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Flight Endeavor over The Bay Area 9/21/2012

Flight Endeavor over The Bay Area 9/21/2012

Six Steps to Smarter Studying in Science

Here are six steps to smarter studying:
1. Pay attention in class.
2. Take good notes.
3. Plan ahead for tests and project.
4. Break it down. (If you have a bunch of stuff to learn, break it into smaller chunks.
5. Ask for help if you get stuck.
6. Get a good night's sleep!

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NMHS SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Burns, Jane
Teacher
Ho, Scott
Teacher
Jadhav, Sujata
Teacher
Johnson, Daniel
Science Teacher
Liang, Gerald
Teacher
Matar, Randa
Teacher
Mensinger, Michelle
Biology Teacher
Torkelson, Ginny
Teacher
Varesio, Tony
Teacher

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SUMMER TIME SCIENCE THOUGHTS!

7 Myths About High School Physics
 http://www.aps.org/programs/education/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=235197

1. Physics will lower students’ GPAs and hurt their chances of getting into college.
 

FACT: Colleges want to see that students have taken a challenging curriculum, and a B in physics is often better than an A in a less challenging course.

“ College admission is never just about the GPA. A transcript with physics is better than one without it.” –Vikki Otero, Senior Assistant Director, University of Colorado Admissions Office


2. Students won’t miss out on future opportunities or experiences if they don’t take physics.
FACT: Physics answers questions about the world that no other field can. In addition, not taking physics closes doors to a huge number of potential careers.

 

3. Only the most mathematically advanced students can handle physics.

FACT: Physics can be taught at a variety of levels for students with different mathematical backgrounds.

 

4. Physics is for boys.
FACT: Over 600,000 girls take high school physics each year, nearly half of the nation’s enrollment.

 

5. Students don’t need to take physics in high school because they can just take it in college.
FACT: Research shows that students who have taken high school physics do better in college physics courses, and are more likely to graduate from college.

 

6. Physics knowledge has little relevance to the world we live in or to most jobs.

FACT: Physics is fundamental to every other science and to most major technological innovations of the past century. Moreover, physics teaches critical thinking and problem solving skills that are useful no matter what a student goes on to do.

 

7. The only careers you can have with a physics degree are to be a professor or teach high school.

FACT: Physics opens doors to a wide variety of excellent careers. Physics majors have high employment rates and are among the best paid of all college graduates.

ENOUGH...

Dear Science Students, Parents, and friends, 

Today, while watching a YouTube video on the Circulatory System developed by the Montana Science Teacher of the Year, a Public Service Announcement ad came on the computer. My first period students watched it with me.  There was silence in the room, that was enough.

Please take the time to review it, listen to California teen speak out because this is "enough".

Ca Teens Demand a Plan to End the Violence.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR0aCh8AEps&feature=endscreen&NR=1


Thank you,

Mrs. Mensinger,
NMHS Science Department Chair.

 

Hello Science Students and Parents/Guardians, 

During this wonderful time of year, a time of giving, doing special things for one another, preparing extra touches for family and firends, I am asking each of us to come together to make a difference in person's life. I am requesting you to take a moment to think about this during this holiday season.  I am asking you to think about doing 26 acts of kindness.  This is one act of kindness each day for the 26 lives that were lost in Connecticut on December 14.  

While our hearts are filled with sadness and broken for the lives that were lost as the little ones went to school, and ordinary day for each student, chattered and destroyed by a senseless act.  I for one can't make sense of it, but I can do something.  I can be kind to 26 strangers, one each day, to help bring a little joy in someone's life. One act of kindness to honor each of the lives that were lost.  You can make a difference - to make the world a better place.  Won't you join me?  

The act of kindness can be any little jesture:
* letting someone in front of you at the grocery line                                                      
*  paying the toll bridge for someone behind you,
*offering an apple to a person who needs a little treat in the afternoon,                    
* offer to drive someone's child home from practice,
* read a book to a child,                                                                                                    
 * make cupcakes and give them to a nearby church, school office staff,
* put flowers on a teacher's desk,                                                                                        
*sit by a student who seems to be alone,
* turn to the person next to you to greet them,                                                              
* help an elderly person put their * groceries in the car,
* leave a small gift on a doorstep of a neighbor's house,                                                
* return the shopping cart to the store,
* smile at someone & say Good Morning,                                                                          
* Be nice to someone who is not so nice,
* tip the waiter/waitress a little more this holiday season                                            
* buy a gas card for a family who may be struggling financially
* help clean someone's house (aunt's house, grandmother, etc)                                    
 * rake the leaves of a neighbors yard
* babysit for free                                                                                                              
* ask a neighbor "do you need anything at the store"                                                                                         
* help take care of your neighbors pets while they are visiting family for free          
* buy extra socks for the homeless
* play the piano at a convalence home                                                                              
* walk a senior citizen's dog

