Phone: 520-696-5893


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Biology/ General Science Certification Biology Certification Middle School endorsement Secondary Education Certification SEI Endorsement

Ms. Patty Howland


Welcome to 8th Grade Science and Odyssey of the Mind. I have been teaching since 1991 and at Wilson K-8 since 1998. I am the science department head for the middle school and primary contact for the science fair/SARSEF. I have 2 daughters who went to IRHS and graduated from the U of A. I have grown up in Tucson and have lived here most of my life. I recently got married and have changed my name from Grube (who many of you know me as) to Howland. I am excited to be your teacher. We are going to have a fantastic year!

I have links for 8th grade assignments/Homework and Odyssey of the Mind class. Please click on them for more information.

 Core Educational Belief

It is my goal to challenge students in Science and prepare them for high school. STEM and inquiry learning are the foundation of my science classes.

Prior Experience

1991-96 Biology teacher -Tabb H.S. York County Virgina

1996-97 7th Grade Science -Cross Middle, Tucson, AZ.

1997-98 7th Grade Science - La Cima Middle, Tucson, AZ.

1998-present 8th Grade Science -Wilson K-8, Oro Valley, AZ.


Welcome Students and Parents:

I am so excited to be your teacher this year! 



Google Slides Science LinkThis link has daily classwork/homework and Teacher provided notes for class.  It is a live document that is updated daily.


    • It has more details for each day’s assignments
    • This is just like my daily announcements from my Smart Board (If we were in class – lol)

School Supplies: Students will need school supplies at home and when they return.

  1. THREE-RING NOTEBOOK (1-1.5 inches)- This will be your ISN (interactive science binder)
  2. SIX DIVIDERS (OR TABS) for your binder
  3. A SUPPLY OF THE FOLLOWING: notebook paper, colored pencils, markers, pencils or pens, a highlighter, scissors, glue sticks, calculator, graph paper, 3 x 5 note cards
  4. A PRINTER access to a printer is highly recommended. If it is not possible to print at home or elsewhere, students will be able to handwrite assignments in lieu of printing. Let me know if this is an issue and I can arrange for hard copies if needed.
  5. There will be NO shared supplies when we return. Please purchase them now while on sale!


Website: The teacher website will be updated as needed. The Google Slides Link will be the most accurate place to daily assignments in addition to Google Classroom.


I know we will have a fantastic year. 

Patty Howland