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Dear Students and Parent/Guardians, 

Parkside Middle School will begin a transition to Canvas, a student learning management system, beginning on Monday, May 4th.  Canvas will allow students to access each of their unique set of classes and find their course content in one location.  Canvas Student Apps can be downloaded by clicking the following links: download for Apple, download for Android Parent and student resources, as well as direct links to the Canvas webpage, can be found on the PWCS Instructional Technology   While we at Parkside are excited about using Canvas, we understand that it will be a learning process for teachers, students, and families.  We are here to help and excited to learn and grow together! 



Parkside Middle School Staff  



Parkside Middle School Staff

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Estimados estudiantes y padres / tutores,

La Escuela Parkside Middle comenzará una transición a Canvas, un sistema de gestión de aprendizaje estudiantil, a partir del lunes 4 de mayo. Canvas permitirá a los estudiantes acceder a cada una de sus clases  y encontrar el contenido de su curso en una ubicación. Las aplicaciones para estudiantes de Canvas se pueden descargar haciendo clic en los siguientes enlaces: descargar para Apple, descargar para Android. Los recursos para padres y estudiantes, así como los enlaces directos a la página web de Canvas, se pueden encontrar en la página de Tecnología Educativa de PWCS haciendo clic aquí. Si bien en Parkside estamos entusiasmados con el uso de Canvas, entendemos que será un proceso de aprendizaje para maestros, estudiantes y familias. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar y emocionados de aprender y crecer juntos!
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Week of April 30 – May 6, 2020
As a reminder, all work assigned on Thursdays is due the following Wednesday

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Cell Processes (LS.3)

This week’s focus, begins on Thursday, April 30th,  is on LS3, Cell Processes, which includes osmosis and diffusion. 
Follow this link to my Calendar where you will find instructions and all required material/links. 

Office hour TEAM Meetings:  I will be available for 10 minute video chats today Monday April 27th for each of my classes, schedule is below.  This time can be used to ask questions, get clarification on Characteristics of Life and Levels of Organization or if you just want to pop in and say "hello".  To access this you will go to TEAMS and find your science P#, please use the "Teams" icon on the left hand side of page to access video chat and/or send messages to me.  Obviously please make sure your have parent/guardian permission. 
P1 1:00 - 1:10pm 
P2 1:15 - 125pm
P3 1:30 - 1:40pm
P4 1:45 - 1:55pm 
P5 2:00 - 2:10pm

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How to get involved in the celebration of 50 years of Earth Day! 

  • Write a Poem to Mother Earth 
  • Write a Haiku 
  • Research the early days of Earth Day. 
  • Research what is a Super Fund Site. 
  • Research an endangered species in Virginia.  
  • Take a picture of people
    • cleaning up the environment
    • recycling
    • reusing
    • reducing
  • Illustrate an Earth Day image. 
  • Investigate your own carbon footprint – what can you do to change that! 
  • Find evidence of Alternative Energy Production near you (solar panels, windmills). 
  • Video tape a neighborhood clean-up effort 
APRIL 20, 2020

Office hour TEAM Meetings:  I will be available for 10 minute video chats today Monday April 20th for each of my classes, schedule is below.  This time can be used to ask questions, get clarification on lessons or if you just want to pop in and say "hello".  To access this you will go to TEAMS and find your science P#, please use the "Teams" icon on the left hand side of page to access video chat and/or send messages to me.  Obviously please make sure your have parent/guardian permission. 
P1 1:00 - 1:10pm 
P2 1:15 - 125pm
P3 1:30 - 1:40pm
P4 1:45 - 1:55pm 
P5 2:00 - 2:10pm

April 23 – April 30, 2020 Thursdays assignments and material being covered

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haracteristics of Life/Levels of Organization in Living Things (LS.1, LS.3)

This week we will review our unit of the levels of organization in living things.  Before we begin going over the levels, it is helpful to discuss what “living” actually means.  Recall that last fall we discussed the differences between “living”, “nonliving” and “dead”.  Since Biology, (Life Science) is the study of living things, you must first have a clear understanding of what a living thing actually is.

Follow this link to my Calendar where you will find instructions and all required material/links. 

