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Mrs. Cramer

6th and 7th grade science

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about me...

I've been a middle school teacher since 2002, focusing in science and math.  I have a business administration degree, a master in cross-cultural teaching, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a science supplemental authorization.


I enjoy playing with my horse, George, and taking care of a variety of pets including goats, chickens, dogs, and cats.  My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my husband and two sons.

Wish List

If you can provide any of the following to our classroom, it would be very much appreciated!

  • tissues 
  • disinfecting wipes


After School Program at OPS

Did you know the city of Oakley offers after-school care for our students? See page 19 of the parks and rec. guide. $2 Mondays, $4 Wednesdays till 6:00 PM. $75 for the year.


Calendar-Find Assignments Here

OFFICE HOURS T & TH 7:30-8:00 am

OFFICE HOURS:   Office hours are a way for me to meet with students one-on-one to help clarify assignments or skills that were taught in class, and for students to make corrections to assessments.  Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:00. or by appointment.  When coming to office hours students need to bring their notebook, the assignment or quiz, and your questions.


ABSENCE:  In case of an excused absence the student is allowed the number of days missed from school to make up any work and turn it in for full credit.  It is the student’s responsibility to do assignments that were missed during their absence. A “Here’s What You Missed” paper gives a brief review of the day and assignments, and will be given to them the first day they return to school.  Students will earn all daily points if they turn in the work assigned for the day(s) they are absent within the allowed time.


ASSIGNMENTS AND CORRECTIONS:  All assignments are given a due date by which it must be turned in.  The highest possible score for late work, received within one week of the due date, is 60%.  Late work is not graded.  Work received after one week will receive a zero.  Assignments turned in on time may be corrected for additional half credit within one week of being returned.  Quizzes and tests may be corrected for additional half credit within one week of being returned, and must be corrected during office hours.  Students will first complete a retake form, which requires them to take a corrective action of their choice (such as reviewing notebook pages) before retaking the quiz/test.  I do not offer extra credit assignments.  

There are multiple opportunities for students to ask questions and get help during homework club, advisory, science class, and office hours. I encourage students to use their class time wisely and put forth their best effort every day. Responsibility, accountability, and taking pride in one’s work are some of the most important lessons we can teach our children to be successful, contributing citizens.


CLASSROOM RULES AND CONSEQUENCES:  The purpose of discipline is to teach children acceptable behaviors and ways of interacting with others, not to punish or demean them.  My goal for every student is to be successful in school and all areas of their

life, which leads to better future opportunities.  In school, there are additional requirements to protect the right of every student to learn.  Therefore, I expect every student to:

  1. Respect yourself, respect others, respect the environment

  2. Listen, follow directions, and participate in activities

  3. Raise your hand and wait to be called on for questions/comments

  4. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

  5. Stay on the assigned task

  6. Stay seated during lessons

  7. When the classroom bell rings, stop, listen, and follow directions

  8. Act as if you are at your job:

    • no play fighting or roughhousing

    • no cursing or using bad language

    • no food, gum, or drinks other than water

    • no taking out cell phones in class

    • no walking around class to socialize

    • clean up your work area

    • take off hat as you enter class  

If a student chooses to not follow any of the above rules, they will receive one or more of the following:

1.  one warning – friendly request to class to stop the particular behavior OR lingering eye contact to individual student

2. If student ignores request or breaks another rule during same class:

  1. friendly request to stop

  2. lose 1 point for listening or participation

  3. when bell rings, I will ask to speak with that student for a pleasant, one-way, 10 second meeting.  I will say, “You lost 1 listening point today, if I see similar behavior this week, I will contact your parents and start OPS discipline policy.”

3. If student breaks another rule that week:

  1. friendly request to stop

  2. lose 1 point for listening or participation

  3. when bell rings, I will ask to speak with that student for a pleasant, one-way, 10 second meeting.  I will say, “You lost 1 listening point today, so I have a letter for your parents and the OPS discipline form (deferral to office.) Please have them sign it and return tomorrow.”

4. Severe, dangerous, brazenly disrespectful behavior – immediate referral and parent contact

Parents, please note that if I contact you with a discipline issue, I’ve used a friendly reminder at least twice, and spoken with your student after class with the hope of teaching acceptable school behavior so that they, and the rest of the class, can be successful.


