Mrs. Niver’s Middle School Science (7-8)
Greetings! I am Mrs. Niver and I teach Science to all the Middle School students. I was born into a military family and had the priviledge of living in and travelling to different countries around the world and numerous states right here in the US. As a teenager, my father retired here in Cortland, on top of one of our hills overlooking McGraw. I graduated from Homer High School and then went on to college. After graduating from SUNY Cobleskill, I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science (at one time I wanted to be a veterinarian!) When I changed my life's direction, I merged my undergraduate studies into a teaching degree and started teaching here at McGraw Elementary in 1988. I then met and married my husband, Donald, (many of you know the Niver family!) and started our family. I then received my Master's Degree in Elementary Science Education from SUNY Cortland. I have taught here since 1988 and have enjoyed every minute!
Our 7th and 8th grade Science curricula covers the biological/life sciences, the physical sciences of chemistry, physics, and earth science. I try to have as many hands-on activities and labs as I can possibly squeeze in! And also, let's not forget the NYS Science Assessment given to 8th graders at the end of the year! (But most students love taking this assessment, as it is actually fun!!)
I expect a sense of maturity, respect, and responsibility from all our Middle School students. We are preparing them for a successful transition to a High School work load next year. Therefore, homework and projects are to be turned in on time and class participation is expected. We review for all tests in a number of ways in order to guarantee success for all students, but I encourage parents to take an active role in their child's education. Talk with your child. Show them how to study. Check their progress on School Tool on our website. Set standards and limits. Encourage them to be their best! After all, you were their teacher first and will continue to be, even after their school years!!
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Jacqueline A. Niver
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