· To engage our students actively in the mastery of science principles, critical thinking, and problem solving through the use of the scientific method, a unified curriculum and experimentation
1. Improve Student Achievement
· Our primary goal is to increase the skills and information our students learn, retain and can apply to real life situations.
2. Develop Each Science Teacher’s Skill Set
· By year’s end, our goal is for each Vashon Science Teacher to be a more effective teacher
3. Enlist The Parent As a Partner In Student Achievement
· Our goal is to develop a process for involving parents/guardians as part of the solution in improving student achievement, behavior, and science interest.
· Vashon offers year long courses in Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. The courses are aligned with Missouri Standards and are designed to prepare our students for responsible citizenship, continued education, and lifelong learning.
· Physical Science is an overview of the basic principles of the “physical sciences”, which include chemistry, earth science, astronomy, and physics. These principles govern our surroundings and provide a foundation for more in- depth study of these principles in future courses. Physical Science is a laboratory based course where lab activities are designed to illustrate the basic laws and principles of physical science.
· Chemistry is the study of matter mainly at the micro-level. Chemistry has been called the “central science” because it links the other natural sciences such as biology, astronomy, physics, material science, and earth science. Study of Chemistry includes: atomic theory, water and its properties, chemical elements and chemical reactions, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, nuclear, electro, and organic chemistries. Chemistry is a laboratory based course with laboratory activities that illustrate key chemical concepts.
· Biology is a scientific study of living things. Biology examines the structure, functions, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living things. Biology classifies and describes organisms. Principles studied include cell biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, molecular biology, and biochemistry principles. Biology is a laboratory based course that provides lab activities designed to discover and illustrate major concepts in Biology.
· Ecology/Environmental Science is a study of interactions between humans and their environment. Issues are studied that include ecology principles, climate change, earth science, conservation of natural resources, biodiversity, global warming, nonrenewable and renewable energy sources, pollution, waste and water management, and population concepts. Environmental science issues are very current and directly connected to each student’s daily life. Ecology/Environmental Science is an elective course that is laboratory based. Lab activities are designed to investigate basic concepts illustrated in the course material.
Advanced Placement Environmental Science:
· This course is designed to provide a solid scientific approach to environmental principles, problems, and solutions with an emphasis on critical thinking. Perhaps the most valuable skill a student can gain from a study of environmental issues is the ability to think analytically and clearly about conflicting data, conflicting expert opinion, and special interest biases. Case studies are used frequently to reinforce critical thinking skills. Another major emphasis is on laboratory collection of data and subsequent analysis of the data to reinforce good scientific practice. A third emphasis is on the global nature of environmental issues; we are all in this together.
· Richard Stutts: BS Chemistry, MS Ed. Administration: Science Department Chairman: Ecology/Environmental Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science Instructor
· Colette Lang: BS Biology, Pursuing Masters in Education: Biology, Chemistry Instructor
· Alan Seder: BS Chemical Engineering, MS Chemical Engineering, Pursuing Masters in Education, Chemistry Instructor
· Amanda Teece: BS Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics: Pursuing Masters in Education; Biology Instructor
· Bobby Patterson: BS Science: MS Education: Physical Science Instructor