* write a note to a teacher to thank them for the endless time & effort to prepare an awesome lesson, 
* give a friend in need a few extra dollars (anonomously of course), donate a coat to a shelter, 
* purchase toiletries (comb/brush, toothpaste, brush, lotion, etc) and wrap it up to give to a shelter,
* bring an extra pencil to school for someone who forgot theirs, are you good at math or science - volunteer to help someone who is struggling (ask your teacher to help you), 
* can you speak another language - help a student by translating their native language to English, 
* buy school supplies for students who can't afford it, and give it to your favorite teacher to distribute it.

As you can see the list can be endless.  Please try to make a conscience effort to do one act of kindness each day, 26 days in a row, to honor the 26 lost lives on the very sad day in Connecticut at a school on that Friday morning. Thank you, Good wishes each of you & your families and may you have a wonderful holiday season!  Mrs. Mensinger. 

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Dear Science Students and Parents/Guardians, 

On behalf of our science department staff, we would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season and Happy 2013 New Year!

Mrs. Michelle Mensinger - Science Department Chair
Mrs. Jane Burns - Biology and AP Biology Teacher
Mr. Bill Elliott - A&P and AP Bio Teacher
Ms. Sanjana Jadhav - Physics and Chem Teacher
Mr. Daniel Johnson - Biology Teacher
Mr. Jerry Liang - Chemistry Teacher
Mr. Tim Hess - PE and Biology Teacher
Ms. Cara Menard - Biology Teacher*MaST Director
Mrs. Randa Matar - Chemistry and AP CHEM Teacher
Ms. Ginny Torkelson - Chem & AP CHEM Teacher
Mr. Tony Varesio - Biology and A&P Teacher

A BIG THANK YOU!

Dear Parents & Guardians,

On behalf of the Science Department, I would like to personally thank each of you who has donated items to our science classes.  Today I personally received tissues & hand-sanitzer which will come in handy for the winter days - thank you for donating Parents (and you know who you are! thanks).

Sincerely, 
Mrs. Michelle Mensinger
Science Department Chair

REPORT CARD NIGHT - 11/14/2012

Dear Parents, On November 14, Wednesday, 6:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m. NMHS Science Teachers will be attending the Report Card night in the gym.  Please stop by to say hello to your child's science teacher. If you would like to speak to your child's teacher in detail about your child's science grade, please leave your name+email address -or- phone number and the teacher will be happy to contact you for a more in depth conversation about your student's progress. This evening is meant to be a quick overview of your child's report card.

Many parents ask: what can my child do to help raise his/her grade?  Here are some suggestions:
1.) Ask your child to check and double check School Loop for grades.
2.) Do Homework each week! (don't forget to turn it into the teacher).
3.) Learn to improve Note taking in the class lecture (Cornell notes are common practice for college prep students).
4.) Read the textbook - it helps success in the class.
5.) Make Flash-cards of new vocabulary words.
6.) Make sure you understand the purpose of the Science Lab.
7.) Use time well in the classroom.
8.) Use a Daily Planner to help organizational skills (so you don't forget your assignments).
9.) Ask questions in the classroom for clarifications.
10.) STUDY! That's right, this is beyond the homework.  There are many ways a student can accomplish this.  A.) Read over the lecture notes   B.) Read over the textbook reading notes    C.) Review HW questions and answers.    D.) Use on-line tools for review.  For Biology, the students have access to: Classzone.com.  Other on-line tools: YouTube videos & other internet videos. 

On behalf of the science department, we are looking forward seeing you on Wednesday evening!  
Mrs. Mensinger
NMHSScience Department Chair

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EPIC MOMENT for SCIENCE!

