Nicole Jackson-Williams
jacksons@pwcs.edu

My Work Hours: Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. 
Focused Office Hours are Mondays: 1:30 - 3:00 PM. 
Instruction and Independent Student Time: Wednesdays: 8:30 - 11:30 AM. 
Please feel free to also contact me outside of my office hours via email.  I will be checking my email throughout the day and will respond within 24 hours.  Thank you!

Week of April 27th: Please check your Office 365 accounts for this week's class work and information.

Update April 14th:

Welcome back from Spring Break everyone!  I hope that everyone had a restful spring break!  Please check your Office 365 accounts for updates on our next 6th Grade Science class activities.  Thank you!

Update on April 3rd, as of 9:45 AM

Hi Everyone!  Please check your Microsoft Office 365 email for important class announcements regarding optional work.  I hope that everyone is doing great, and is at home healthy and safe.

Update March 31st:

Hi Everyone!  I miss you guys!  Please check your Office 365 email account for updates that I have posted.  We will meet virtually by Zoom.  Class meeting information can be found in your Office 365 email account.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by email at jacksons@pwcs.edu.  Continue to stay healthy!

I truly miss all of my students.  The best advice that I can give right now is to abide by the directive of the Centers for Disease Control, and also what the Commonwealth of Virginia has mandated.  As a result of the school closure, I will not see you in my classroom, but as always, you can send me emails for further clarification on principles that we have learned in 6th grade Science.  My classes have become accustomed to me sending out pertinent information via Office 365.  Please check there for information on how to obtain optional work in 6th grade science.  Please continue to be well.  Below, you will see a recap of what 6th grade science is all about.  Additionally, you will see information regarding what we have covered this year up to March 12, 2020.  Please feel free to email me with any additional questions.

6th Grade Science Description

In 6th Grade Science, your child will transition from elementary to middle school, which represents the start of their secondary education experience.  The Virginia 6th Grade Science Standards will support this transition as students will examine more abstract concepts, which will provide a foundation in the discipline of science.  During the 6th grade year, students will explore the characteristics of their world from the Earth's placement in the solar system, to the interactions of water, energy, air and ecosystems on the Earth.  As students more closely examine the use of resources, they will also consider how their actions and choices affect future habitability on Earth.  Students will also develop scientific skills and processes as they pose questions and predict outcomes, plan and conduct investigations, collect and analyze data, construct explanations, and communicate information about the natural world.  Mathematics and computational thinking will gain more importance as students advance in their scientific thinking.


Virginia 6th Grade Standards of Learning that have been covered so far:

August 2019 through March 12, 2020:
6.1 Introduction to Grade Six Science and Science Problem Solving
6.1a - Asking Questions and Defining Problems
6.1b - Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
6.1c - Interpreting, Analyzing and Evaluating Data
6.1d - Constructing and Critiquing Conclusions and Explanations
6.1e - Developing and Using Models
6.1f - Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

September and October 2019
6.8 Watersheds
6.8a - A watershed is composed of the land that drains into a body of water
6.8b - Virginia is composed of multiple watershed systems which have specific features
6.8c - The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary that has many important functions 
6.8d - Natural processes, human activities, and biotic and abiotic factors influence the health of a watershed system.

November 2019
6.9 The Human Impacts to the Environment
6.9a - Natural resources are important to protect and maintain.
6.9b - Renewable and nonrenewable resources can be managed.
6.9c - Major health and safety issues are associated with air and water quality.
6.9d - Major health and safety issues are related to different forms of energy.
6.9e - Preventive measures can protect land-use and reduce environmental hazards
6.9f - There are cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies.

December 2019
6.4 Energy
6.4a - The sun is important in the formation of most energy sources on Earth.
6.4b - Earth's energy budget relates to living systems and Earth's processes.
6.4c - Radiation, conduction, and convection distribute energy.
6.4d - Energy transformations are important in energy usage.

January 2020
6.5 Matter
6.5a - Atoms consist of particles, including electrons, protons and neutrons.
6.5b - atoms of a particular element are similar but differ from atoms of other elements.
6.5c - Elements may be represented by chemical symbols.
6.5d - Two or more atoms interact to form new substances, which are held together by electrical forces (bonds).
6.5e - Compounds may be represented by chemical formulas.
6.5f - Chemical equations can be used to model chemical changes.
6.5g - A few elements comprise the largest portion of the solid Earth, living matter, the oceans and the atmosphere.
6.6 Earth's Water
6.6a Water is referred to as the universal solvent.
6.6b - Water has specific properties.
6.6c - Thermal energy has a role in phase changes.
6.6d - Water has a role in weathering.
6.6e - Large bodies of water moderate climate.
6.6f - Water is important for agriculture, power generation, and public health.

February 2020 - March 12, 2020
6.7 Earth's Atmosphere
6.7a - Air is a mixture of gaseous elements and compounds.
6.7b - The atmosphere has physical characteristics.
6.7c - Properties of the atmosphere change with altitude.
6.7d - There is a relationship between air movement, thermal energy, and weather conditions.
6.7e - Atmospheric measures are used to predict weather conditions.
6.7f - Weather maps give basic information about fronts, systems, and weather measurements.


<About Me>
I am happy to have your child in my class.  A little about me, I am a Tennessee native.  In my home state of Tennessee, I obtained a Bachelor's in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Austin Peay State University.  I then earned a Masters in Chemistry from Fisk University with a concentration in Organic Chemistry.  I taught middle school science before moving to New Jersey to work as a Discovery Chemist at Roche Pharmaceuticals.  I spent nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical sector.  I missed having a direct impact on what's important to us, which is our children, our future.  I made the decision to return to the classroom to prepare my students to far excel what I have been blessed to do in my career as a Scientist.  I am so happy to call Hampton home and to be working with my students!