Hello! My name is Ms. Arens, and I am excited to be exploring science with you. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.S. in Biology. Some of my previous work experiences include working for the Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and as a wilderness canoe guide. I decided to go back to school to become an educator when I realized how much I enjoy helping students find their passions and get excited about the world around us. I also love to travel and have lived in several different places around the world. A few years ago I lived in Morocco studying argan trees and have even lived in the jungles of Costa Rica working with sloths. I also enjoy baking and cooking, surfing and playing soccer, and foraging and gardening for food.
If you have any questions for me, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to help! :)
This is just a reminder that students may not use personal cell phones on the school property.
Cell phones will be confiscated if they are used on the school property. Confiscated phones will be locked up and returned on the Friday of that week. If a phone is confiscated on a Friday, the phone will be returned on the following Monday.
The science gradebook is up to date!
Part 1 AND Part 2 of the Topic 6 Summative are now in Infinite Campus.
If students have not submitted their Part 1 worksheet, be sure to encourage them to finish. The My Plan Spreadsheet is worth 4 points and the worksheet that goes with it is worth 6 points. So you may see a score of 4 (Incomplete) if your student has finished their plan but not submitted the answers to their questions yet.
Retakes for Part 2 (test) will be available starting on Monday for students who have turned in all missing work for Topic 6.
Let me know if you have any questions. We will be start our new topic (Topic 7: Genes and Heredity) on Monday! :)
Due to in-person students taking their math MCA tests, there will be no class during 2nd block on Tuesday 4/12. However, you will Zoom with Mr. Dagger during 4th block.
1st Block - Regular ELA Zoom with Ms. Faust
2nd Block - NO ZOOM
3rd Block - Regular Science Zoom with Ms. Arens
4th Block - SWITCHED to Zoom with MR. DAGGER
You will not have any Zoom for Social Studies with Mrs. Stolarz.
Seventh grade students will begin taking their READING MCA tests this week, starting on Monday (3/14). Math MCAs will begin the week of April 11th.
If you have any questions about testing, please feel free to reach out to me. :)
Per state requirements, students are unable to have access to their cell phones or wearable technology at any time during MCA testing or during breaks from MCA testing. In the event that a student has access to a cell phone or wearable technology during testing, the student’s test is required to be invalidated, even if the student did not use the device. Wearable technology includes, but is not limited to smart watches and fitness trackers.
On dates when your student is scheduled to take MCA assessments, your student will check in their phone and/or device with me on the morning of testing. I will collect the phone/device, put it in a labeled zip locked bag and keep it in a locked cupboard until the end of testing for the day, at which time I will return the phone/device to your student.