• Mrs. Heather DeCastillia (back hall)/Mrs. Deni Pickell (front hall)

    8th Grade Science/Earth Science


    Introduction:  Welcome to 8th grade!  We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer!  I am looking forward to an exciting new school year and having all of you in my classes.


    Required Supplies:  

     One 3 subject notebook  

    Index Cards (500)                                                 

    Pencils (Mechanical Pencils would be best)

    Scotch Tape

    1 Black Sharpie

    Colored Pencils/Highlighters


    Wireless Mouse (Optional)


    Nice Extras:

    Tissues, Clorox Wipes, Lysol Spray, Hand held pencil sharpener, individually wrapped candy


    *Course Description:

    This year your child will be studying the various areas in Science.  

    8th Grade Science:                                            Earth Science:                          

    -Chemistry                                                     -Chemistry

    -Ecology                                                         -Meteorology/Climate

    -Microbiology                                                  -Lithosphere

    -Molecular Biology                                          -Hydrosphere

    -Biotechnology                                               -Biosphere

    -Earth’s History                                              -Astronomy

    -Energy Resources



    *Classroom Rules:                                                                      Consequences:

    1. In regards to electronic devices:  “Use It and Lose It”!!       1.  Classroom Interventions

    2. Be Respectful                                                                  2.  Parent Contact

    3. Be Prepared                                                                     3.  Office Referral

    4. Be Prompt

    5. Adhere to the student dress code

     *Grading Guidelines: 

    Grades in science will be based on Total points earned for each assignment. Assignments could include: classwork, projects, assessments, and homework.


    Per Currituck County Schools Policy, students will no longer receive a 0 for their work.  

    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 70-79

    D 60-69

    F 50-59

    With that being said, parents, please check comments and codes in PowerSchool.  

    • Late Work:

    Students have 3 days to complete missed assignments. Students who do not complete assignments on time will be required to participate in Lunch and Learn (Working Lunch). After 3 days from the original due date, the assignments will not be accepted late and a missing assignment will be recorded in the grade book. In cases of absences, students will be allotted time to complete the assignments.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the make-up work location in the classroom for any missed papers on the day they were absent.


    Students and parents will be notified of missing assignments using the missing icon in Powerschool as well as an email from the teacher if the assignment is of major concern.

    • Make-up Work: Students are expected to check Google Classroom and email on a daily basis and complete assigned work if they are absent.  Students need to check the make-up location in the classroom for any missed papers  once they return to school.


    • MMS Honor Code:

    Moyock Middle School takes pride in promoting and upholding academic honesty, integrity, and respect. Each student is expected to complete their own work in a timely manner and abide by the honor code. Any form of cheating will result in a consequence.


    • Technology Expectation:

             Students are expected and responsible for staying on task when using their chromebook. Students should not get off task exploring other sites that are not teacher approved. They should also be working on Science assignments only unless permission is given by the teacher.

    *Parent/Teacher Communication:

    The main objective is to help your child achieve success in all academic areas.  To ensure regular communication between parents and teachers is necessary.  Below is a list of methods of communication that we will use throughout the year.


    Front Hall

    Back Hall

    Email:  dpickell@currituck.k12.nc.us

    Phone Ext.:  9033

    Email:  hdecastillia@currituck.k12.nc.us

    PHone Ext: 9011


    -E-mail:  This is the easiest way to contact me.  Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

    -Phone Calls:  (252) 435-2566

    -Remind found on the blue sheet from open house/first day of school

    • Webpage Info.:

    For specific messages from individual teachers –please see web page at: 

    http://www.currituck.k12.nc.us/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=304&ChannelID=333&DirectoryType=6 once there click on teacher pages to find your teachers.  Names are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

    Mrs. D's Policies and Procedures







Last Modified on August 29, 2022