John Donley
7th Grade Science

Mr. Donley's 7th Grade Science Class

Welcome to 7th grade science! This course is focused primarily on life science and serves as a foundation for 8th grade science and high school biology.


I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, I served as an officer in the US Army for eight years (5 yrs active duty + 3 yrs reserves). Afterward, I earned a Masters of Education in Physical Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Experiential Education. I worked in the environmental and outdoor education field for six years in a variety of programs, including the Houston ISD Outdoor Education Center, the Student Conservation Association, and the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center.


I completed a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program at Texas Lutheran University to become a classroom teacher. This is my 15th year teaching 7th grade science and my 7th year at NBMS. I'm excited to be your teacher!


I love running, orienteering, reading books, disc golf, hunting/fishing, and black coffee.

My Schedule

1st period - 7th science
2nd period - conference
3rd period - 7th science
4th period - 7th science
    (B lunch)
5th period - 7th science
6th period - 7th science
7th period - 7th science

You can reach me by email anytime [], and the ParentSquare portal is always available.

The best time to reach me by phone is after 4:15 pm.

This course is graded in accordance with the district grading policy and campus guidance.

  • Major grades (tests, major projects, major labs) - 50% of overall grade
  • Daily grades (quizzes, minor projects, minor labs, class work) - 50% of overall grade

Five tips for success in school
1) Get at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
2) Come prepared to school each day (paper, pencils, charged iPad, folders).
3) Participate in class – ask questions, respond to the discussion, summarize key points, etc.
4) Make time to review and practice outside of class.
5) Give your best effort.

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