Sean Conboy, Debbie Stump, Danny Sipes, Pearle Smith, Vicki Webb, Marisa Burns, Blakeley Casto,
Mariya Breaux, and Susan HaggardMBJH Science Department7th GRADE LIFE SCIENCE
This course focuses on life science. Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the importance of diversity of life, while simultaneously understanding the impact of their roles as individuals in the community of life. Some areas of study include the characteristics of living things, functions of organelles, tissues and organs of various systems in the body, function of chromosomes, and Mendel’s laws of genetics. The focus of this course prepares students for biology and other life science courses taken in high school. Students are involved in laboratory experiments for a deeper understanding of the concepts.
8th Grade PHYSICAL SCIENCEThis course focuses on physical science. The scientific process is used throughout the year with students developing laboratory skills and techniques through discovery-oriented experiments. The curriculum includes the study of atoms and bonding, chemical reactions, Newton’s laws of motion, potential and kinetic energy, and mechanical and electromagnetic waves. The focus of this course is designed to prepare students for the physics and chemistry courses taken in high school.
9th Grade BIOLOGYThis is a high school level course taken by the majority of freshmen. The curriculum includes study of the following concepts: basic biochemistry, cytology, genetics, and a survey of the six kingdoms of living things. Students develop laboratory skills and techniques through discovery-oriented experiments.
BIOLOGY-ADVANCEDThis is an advanced high school course for freshmen. The following minimum requirements are considered for placement: 90 average in the first semester of 8th grade science and teacher recommendation. The curriculum includes study of the following concepts: basic biochemistry, cytology, genetics, and a survey of the six kingdoms of living things. Students develop laboratory skills and techniques through discovery-oriented experiments. The course content is similar to that of regular biology, but moves at an accelerated pace for a more in-depth study of the concepts. Students need to be able to use creativity, inductive and deductive reasoning skills, and intellectual maturity to solve problems.