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Science Teachers
Page Updated: August 22, 2017
Mrs. Theresa Cinicola
Room 219
Mrs. Julie Everett
Room 216
Mr. Rajeev Gupta
Room 210
Mrs. Christine Leslie
Room 217
Mr. David Oertner
Room 211
Dr. Deanna Quay
Room 218

Courses Offered:
Integrated Science
Academic Integrated Science
Honors Integrated Science
Ecology & Cell Processes
Academic Ecology & Cell Processes
Honors Ecology & Cell Processes
Biology I
Academic Biology I
Honors Biology I
Advanced Placement Biology
Anatomy
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Chemistry I
Honors Chemistry I
Honors Chemistry II
Advanced Chemistry
Physics I
Honors Physics I
Honors Physics II

Integrated Science (15416)
Academic Integrated Science (15418)
Prerequisite: None - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is intended for those students who plan on pursuing the Traditional Academic Pathway in high school. There is a strong emphasis on using mathematical formulas and concepts as they relate to the physical sciences. Some units covered in this course include: Physical science basics; using thermal energy; Moving objects; Machines; Acceleration and momentum; The Nature of Matter; and Energy.

Honors Integrated Science (15420)
Prerequisite: 90% or better average in 8th grade science and 80% or better average in Algebra I and an application from the guidance office - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Honors Integrated Science is designed for the ninth grade student with exceptional background and aptitude in science. Academically talented students who desire to challenge themselves or are planning to pursue a science related career are encouraged to choose this course. A strong emphasis is placed on the theoretical basis and use of mathematics to explain various laws and theories that relate to the physical science. Projects and laboratory exercises in this course require skills of independent goal setting and self-motivation. Some units covered in this course include: Physical Science Basics; Unit Conversions; Energy; Inertia; Velocity and Acceleration; Momentum; Forces; Work; Power; Nature of Matter; and Mechanical Advantage and Efficiency of Machines.

Ecology & Cell Processes (15423)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of integrated science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Academic Ecology & Cell Processes (15426)
Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Integrated Science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Honors Ecology & Cell Processes (15422)
Prerequisite: Completing of honors application and 90% or higher in Integrated Science or 80% in Honors Integrated Science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This curriculum is the first part of a yearlong preparation for the state mandated Pennsylvania Biology Keystone Exam. All 10th grade students are required to take this course. The content of this course corresponds to the state anchors for Biology. A semester exam will be given at the end of Semester 1. Laboratory activities, computer activities and projects are an integral part of this learning experience. Students will be expected to be advanced in all study island topics covered under the Biology Keystone. Units covered include: science as inquiry; nature of science; scientific investigation; cell and cell processes; chemical basis of life; basic biological principles of the cell; homeostasis, cellular transport, bioenergetics and ecology.

Biology I (15426)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of freshman year science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Academic Biology I (15428)
Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Integrated Science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Honors Biology I (15429)
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors Application and 90% or higher in Integrated Science or 80% in Honors Integrated Science. - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This curriculum is the second part of a yearlong preparation for the state mandated Biology Keystone Exam. All 10th grade students are required to take this course. The content of this course corresponds to the state anchors for Biology. A semester exam will be given at the end of Semester 2. Computer activities, projects, and laboratory activities are an integral part of this learning experience. Students will be expected to be advanced in all study island topics covered under the Biology Keystone.

Units covered include: cell growth and reproduction, genetics, theory of natural selection.

Advanced Placement Biology (15433)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Completion of AP Application plus 90% or better in both Biology I and Chemistry I or science department recommendation. Students are strongly recommended to schedule Biology II previously - or currently -in order to complete their biology background - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This is a freshman-level college course involving the life sciences for students who have strong science backgrounds and desire to have advanced college placement/credit or for students planning to major in biology-related curricula. Successful completion of this course may result in the granting of college credit and possibly advanced placement to the student who scores well in the AP exam. Please see the AP Biology instructor for a detailed course description and appropriate consultation prior to finalizing course selections. Some units covered in this course include: Molecules and cells (structure and function); Genetics and evolution (molecular and Mendelian genetics, heredity, and evolution); Organisms and populations; and Energy in Living Systems (Thermodynamics, enzymes, respiration, and photosynthesis).

Anatomy (15432)
Prerequisite: A grade of 80% or better in Biology IA or 90% in Biology IB. - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is designed for students planning to pursue a health or science related field. Students need to be independently motivated, have strong study skills and well-developed work ethics. Topics to be covered include an orientation to the human body and the structure and function of the body systems. Dissection and lab work are integral components of this course.

Units covered in this course are:An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, The Tissue level of Organization (Histology),The Integumentary System and Function, Skeletal System and Function, Muscular System and Function, Nervous System and Function,Endocrine System and Function, Cardiovascular System and Function,Lymphatic System and Function, Respiratory System and Function, Digestive System and Function, Urinary System and Function, Reproductive System and Function.

Fundamentals of Chemistry (15438)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Integrated Science - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is recommended for student with a limited background in science and math. After covering the basic chemical principles and mastering basic math skills, students will apply the scientific method and chemical principles to explore matter and energy. This course is not designed to be a preparatory course for other high school chemistry courses.

