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Science

erin wallace

Erin Wallace
Department Head
Extension: 102
Room: B210a
E-mail: erin.wallace@gnbvt.edu

janet stanton

Janet Stanton
Academic Secretary
Extension: 202
Room: B210
E-mail: janet.stanton@gnbvt.edu

The science curriculum at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School provides students with an understanding and appreciation of physical, chemical and biological sciences. The study of science has an integral relationship with mathematics and incorporates other curriculum areas through writing and understanding the historical aspects of science. Investigation and problem solving are central to the understanding of all areas in the science curriculum and will be incorporated through laboratory experiences. Science students will be involved in course specific laboratory investigations designed to instill critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn to employ lab safety principles as they conduct investigations that further their understanding of the curriculum. As students progress through four years of science courses they will develop greater independence in designing and carrying out laboratory investigations while working alone or in groups. Our goal is for students to not only understand the science disciplines but to use these disciplines when participating in intellectual, democratic, and vocational activities during their four years of high school and beyond into post secondary education and the work place.

Curriculum

The science curriculum at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School provides students with an understanding and appreciation of physical, chemical and biological sciences. The study of science connects with other disciplines and has an integral relationship with mathematics. Also, investigation and problem solving are central to science education. Modern equipment enables the science department to offer laboratory experience to the students.

Students taking science at GNB Voc-Tech will be involved in investigations encompassing a range of skills and subject matter content. These two elements work together to help students understand concepts and put them into practice. The students will develop greater independence in designing and carrying out investigations, while working alone or in groups.

They will learn to critique their findings using a variety of physical and conceptual models. Students will explore scientific questions in depth with the assistance of teachers and community mentors.

Our goal is for students to not only understand the science disciplines but to use these disciplines when participating in intellectual, democratic, and vocational possibilities during their four years of high school.

Science Courses

Honors Biology I (Lab):

Students in the science honors program will be challenged with a college preparatory biology course that covers several biological topics including biochemistry, microbiology, biological processes such as cellular transport, respiration, and photosynthesis. A comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology will conclude the year. Students will master laboratory techniques and safety through investigations that involve critical thinking, problem solving and written lab reports. Following this course, students will be enrolled in Honors Biology II (Lab) in the tenth grade and will be eligible to take the biology MCAS in June of the tenth grade. Note: A student earning a term average of 70 or below will be required to meet with the Science Department Head in order to discuss his/her commitment to the Honors program with a possible result of removal from the science honors program. Students who have difficulty in this class are encouraged to work after school with the teacher or request further support from the science department head.

Biology I (Lab):

Ninth grade students in this college preparatory course will be introduced to several biological topics including biochemistry, microbiology, biological processes such as cellular transport, respiration, and photosynthesis. A comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology will conclude the year. In addition, students will develop scientific inquiry skills through participation in hands-on laboratory activities and projects. Students will be expected to form hypotheses, conduct experiments, record and analyze data in order to prepare written laboratory reports. To ensure comprehension of complex topics students will be regularly assigned homework that reinforces their learning or prepares them for the next topic. Through laboratory investigations students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills while they gain both knowledge of biological concepts and an appreciation for the diversity of life. Following this course, students will be enrolled in Biology II (Lab) in the tenth grade and will be eligible to take the biology MCAS in June of the tenth grade.

Honors Biology II (Lab):

This course is a continuation of Honors Biology I that will complete the high school biology curriculum. Students will be challenged with a college preparatory biology course develop scientific inquiry skills through participation in hands-on laboratory activities and projects. Students will be expected to form hypotheses, conduct experiments, record and analyze data in order to prepare written laboratory reports. Tenth grade students will be introduced to the topics of ecology, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, evolution, and biological classification. The course will feature projects specific to these topics that provide students with opportunities to participate in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and reporting conclusions. Students will participate in the biology MCAS test at the end of this course.

Biology II (Lab):

This course is a continuation of Biology I that will complete the high school biology curriculum. Students will develop scientific inquiry skills through participation in hands-on laboratory activities and projects. Students will be expected to form hypotheses, conduct experiments, record and analyze data in order to prepare written laboratory reports. Tenth grade students will be introduced to the topics of ecology, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, evolution, and biological classification. The course will feature projects specific to these topics that provide students with opportunities to participate in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and reporting conclusions. Students will participate in the biology MCAS test at the end of this course.