Prophase.pngFollow this link to my Calendar where you will find instructions and all required material/links. 
Just click on the words and it will open up to the resources.

*If you don’t remember your login information for Gizmos, try using the lost password/username option.  If that doesn’t work, then create a new one.  If you never had an account for any reason, then create a new one.  Please remember that you need to be sure that you use your real name so that I can identify all students in the class.  I will have to remove any suspicious accounts!  Please be sure your username is school-appropriate. Here are the codes you need to enter.  (Choose the code that is for your class)

P3 Z2H96V
P4 GT628V

Thank you and please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. 
April 15, 2020

A message from our Purple Star Committee

Below is information regarding Purple Up day.  Photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or sent to our Purple Star email address at 


To show your support for our Military families and troops!
On Friday, April 17th we are celebrating Parkside’s Military Families and troops.
We are asking all Parkside staff and students wear purple to show their support for family members who have served or are currently serving all branches of the military. 

Simply share a picture wearing Purple along with the hashtag #PurpleUpParksideProud and include a hashtag with your House Name (we will give House Points for participation). 

Purple Star Committee

April 13, 2002

Good afternoon Parents and Students,

I hope you all had a healthy and enjoyable Spring Break, despite the current challenges that we are all facing. Today I would like to explain how we will be moving forward in Life Science. You should be receiving an email from your child’s advisory teacher in the next day or so, and it is very important that you reply to let him/her know about your current technology needs and capabilities. We are making every effort to be sure that we reach every student and need you to help make us aware of it if you are unable to access any technology.  We can make everything available in print for pickup or delivery via snail mail if necessary, but we need your help to inform us as to your needs.

That being said, we are now ready to continue learning by reinforcing, reviewing and enriching our previously covered materials.  Each week we will offer a variety of optional assignments, of varying skill levels and challenges, and they will be posted on the class webpage, both on the front page, and on the calendar.  You will be able to choose the assignments that interest you, and you may submit them to me for feedback. While the assignments are not graded, they are an excellent way to improve your knowledge of these topics. We will start with our unit on cells.

As a reminder, the 3rd quarter will end on April 24th.  PIP’s can be completed through that time. Students can send me individual emails to request a PIP, they are asked to have reviewed the material provided here on my webpage via the Documents link.  If they require further assistance I am available during regular school hours via email or through TEAMS.

All assignment documents and links will be placed on this website and my calendar on Thursday April 16, to be done during your science block or as you find the time and have access to material.

  1. Check out our Ed Puzzle: Watch the video and answer questions for a brief overview/review.  PLEASE NOTE: Closed Captions available in multiple languages.
  2. Open the document showing you pages 129-135 in our textbook.  Read the text and associated photos, captions, etc.
  3. Open up the Cell Tic Tac Toe. Choose any three assignments and complete a tic-tac-toe!

*Extended Challenge option: For students who want to be challenged and feel they have a good grasp of the concepts.

      1. Complete a Cell Structure or Cell Type *Gizmo.  (If you don’t remember or don’t have your login, I will include information about that at the end of this message)

**Advanced Option: For students who want more!!!!

  1. Complete the Homeostasis Stem Case:

While you may read about the many cell organelles present in cells, remember that these are the organelles that you have been responsible for learning:

  1. Cell Wall
  2. Cell Membrane
  3. Nucleus
  4. Chromatin
  5. Cytoplasm
  6. Mitochondrion
  7. Endoplasmic Reticulum
  8. Vacuole
  9. Chloroplast

*If you don’t remember your login information for Gizmos, try using the lost password/username option.  If that doesn’t work, then create a new one.  If you never had an account for any reason, then create a new one.  Please remember that you need to be sure that you use your real name so that I can identify all students in the class.  I will have to remove any suspicious accounts!  Please be sure your username is school-appropriate. Here are the codes you need to enter.  (Choose the code that is for your class)



P3 Z2H96V

P4 GT628V


Feel free to email me with any questions! While I am working a full day every day, Dr. Boynton has designated Mondays from 1:00 – 2:45 PM as Science Office Hours. Those hours will be solely dedicated to answering your questions directly.

Thank you and stay safe!

