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Science at the Junior High School Level

Science 7

This course in life sciences addresses the following topics during the year: cell theory, human biology, genetics, natural selection, ecology, classification and survey of major phyla of organisms. It also develops skills such as organization, inference, problem solving, observation, and measurement in the metric system. As identified by the New York State Education Department syllabus, students must also learn to properly manipulate science equipment such as microscope and tripe beam balance.

Science 8

This course in physical science covers the main areas of physics and chemistry. The following topics are addressed during the year: force and work, moving objects, the laws of motion, electricity and magnetism, heat, light and sound, atoms, elements, compound, mixtures, and chemical reactions. Laboratory and science class skills such as safety, graphing, measurement in the metric system, use of the computer, laboratory procedure, and working with laboratory equipment are stressed. The course is based on the New York State Education Department syllabus in science. Students will be prepared to successfully complete the NYS eighth grade science assessment at the end of the year.

Earth Science 9A

This course is the same New York State Regents course as is offered in high school and is available to eighth grade students who demonstrate a strong ability and interest in science. Students who begin high school science in eighth grade should plan on pursuing a five-year science sequence. Students enrolled in Earth Science must also be enrolled in Accelerated Math 8. The teaching methods and approaches to laboratory investigations are designed to challenge our most able eighth grade science students.

Please note that since this course earns high school credit, the attendance policy in effect at the high school applies to this course as well. In effect, a student may be denied course credit based on poor attendance. Refer to the junior high student handbook for an explanation of the policy. Each student will be expected to complete laboratory classes, a mid-year test, and the New York State Earth Science Regents examination in June. Topics included in the study of earth science are energy and change, properties of earth material, thermal and radiant energy, moisture and energy budgets, erosional processes, formation of rocks, interpreting geologic events and astronomy. Successful completion of this course provides students with one high school Regents credit. Students will be scheduled for and must attend one laboratory class each week. These labs may be scheduled after school, and are in addition to regular Earth Science classes. In general, a student is expected to meet the following criteria to be placed in this advanced class:

  • Students enrolled in this course must be enrolled in Accelerated Math 8.
  • All students entering must have achieved an A average in both science 7E and Math 7E.
  • No individual effort and conduct grade may be less than G in either of the above courses.
  • Each student should be recommended by a consensus of his/her science 7E and math instructor, for placement in this program.