Honors Chemistry:

This course in the science honors program designed to challenge motivated and independent science students who wish to prepare themselves for college. This rigorously paced college preparatory course requires thoughtful analysis, synthesis of a great number of concepts including atomic structure, chemical equations, the periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry with an understanding of algebra. Students are expected to complete longer and more complex assignments nightly as well as outside of class. Strong organizational skills including time-management are required for success in this course. This is a required course for students who complete Honors Biology I and II. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade above 70 will be eligible to select Honors Physics for twelfth grade. Students who have difficulty in this class are encouraged to work after school with the teacher or request further support from the science department head.

Chemistry:

This challenging college preparatory course is designed to aid students in further developing the skills they will need to be successful in college. An understanding of Algebra is necessary to be successful in this course. Students will be expected to perform experiments, master proper lab techniques, write detailed lab reports, solve problems, complete homework on a nightly basis and make presentations. Areas of study include atomic structure, chemical equations, the periodic table, chemical bonds, stoichiometry and gases. The prerequisite for this course is an 80 or higher in Biology (Lab) and a 70 or higher in Geometry. Students who have difficulty in this class are encouraged to work after school with the teacher or request further support from the science department head.

Physical Science:

This college preparatory course is designed to aid students in further developing the skills they will need to be successful in college. An understanding of Algebra is necessary to be successful in this course. This course is designed for students who plan to attend college or technical school after graduation. Students will be introduced to the study of motion, electricity, magnetism, the periodic table, states of matter and chemical reactions. Students will learn to apply algebraic concepts to scientific principles to better understand the physical world.

Honors Physics:

This is the next college preparatory course in the science honors program designed to challenge outstanding science students who wish to prepare themselves for college. A strong background in Algebra is required. The course will be a math intensive introduction to the study of motion, electricity, magnetism, fluid dynamics, sound, light, and quantum physics. The skills required for an understanding of these principles and concepts are developed through laboratory investigations, problem solving, and other student-centered activities. Students are expected to complete longer and more complex assignments nightly as well as outside of class. Strong organizational skills including time-management are required. The prerequisite for this course is a 70 or higher in Honors Chemistry or department head approval. Students who have difficulty in this class are encouraged to work after school with the teacher or request further support from the science department head.

Physics:

This challenging college preparatory course is designed to prepare students to be successful in college. A strong background in Algebra is required. The course will be a math intensive introduction to the study of motion, electricity, magnetism, fluid dynamics, sound and light. The skills required for an understanding of these principles and concepts are developed through laboratory investigations, written lab reports, problem solving, frequent homework and other student-centered activities. The prerequisites for this course are grades of 70 or better in Chemistry and Algebra II. Students who have difficulty in this class are encouraged to work after school with the teacher or request further support from the science department head.

Exercise Physiology:

This college preparatory course is designed to introduce students to the structure and performance of the human body in the context of sports and exercise. Upon completion students will possess a general background knowledge concerning the function and interconnectedness of major organ systems of the human body in relation to physical fitness. Goals of this course include an awareness of how exercise, nutrition and sport specific training can positively affect health, fitness and athletic performance.

Biotechnology:

Biotechnology is a laboratory course in which students will acquire a basic understanding of the study of biotechnology. The major topics will include the study of DNA as a diagnostic tool, forensic science, genetic engineering, cloning, and ethical conduct in biotechnology. The course will also emphasize the basic laboratory skills needed in modern biotechnology laboratories.

Teachers

Jillian Bond
Scott Atkinson
Pamela Baptiste
James Bernard
Michael Bettencourt
Annabel DeSousa
Brian Donelan
Robert DeFreitas
Caitlyn Faunce
Ian Francis
Nicholas Faulkner
Brooke Fatula
Heather Madsen
Aimee O’Neill
Suzanne Sumner
Carl Swass
Amy Swihart

Teaching Assistants

Stacey Martin