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Science 2022-2023


Welcome to Mrs. Barnes' Science Class


8th Grade

This year some of the topics we are learning about are lab safety, motion, forces, energy, magnetism, cellular biology, mutations, evolution, and the nervous system. We will be building our skills in note-taking, collaboration within groups, and completing laboratory experiments.

5th Grade Labs

This year some of the topics we are learning about are lab safety, observations, inferences, cause and effect, patterns, variables, boyancy, matter, motion, animal diet investigations, animal species, the water cycle, earth science, clouds, and our solar system using 21st-century skills.



This year we are learning about simple machines and building those machines. Following simple machines, we will complete basic coding and engineering using various online resources and materials.

Communication with Mrs. Barnes and Home
Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Welcome to the new school year! I am excited to be in Joyce Kilmer School and work with your students to get them ready for the year. I hope you enjoyed your summer with your family. I am looking forward to an exciting ten months of getting to know your child and you as well. During my time as an educator, I have learned that communication between parents and school staff is imperative and crucial to the success of our students. I am asking for your cooperation to make your child's transition from home to school successful every day. Please voice any concerns to me as soon as they come up. I will be sure to communicate mine with you. I would also like to be aware of any changes at home that may affect your child's behavior. I can best help your child if I know why he, she, or they are feeling out of sorts. 
The best way to inform me would be a message from Parent Square. I urge you to not talk to me in front of your child or to speak to me during the morning rush as information can be sensitive. If you do need to speak with me in person, please schedule an appointment during school hours. This way we can focus on the issue at hand and work together on solutions. 
I will do my best to reply to messages on regular school days, when I am present in the building, the same day if sent before 3:00 pm. Any emails sent after that time will be replied to the next school day.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. With our partnership, we will send a positive message to your child. We both have a common goal; the success of our students. Working together, we will achieve that. 
Your Friendly Neighborhood Science Teacher, 
Mrs. Barnes

Hello, Parents/Guardians & Students,

Welcome to my teacher bio!

To get to know me a little better, I would like to share with you my inspiration for becoming a teacher. I have always loved the idea of becoming a teacher since I met my preschool teacher, Mrs. Hulnik. Her kind smile and positivity could brighten anyone’s day. The activities she created were engaging and crafty. It has been so long ago, but the admiration still remains. The seed for the love of learning was planted and continues to grow to this day; I hope that my love for learning and the understanding of its importance will spread to my students. In addition, most of my family members are teachers and of a scientific background. Perhaps it is genetic!

As a student, I attended Felician University with a major in both Biology and Education for grades K-12. I graduated cum laude with an award for exceptional student teaching. While I attended Felician University I was a resident assistant for the students living on campus, for three and a half years. I had completed my student teaching in Bishop George Ahr High School, now St. Thomas Aquinas, in Edison New Jersey, and was immediately hired as a substitute art teacher. The following year I was asked to teach full-time. While teaching at Bishop Ahr, I taught biology, chemistry, forensics, as well as art.

I had the pleasure of joining the Joyce Kilmer team and taught 7th and 8th-grade science as well as robotics! While in Joyce Kilmer, I had the pleasure of hosting homework club, morning library club, gaming club, maker space club, and green club. This year I am teaching 8th-grade science, 5th-grade labs, robotics, and middle school advisor (MSA).

If needed I am able to be contacted via Parent Square. 

I am excited to meet everyone and plant the seeds of inspiration and love for science and education!