Christine Stypka

Christine Stypka

Welcome to Mrs. Stypka's Science Classroom 117u

Background and Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Master of Arts in Teaching, National-Louis University

Teaching Experience:
At St. Paul of the Cross School since 2002
Three months student teaching at Donaghue School, a Chicago Public School
One year as a Teacher Aide, St. Andrew School, Chicago

Additional Responsibilities at SPC:
Coordinator of Science Focus science fair
Member of Technology Committee
Advisory Board Member for National Junior Honor Society

Non-SPC, School-related Responsibilities:
Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Region 2 Board Member
IJAS Category Chair for IJAS State Science Exposition


7th Grade Science Update

January 26 2017 - Yesterday, 79 7th graders presented their science projects to almost 40 judges which included people in the engineering, medical, and education professions.  SPC is a member of Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) and follows their guidelines. Some of these students will move on to the regional competition on March 4th at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Monday, August 22, 2016 - Welcome back to school, 7th graders!  This is the year you will focus on Life Science.  See the photos below from last June to see one of the labs you will do later this year.
The seventh grade science classes spent part of the last week of school dissecting a preserved frog.  Each student worked with a partner.  Students were excited to see actual tendons, ligaments and organs that they had read about in preparation for the dissection.
Also, in preparation for the frog dissection, students dissected fresh chicken feet, and saw a demo of the dissection of a fresh pig kidney, as well as fresh pig heart, pig stomach, and chicken livers.



8th Grade Science Update

Friday, January 20th - The 8th grade girls attended Futures Unlimited, an all-day conference sponsored by Oakton Community College.  The conference exposed the girls to many STEM career choices. Each girl was assigned to two different workshops and all girls listened to a panel discussion of inspiring women with careers like dentistry, professor, and more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2016 - Nineteen 8th grade students competed in the Fenwick Science Contest.  SPC came in at 11th place out of over 40 teams!  

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - "Mr. Energy" of the National Energy Education Foundation visited the three classes of 8th graders during their class time to demo energy phenomena and have student participation as well. 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Eighth graders attended a Chemical Career Conference at the Museum of Science and Industry.  The conference was sponsored by the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) and the Illinois Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF).  Students visited booths sponsored by chemical companies, participated in a game show about the chemical industry, and saw a Weird Science show.  There was also time to visit the Science Storms part of the museum where the students witnessed the giant Tesla coil in action.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - Welcome back to school!  You are now 8th graders.  You will be learning physical science this year, which means a combination of physics and chemistry.  We will be doing lots of labs.  First thing you will do is learn about lab safety, receive and sign a safety contract along with a parent signature, and get an A on a lab safety test.



New textbooks this year:  They are modules and called interactive.  There are also online versions.  The book is by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt.  To access the online book, go to and enter your username, password, and other info. 

Science Fusion (for Grade 7 Life Science). Currently in Module A.

Science Fusion (for Grade 8 Physical Science).  Currently in Module H.


Here is a good website for the newest science news, written at the student's level:


Website pages for practice on parts of microscope and use of microscope     and


Using a triple beam balance to measure mass - a great website by Ohaus, the company that makes our balances

How to use a spring scale to measure weight - here is a link to a powerpoint



Click here for Science Focus packet.


Here are useful websites for both grades.  

Click on the website name and it will take you directly to the website.


7th Grade Science Homework

Friday, February 17 - See yesterday.  There was a sub in class today.  An assignment was given for completion during class time and to be collected at the end of class today.

Thursday, February 16 - 1.  This HW is due on Tuesday, Feb 21 - If not finished during class time today, copy the definitions for the following words in your spiral:  The vocab words on page 147; and the following italicized words on the following page numbers - complementary, found on page 151; insertion, page 153; deletion, page 153; and genetic disorder, page 153.  Also, read the section that starts on page 147 until you get to the review pages.  2.  Bring back your lab sheet we started yesterday - we will finish it on Tuesday, Feb 21.

Wednesday, February 15 - Test TOMORROW. Use the study guide you received yesterday.  Also, bring back the PTC lab report from today.  We hope to finish it after the test.

Tuesday, February 14 - Test on Thursday.  You received a study guide today.  Also, please bring back the Trait Inventory lab activity sheet we worked on today.  It will be worth 10 points.

Monday, Feb 13 - No homework, but I anticipate a test on Thursday on the heredity pages and the Punnett Square pages.

