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Wednesday October 18, 2017

HHS Students Travel to Woodstock To Connect with The Music of the Times

    The Harrison High School Marching Band, Color Guard and Majorettes traveled to Woodstock…

Harrison Wins Girls Singles and Doubles Conference II Championship

    HHS' sophomores Deanna Giambo and Jessica and Sydney Saviano captured the Conference II…

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  For the second straight year, Harrison High School fine art students participated in the…

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HHS Science Research Students Expand Learning Through Summer

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HHS Performing Arts Presents A Music Night To Remember

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A Video Celebration of HCSD - 2017

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THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE

 

Important Note:  The K-12 Science Department has begun the process of updating our program to reflect the new New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) which were developed from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Updated curricula are noted below.


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: SCIENCE PROGRAM

The Harrison Central School District's K-12 Science Department is focused on creating a rigorous and differentiated learning environment for all students that encourages them to explore science as risk-takers and active, independent learners leading to the development of passionate life-long science learners.

Students explore and experience science in the classroom through:

  • A cooperative, safe and hands-on approach which simulates the work of real scientists
  • Research and the reading and analysis of non-fiction text
  • Writing for the purpose of persuasion and explanation through research papers and laboratory reports
  • Problem-based learning
  • Higher order thinking such as inquiry, analysis and application
  • A technology-rich program
  • The application of mathematics
  • Ethical analysis of past and present-day scientific work
  • Consideration of the impact humans have on the environment
  • Opportunities for community outreach

Our program supports the New York State Math, Science and Technology Standards (MST), The Common Core Reading and Writing Standards (CCRWS) and the IB Curriculum. Science standards are specifically assessed using the 4th and 8th grade science assessments, Regents' assessments, some AP assessments in grade 10 and IB assessments in grades 11 and 12.

ELEMENTARY K-5: SCIENCE PROGRAM

The K-5 Science Program uses an inquiry-based approach that allows our young students to wonder about the world around them using their senses and natural curiosity.

Grade K: Weather and Clmate, Forces and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems:  Plants and Animals and Ecosystems (New NYSSLS:  New York State Science Learning Standards)

Grade 1: Space Systems, Waves:  Sound and Light   (New NYSSLS:  New York State Science Learning Standards)
Grade 2: Similarities and Differences Among Plants and Animals, Balancing and Weighing, Air and Weather, and Pebbles, Sand and Silt

Grade 3: Human Body, Structure of Life, Forces in Motion, and Buoyancy
Grade 4: Magnetism and Electricity, Measurement, Plants, Rocks and Minerals, and Astronomy
Grade 5: The Microscopic World, The Scientific Method, and Classification

Required Assessments:

At the end of grade 4, students are assessed on the Elementary (K-4) New York State Science Core Curriculum through the Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test which contains both written and performance-based tasks.


MIDDLE SCHOOL 6-8: SCIENCE PROGRAM

The Harrison Central School District 6-8 Science Program provides students with a comprehensive study of the life and physical sciences. Students begin to study for deeper understanding of concepts and hone their skills in the laboratory in an effort to spark a love for science and to prepare them for the more rigorous high school science program.

Grade 6: Introduction to Physical Science (New NYSSLS:  New York State Science Learning Standards)
Grade 7: Life Science: The Scientific Method, The Metric System and Measurement, Life Characteristics, Microscopes and Cells, Cell Transport, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis, Cell Division and Reproduction, Genetics, Classification, Evolution and The Body Systems
Grade 8: Physical Science: Chemistry: Advanced Study of Matter, The Periodic Table of Elements and Chemical Reactions, Advanced Study of Energy, Earth Science: Rocks and Minerals, Crustal Movement, Weather and Climate and Astronomy, Physics: Forces and Motion

Required Assessments:

At the end of grade 8, students are assessed on the Intermediate (5-8) New York State Science Core Curriculum through the Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test which contains both written and performance-based tasks.


HIGH SCHOOL 9-12: SCIENCE PROGRAM
The Harrison Central School District 9-12 Science Program provides students with a variety of science course offerings in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Students are both challenged and intrigued through an in-depth study of these subjects helping to prepare them for their entry into the adult world and/or future studies in the science field.

Grade 9: Biology
Grade 10: Earth Science, Chemistry and Foundations in College Chemistry
Grade 11: Chemistry,  Earth Science, IB Biology HL Year 1, IB Biology SL, IB Physics SL and HL Year 1, Conceptual Chemistry and Astronomy
Grade 12: IB Biology SL, IB Biology HL Year 2, IB Physics SL and HL Year 2, IB Physics SL Year 1, Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology and Forensics
Grade 10, 11 and 12: Harrison Science Research

Required Assessments:

The following curricula are assessed through Regents' assessments:
     - Living Environment (Biology), Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics.
IB Physics and IB Biology are assessed through International Baccalaureate exams.

 

 

Contact:
Ms. Joan O'Keeffe
Director of K-12 Science
okeeffej@harrisoncsd.org
914-630-3146

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