Some units covered in this course include: elements, compounds and mixtures, metric system, measurements and solving problems, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic law, equations, chemical formulas, and elementary Stoichiometry. Student should have a scientific calculator as it will be needed to complete assignments in this course.

Chemistry I (15439)
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic or honors freshman year science course. 80% or better in Algebra II, 75% in Honors Algebra II - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is recommended for academically-oriented students. The student MUST demonstrate adequate problem-solving skills throughout the program. The course stresses the more technical, mathematical approach to the mastery of chemical principles and concepts. The course includes the study of atomic structure, energy, common elements, compounds and mixtures; periodic arrangement of elements and its use in predicting chemical behavior, chemical reactions, equations, Stoichiometry, and some chemical bonding.

Some units covered in this course include: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures; Metric System; Measurements and Solving Problems; Atomic Structure; Quantum View of the Atom; Periodic Law; Chemical Bonding; Chemical Formulas; Equations; and Stoichiometry. Students should have a scientific calculator and a bound composition book as it will be needed to complete assignments in this course.

Honors Chemistry I (15440)
Prerequisite: Completed Honors Chemistry I Application and completion Academic Algebra II with a grade of 85% or higher or Honors Algebra II with a grade of 80% or higher. Successful completion of honors integrated science freshman year - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is designed for the student with exceptional background and aptitude in science. It includes an in-depth study of chemical concepts. Emphasis is on developing higher level thinking skills. This course will involve detailed laboratory reporting and analysis. Collection of classroom data is an integral part of this course.

Some units covered in this course include: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures; Metric System; Measurements and Solving Problems; Atomic Structure; Quantum View of the Atom; Periodic law; Chemical Bonding; Chemical Formulas; Equations; Stoichiometry; and Gas Laws. Students should have a scientific calculator and a bound composition book as it will be needed to complete assignments in this course.

Honors Chemistry II (15442)
Prerequisite: : Prerequisite: Completed Honors Chemistry II Application and a minimum 80% in Chemistry I or 70% in Honors Chemistry I - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Chemistry II provides a detailed look at more involved areas of chemistry. This is a more involved laboratory-oriented course which will include detailed laboratory reporting. This course should prove of value for the student planning to enter higher education in the “Physical Science” areas and advanced professions in the “Life-Sciences.” This course is designed for the student with exceptional background and aptitude in science. Emphasis is on developing higher level thinking skills.

Some units covered in this course include: Review of Chemistry I concepts; Kinetic Theory of solids, liquids and gases; The Solubility Product Principle; Thermochemistry; Ionic Equilibrium of Weak Electrolytes; Electrochemistry and Redox Reactions; Acids, Bases, and Salts; and Chemical Kinetics and Chemical Equilibrium. Students should have a scientific calculator and a bound composition book as it will be needed to complete assignments in this course.

Advanced Chemistry (15443)
Prerequisite: Completion of Application and successful completion of Honors Chemistry I and Honors Chemistry II. Trigonometry is highly recommended before taking this course - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is equal to a first year college course. It differs from the usual secondary course with respect to the number of topics studied, rate the material will be covered, depth of study, emphasis on calculations, amount of homework and type and variety of lab work completed by the student. Lab work will include the use of sensitive balances, spectrophotometers, and other analytical equipment. Unknowns will be identified through analytical and qualitative chemistry. Each lab report will include a sophisticated analysis of the experiment. Students can expect an hour or more of homework per night. With our block scheduling it will not be unusual to cover a chapter per day or two; students will be expected to have a strong individual work ethic. The instructor will be here, as your mentor and coach, but you will need to accept a strong commitment for your own learning. Remember this is a college course. Some units covered in this course include: Stoichiometry; Wave functions; Precipitation and Oxidation; Molecular shape; Gas Laws; Rates of Reaction; Thermodynamics; and Equilibrium reactions.Students should have a scientific calculator and a bound composition book as it will be needed to complete assignments in this course.

Physics I (15448)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic or honors freshman year science and trigonometry. 80% or better in Algebra II, 75% in Honors Algebra II - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is recommended for academic students preparing for college. Physics is a course which emphasizes the qualitative study of the relationship between matter and energy. Students will develop logic and reasoning skill while studying this relationship through mathematical modeling, the scientific process and laboratory experiments.

Units covered: mechanics, thermodynamics and electricity.

Honors Physics I (15447)
Prerequisite: Completion of trigonometry with a grade of 85% or higher. If a student has not taken trigonometry the student must have earned a 90% or higher in Algebra II. - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is designed for students with an exceptional mathematical and scientific background that are preparing for science oriented careers. Physics is a course which emphasizes the qualitative study of the relationship between matter and energy. Other aspects include acquiring a vocabulary, transposing theoretical mathematics to application, recognizing the intuitive aspects of physical principles, and acquiring an appreciation of the scientific process. Laboratory experiments will be used throughout the course to reinforce the above aspects.

Units covered: mechanics, thermodynamics and electricity.

Honors Physics II (15449)
-Prerequisite: Physics I with an average of 80% or greater and completion of an application or Honors Physics I with a 70% or greater - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course is a continuation of Physics I and is highly recommended for students who plan to take Physics in college. Units covered: circular and rotational motion, light and optics, and quantum mechanics.