also, remind your child to ask each teacher for any work missed.  If your child needs help understanding the missed work, please ask for tutoring times as well.  I don't want anyone to get behind in any class.
 
Students are not allowed to carry stuffed animals, balloons, or arrangements of flowers to school for Valentine's day.  Mr. Howard has announced this each day.  Students may not receive deliveries of these items as well.  We try not to disrupt the learning day.
 
This Friday, February 16th, is the last day of the 4th 6 weeks.  Report cards will go home with students by February 21st.  Monday, February 19th is a staff development day.  Students have a holiday for President's Day.  Please enjoy the time with your family.  February 23rd there is a school dance.  The PTO will share more information about this soon.
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 12th - reinforce academic vocabulary for food webs; observe compost column
Tuesday - Compare the components of food webs; observe compost column
Wednesday - Organize food webs into an energy pyramid; 10% Rule; observe compost column
Thursday - Create food webs in groups; observe compost column
Friday - Do a class activity showing how food webs are connected; observe compost column
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich 
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS

Week of February 5th in Science

Dear School Family,
 
We are coming to an end of unit 6 that covers genetics, adaptations, and dichotomous keys.  We started our review last Thursday.  I have made a link to the review in each student's google classroom in case the original one can not be located.  We will have Monday for the students to work on the review, then we will correct any errors on Tuesday.  The unit 6 test is Wednesday, February 7th.
 
It is very important for you child to study for this test.  Please call the questions to your child and have her/him explain the answers to you.  While you are doing this, you can see how many answers have been completed.  The more practice done to study for the test, the more success your child will feel.
 
This week in science -
Monday - February 5th - finish making flash cards to review for unit 6 test
Tuesday - correct any errors on the flash cards, practice studying with flash cards
Wednesday - bring flash cards to class so that they can be graded, make an A on unit 6 test
Thursday - begin flow of energy with food chains and food webs
Friday - use food chains to identify academic vocabulary; make observations of compost column
 
If you have any questions about school, please email me at jullrich@huntsville-isd.org and I will find the answer.
 
I hope that your family has a great week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Ullrich
7th Grade Science Teacher
MPMS