March 27, 2020


Good afternoon all, 

I know many of you were very excited to video conference on Tuesday but we have been asked to postpone this due to unforeseen issues with Zoom while a colleague was using with their class today.  As soon as we have been given more directives as to how we are going to proceed I will let you know.  For now, continue to review and plan to PIP as was stated in this mornings email.  I will be available via email to answer questions and perhaps I look at flip grid as a way to submit questions. I am not familiar with that but I know the students are. Take care and I will be in touch on Monday.

Mrs. Migli   

Good morning, 

I hope this email finds you well and ready to get back to a little bit of school work.  While we have not been told how the remainder of the year will be completed we do know how next week will be completed.  I am using next week to allow for PIP's and or make up of any summative assessments that were missed.  What I am planning is that each student/parent should log into student view and check their summative assessments for any NHI's or grades that they are not happy with.  Please click into the assignment as it will show you what LS it is and give a description.  

I would like for you to use Monday as a day to review material for those PIP's.  Use my web page to aid you in this:  PIPing will be on the honor code and best case with parent supervision.  I will email the Pips to each student Wednesday morning so you would need to let me know which PIP you are taking. 

Don't hesitate to look into the useful links page or the Review material I have supplied so far found in the first folder of "files and documents".   

If the students have nothing to PIP/make up please encourage them to take a look at some of the review material in that first file.  There are a few folders with items they can complete.

Tuesday I am going to do a "Zoom" meeting with each class.  I would like it if every student who has the ability to join do so even if you don't have questions or need to PIP,  it works on you phones!!!!!  For those unfamiliar with Zoom, it is an app or a web page to video link a group of people (

 ) I will designate an hour for each class, my guess is we won't need the full hour but some of my classes are quite chatty.  I will use this time to say HI to you all, I miss them and to help clear up any confusion from Monday's review of items they want to PIP.


The Zoom meetings will be as follows:

P2 class at 830 - 930

P3 class at 945-1045

P4 class 11-12

P5 class 1215-115

P1 class 130-230

I will send a link via this email method to each class five minutes to the start of each session.  Please keep in mind, the best laid plans sometimes have to be altered and we are all figuring this out together.  So bare with me. 

If you have more than one PIP we can use Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as additional help days or to pip.  If not then I can supply a few more review items to review material from the beginning of the year. 

Hope this all works and I can see you all on Tuesday.

Mrs. Migli

March 24, 2020
Hello again, students and families.
I think that even with everything that has been going on, I can speak for many of you when I say we were all a bit surprised by the Governor's decision to close school for the remainder of the year.  While I guess it should have been expected, I will say that it is a sad day.  We all enjoy a day off, but having any time off under these circumstances is not anything I would ever wish for.  I truly look forward to returning to school next fall.  

In the meantime, we are going to have to wait a little bit to give the administration some time to get the information we need on how we will move forward and how we will close out the year remotely.  I am sure you have many questions.  So do I!  As soon as we know what to do next, I assure you, I will be here to let you know and to assist in any way possible.
For now, we continue with what I posted below and that doesn't start until next week for the students.  

I am in the process of determining a social platform to use in my virtual classroom, Twitter and Flipgrid seem to be the front runners.  If the students have input ask them to let me know.  Thank you!

Take care and stay safe, Mrs. Migli
March 23, 2020

Hello Students and Parents/Guardians,  

I hope you are all well and staying safe.  Below you will find the outline to this years class material through March 13, 2020 and the order in which it was covered.   This virtual process is new to all of us and while not graded will reinforce the information we have covered and provide a foundation to their success on the 8th grade SOL's as well as their biology course in high school.

You can find the material for review on the "Files and Documents" tab (link on the left hand side of this page). The material is what we used in class and is in order, starting with September moving through to March. Students should submit any questions they have to me via email. 

 I will also be providing some review material as well as some additional items you may find interesting. The first item in the additional Review folder (posted first in line) is a review of characteristics of living things and poses the question, "Are viruses alive?"  I also am providing a link to a video that shows how viruses attack the cells of our bodies if you are interested. You will also find some review games and video links here.

