Hello and welcome to Mrs. Riefel's classroom! It is a pleasure to be your 8th grade science teacher. I am looking forward to an exciting and fun school year. This is year 26 in the Menomonee Falls School District.
This year in science you will learn a variety of concepts including but, not limited to: problem solving, lab safety, experiments, and the study of Physical and chemical sciences. Students will develop strategies and understanding of these concepts by solving problems individually, in groups, and as a whole class. Projects will be assigned and expected to be completed in a professional 8th grade manner.
I plan to update my schoology, textbook online,& power school pages every week so that students and parents are aware of "what's happening" in our classroom. Please check out my schoology & textbook Pages for important information ( important messages, homework, weekly plans, web site links, and due dates) These will be great communication tools that I encourage all students and parents to utilize throughout the year. Open communication between school and home is the key to success for all students. Please don't hesitate to contact me about any questions or concerns you have throughout the year.
I am looking forward to a fun, exciting, and successful new school year!
I received my BA in Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. I have a Masters degree in Education from St. Mary's University.
I have earned my credits toward the district PDC.
I have the following certifications:
~Professional Educators License - WI 148 Fourth Thu Eighth Grade
~Professional Educators License - WI 810 Pre-Kindergarten-12th Grade Cognitive Disabilities
--Certification: PI-34 Administrative Reviewer
CLASSES I TEACH
I teach five sections of regular 8th grade science. I am also a FLEX teacher for House 8A.
~ In addition to my classroom responsibilities I am a co- advisor for WEB ( where everyone belongs), Explora- a-vison Advisor, and the high jump coach for 7th & 8th grade track.
PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS / PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
~ I was teacher of the year in 1996 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
~ I have been in Who's who for science educators three times.
~ I was a 2000 Herb Kohl nominee.
~ I received the Joan Esser award for volunteerism in the fight against drug and alcohol use in
~ I received the Leadership in Education award from the American Association of University
~ I received the Kids Day America award for volunteerism.
~ My team was recognized by the school board for our interdisciplinary unit. 2010.
~ I am extremely humbled to have been honored for the work I love to do.
Email is the fastest way to contact me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to reach me by phone, the number at North Middle school is 262.255.8450 x 2312. If you leave a message I will return your call as soon as possible.