DMS - Team 6A - SCIENCE
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     Ms. Casale   
    Smart is not something you are.  Smart is something you get. (Jeff Howard) 

    Dear Students & Families,

         WELCOME to DMS!  I created my teacher website as a resource to help you and your family transition to 6th grade.  I will use Schoology and email to communicate day-to-day information to students and families throughout the school year.  On these pages, you will find information about me, Team 6A, letter grades, rotating schedules, and your science class.  For your convenience, I suggest you bookmark the Duxbury Middle School website on your home computer and smart devices.  This will allow you quick and easy access to important links like Schoology, Google Drive, Gmail, Aspen and more.

         Like some of you, I have lived in Duxbury my whole life (assuming you don't college and a few years after).  In addition to Duxbury, I have lived in Providence, RI, while attending Providence College (BA '94) and Boston while attending Northeastern University (MBA '96) and in the years following while I worked as an accountant at a Boston area hospital.  That was before I decided to make a big career change.  I decided to move back to Duxbury to be closer to the rest of my family and studied education at Simmons College (MAT '07).  Finally, I was where I was supposed to be doing what I loved to do ... teach. and became what I was always meant to be ... a teacher.  I come from a big family and we spend lots of time together.  My first few years of teaching were spent at the Wampatuck Elementary School in Scituate teaching fourth and sixth grade.  Then one happy day in 2010, I bumped into my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Greenglass.  After a few minutes spent catching up she told me about a teaching position at DMS.  I could not believe my good luck! I applied for the job and have been the science teacher on Team 6A ever since.  In my free time, my husband and I like to hang out with our friends (most of whom are our classmates from Chandler and Alden) and our families who all live in Duxbury.  I can't wait to learn more about you when school starts.  

           This year in science we will use the SEPUP curriculum to guide our learning.  SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program) was introduced to DMS grades 6-8 in the 2018-2019 school year.  It is an innovative science curriculum that has issue-oriented science at the core of its curriculum materials.  Every unit uses personal and societal issues to provide thematic continuity for student investigations and observations.  As well as opportunities to practice science skills.  SEPUP is part of UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science.  The materials used in class are distributed by LAB-AIDS, Inc.  Therefore, you may hear one teacher call the program SEPUP and another LAB-AIDS.  Previous students and I love the new curriculum and I know you will too.

         Students, remember learning doesn’t stop when you walk out of school at the end of the day.  What you learn is important, you can do it and I'll be there to help along the way.  Learning lasts a lifetime and requires your best effort.  I hope to pass on to you the desire and skills you need to be a life-long learner like myself. 

         I know there are a few more things you want to know about.  Please follow this link to learn about Team 6A supplies and what will happen on the first days of school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you in school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sincerely, Ms. Casale-McCarthy