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 WELCOME to 8th Grade and Mrs. G's Science Class


How can it be possible we are less than 30 school days from year's end? Please have a conversation with your student concerning quality points necessary to successfully complete 8th grade. We are pushing forward and concentrating on learning all the foundational standards necessary for your student to be confident in his/her abilities when assessment begins April 9th.  It is an exciting time in the world of Science Education. Louisiana State Department of Education has been working hard over the past year to refine expectations and create a path that will open areas of exploration in STEM. This year will be a year to navigate this path for both teacher and student.


This time of year brings both excitement and dread to parents and students alike. Testing will begin on April 9th. Several things to keep in mind as testing approaches: 1) have your student use the link on my Assignments page to practice navigating the new Science LEAP 2025 format; 2) make sure your student is going to bed and getting up at least 30 minutes earlier to ensure proper rest; 3) have them eat something high in protein prior to testing (including eating breakfast at school); and 4) leaving home each morning with a positive attitude. These are just a few tools that I've personally found helpful in setting your student up for success each day.


As those dreaded quality points are being looked at nearing the end of the school year, I would like to take a brief minute to reiterate proper procedures for turning in incomplete assignments. According to the LJHS Student Handbook, your student only has one (1) day per day excused to make up missing assignments. For example, if they miss 1 day of school then they have one extra day to make up any missed assignments without any grade penalties. I try to allow my students to make up any missed work as the 6 weeks goes along. I remind them once a week of missed assignments, that an I or Incomplete will be input to JPAMS until such work is turned in, and prior to progress reports or report cards going home those Incompletes are changed to zeros (0). The rationale for giving Incompletes is to generate those parent command phone calls so that you can remind your student of missing work as well. The goal is for them to take initiative in staying on top of any missing assignments. I sincerely appreciate your help reinforcing this at home.



It is a privilege to serve these students and I simply cannot wait to see their future unfold and all they dare to achieve in life happen. I feel blessed to play such a small part in this process. My students will soon say goodbye to middle school and hello to high school along with many new adventures and memories to be made. I will absolutely miss them when the time comes, but will be pleased to see them embrace this next season in their life. Please feel free to contact me with any questions along the way.




Julia Ganaway, Earth Science 8

Leesville Junior High School

500 Berry Ave. Leesville, LA 71446

(337) 239-3874