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Meet the Teacher

My name is Malissa Derden. I am a 7th grade Science Teacher and Athletic Coach! I have two boys in Junior High and I am married to my awesome husband, Nick! We have two dogs and a turtle and love cooking, playing music, being outdoors and anything creative! During my first years in education, I worked as a behavior teacher at the Junior High level; it was during this time I witnessed a Science classroom's ability to transform learners into wonderers and I was hooked! The world of science has the ability to seek out the "wonder" of a young person's mind and allows them to take chances, make mistakes and get messy. This is my 7th year in education and I truly LOVE my job! My hope for each and every student is that they feel welcomed, supported and validated each day in my classroom!

A little bit about me- I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. After graduation, I continued my education with post baccalaureate classes in the field of psychology and then I started a band! No joke. While pursuing music, I met my husband and became a mom to my two awesome boys. My teaching certificates are through Texas Teacher and include special education k-12 and Science 4-8. A few of my favorite things include singing, interior decorating, Starbucks, old records, Mediterranean food, pizza, documentaries and researching primate behavior. My favorite areas of study in science are human's impact on the environment, the human body and space! I can't wait to explore the WONDER with you all this year!

- Malissa Derden

Mrs. Derden's Schedule

1st- class

2nd- conference 9:33-10:23

3rd- MAP

4th- class

5th- class

6th- class

7th- athletics


Room- 109

Campus phone number-281-585-6626


Conference time- 9:33-10:23

Remind 101- See course syllabus below for codes to sign up for text communication and announcements.



  • Course Syllabus

    Welcome to 7th Grade Science (or) 7th Grade MAP Science with Mrs. Derden!

    Course Description: Welcome to 7th grade Science.  Science is a fun and exciting class, full of labs, activities, discussions, projects and assignments.  We cover a range of topics including Interdependence in Ecosystems, Natural and Human Impact on Ecosystems, Biodiversity in Ecosystems, Structures and Functions of Living Organisms, the Human Body Systems and our Biosphere and Beyond! You will be responsible for the use and care of lab equipment and an interactive notebook (INB). You are expected to be on time for class with all of your supplies, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments and projects given.   

    Map Students ONLY- You have already covered part of 8th grade science in your 6th grade year and we will complete the rest of 8th grade science this year along with all of 7th grade! Be ready to dive deep and stay on your toes!  Accelerated classes are challenging and worth every minute of it! You will be responsible for the use and care of lab equipment and an interactive notebook (INB). You are expected to be on time for class with all of your supplies, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments and projects given.

    Attendance: Students who are absent are responsible for making up their missed assignments and labs. Students are encouraged to spend tutorial time completing missing assignments. If a student misses a lab they will be given an alternative virtual lab (gizmo) or they may come during tutorials to do the lab (pending type of lab and supplies).

    Behavioral Expectations:  It is imperative in a science classroom for students to be on task and focus on preventing accidents. Learning is the ultimate goal and I will structure my classroom to promote a climate of acceptance and collaboration where students feel safe and engaged in the content! I will follow the Harby Hawk Behavior Chart outlined in the campus discipline plan and below. My classroom will promote mutual respect and inclusion of all. 

    level 1-  Teacher warning and document

    level 2- Teacher detention (30 minutes), parent contact and document

    Level 3-  Teacher detention (30 minutes), Parent conference and document

    Level 4- Office referral, Parent Contact, Principal Assigned ECO (1 hour)

    Level 5- Office referral, Parent Conference, Principal assigned elevated consequences (SAC, ISS, etc.)

    Major classroom Infraction= Removal from classroom and referral to administration

    Cell Phones and Electronic Devices: Cell phones and other devices (including ear buds and air pods) are not allowed unless specifically used at the teacher’s direction within the classroom. The school has adopted a “not seen, not heard, not taken” policy. If a student’s cell phone or devices are seen or heard at ANY time during school hours, the device will be taken up immediately and taken to the office.The parents must then pay a $15 fine to retrieve the device(s). 

    Supplies: Each student is required to have their own supplies for classwork this year.  Supplies for science will include a composition notebook, pencils, colored pencils, gluesticks, scissors and a ruler. 

       Grading:  Daily grades-20%, Labs-40%, Major Grades-40%

    Contact Information: Please contact me with any questions.

    My conference- 2nd period 9:33-10:23

    Text me- I strongly advise parents to sign up for the Remind 101 communication system using their cell phone- You can sign up with the code listed below. There is a code for each class period. Be sure to sign up for your student’s class period! 

    Directions-To sign up please send your code in a text message to the phone number 81010 

    1st period -8344cgg

    3rd period- 3rdmapsc

    4th period -f6c4f9

    5th period -3f6eag

    6th period- h9f2ak


    1st Period Science code- sjfmxkk

    3rd period MAP science code- hw99xrb

    4th period science code- zt6qb5w

    5th period science code-6ubavyj

    6th period science code-duc2foi

    HOMEROOM 8th- zypchkn