"Ah, there's nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention... Science has it all." —Principal Skinner, The Simpsons

  • Nooo!  That's NOT what science is about. We'll find out what it really is over the next year. But first... 


    Hello and Welcome to Mr. Kienle’s Website


    Chris Kienle  

    8th Grade Science Teacher 

    Phone: 503.366.7329

    Email: chriski@sthelens.k12.or.us

    Canvas: https://www.sthelens.k12.or.us/canvas


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    Class Schedule 

    Period 1 - Focus 

    Period 2 - Plan Period

    Period 3 - 8th Grade Science

    Period 4 - 8th Grade Science


    Period 5 - 8th Grade Science

    Period 6 - 8th Grade Science


    Some Helpful Information:

    Tardy Policy

    When the bell rings it is an expectation that you are in the classroom at your seat ready to get to work.  If you are not in your seat you will be marked tardy for the class period.  


    Grading Policy

    We are currently using standards based grading techniques at St. Helens Middle School!  This means that everything you do in class relates directly to one or more of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Because I want to know what you learned from our time together the following grade split is in use:


           Tests/projects/labs/quizzes…………. 70%

           Homework/class work ..………........… 30%


    Any student that wishes to retake a test due to a low grade is welcome to do so.  However, you will need to complete additional work and/or go to a re-teach session before you are eligible. 


    Absences and Late Work  

    Late work definition:  Any assignment that does not get turned in on the day Mr. Kienle was expecting. 


    If you were absent and want to know what you missed use the “ask three (classmates), then me (Mr. Kienle)”.  Or you could refer to your planner, visit the ‘absent work’ crate (works for lost papers too!), or look at the science canvas course page for this class. 


    If you have an excused absence on a day when an assignment is due there will be no penalty for the late work. 


    Before the end of each quarter I will clearly post and announce a ‘last call’ date for missing work.  Any assignments that come in after that date will not be included in the final quarter grade. 



    We have one class set of Science textbooks that live in the classroom.  These books are not to leave the classroom under any conditions.  However, if you need a book to study from at home there are copies available for overnight checkout in the library. 


    Food and Drink

    Food and Drink (other than water) are no allowed outside of the cafeteria.  Water bottles are okay. 



    At no time should electronics be out during class time unless you have been asked to get them out.  There will be times during the school year when we can choose to use our technology in positive and productive ways in a science class (like for a calculator, stop watch, soft music in headphones during independent work time, or to document an experiement using the camera).  If you have not been asked to take out your electronics, please keep them turned off and in your pockets (this also includes headphones). If you do not have a smartphone with a calculator or stopwatch dont worry, I always have those avaliable for student use.