Rootstown Middle School


7th Grade Science


Mr. Just





    Welcome to Mr. Just’s 8th grade science class.  This will be my seventh year teaching at Rootstown Middle School, and my 17th year teaching overall. I am also a coach for the RHS Baseball team.   Prior to coming to Rootstown Middle School, I spent the previous 8 years teaching 6th - 8th grade math and social studies outside of Atlanta, GA.  I grew up in Suffield, and graduated from Springfield High School (Akron) in 1996 and Mount Union College (now University of Mount Union) in 2001.  My wife’s name is Victoria and we have an eight year-old son, Drew.  This summer we added a puppy, Bella, to our family!  I am a huge sports fan.  I love my Buckeyes, Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers.  I have recently become a big hockey fan, specifically of the Blue Jackets.  I enjoy golfing, hunting, and camping.  I am very excited about this school year and look forward to the opportunity to assist you in your education.


Course Texts:


The Nature of Science and Technology


Earth’s Waters

Environmental Science


Chemical Building Blocks

Motion, Force, and Energy


We will also be creating an Interactive Notebook (IN) throughout the school year to go along with the textbooks.  The IN will consist of notes, in class activities as well as homework assignments.  This IN will be our primary source for preparing for tests and assessments. The IN will be made from the 5 subject notebook each student is required to have.


Late Work:

    I do not accept work after one week.  Homework must be turned in by the end of the school day it is due, in order to not be considered late.  If the homework is not turned in at that time, you will not get full credit for the assignment.  ALL homework should be turned in at the beginning of class the day it is due.  If a student is absent, he/she has the same number of days missed to turn in the homework.  Ex. Johnny is misses three days, he has three days in addition to the day he comes back to make up the missed work.


Test Retakes:


    Any student may retake an assessment.  I take the higher of the two grades.  In order to retake the assessment the student must do 2 things: 1) Get the first assessment signed by a parent/guardian.  2) Make corrections to all missed questions.  Only then, will the student be allowed to retake the assessment.  This process must be completed within 1 week of taking the original test.


Expectations of Students:        


I expect all students to act as if their parents were sitting in class with them.  If a student forgets- or needs to be reminded of how that should look- a parent may be invited to sit with their son/daughter during class for a day, or longer (if needed).


Materials for Class:

  • Pen/pencil and eraser

  • Loose notebook paper.

  • 5 Subject Notebook (to be used for interactive notebook)

  • colored pencils when needed.

  • Textbook EVERYDAY!



The grading scale is based on a 10 point scale.  There are still +’s and –‘s, except for A+.



93-100%    A

90-92.9%    A-

87-89.9%    B+

83-86.9%    B

80-82.9%    B-

77-79.9%    C+

73-76.9%    C

70-72.9%    C-

67-69.9%    D+

63-66.9%    D

60-62.9%    D-

Below 60%    F


The 9 Week Grade, Midterm Grade and Final Grade breakdown as follows:

-80% Assessments                -     20% Daily Work


All grades will be entered into Engrade. Engrade will be updated once a week, typically on Monday’s.  Each student should be receiving a registration slip in Language Arts with Mrs. McFee.  If you used Engrade last year, your login should still be active.