Friday, February 10 - No homework.

Thursday, February 9 - Watch the ameoba sisters video and fill out the 2-sided worksheet given to you in class.  The video is called Monohybrids and the Punnett Square Guinea Pigs  Here is the link

Wednesday, February 8 - No homework, but bring your textbook, glue stick, and spiral to class on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 7 - Definitions for the vocab words on page 123 of the text.


Wednesday, February 1 - Watch the youtube video by the Amoeba Sisters called "Meiosis-the Great Divide."  Fill out the two-sided worksheet that goes with the video.  If you lost the worksheet, there is a spot on the top left of the video in the first 30 seconds or so, where it says to click here for the worksheet.

There is a quiz planned for Monday on Mitosis vs Meiosis. You will receive a study guide tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31 - No homework today, but students were told what we'd be doing the rest of the week (finishing up mitosis and learning about meiosis).  They will receive a study guide on Thursday because there will be a quiz on Monday.

Monday, January 30th - See Friday.

Friday, January 27th - We used the digital lesson today on the smartboard.  Make sure you bring your hardcopy and your chromebook to class on Tuesday. (No class on Monday due to retreat.)

Thursday, January 26th - Watch the youtube video by the Amoeba Sisters called "The Amazing Cell Process that Uses Division to Multiply (Updated)"  Fill out the corresponding worksheet given out in class.

Wednesday, Janurary 25th - No homework.

Tuesday, January 24th - Tomorrow is Science Focus judging.  Be ready.  

Monday, January 23rd - This coming Wednesday, two days from now, is Science Focus judging. Awards ceremony is at night.  Details to follow in an email.

Friday, January 20th - See Thursday.

Thursday, January 19th - Oral reports continue.  Next Wednesday, January 25th, is judging.  More details soon.  Also, some basic info is in your packet.

Friday, January 13th - If you didn't finish in class today with the sub, please finish reading and filling out pages 160-169 in the text and fill out the open note/open book 5 question "quiz."  Bring it back on Tuesday.  Tuesday oral report speakers, be ready.  Also, as I have said before, the Wednesday speakers should be ready a day ahead.

Thursday, January 12th - I will not be in class tomorrow. The sub will give you assigned work.

Wednesday, January 11th - Thursday speakers, be ready tomorrow to give your oral report.  Also, the Tuesday speakers should be ready as well.  (We will not do oral reports on Friday as I will be on a field trip with 8th grade girls, and then Monday is MLK Day, so no school.)

Tuesday, January 10th - If you are scheduled for oral report tomorrow, be ready.  If you are scheduled for oral report for Thursday, be ready TOMORROW as well.  We were able to do 2 talks today instead of only the one that was scheduled.  We are moving along nicely.

Monday, January 9th - Triboards are due tomorrow.  Follow the rubric.  Also, oral reports begin tomorrow.  There is a schedule.  Be ready a day ahead of your scheduled day. We discussed this in class.

Monday, Dec 19 - Keep working on your written report for Science Focus.  Three final copies plus an extra abstract are due on Wednesday, Dec 21.  You MUST print them out at home.  You may NOT print them out at school.  They are to be stapled and put into a report cover.  Follow the rubric for the written report on pages 19 and 20 of the SF packet.


8th Grade Science Homework

Friday, Feb 17th - There was a sub in class today.  You were given a writing assignment to complete in class and turn in at the end of class.

Thursday, Feb 16th - No homework today.  After the quiz today, you read the section in the book about Organic Chemistry. You read it to build your general knowledge.  You will not be tested on it, but the information will come in handy for a couple labs we plan to do in the next week or so.

Wednesday, Feb 15th - Quiz tomorrow on balancing equations. Afte the quiz we will go back into the textbook.

Tuesday, Feb 14th - Another worksheet on balancing equations.  The way to learn how to balance equations is to practice balancing equations. There will be a 20 point quiz on this coming Thursday.  Depending on the class period you are in, depends on which questions you will do for homework tonight.  Here goes.

Period 2, # 2, 3, 6, 8, 16, 18, 20, and 22.  Challenge question, #32.

Period 6, #2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 17, 19, and 24.  Challenge question, #32.

Period 7, #2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 20, and 21.  Challenge quesion, #32.

Monday, Feb 13th - Worksheet on balancing chemical equations.  There will be quiz on this coming Thursday.

