What is Physics?
Physics investigates the relationships between matter, energy, and motion. Scholars will study classic kinematics by conducting inquiry driven experiments in potential and kinetic energy, electricity, thermodynamics and particle physics. Project-based learning will constitute a large portion of the class with design challenges and hands-on demonstrations. This course relies on mathematics developed in Algebra I and Geometry but more importantly a curiosity and willingness to try. Scholars who complete this course will refine their skills in data analyses, experimental design, and critically evaluating evidence.
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A Letter Home
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the Ballou! My name is Zachary Meyers, I am your child’s physics teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome. I am very excited for having the opportunity to teach your child this year! We will be learning about forces, magnetism, momentum and more by conducting experiments throughout the year.
My job as a teacher is to help your child achieve academic success by working alongside them to unlock their full potential. I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively, and developing critical thinking skills. It is my goal to create a community of learners who are committed to working hard. I want students to leave my classroom feeling confident that they can apply what they’ve learned to real-life situations.
Since attendance and behavior are crucial to the learning process, it is important that your son/daughter attends school every day as a mature and responsible student. During the first week of school, I will be working together with my students to develop a set of classroom rules, rewards and consequences. Your son/daughter should be on campus no later than 8:25 a.m. Instruction will begin promptly every day. If an absence or tardy is unavoidable, your son/daughter will have the opportunity to complete their missed assignments, but nothing can recreate the classroom environment filled with student-teacher interaction.
Collaboration, cooperation, and open communication between home and school are keys to building a strong foundation for a successful school year. I will post class updates online on the classroom website. To ensure complete transparency and open communication, your child’s progress will also be sent home at monthly. Your child will need a binder, loose-leaf notebook paper, a pencil, and a calculator. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached through the main office at (202 645-3390) or via e-mail (Zachary.Meyers@dc.gov). If you would like to talk in person, I am always available to schedule appointments before and after school.
How do I join a Class?
Stay connected to the class community by downloading the REMIND App to keep up with assignments, announcements, and more. A newsletter will be published on the website every two weeks with messages sent out through the REMIND App.
Download the REMIND App
Remind is available on iOS and Android devices. Anyone can download Remind, create an account and join a class quickly(tap the + next to Classes Joined) by using a class @code or search for your teacher's class. (Download Remind)
Visit remind.com/join and enter the class code there along with your phone number. (https://www.remind.com/join/mrzjm)