Mrs. Samantha Joll (Middle School Science)
Mrs. Jerianne Koehm (High School Science)
Mrs. Jackie Miller (High School Science)
• Seventh Grade Science
Seventh grade Science students, by examining the chemical and
physical forces of nature, will study the Scientific Method,
relationship between matter and energy, analyze natural,
scientific, and technological systems. Students will communicate
their results in written, visual, and oral form.
• Eighth Grade Science
Eighth grade Science students will examine the laws of Science by
concentrating their focus on the structure, function, and
adaptations of living organisms. Utilizing the Scientific Method
they will explore the characteristics of life, cell structure and
function, genetics, classification, and adaptations. Included in
their studies will be a unit on the historical aspects of Science
through researching a wide variety of Scientists. These Scientists
will include, but will not be limited to, engineers, musicians,
artists, physicists, chemists, zoologists, and a variety of
entrepreneurs. Students will include in their studies,
experimentation, microscopic work, demonstrations and will present
their work in oral, visual and written form.
Biology is an introductory course designed for all students to
study the concepts, principles and theories that enable them to
understand the living environment. They recognize that living
organisms are made of cells or cell products consisting of the same
materials as all other matter. Students investigate, through
experimentation and field studies, how living organisms function
and interact with each other and their environment.
Students also gain an understanding of how the scientific
establishment operates through examples of historical events.
Through the study of these events, they understand that new ideas
are often rejected by scientists, but that unexpected findings may
occur and blossom through the contributions of many other
• Earth Science
Earth and Space Science is designed for all students to have an
understanding of the world in which we live. Students investigate,
through experimentation and field study, the universe, Earth and
the processes that shape the Earth. They understand that the Earth
operates as a collection of systems that may be changing. Students
connect the concepts of energy, matter, conservrtion and
gravitation to the Earth and the universe.
Students will also gain and understanding of how the scientific
community operates through historical events. Through the study of
these events, they understand that ideas are sometimes rejected by
the community, but may eventually bring about new ideas or thoughts
by future researchers.
Chemistry provides the students with and in-depth coverage of the
fundamentals of chemistry. Students will develop a good
understanding of the general structure of the atom and the role the
main parts of the atom play in properties of matter. They will
investigate the nature of chemicals, chemical changes and the role
of energy in those changes through exploration, problem-solving
skills, and laboratory experiences. They will examine historical
events to see how new ideas are limited by the knowledge at that
time, how they are often rejected, and how the ideas grow and
change through contributions of other scientists.
Physics allows students to learn how physics describes the natural
world, using quantities such as velocity, acceleration, force,
energy, momentum and charge. Through experimentation and analysis,
students develop skills that enable them to understand the physical
environment. They learn to make predictions about natural phenomena
by using physical laws to calculate or estimate these quantities.
Students will acquire an awareness of the history of physics and
its role in the birth of technology. They will be able to
communicate what they have learned orally, mathematically, using
diagrams and in writing.
• Integrated Chemistry-Physics
Integrated Chemistry-Physics introduces the fundamental concepts of
scientific inquiry, the structure of matter, chemical reactions,
forces, motion, and the interactions between energy and matter.
This course will serve students as a laboratory-based introduction
to possible future course work in chemistry or physics while
ensuring a mastery of the basics of each discipline. The ultimate
goal of the course is to produce scientifically literate citizens
capable of using their knowledge of physical science to solve
real-world problems and to make personal, social, and ethical
decisions that have consequences beyond the classroom walls.