Friday, Feb 10th - No homework.  Today we started learning about balancing chemical equations.  We read and highlighted pages 214-216.  Period 2 received a packet today, but Periods 6 and 7 will receive the packet on Monday. We will start using the packet on Monday.  There will be quiz on balancing equations on Thursday, Feb 16th.

Thursday, Feb 9th - Lab report  on Conductivity and Salt Concentration is due tomorrow.

Wednesday, Feb 8th - Definitions, page 213.

Tuesday, Feb 7th -  1.  Study for tomorrow's test on chemical bonding - ionic, covalent, and metallic for which you received the study guide yesterday, and for which we reviewed yesterday and today.  2.  Finish the writeup for the lab demo we did today.  For the last question, google "names of ionic compounds" to complete your answer.


Wednesday, February 1st - No homework today.

Tuesday, January 31st - Quiz tomorrow on Bohr Diagrams.  We went through the first 20 together.  Know how to do a Bohr diagram.

Monday, January 30th - See Friday.

Friday, January 27th - Bring back the paper on which we started to do Bohr diagrams for the first 20 elements.  We will not meet on Monday because of the retreat.  I hope to see all three classes on Tuesday.  For the classes I see on Tuesday, you will have a quiz on Wednesday on Bohr diagrams of three of the first 20 elements.  If I don't see your class on Tuesday, your quiz will be Thursday.

Thursday, January 26th - Tomorrow youi will have a quiz on the Unit 3, Lesson 2, the Periodic Table, which you have known about since Monday.  You received a study guide yesterday.  Today we reviewed and each student worked on the Virtual Lab on their chromebook.  I highly recommend that you finish the virtual lab if you were unable to finish in class.  The lab is self-correcting.

Wednesday, January 25th - You received a study guide today for Friday's quiz.  In class, you worked on the Digital Lesson on your chromebook.  I highly recommmend you finish it for homework, if not completed in class.

Tuesday, January 24th - We learned how to calculate the average atomic mess for an atom.  We practiced in class with an instructional worksheet.  Remember there will be a quiz on Friday.  You will get a study guide on Wednesday.

Monday, January 23rd - Definitions for the Vocab on Unit 3, Lesson 2, the Periodic Table.  Vocab words are found on page 169. You were also told there will be a quiz on Friday on this section.

Friday, January 20th - No homework.

Thursday, January 19th - Quiz tomorrow on the atom (but not atomic theory.)  You received a study guide yesterday.  

Wednesday, January 18th - Quiz Friday on the atom (but not atomic theory.)  You received a study guide today.  Also, worksheet from yesterday is due tomorrow.  Also, finish the virtual lab, if possible.

Tuesday, January 17th - Quiz Friday on the atom.  You will receive a study guide tomorrow.  Meanwhile, today you received a 2 sided worksheet that is due this Thursday.

Friday, January 13th - The assignment you have chosen and for which you received the guidelines and grading rubric is due on Tuesday, January 17th.  You will lose 4 points if it is late.  The choice of assignments is to either write a letter to Democritus about changes in the atomic theory OR to make a timeline on the development of the atomic theory.

Thursday, Jan 12th - In class we read pages 162-3.  The homework, which is due on Tuesday, January 17th, is your choice of either writing a Letter to Democritus or making an Atomic Theory Timeline.  You received and instruction sheet and rubric today in class.

Wednesday, Jan 11th - Look up the experiments that J.J. Thomson and Rutherford performed in order to advance the atomic theory.  A few sentences about each.  Write the info either in your spiral or share it with me in a googledoc.

Tuesday, Jan 10th - If necessary, complete what was started in class.  Digital lesson for The Atom. Vocab from the digital lesson written in your spiral. Then on looseleaf write down what you have learned from the digital lesson.

Monday, Jan 9th - Starting on Module H, Unit 3, Lesson 1 - The Atom.  Read/fill in/ follow directions on the first three pages. pages 157-159.  In class we watched "Powers of Ten", from youtube, a 9 minute video, from 1977.  We also learned about Democritus and Aristotle and how the atom got its name.


Monday, Dec 19th -  Finish your Heat Transfer lab report as much as possible - we will finish going things in class on Tuesday.  Also, on Wednesday, there will be a quiz on Thermal Energy and Heat. You have known this was coming since last Friday.  We have been reading, discussing, highlighting, and taking notes since Thursday.  Our notes from the smartboard are your study guide.