Mrs. Grier's 8th Grade Science Classroom
name is Mrs. Doretha Grier, and I will be your child’s eighth grade
science teacher. Since I will be spending quite a bit of time with your
child, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little about
myself – both personally and professionally.
I was born and
raised right here in Kannapolis. I have been in education
for over 20 years and I am excited to share this experience with you
and your child.
College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
earned a BA in Biology from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. My teaching certification and a Masters in Education was
obtained from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In
addition, I obtained Academically Gifted Certification from the
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and I currently hold National
Board Certification in Middle Grades/Early Adolescence Science.
goal is to engage students in a framework for 21st Century Learning in
preparation for their future in contributing to society. An exciting
year is planned for my students. The year will be filled with
explorations through topics such as: Properties and Changes of Matter,
Energy Conservation and Transfer, Structures and Processes of Earth
Systems, Earth History, Structures and Functions of Living Things,
Ecosystems, Evolution and Genetics, and Molecular Biology. There will
be numerous opportunities for students to engage in hands-on
activities/projects that will hopefully instill an enthusiasm for
learning. Aside from teaching science, I will also be integrating math,
writing, and reading skills into the curriculum.
Things parents/guardians can do to help:
I am available to meet with you daily from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Tutoring is available and must be scheduled prior to attending. Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parent involvement is key to student success. Please take the
opportunity to browse my webpage. It will give you a view of my
classroom and is filled with resources you and your child can
use ensure success. The site is a method of communicating weekly and
daily activities your child will be engaged in and responsible
for. Please be aware that ALL tests or quizzes sent home must be signed by a
parent or guardian. These are usually sent home in the Take Home Tuesday
Folder. I require this for a couple reasons. I want to make sure all
of my parents are aware of their child's grades in class. Also, by
requiring a signature, it allows parents the opportunity to have
discussions about science topics at home that encourages students to
work with their parents. I am unable to call every parent for every
score (although I would like to) so this serves as notification of what
topic your child did not fully understand and allows parents to
encourage him or her to seek extra help!
I encourage you to be an advocate for your child and stay involved with what they are doing daily. You may also visit powerschool for updates on your child's status in the classroom.