Please also use my "USEFUL LINKS" page also found on the left side of this page.  There are links to many different sites for help and review.  I especially like the first one which is IXL help. 

/guardians please feel free to contact me with questions and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.  

Take care and be safe, Mrs. Migli 

Battlefield Cell - how a Virus attacks the body.

Units covered in order from September, 2019 through March 13, 2020

Life Processes
LS.3, LS.1
Characteristics of life
Science process skills (infused)

Cell Structure & Function

LS.2a-c, LS.1
Cell structure and function
Compare/contrast plant/animal cells 
    Development of cell theory
Science process skills (infused)

        Cellular Organization 

LS.3, LS1
  Cells, tissues, organs, and systems
  Patterns of cellular organization and their relationship to life processes in living things

Photosynthesis and Cell processes
LS.5a-b, LS.1
Energy transfer between sunlight and chlorophyll
Transformation of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen

Science process skills (infused)

Classification of Living Things
LS.4, LS.1
Characteristics of domains of organisms 

Characteristics of kingdoms of organisms
Characteristics of major animal phyla and plant divisions
Characteristics that define a species 

Science process skills (infused) 

DNA & Heredity 

LS.12, LS.1
Structure and role of DNA

Function of genes and chromosomes 

Sex cell production (meiosis)
Genotypes and phenotypes
Characteristics that can and cannot be inherited 

Genetic engineering and its applications
Historical contributions and significance of discoveries related to genetics
Science process skills (infused)

Cell Growth & Reproduction
Cell division (somatic cell) 

Science process skills (infused) 

Evolution & Genetic Variation (2 weeks)
LS.13, LS.1

Evidence of evolution


March, 13, 2020

For those students who were not in class today, we completed evidence for evolution.  You can find the last few pages in the FILES and DOCUMENTS page in the left hand panel of this page  (we did the first parts in class this week).  Also this video provides a very good review for evidence of evolution. 

Good afternoon,

Welcome to the second quarter!  We have finished up our units on Cells and next week we will start our discussion on the cellular levels of organization and how the division of labor keeps all organisms functioning.  I am just finishing up  looking over the science fair proposals for those students who are choosing to do a project.  Please look for the packet of information on the "How to's" that will be sent home next week.  I also will be sending home instructions for the simulated lab projects for those students who did not want to complete a fair project.  

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Veterans Day to those who have served!

Mrs. Migli

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are all enjoying this cooler weather.  I am currently in the process of entering grades from the RAWB, which was last Friday.  I apologize but they do take some time.  This goes in as three formative grades for the week and the cell structure assessment that they took on Wednesday.  Some students are still struggling with being able to identify the structures in the cell.  I am attaching a few items that they can use to practice.  I am available for PIP's during advisory or in the mornings.  I am typically at school before 7am and can also provide additional help at that time.  Please just give me a heads up so that I know to look for your student.  You can also find the material on my files and document page.

The students started a project yesterday comparing the function of the cells structures to something they are familiar with, ie a house. This is due at end of class on Wednesday and will be completed in class.  I will also send home a Gizmo next week for them to work on at home, this will be due on Friday's class.  

We are coming to the end of the first quarter, encourage the students to check their grades on student vue.  Teachers sometimes make errors and it is best to correct them before the report card goes home rather than after.

Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Migli 

Good morning, 

We have begun our unit on cell structures and functions of each.  The students have been working on learning to identify the parts of both an animal and plant cell, an assessment on this will be given on Wednesday, October 16.  Please see my web pages, both "Files and Document" as well as "Useful Links" for additional help.  At the end of next week we will begin our Cell analogy project. Students will choose something that they are familiar with and compare the function of the cell parts to parts of their chosen analogy. For example, they are very familiar with their school, they could compare the hallways in the school to the endoplasmic reticulum because both are used to transport material/students throughout the school/cell. I have attached the instructions so that you can see what they will be working on in class.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Migli

Good afternoon, 

I attached the Unit Plan for our Cell Structure and Function, vocabulary, and a helpful cartoon for learning about the cells and the organelles in my weekly email.  They can also be found on my files and documents page. The students completed a timeline that demonstrated their understanding of the Cell Theory and the contributing scientists, look for those grades early this week.   You can find all the files and documents used in class as well as useful links on the left side of this page.  Some of these links are ones we used in class while others are additional help.    

