What’s Happening

Life Science

This week we began our study of meiosis which is the division of all sex cells. These cells go through a different type of cell division to ensure that they each have half of the necessary chromosomes so that at fertilization, the zygote will have the correct number of chromosomes. For the weekend, they need to make a book similar to the mitosis book, but it will have the eight phases of meiosis instead. This will be due on Monday. They should have a pretty good start on it since we worked on it in class on Thursday.
Students should also have their vocabulary note cards and the first three pages of their worksheet packet completed by Monday.

Earth Science

We begun learning about soil layers and the forces of weathering. On Monday, we broke apart rocks/geodes and the students were able to see different crystal formations. On Wednesday, we did a virtual lab that the students will need to finish at home this weekend. They will need their chrome books or access to a computer to complete it. Students should have their vocabulary note cards finished and the first three worksheets in their worksheet packet for the chapter done on Monday.


Test grades are on RenWeb and students have them back to do corrections over the weekend. They should turn in this plus 4.1 & 4.2 on Monday. Students should have chapter 4 vocabulary done. Several finished after their test, but those that did not have time in class will need to do that for Monday.

7/8 PE

Just a reminder as it gets cold, every student should have a hoody or sweatshirt in their PE locker to wear when we go outside. We will continue to go outside to run our warm up mile/10 minutes unless it is below 40 degrees.


We are at the end of chapter 3. Students should have all sections finished and prepared to grade/turn in 3.5 and 3.6. They should also have their math binder prepared to turn in and have all chapter 3 vocabulary finished. Students were given a purple sheet and they can use this to write notes that they can use on their test. We will review for the test on Monday and will have our test on chapter 3 on Wednesday.

Life Science

Tests have been graded and are on RenWeb. We will begin chapter 4 on meiosis on Monday. It is similar to mitosis except that each new daughter cell has half the number of chromosomes instead of being identical and it only occurs in two types of cells — egg and sperm. We will be discussing the science of sexual reproduction and we will be also be creating another book with the 8 stages of meiosis.

Earth Science

We have taken our test and the grades are on RenWeb. Students will get their tests back on Monday and they will go home in next week’s Friday envelope. On Monday we will do a lab investigating a geode to see what we get when we break it open. Chapter 5 is about soils and how they develop. They have no homework for the weekend.

Middle School PE

You should have received your quarter report for PE with your child’s test scores on five fitness tests. My philosophy in PE is that not everyone is an athlete, but everyone is capable of improving their fitness. The largest indicator of this is the timed mile. The students have opportunity for 10 minutes of jogging time each PE class and as the weeks progress, they should be developing greater cardiovascular fitness. We also work on upper body strength, flexibility, quickness, and abdominal strength. We do this specifically in our warm up activities and also more generally through our skill activities and games. Some scores are easier to improve upon than others. If you have any questions about your child’s scores or how they are doing in PE, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Students have received their test from last week and corrections will need to be turned in this week. Overall, the class did really well on their tests. I think after the first test, they have a better feel for how the tests are organized and what to expect. They have also learned that the purple sheet can be very helpful if prepared properly. We have begun chapter 3 and the students have several assignments due on Monday.

Earth Science

It’s test time again! Our worksheet packets are due on Monday and we will grade them in class. Your student should also be working on their extra credit — it is due on Tuesday. The book review assignment is due on Tuesday and we will review for the test as well. The test on the rock cycle and the three types of rocks will be on Wednesday.

From Mrs. Schempp

roberta-schempp Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior. Because He has risen, we have life and we have it abundantly. I feel personally blessed to be able to teach at Hope Lutheran. This is a remarkable place and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Christian education is extremely important to me and I thank God that I am able to share my knowledge and experience with all of our students.

Welcome to my website. Here you will find everything that you will need for middle school science and physical education. All students will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Science will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please see the calendar for updates and assignments and look for new information every week about what we are studying.

Mrs. Schempp

Physical Education

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. I Cor 6:19-20

Taking care of our bodies physically and spiritually are equally important. Through our PE classes, we will work on all aspects of fitness including strength, flexibility, and endurance. We will achieve this through conditioning, skills and games. I believe in healthy living in mind, body and soul and will work to instill healthy habits in all of our students. I pray that we are all able to glorify God with our bodies through physical education at Hope Lutheran.


“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein

I would disagree that Einstein had no special talent – he was obviously a genius, however, his curiosity led him down amazing paths and world renowned notoriety. Many children don’t think they are any good at science (or have any special talent), but I disagree with that as well. Every child of God has been created with a certain degree of natural curiosity and a good portion of my job as the 5th – 8th grade science teacher at Hope Lutheran will be to foster that curiosity and lead each child to question how the world works. Through curiosity and questioning, the natural world can be explored. This year our 5th and 6th grade students will be exploring general science and getting an overview of many different aspects of science. Our 7th and 8th grade students will be studying physical science and exploring chemistry and physics in greater depth.