Mrs. McDonald's Science Stuff

  • I've been a science teacher at Southwest since 2010. After several years as a research chemist, I returned to school to pursue my true calling as an educator.  I have a Masters in Science Education from Wake Forest University and a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Wilmington. I look forward to contributing to the success of my students and instilling in them an appreciation and understanding of chemistry as well as science in general.  I was selected to be an NC Space Education Ambassador for NASA this past fall and look forward to implementing "space stuff" into the curriculum.  Follow me on Twitter @SciSorceress or email me at 

          For the most recent class updates, sign up for Remind by texting the @codes below to 81010 

    ******Refer to CANVAS (from PowerSchool/NCEd Cloud) for assignments *****


     School Hours:  9:55 to 4:25 (Monday - Friday)

            Second Semester Schedule:


                     Block 1 (9:55-11:30):   CHEMISTRY (text @3ckebg to 81010) 

           REMOTE CHECK-IN: 9:55 - 10:05  (Students must be present within the first 10 minutes to be counted       present and on time (when remote)

            LIVE Instruction: 10:05 to 11:05* (Office hours/tutoring: 11:05-11:30).


    Block 2 (11:35-1:25):  Mrs. McDonald has lunch and planning


    Block 3 (1:30-2:55): HONORS CHEMISTRY (text @fd26d2 to 81010)

     REMOTE CHECK-IN: 1:30 - 1:40  (Students must be present within the first 10 minutes to be counted present and on time (when remote)

            LIVE instruction: 1:40 to 2:40*  (Office hours/tutoring: 2:40-2:55).


    Block 4 (3:00-4:25): HONORS CHEMISTRY (text @fd26d2 to 81010)

     REMOTE CHECK-IN: 3:00 - 3:10  (Students must be present within the first 10 minutes to be counted present and on time (when remote)

            LIVE instruction: 3:10 to 4:10*  (Office hours/tutoring: 4:10-4:25).


    * Expectations during live instruction on TEAMS is for you to interact, lack of participation during this time may result in you being marked absent. 

    Prepare for class:  download the REMIND app and sign up for your class. 


    Virtual Open House (Teams) is on Wednesday, January 27th

      1st block 6:00 Teams link here 

     2nd block 6:20 no meeting (planning) 

      3rd block 6:40 Teams link here

     4th block 7:20 Teams link here


    Required Supplies: 3 ring binder, with pockets, scientific ruler (cm), scissors, graph paper, colored pencils.  Also a scientific calculator:  TI-30xa, TI30XIIS are my favs. YOU MAY NOT  USE YOUR PHONE AS A CALCULATOR


    Other supplies for F2F:  Clorox wipes, tissues 

Mrs. McDonald