Long Middle School

Debbie Hutson's 8th Grade Science


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year.  I am honored to be your child’s 8th grade Science teacher.  We have an exciting year ahead of us. We will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Debbie Hutson. This is my 33rd year teaching and my 1th year teaching Science at Long Middle School.  I graduated from The College of Charleston where I received a BA in Biology.  I obtained my National Board Certification in 2011.  Before teaching at Long Middle School, I taught at Cheraw High School, Wallace High School, and St. David's School.  I live in Cheraw with my husband Ricky.  I have two sons, Ben and Bryant.  Ben and his wife Kylie gave us our first grandchild in January. Her name is Hadley Lynn Hutson. She has stolen our hearts. I love working in my yard, taking care of all of my plants, and making pickles and jam.


Class Materials Needed

  • Marble Topped Notebook
  • Pocket folder or Page Protectors
  • Notebook Paper
  • Pencils
  • Red and Black Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Tape
  • Colored Pencils


Classroom Rules

  • Come into class quietly.
  • Be in your seat before the tardy bell rings.
  • Bring all necessary materials to class- homework, book, paper, pencils, marble top notebook.
  • No talking during explanations or videos.
  • Raise your hand to ask/answer a question.
  • Do not leave the class without permission or a signed planner.
  • Keep desks and aisles clean.
  • No food, gum, or candy.
  • No beauty products-combs, brushes, makeup,lotion,perfume,etc.                         
  • Show respect, do your best, and be honest.       
  • Obey ALL Long Middle School and District rules.



When you ask your child what they did in school today and they say, "Nothing"... check here to start a discussion by seeing what we are doing in science class.  The units that we are studying are listed below.


Eighth Grade Instructional Units Correlated to the

South Carolina Science Standards


Quarter 1-


Rules, Lab Safety and Tools

Science and Engineering Practices (Including Scientific Method and Technological Design)

Forces and Motion

Forces 8P.2A.1, 2

Newton’s First and Third Laws 8P.2A.3, 4

Motion 8P.2A.5, 6, 7

Quarter 2-


Properties of Waves 8.P.3A.1, 2

Interactions of Waves 8.P.3A.3, 4, 5

Modern Applications of Waves 8.P.3A.6

Earth’s Place in the Universe

Structure of the Universe 8.E.4A.1, 2, 4B.1

The Sun and Its Effects on Earth 8E.4B.6,3

The Moon and Its Effects on Earth 8E.4B.4, 2

Quarter 3-

Earth’s Structure and Processes

Internal Structures of the Earth 8.E.5A.3

Geologic Features, Rocks, and Resources 8.E.5A.2, 8.E.5C.1

Plate Tectonics 8.E.5A.4, 5, B.1, 2, 3

Quarter 4-

Geologic History

Organization of Geologic Time 8.E.6A.1, 3

Fossils and the Law of Superposition 8.E.6A.2, 4, 5

Adaptations or Extinction 8.E.6B.1, 2






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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.   
                                                                      - Helen Keller



Grade Weights
Classwork/Labs-30 %