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
The Science 7E program is designed for those
students who demonstrate excellence in elementary science. Students
who successfully complete this program are typically recommended to
enter our accelerated Earth Science class in grade eight. A
requirement for Science 7E is enrollment in Math 7E (enriched).
Instructions will include the areas of life science and physical
science. In order to be considered for participation in the Science
7E program students should have maintained an A average in sixth
grade science and have scored at or above the 75th percentile (local
percentile) on the IOWA Test of Basic Skills and the Cognitive
Abilities Tests for sixth grade. Teachers’ recommendations and
student motivation will also be considered for placement.
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 NYS
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 NYS 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 NYS 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.