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Long Beach Middle School

Science Department

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Science Department at Middle School.

Our role as teachers is to provide our students with tools, resources, experiences, and skills to become independent thinkers and life-long learners. Our science classes will be a safe and comfortable learning environment where all children's voices, opinions, and ideas are nurtured and validated.   Inquiring, designing, evaluating and reflecting on the impacts of science are integral components of science in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. 


SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE
   
The sixth grade science curriculum provides a more formalized setting in which to learn and understand many of the basic concepts of the physical sciences.  Emphasis is placed on demonstrations and "hands-on" activities to provide experiences so children will be able to comprehend and apply these scientific principles in their everyday world.

SEVENTH GRADE SCIENCE
   
Students must be well prepared in science, as well as in the application of science to decisions they make in their daily lives. A major goal of the science curriculum is to help students recognize, understand, and appreciate the applications of life science to everyday living.  Throughout the curriculum, important concepts are emphasized that serve as the basis for understanding and interpreting the general principles of life science.

EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE
    
A major goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunities to develop principles, concepts, and scientific process that will help them solve the problems of the future. Energy shortages, resource management, earthquake and weather predictions are some of the difficulties facing our students. The study of earth science and physical science provides for a framework to confront these issues.

The New York State Board of Regents adopted P-12 Science Learning Standards (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/nyssls.html) in December 2016, and the standards are effective as of July 2017.  Implementation of the standards will occur over a several year period, with this school year concerned with professional development of educators.