Thank you and have a great week.

Good afternoon,

I  just have a few items for this weeks update.  First, please ask if your student has turned in a signed Lab Safety agreement. If they have not, a pdf  can be found on my class page along with all the other files for each unit.  The website is accessible via the Parkside web page by going to Department, 7th grade, Science.  

This week I allowed the students who did not do well on the Lab Safety poster an opportunity to redo it.  They were also told that this will be the one and only opportunity to redo a project.  I feel that this gives us a teachable moment to reinforce the importance of reading the entire rubric through once you have completed the assignment.  

The first assessment is scheduled for Tuesday September 17, it will cover the Scientific Method.  Next week will review measurements and the tools used in the labs.  We will then get into our first Life science topic of Cells.

Have a great weekend and as always please don't hesitate to ask questions.

Mrs. Migli

Good morning, 

We made it through our second week of the school year.  It's been a fantastic week as we discussed lab safety and the students created a lab safety poster.  This is the first grade of the year and will hopefully be visible on Monday in the HUB.  Please be patient as we are learning how to use the HUB just as you and the students are.  

Today we began our discussion of the Scientific Method and the process of asking questions and making discoveries.  I use a Mystery Box to introduce them to the process that scientists all over the world use and we discussed the fact that sometimes we never know the answers to the questions that we ask There is a reason it's called the "Mystery Box".   Next week will review the steps in the process as well as practicing those steps.

Have a wonderful weekend and please reach out with any questions.

Mrs. Rachel Migli 

Life Science 

Welcome to Life Science!

Welcome to 7th grade Life Science! My name is Mrs. Rachel Migli. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and your parents/guardians.  I look forward to a fantastic and productive school year in which each of us grows in our understanding of the natural world we live in. Curriculum areas we focus on this year include the study of cell function and structure, cell theory, cell processes, cell division, evolution and genetic variation, classification, photosynthesis, DNA and heredity, and ecology.  In this letter you will find several important pieces of information.  If you find you still have questions, please feel free to email me at

Materials needed for Science Class:

  1. One 3-ring notebook (1-2”)
  2. Lined notebook paper
  3. One set of color pencils.
  4. Pencil
  5. Small pencil sharpener


Science Info:  In this class, students will learn about living things and how they work, I encourage all students to discuss and review science topics at home with the family.  Both parents and students can monitor student progress by using the county’s ParentVue or StudentVue .  Students will also be tracking grades on a regular basis using data sheets as well as setting goals and reflecting on past performance.

Student FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

1. What should I bring to class each day?    Science notebook with paper, pencil, pens and colored pencils.

2. Will students be assigned projects?  Yes, sometimes students will work individually or together in class to do projects. 

3. Must students create a science fair project?  All students will work in a group completing a project.  However, not all will be asked to take that project to the science fair.   

4. Items handed out in class can be found in the Files and Document link to the left. 

Homework Policy:  Each night, Monday through Thursday, students are expected to review for 10-15 minutes any new content and/or any vocabulary words for the current unit. It is strongly encouraged that students create flash cards at home from their Unit Plan that they are provided.  On occasion, students will be asked to do an assignment at home in lieu of this nightly review.

Absence Policy: The student is responsible for obtaining any missed information or work due to absences.  Keep in mind that there are many days where no papers are handed out!  Just because there is no written handout in class does not mean that you didn’t miss anything!  There is no substitute for being in class and being present for all the learning that goes on!

Grading Policy: As per PWCS regulations, Parkside Middle School will follow standards-based grading, ensuring that all students are assessed solely on their academic ability for all classes during the 2019/2020 school year.  Grades will be entered in to the grade book using SOL-specific targets as summative (tests, quizzes and projects) weighted 80% of total grade, formative (classwork, homework, etc.) weighted 20% of total grade and informative (effort, and conduct only).  Any summative assessment that receives below 70% can be retaken. You must see me to make arrangements for retakes. Please see the Parkside website for further information.



All personal cellular devices must be powered off and placed in the lockers every morning.