DAILY POINTS:  Students earn 2 points for listening and 2 points for participation each day, for a total of 20 per full week.  Listening means listening quietly when the teacher speaks and following all directions. Listening includes eye contact and effort to understand.  Examples of not listening include talking during lessons, calling out without raising hand, leaving seat during lesson, and inhibiting other students’ ability to learn.  Participation means being engaged in whatever independent or group work is assigned for that class. Participation includes bringing all supplies (or quickly borrowing classroom supplies at the beginning of class), starting assignments immediately when teacher says, “Go,” making best efforts to complete the work, and working respectfully with partner or group.  Examples of not participating include not working on warm up activity, not writing notes (as presented on board), not gluing items into notebook, going to the classroom supply area multiple times per class, and socializing during group activities. Listening and participation points are worth 40% of science grade because these are two of the most important traits for success in school.  If absent, student will receive all points if they make up the work they missed within the allowed time.


GRADING:   A traditional grading system is used at OPS, and the overall class grade is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the total points possible.  The Citizenship grade is based on classroom behavior & participation in large and small group activities. The Work Habits grade is based on classroom work habits, focus, and work production.


Citizenship & Work Habits

A    90-100 %

O = Outstanding 

B    80-89 %

S = Satisfactory 

C    70-79 %

N = Needs Improvement

D    60-69 %

U = Unsatisfactory

F     50-59 %


In my class, grades are based on listening and participation points (40%), classwork (30%), and tests, quizzes, and projects (30%).  In advisory class, students are expected to continually monitor their grades, assignments, and to ask questions if needed. Other than written reminders on the weekly agenda, which you will see in your student’s planner, I do not remind students to turn in assignments.  You were given instructions on how to access Parent Portal at registration.  Here you will see your child’s updated grades for every class.  Please be aware that grades are recalculated each time a teacher enters an assignment.


HOMEWORK:  Separate homework is not assigned in my class.  Please think of Science homework as any unfinished classwork from that day.  Occasionally there are projects that need materials from or completion at home.  I update my website weekly with class assignments, notebook pages, due dates, and tests in the calendar section.  Check your student’s notebook or visit my website to know what your student is working on in Science.



  1. ALWAYS follow all written and verbal direction exactly. Do not leave out ANY steps. Do not ADD any steps.

  2. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.

  3. Do NOT taste or smell any chemical or substance.

  4. Use safety goggles when told to do so.

  5. Tie back long hair.

  6. Use a holder to pick up hot glassware.

  7. Always point a closed container that is being heated away from others.

  8. Always treat a hot plate as if it were on. Never touch it or allow clothing to touch it.

  9. Always clean up wet spills immediately.

  10. Broken glassware should be reported to the teacher. Never pick up broken glass with your fingers. Use a broom and dustpan.

  11. Never place an eyedropper that has been used anywhere but in its proper container.

  12. Always handle chemicals with extreme care. NEVER touch them with your bare hands

  13. Always dispose of matches in the proper container. Never throw them in the wastepaper basket.

  14. Never cover a test tube or beaker with your hand. Stopper it properly.

  15. Always use thermometers carefully. They break easily. If one does break notify your teacher.

  16. Always be sure that any equipment used is kept in the center of the table.

  17. Always report accidents, breakage, and spills to your teacher.

  18. Breakage of equipment because of negligence or carelessness may result in the students responsible paying for replacement or repair.

  19. Clean up your work area after every activity. Put all materials back in their proper places.

  20. Always wash hands with soap after lab.


MATERIALS:   A large part of being a successful student includes being prepared and keeping track of one’s belongings.  

Please bring the following items to class EVERY DAY:

  • 100 page composition book, college ruled

  • folder to keep your Science assignments in

  • OPS Planner

  • Pencil pouch to hold supplies

  • Pencils - regular (carry at least 4)

  • Box of 12 Colored Pencils

  • Hand held pencil sharpener

  • Highlighters

  • Glue Sticks

  • Scissors

  • Refillable water bottle

       REMINDER: toys are not allowed at school



Helpful Links

Are you viewing your child's grades on Parent Portal?  If not, call our office at 925-625-5060 to get your code.


Helping Your Child:


6th grade skill builders:


Becoming a Successful Student


Struggling Students


Amazing Math lessons and practice for free:


See the "Locker" above for specific assignments




The quickest and easiest way to get in touch with me is through email:  


I send occasional text reminders through the Remind app.  Join by typing the following link on your web browser on your smartphone:


6th grade:


7th grade:


supplies we use EVERY DAY:


  • OPS Planner
  • Science Notebook (composition book, 100 pages, college ruled)
  • folder to keep your Science assignments in
  • Pencils - regular (carry at least 4) I've found that mechanical pencils are a distraction for most 6th graders.
  • 12+ Colored Pencils
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencil pouch to store the above supplies
  • Refillable water bottle

Purchase more than you need at the summer sales. Supplies need to be restocked throughout the school year!

Please contact me if obtaining these items is a financial hardship.

Science Textbooks Online

To access science textbooks at home, you can check one out from the library, or you can click here to make an online account.


Focus on Earth Sciences 


Focus on Life Sciences


Focus on Physical Sciences