NEWS FLASH 9-21-2012:  All science students of the Bay Area were in for a treat  on Fridday 9/21/2012 as the Space Shuttle Endeavor was scheduled to make a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the Bay Area on a beautiful clear blue skies.  Students of NMHS found their way out to the quad to see this        spectacular view. The shuttle, piggybacked on a specially modified Boeing 747, made a low-altitude pass over an area near the Golden Gate Bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m., creating an epic moment for the thousands of space enthusiasts, photographers and others expected to come out to watch, not to mention students of all ages. The shuttle was on its final flight as it heads south to Los Angeles, where it will be placed on permanent display at the California Science CenteIt flew by NMHS about 9:30 a.m., the Endeavor made a pass as low as 1,500 feet above the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Mountain View.    

COMMENTS to Back to School Night 9/19/2012 -

Comments from the Science Department Chair

Thank you parents, guardians, friends, and students for attending the NMHS-Back to School Night.  This is a 10 minute snap-shot of a High School Student's science course.  (If any parents successfully finally finding room 334 in the portables - you were in for a treat with Mr. Liang demonstrating science!).  

It was a successful night.  It provided the first step to our partnership your child's success in his/her high school endeavors.  
I assure you, the Science Department has a strong committment to your student to provide the best science education we can offer.  We will promise to be prepared, meet the California State Science Standards, treat your child fairly (as if they were our own), excite them about science, move them in the direction of career & college ready, prepare them for the STAR testing in April 2013, and support them in everyway we can.

Our science department will be focussing on reading and writing as well as the science concepts.  It is imperative that each student does his/her own homework in a itmely manner.  We will look at each student's work, especially their lab-reports, to grade them for not only their completeness but to determine if the student understands the sciecne concepts.  A rubric will be used in Biology and Chemistry.  The student can review their lab-work prior to turning it in, using the rubric as a guide to complete his/her work.  Look in the Science Locker for the on-line laboratory rubric.

Thank you to all that came to Back to School night!  While this does make a long day for our teachers who begin their day at 7:30 a.m.(with two teachers begin "A" period at 6:50a.m.), the night ends at 8:00p.m., it is important for the success of our student.  I want to thank all the science teachers attending the night to make a great beginning partnership for our science students.  ....Go Cougars!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Michelle Mensinger 
NMHS Science Department Chair

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 9/19/2012

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Newark Memorial High School Science Department-CP BIOLOGY

Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives of the Science Department

     We are a team of 11 science teachers who have unique science backgrounds and expertise in various areas of science.  Our team of educators includes the content areas of: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Marine Biology, and Physics.  We have spent the majority of our adult life to teach high school age students and help students gain an appreciation for science in their everyday lives. 

      We strive to create a science program for all of our students that not only meet California State Standards, but also prepare them to
use science for improving their lives and coping with an increasingly technological society. We also attempt to produce informed citizens who are prepared to deal responsibly with science related social issues. We introduce students to nature; make them aware of current science issues, and the scope of a wide variety of science and technology-related careers. For those students who aspire to scientific careers, we provide the knowledge appropriate to their needs.

      To attempt to fulfill students’ science needs, whether for graduation requirements or to meet CSU/UC requirements, we recognize the importance of exciting their interest with curiosity, and build and sustain their science knowledge by a scientific inquiry approach.  Science is experimental by nature and inherently involves experimentation in the classroom.  Each of our science educators values the laboratory experience for each student and tries to enrich learning with a minimum of one lab per week.  Each instructor believes it is vital to a student’s success in science to have the opportunity for a hands-on approach in the lab. We believe science education goes further than the regurgitation of facts, figures, and word meanings. Our students must understand the process of scientific discovery and its effects on society. A successful science program should insure that all students see the need for competency in science and understand that science is a tool for solving everyday problems.

      Specifically, our science program science program will ask each student to meet the following criteria:

  • The student will learn the ability to observe natural phenomena objectively and draw conclusions from these observations.
  • Each student will learn to think with a logical, critical, creative, and independent
  • The student will have an understanding of the process of science and its use as a tool to help solve personal and societal problems.
  • The student will have an understanding and appreciation of our limited natural environment and a concern for its protection and future.
  • The student will develop a comprehensive scientific background necessary to function in a rational and intelligent manner.
  • The student will build a body of science knowledge
  • The student will begin to integrate science, technology, and society.
  • The student will have an understanding of the interdependence of science with mathematics and the humanities.
  • The student will develop their pathway towards a becoming a life-long learners and make meaningful contributions to society, and they must not only learn and understand science but also must do science.

