This year our elementary schools are implementing the new science standards, including our 3rd grade teachers doing a Science Work Sample. Recognizing the difficulty for elementary teachers to "get it all in" teaching science is an opportunity reading developing with informational text. Our commitment this year is for each grade to teach 3 science lessons during the course of the year. You are welcome to choose your own lessons, or you can use the lessons we'll have posted in this wiki this fall.
Some have suggested this is not a high enough expectation given our new graduation requirements and the rigor of our middle and high science programs. Committing to these 3 lessons will assist our science students as they develop their higher level thinking skills through scientific inquiry, and will pay off for our upper level science classes. In addition, this is a beginning as we become more knowledgable about the new standards.
Middle School Science:
This year we'll create a plan to transition to the new science standards. This will require a level of problem solving and creativity needed to meet the standards and maintain a rigorous academic program. More details to come.
High School Science:
Our high school science teachers have analyzed the new standards and understand the importance of shifting to meet new graduation requirements for high school students.