Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. in Political Science Elementary Education with Middle School Certifications in Literacy, Social Studies and Science
Mr. Louis Gliatta
Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,
I am thrilled to introduce myself as your child’s 7th-grade Science teacher. This is going to be an exciting and very different year! Seventh grade is so challenging because the students are not those tiny sixth graders they were last year, but they don't quite rule the school like the 8th graders yet. This is the growth year! The maturity level goes up as we get close to the holiday break and by the time we come back, it's often a different student that I see, both academically and physically...mostly because many come back taller than me!
A little about me...
This is my 7th year at McAuliffe. I hold a Political Science degree and an Elementary Education degree from Stockton University. I had a career change from union electrician to teaching in my mid-30s, and I couldn't be happier! I'm so glad to have found a home here at McAuliffe with such a great staff and I am very excited for a move from the Literacy Department to Science. I'm married and have a wonderful daughter that is headed off to college this year and she makes me proud every day.
What we will be covering...
The Seventh Grade Science curriculum is a challenging one. We will have discussions about topics such as dealing with a new style of learning and how to master it. We will be improving on some of the skills that students learned in sixth grade and we developing our Chemistry and Earth Science skills along the way. The goal this year, as it is every year, is improvement. Students received the foundation in sixth grade and now we will build the framework for success in the future.
As I mentioned above, the goal here is growth and improvement. That being said, I expect my students to come to class prepared and ready to learn. They should have the required materials and any homework that is due. We will continue to use items such as Google Classroom, Kami PDF Reader, and a few others, so much of our work will still be digital. Please make sure that work is submitted on time.
If a student is routinely spending more than an hour completing our homework, please let me know. I understand that students have other homework and out-of-school activities and I am willing to make accommodations where appropriate.
Grades will be based on homework (20%), classwork (30%), and tests/quizzes/projects (50%).
Absences and make-up work
If a student is absent from school, he or she is still responsible for the material. Students must get missed homework assignments from Google Classroom and see me to review any missed lessons. If there are any situations I need to know about regarding makeup work, please feel free to email me and we can work out a schedule.
I am available for extra help after school on select days with late buses. Since I am also one of the Drama Club advisors, students will be advised of availability when we have our rehearsal schedule. Just let me know so we can make arrangements.
Google Classroom will be like our mission control. Quite a bit of the work we are doing this year will go through this platform. Paper copies will also be used in class, so a binder is recommended for success. This includes copies of the student's notes, presentations, and homework assignments. Monitoring Google Classroom and your child's Parent Portal are the best ways to keep up with student work. I suggest checking them early and often.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress at any time during the coming months, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic year and am so excited about a new adventure with new students! Stay safe and enjoy the school year!
Seventh Grade Science
Drama Club Co-Advisor
Christa McAuliffe Middle School