Michelle Clark

Michelle ClarkHello, my name is Michelle Clark.  I have taught at WSD since 2001. I teach science and math.  Every year brings new faces and new learning.  I grew up in Juneau, Alaska and now  live in the country with my husband, a couple dogs, and some farm animals including a bunch of chickens.  I’m an avid reader and enjoy a variety of hobbies including building RC cars, LEGOs, drawing, and caring for our farm.

Classroom: Devine 303
Email: michelle.clark@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-719-4815

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Please click on the tabs to the right to read the course descriptions and syllabi for each of the classes I am teaching this year!

  • Biology
  • Middle School Life Skills Math & Science

Additionally, on this tab below, you will find some general notes that apply to all classes.

Google Classroom:

I use Google Classroom to distribute assignments and collect student work.  Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Students sign-in with their school-issued Google account (firstname.lastname@stu.wsd.wa.gov). It is important that the students develop a good habit to SAVE their assignments frequently (avoiding loss of their unsaved works). Contact me if you need assistance with Google Classroom.

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IXL:

I use IXL for individual math skills especially related to IEP goals and for science knowledge practice.  IXL is a website primarily offering educational practice for K-12 students.  IXL Learning offers practice skills for Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Skills and practice questions are aligned with Common Core and WA State Standards, and are often used in conjunction with classroom learning and assignments. It also provides analytical tools to track student and classroom performance and identify areas for academic improvement with each student. Student login with their firstnamelastname and WSD wifi password. (In some cases students may need to add wsd to the end of their lastname as their log in name).  Contact me if you need assistance with IXL.

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Skyward:

I use Skyward for daily attendance, grades and some parent notifications.  Student’s official grades will be recorded in Skyward. Students’ guardians use Skyward’s Family Access product to stay up-to-date on students’ grades, school schedules, food service accounts, and to communicate with teachers and other district staff. Students use Skyward’s Student Access product to check their own grades and schedules.

Daily participation will be factored into your grade: I.E. – Are you doing projects, partner work in class?  Are you using class time wisely?  Did you join Zoom on time?

Each student is expected to submit his/her completed homework assignment in order to receive full credit.  If an assignment is not turned in on-time 10% is deducted from the total score. All assignments can be found on Google Classroom with due dates. Assignments need to be on time to best promote learning of content. I am available by appointment after school from 3:00pm to 4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if a student has a question or needs more instruction.

On the Skyward gradebook, if student’s assignment grade in Skyward is BLANK, that means the assignment is UNGRADED (not missing). BLANK = UNGRADED. If student’s assignment grade in Skyward is ZERO (0), that means the assignment is MISSING. ZERO (0) = MISSING.

Contact WSD secondary assistant Rima Nandakumar if you need assistance with Skyward(rima.nandakumar@cdhl.wa.gov, videophone: 360-334-5775).

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School-issued iPad:

I use iPads in my class for students to access: Google Classroom, IXL, Zoom, and other apps.  WSD students are eligible to check-out/borrow WSD’s iPad for educational purposes. Students can use iPads on-campus and off-campus. Students will need to remember to connect to WIFI and use their internet sign-in username and password (for internet filter) on Blue.com. Contact me or our Librarian who also is an iPad/Tech Support, Ginger Speranza, if you need assistance with iPad (Ginger.Speranza@cdhl.wa.gov, voice phone: 360-696-6525 ext. 4352, videophone: 360-524-0597).

 

Zoom:

Zoom is a website and app that is used for Video Conferencing as a class, in small groups, or 1:1 with the teacher. We have set up zoom expectations for students to follow Here. We ask that students find a quiet space at home with good lighting. Students are dressed appropriately for school and ready to learn when they join zoom meetings. If you have any problems with zoom check out our video tutorial here, or contact Ginger Speranza (Ginger.Speranza@cdhl.wa.gov, voice phone: 360-696-6525 ext. 4352, videophone: 360-524-0597).

Zoom will be used in case of an emergency school shut down and we are asked to go back into remote learning. 

 

HS Biology:
Course description:  Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Through lab and group learning activities, students will learn 1) structure & function, 2) inheritance & variation of traits, 3) matter & energy in organisms and ecosystems, 4) interdependent relationships in ecosystems, and 5) natural selection & evolution. This is a 1 year course for grades 9-12. Students employ and sharpen their inquiry and questioning abilities by performing a variety of investigations.

Each course section may vary due to pacing and assignments adjusted to best meet student needs.

Class Syllabus: Biology Syllabus 2021-22

Science Notebooks:
Students are required to have a spiral notebook to record their science learning.  Research and best practice have led to place more emphasis on the student science notebook. Keeping a notebook helps students organize their observations and data, process their data, and maintain a record of their learning for future reference. The process of writing about their science experiences and communicating their thinking is a powerful learning device for students. The science-notebook entries stand as a credible and useful expression of learning. For the science notebook to be successful students need access to pencils, erasers, colored pencils, glue (glue sticks or tape), and highlighters.

Recommended class supplies:
2 spiral notebooks (1 per semester)
1 2-pocket folder
Pencils and erasers
Colored pencils (24 colors)
Scissors
Glue sticks
Highlighters
Hand-held sharpener (for colored pencils)
** refillable water bottle ** Water fountains are not available due to COVID-19 protocols.

MS Life Skills Math_Science Syllabus 20-21

Middle School Life Skills Math:

This one year class emphasizes basic math skills such as Calculation skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide), Measurement using different tools, and Geometry, with how they are used in the real world.

We will practice our math skills in a variety of ways:
Individual work – IXL, Mammoth Math curriculum, Flashcards, etc.
Small group learning – daily warm-ups, skill lessons, math notebooks
Project Based Learning – units that integrate math skills with a variety of academic subjects

Daily participation will be factored into your grade: I.E. – Participated in the daily activity? on task?

Middle School Life Skills Science:

This one year class will apply science skills in the following categories: Nutrition, Environment, Human Body, and Home.

We will practice our science skills in a variety of ways:
Individual work – task folders to study specific skills
Small group learning – content lessons, science notebook
Project Based Learning – units that integrate science skills with a variety of academic subjects

Math/Science Notebooks:
Students are required to have a spiral notebook to record their content learning and thinking.  Research and best practice have led to place more emphasis on the student learning notebooks.  The process of writing about their  experiences and communicating their thinking is a powerful learning device for students.  Notebook entries stand as a credible and useful expression of learning. For the notebook to be successful students need access to pencils, erasers, colored pencils, glue (glue sticks or tape), and highlighters.

Keeping a notebook in math helps students organize their thinking, daily practice, math vocabulary and maintain a record of their learning.

Keeping a notebook in science helps students organize their observations and data, process their data, and maintain a record of their learning for future reference.

Recommended class supplies:
2 spiral notebooks (1 per semester)
1 2-pocket folder
Pencils and erasers
Colored pencils (24 colors)
Scissors
Glue sticks
Highlighters
Hand-held sharpener (for colored pencils)
** refillable water bottle ** Water fountains are not available due to COVID-19 protocols.