Horseheads High School

The Horseheads High School Science Department offers instruction in Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics, all of which are Regents courses.

In addition to the core Regents science courses, the high school science department offers non-Regents courses in General Science, General Biology, General Chemistry and General Physics. These courses follow the same curriculum as their Regents counterparts, but are slightly less intense in content.

Horseheads High School offers a number of elective science courses in a wide variety of disciplines, including Astronomy/Historical Geology, North American Wildlife, Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology, and Zoology. These classes were developed by the High School teachers and are offered to students who are looking to further their knowledge in specific scientific areas.

In the upper grade levels, students have the opportunity to continue their scientific interests and receive college credit courses through Corning Community College. Horseheads High School offers college-level science classes in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

The science department has been integrating technology into the curriculum. The department has acquired, through grants and other funding, over $40,000 worth of Vernier lab equipment which include a number of sensors, probes, flow meters, and other scientific data collection tools. The science department has also recently received the GeoWall, a three-dimensional projection system. We also have our own Earthwalk system, a portable wireless laptop case that contains 15 laptop computers. New to the department for the 2007-2008 school year is the Promethean panel, which is currently located in two of our science rooms.

The Science Department is committed to the continual development of scientific studies and interest. We have a Science Club for students, which includes two competitive groups, the Science Olympiad Team and the Chem Bowl Team. Students on these teams extend their knowledge and compete against other schools.

Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry, and Design

Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

Standard 2: Information Systems

Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.

Standard 3: Mathematics

Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry.

Standard 4: Science

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Standard 5: Technology

Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.

Standard 6: Interconnectedness: Common Themes

Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.

Standard 7: Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

Teachers: Melanie Anastasio, Cherish Brigham, Edwin Browning, Daniel Delorme, Susan Donaldson, Peter Gordon, Andy Groff, Curtis Grottenthaler, Terrie Hunter, Noreen Kordziel, Mark Mucci, Christy Pratt, Mary Rodgers, Mona Steigerwald, Karen Webb

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