Science Newsletter

High School Courses

Earth Science

The earth science class started their second semester learning about the ocean. Some of the concepts they learned were ocean floor features, seafloor sediments, composition of seawater, diversity of ocean life, and feeding relationships. Students worked on a life-size diorama while utilizing their knowledge of the ocean; as well, as researching and teamwork.


Currently, students are discovering how to identify minerals and rocks. We will continue to learn about the earth's materials, surface, and forces within the earth. Our goal is to finish the year with meteorology.

Physical Science

The physical science class started their second semester wrapping up an introductory unit in chemistry. Students will be revisiting their element book and/or superhero/villain project the last week of school.


Currently, students are wrapping up their unit over energy. We will continue visiting this unit this week with many trips to the old gym to launch our "rockets". The students will be determining how gravitational potential energy of a straw rocket depends on the elastic potential energy of a rubber band launcher.


During the rest of the school year, students will continue to explore physics in an introductory fashion. Students may be asked to bring in household supplies to continue a hands-on approach for learning.

Biology

The biology class began their semester with the continuation of genetics and heredity. Students become quick learners applying Mendeleev's Principle, understanding meiosis and mitosis, and DNA sequence. We have taken advantage of the great biology games found online utilizing the knowledge we have obtained to compete in quizzes, work on Punnett Squares, and to make learning about genetics FUN!


Currently, the biology class is exploring ecology. We will continue our ecology unit for several weeks and then transition into a short lesson about evolution. We are also preparing for the Biology EOC. I will keep the students informed when I hear more on our test date.

Anatomy

The anatomy class has explored the digestive system and the urinary system. We have also dissected a kidney so far this semester. We are currently studying the integumentary system. The rest of the semester we will continue to move through the body's systems; as well as, dissect three more organs.


It is important for students to keep up with printing notes found on the Google Classroom; as well as, adding to these notes during class. I have expressed that studying a little each day or making a study schedule for the week would show positive results in student's learning and will show in their grades.

Science Success

  • Be prepared each day (pencil, book, binder)
  • Raise your hand to speak
  • Respectfully participate in class discussions
  • Create a safe environment
  • Be responsible for your actions
  • Ask questions
  • Set up time for tutoring

Thinking Ahead

The school supply list will be upon us soon! Here is a rough copy of what may need to be purchased for next year:



  • binder
  • binder tab
  • pencils
  • paper
  • colored pencils
  • quart size Ziplock bags

How to Contact Me

I'm available after school until 4 pm should students want individual tutoring or should a group of students want assistance on a concept, homework, or a project. I check my emails on a regular basis, as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me!