      Students must graduate from NMHS with a minimum of two courses of science (a physical and life science class).  To prepare students for a 4-year college entrance, students should take three years of science for CSU, and it is recommended taking 4 years of science for a UC.  The approved pathway is the following: 

FRESHMAN

SOPHOMORE

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Earth Science
NMHS graduation approved
College Elective credits

CP BIOLOGY
UC/CSU approved -LIFE

CP CHEMISTRY
UC/CSU approved -PHYSICAL
CHEM COMM
UC/CSU approved – PHYSICAL
BIOTECHNOLOGY
UC/CSU approved Science Elective
Anatomy & Physiology
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective

Anatomy & Physiology
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 AP BIOLOGY
  UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 AP CHEMISTRY
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 BIOTECHNOLOGY
  UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 
BIOTECH–CHEMISTRY
 UC/CSU approved - PHYSICAL
 
Marine Biology
 Science Elective
 PHYSICS and
 PHYSICS-HONORS
 UC/CSU approved –PHYSICAL

CP BIOLOGY
UC/CSU approved -LIFE

CP CHEMISTRY
UC/CSU approved -PHYSICAL
CHEM COMM
UC/CSU approved - PHYSICAL
BIOTECHNOLOGY
UC/CSU approved Science Elective

 Anatomy & Physiology
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 AP BIOLOGY
  UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 AP CHEMISTRY
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 BIOTECHNOLOGY
  UC/CSU approved Science Elective
 
BIOTECH–CHEMISTRY
 UC/CSU approved - PHYSICAL
 
Marine Biology
 Science Elective
 PHYSICS and
 PHYSICS-HONORS
 UC/CSU approved –PHYSICAL
 UC/CSU approved Science Elective

 

SCIENCE PATHWAY grades 9-12.

Science Courses

SCIENCE SEQUENCE OF COURSES

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

LIFE

SCIENCE

CP BIOLOGY

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

CP Chemistry - or- 

Chemistry in

the Community 

2. Biotechnology 
Elective science

 

SCIENCE ELECTIVES

Anatomy & Physiology

Biotechnology 

Physics 

Physics Honors

 

SCIENCE ELECTIVES

Anatomy & Physiology

Biotechnology 

Physics 

Physics Honors

TRADTIONAL PATHWAY

Biology CP

TRADITIONAL PATHWAY

CP Chemistry

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Anatomy Physiology

or Physics

or Physics (H)

or Biology AP

or Chemistry AP

or Biotechnology

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Anatomy Physiology

or Physics

or Physics (H)

or Biology AP

or Biotechnology

Integrated Earth, Life and Physical Science (IEP)  ---- Discontinued 2012/2013

Grades:  9                  1 Year  Course #3315 – Credits: 10 Science
Description: 
Earth Science is an inquiry-approach standards-based course that will meet the California High School content standards.  Students in Earth Science will study its place in the universe.  Students will study the four major branches of Earth-Science:  geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.  Many of the concepts are developed through laboratory experiments, teacher-directed lessons, peer collaboration time, group teamwork, independent study time, and multimedia applications.  This course must be passed in order to enroll in Chem/Comm in the junior year.

 
Biology CP—9th grade only  
---- Discontinued 2012/2013
Grade:  9                1 Year                      Course #3349 – Credits: 10 Science
Prerequisite:  Recommendation of instructor
Description: 
This course is intended for the college-bound student.

 
Biology CP
Grades:  9-12                       1 Year     Course #3352 – Credits: 10 Science

Prerequisite: none.
Description: 
This course meets theUC/CSU "A-G: requirements. 

 
Biology AP
Grades:  11-12              1 Year              Course #3359 – Credits: 10 Science

Prerequisite:  B or better in both CP Biology and CP Chemistry and both instructors’ recommendations. 
Description: 
Strong written and oral communication skills are highly recommended along with good homework practices.  An interview with the AP Bio teacher may be required prior to the school year.  Students enrolled in this class are expected to take the AP test.

 
Astronomy, Aeronautic, Rocketry
Grade:  10-12             1 year  Course #3442 – Credits: 10 Elective

Description: 
This course will provide students with a hands-on, inquiry based overview of astronomy, rocketry, aeronautics and spacecraft technology, where learning will be an active process.  Students will design, build and launch model rockets.  Technology utilized in this course will be model rockets with flight computers, full functioning computerized weather station, telescope with GPS and CCD imager.

