Mrs. SittingBull

Professional Biography

  • Charlie SittingBull is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in North Thurston Public Schools. Charlie graduated from the University of Washington with a Master's in Science Education, and certificates in Restoration Ecology; and Education, Environment, and Community. She earned her Washington State teaching certificate from Saint Martin's University in Secondary Science and Secondary Humanities. Charlie completed over five years of training in Traditional Plants and Foods, is on the NTPS implementation committee for the Since Time Immemorial curriculum, and is a Tend, Gather, and Grow team member; one of GRuB's newest programs. Tend is dedicated to educating youth about wild edible and medicinal plants and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. Through the development of a teaching toolkit on Northwest plants and providing teacher trainings, the program aims to build food security, promote health, and facilitate connections with the land. Charlie continues to work within her district, collaborating with local tribal members to integrate Indigenous Knowledge Systems within North Thurston Public Schools. Charlie is passionate about engaging students in science through placed-based field experiences, believing that a strong sense of place will help our next generation develop creative solutions to sustain our changing community.

Course Syllabus

  • Distance Learning Syllabus
    Salish Middle School
    7/8 Science
    Course Syllabus
    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Course Description:
    This course includes a lot of hands-on lab activities.  Your success in this class will rely on your participation during these activities.  Your participation and cooperation are vital to making this class a positive experience for everyone.  If you come to class excited and ready to learn each day, I promise that you will have a good time and succeed. If you ever miss a class, check Announcements in Canvas for the class you missed. All assignments, notes, and activities are linked in the daily announcement.

    This syllabus will help you become familiar with classroom rules, expectations, assignments, and grading policy.  Please refer to this syllabus throughout the year if you have any questions.

    Materials Needed:

    • COLLEGE-RULED composition book
    • Pencils and erasers (please have a supply at home to re-stock)
    • Highlighter (yellow, orange and pink work best in the composition notebooks)
    • At least one blue/black pen and one red pen

    All other materials are supplied in class. Students may wish to have colored pencils, a metric ruler, calculator and pencil sharpener.

    Classroom Rules:
    Work hard. Be nice. Follow lab safety rules posted in your lab notebook.

    Classroom Expectations:

    • You should come to class each day with your lab notebook, a sharpened pencil, and a positive attitude.
    • No food or drink in the lab. No exceptions.
    • When you walk into class, get out today’s materials, stow your backpack in assigned cubby, sit in your seat and complete the Do Now that is posted on the board.
    • Maintain a neat and organized lab notebook.  This is the key to your success.
    • Be respectful to your classmates and your teachers.
    • You must practice safe and appropriate behavior at all times. Follow all lab safety rules.
    • Take an active role in class.  Ask questions, be interested, interact with your peers, and get excited!

    Types of Assignments:

    Labs (25%)

      • In-class graded work related to labs
      • Submitted in Canvas or in class

    Projects (25%)

      • Group and/or individual
      • Grades on participation, presentation, and project outcome
      • See rubric within each project assignment in Canvas

    Homework (25%)

      • Once per week
      • Assigned Monday, due Friday
      • Submitted in Canvas

    Assessment (25%)

      • Includes quizzes and tests

    Extra Credit (5%)

      • Submitted in Canvas, accepted each quarter
      • Attend any event that involves science; write 2-3 paragraph summary
      • For details see extra credit assignment in Canvas

    Grading Policy:

    • All graded work submitted in Canvas
    • See “to-do” or “coming up” or “view calendar” or “grades” or look at current week in “modules” within Canvas course for all assignments
    • Total of two opportunities on quizzes and homework
    • Editing and rewrites accepted on assignments, labs, projects
    • All specific feedback, edits, rubrics, and work is in Canvas- see “grades” within Canvas for details on any assignment
    • Canvas gradebook updated to Skyward gradebook every Friday

    Late Work:

    • Final deadline for redos/late work is two weeks after assignment due date. No late work will be accepted after this date.
    • Homework and assignments are directly connected to learning standards in the moment
    • Students who submit late work lose the opportunity for immediate feedback, revisions, and conferencing with teacher to ensure mastery of learning standard

    Accommodations: Students will receive the appropriate accommodations in class. Accommodations must be specified in IEP/504. This is not a complete list, as accommodations are adapted to individual need. 

    • Preferential seating
      • Seating near board, near teacher desk, or with supportive group; immediately notify teacher of specific needs
    • Provide individual or small group instruction
      • Following large group instruction, teacher will check with individuals/small groups for comprehension, and reteach when necessary
    • Modify, model, repeat, rephrase directions / multimodal presentations of information 
      • Directions will include written words, images, modeling of directions, rephrasing, check for understanding, and repeat, rephrase when necessary
    • Provide copies of teacher notes 
      • Daily notes are linked to daily Announcements for individual student review, copy, or printing
    • Use multiple strategies for redirection  
      • Redirection includes but not limited to: pause and wait, timer for tasks, proximity, individual reminders,  lab roles, assigned task, review of CHAMP behavior expectations, change of seat, call home
    • Additional time for assignments
      • Additional time suggestions are no more than 1-2 days, assignments will be accepted up until 2 weeks before end of quarter
    • Modified/shortened assignments, limiting number of concepts learned
      • Modification evidenced in grading; rubric assignments receive an increase of 1 level, points-based receive fudge point of 1/4 total assignment. Shortened writing assignments accepted.   
    • Use of Chromebook for writing assignments
      •  All assignments due in Canvas using Chromebooks, typed Cornell notes must be printed and glued into lab notebook
    • Text to speech or digitized text 
    • Use of visual organizers/ organization support 
      • Use Canvas "To Do", "Grades", "Calendar", and "Announcements" to track assignments; use personal device or Chrome book to take pictures of Week at a Glance/in-class materials, foldables in lab notebook used as study tool manipulatives
    • Peer support 
      • At teacher discretion student may be paired up for peer-to-peer tutoring
    • Open notes for quizzes/tests
      • lab notebook only, it is vital all notes are written or typed, printed, and taped into lab notebook
    • Testing: Individual or small group environment/change location within room or school 
      • upon request
    • Testing: Extended time for test 
      • When needed
    • Testing: opportunity to test/quiz orally
      • In a one-on-one setting, student will discuss exam questions with teacher and explain student thinking/reasoning