Monica Kelly

School Phone: (847) 255-0050         
Voice Mailbox: 332

I am delighted to join the Wayside community, teaching science to grades 6-8 and religion to our grade six homeroom. While 2017-18 is my first year at OLW, I have been teaching in a Catholic school since 2006.  It is wonderful to share my faith with my students, and  to share in their Catholic formation.


Welcome to my classroom page. Here you will find information relating to my classes. I will frequently post information relating to homework assignments, projects and tests.

Follow Mrs. Kelly on Twitter:  @MrsKellyOLW


Middle School Science

OLW science classes for grades 6-8 have earned the reputation of preparing students exceptionally well for their high school classes.  The curriculum in each grade has the dual goals of expanding students’ science knowledge and, equally importantly, establishing strong conceptual foundations for the classes in grades 9-12.  Rigor and high expectations are hallmarks of the coursework.  Students learn to read expository text for maximum comprehension, gain familiarity with prefixes and suffixes that make up “the language of science”, establish key math skills, and expand their knowledge of interpreting and creating graphs.

Grade 6: Earth Science and Astronomy

  • Exploring Earth, Geologic Changes – trimester 1
  • Weather and Climate, Water and Resources – trimester 2
  • Exploring the Universe – trimester 3

Grade 7: Life Science

  • Life: Structure and Function- trimester 1
  • Bacteria and Plants – trimester 2
  • Animal biology – trimester 3

Grade 8: Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics

  • Matter and the Foundations of Chemistry  – trimester 1
  • Elements and periodic table -trimester 2
  • Interactions of Matter, Forces and Motion – trimester 3

Science Fair Information

1.  Link to IJAS Website

l2.  Policy and Procedure Manual 2016-2018

3.  Science Fair Topics – List of Websites

4. Science Surplus Store:  5316 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago IL    (Northwest Hwy and Milwaukee)

5. Science Fair Calendar/Rubric/Contract 2017-2018

6. Presentation Schedule 2018

7. Example Paper

8. Reference Information
Wading Through the Web Powerpoint
APA Style Citation Powerpoint
Internet Citation Organizer

9.  Forms for Final Paper
Abstract Form
Safety Sheet
Humans as Test Subjects Endorsement
Non-Human Vertebrate Endorsement

10.  Order Form:  Boards and Title Cards Science Fair Order Form 2017