 
Marine Biology
Grades:  10-12           1 Year Course #3433 – Credits: 10 Elective

Description: 
This course will provide students with a hands-on, project- based overview of marine biology.  Students will dissect numerous marine organisms and have the opportunity for hands-on field experience in San Francisco Bay and marine ecosystems.  Students will maintain on-site aquariums.  This course is currently listed in the UC A-G system as “g” College Prep Elective.  A change to “d” Lab Science is pending.

 
Chemistry

Grade:  10-11             1 Year Course #3353 – Credits:  10 Science
Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology CP with a minimum grade of C; current science instructor’s recommendation.  Co-requisite:  Concurrently enrolled in Advanced Algebra.
Description: 
This course is the college prep chemistry course and is a pre-requisite for Biology AP.  It is designed for Students intending to major in science, technology, math or engineering at the college level.

 
Chemistry in the Community
Grades:  10-12           1 Year Course #3314 – Credits:  10 Science

Prerequisite:  Completion of General Biology with a minimum grade of C or successful completion of CP Biology.
Description: 
This course is a non-mathematical approach to understanding the principles of chemistry.  The course is designed for students intending to major in non-science disciplines at the college level.

 
Chemistry AP
Grades:  11-12           1 Year Course #3357 – Credits:  10 Science

Prerequisite:  B or better in both CP Biology and CP Chemistry and both instructors’ recommendations.
Description: 
Strong written and oral communication skills are highly recommended along with good organizational and homework practices.  An interview with the AP Chemistry teacher may be required prior to the school year.  Students enrolled in this class are expected to take the AP test.

 
Anatomy and Physiology
Grades:  11-12           1 Year Course #3356 – Credits: 10 Science

Prerequisite:  Completion of Chemistry or Chemistry in the Community with a minimum grade of C. Current science instructor’s recommendation.

 
Physics
Grades:  11-12           1 Year Course #3354 – Credits:  10 Science

Prerequisite:  Completion of Chemistry or Chemistry in the Community with a minimum grade of C. Current science instructor’s recommendation.
Description: 
A conceptual, less mathematical course than Physics Honors that covers Newtonian mechanics, sound and light waves, and electricity.

 
Physics Honors
Grades:  11-12           1 Year Course #3360 – Credits:  10 Science

Prerequisite:  Completion of Chemistry and Math Analysis Honors with a minimum grade of C. Current science instructor’s recommendation.
Description: 
A rigorous physics class with a more mathematical emphasis.  Covers Newtonian mechanics, sound and light waves, and electricity.

 
Biotechnology
Grades:  11-12           1 Year Course #3366 – Credits: 10 Science

Prerequisite:  Completion of General Biology, CP Biology, or Physics with a minimum grade of C. Current science instructor’s recommendation.
Description: 
This course is an introduction to biotechnology and the biotech industry.  Students will study safety procedures, prepare stock-solutions, identify microorganisms, and perform experiments with cultures and DNA.  This course is strongly recommended if student is planning a career in the biotech industry.  Concurrent enrollment in Ohlone College Personal Development course (.5 units) is required.  Requires interview with NMHS instructor and Ohlone College lab instructor prior to taking the class.

 
Tourism
Grades:  9-12             1 Year Course #9869 – Credits: 10 Elective

Description: 
This class trains students to operate and maintain the marine and astronomy science center.  Students will learn to greet the public and teach them about the exhibits.  They learn to care for marine sharks, fish, and tide pool animals.  Students also learn marketing skills in the gift shop.  This class leads to the Docents class where students teach visiting elementary students about the wonders in the universe and under the sea.

 
Docents in Science/Technology

Grades:  9-12             1 Year Course #9870 – Credits:  10 Elective
Prerequisite:  Passing Tourism with a C or better and instructor’s approval.
Description:  Students will develop presentation skills as they train to become docents for the Marine Science and Technology Institute (MaST).  They will learn about the various exhibits including the 1000 gallon shark tank and the planetarium.  Students will explain exhibits to visiting 3rd and 4th grade students and learn how to maintain a major science center.  This class offers a great opportunity to earn community service hours during docent presentations.  It also offers college bound students with service experience to include in their college application

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