Bordentown Regional Middle School

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Welcome to Mrs. Ortu's Science Website

About Me:
I am excited to start my 3rd year teaching science and 16th overall year teaching middle school.  I love sparking curiosity and engaging students in scientific investigations!  I live in Bordentown with my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son and my husband who is in the US Air Force.
 
Supplies:
Please have pens & pencils, a glue stick, a folder, and a journal (preferably the marble bound kind but a ONE SUBJECT spiral will work- these will remain in the classroom).  I always welcome donations of tissues and disinfectant wipes!
 
Homework:
I never give nightly homework.  Occasionally unfinished classwork may need to be taken home to be completed.  Sometimes projects will need to be completed at home but most work is done in class.
 
Grading Policy:
A heavy percentage of the grade is on "journal work" which will include notes, data collection, observations, sketches and more!  Assessments will usually be written summaries of learning that took place instead of traditional tests & quizzes and assessments are always "open-journal".  The other categories in the grading system are classwork and daily warm-ups. More info on grading will be discussed on the first days of school.
 
Parent Contact:
I will send e-mail blasts home about every other week letting you know what we are learning in class and how you can be reinforcing concepts at home.  If you are not receiving this emails, please email me (cortu@bordentown.k12.nj.us) and I will add you.  I encourage you to check PowerSchool regularly and encourage your middle schooler to speak to me if you are wondering what they can do to improve their grade, or email me directly.  Conferences are the week before Thanksgiving but we can always set up a phone conference earlier if needed.
 
6th Grade:
We will do many exciting units including ecosystems, earth science, chemistry and energy!  We incorporate a lot of games and simulations into our learning in 6th grade along with some engineering challenges.
 
7th Grade:
We start the semester with an engineering unit called Paper Tower then spend a lot of the semester learning life science, starting from the cell and building up to the whole organism.  We finish the life science portion of our semester with optional frog dissection!  We then move onto a unit on space science!  The grade finale of 7th grade is an engineering challenge called Marble Machines. I also will attend the Stokes Trip with you as a chaperone!