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Science Program

The (PreK-12) Science Program is organized around eleven conceptual themes and guiding questions in physical, life and earth/space science.  Content strands and related concepts spiral through the grades at increasing breadth and depth, combining major science concepts and theories, scientific reasoning and the complex interactions between science, technology and society.  The curriculum is designed to expand the students’ understanding and appreciation of science through activities that develop their ability to use inquiry methods and critical thinking skills in science.  Science inquiry performances ask students to apply science process skills, read and write about science and use mathematics to make sense out of data.  Science and technology in society standards ask students to apply science to everyday and global issues.  Computer programs and other technologies, up-to-date materials and effective teaching strategies are used at every level to support the development of scientifically literate students who are able to apply critical thinking skills when dealing with science related issues.

A comprehensive science program offers hands-on, minds-on explorations of natural phenomena while encouraging further questions. It includes not only a body of facts, but also methods of inquiry. The program is designed to enable students to ask thoughtful questions, predict experiments, use technology, solve problems, evaluate and apply information and make informed decisions.  Students are encouraged to approach the world outside the classroom with an open mind by nurturing scientific curiosity, flexible thinking and a sensitivity to living things and their environments.

Our goal is to ensure that all students achieve science literacy:

  • Science is for all students.
  • Science includes the ability to read, write, discuss and present coherent ideas about science.
  • Science has practical applications in the real world.
  • Scientific inquiry progresses through a continuous process of questioning, date collection, analysis and interpretation. 
  • Learning science is an active process that students do.
  • Teachers of science facilitate and guide this process. 

Elementary Science (PreK-5)

Elementary Science

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The focus for the elementary science program is to develop each student’s innate curiosity and desire to make sense of natural phenomena. Students are introduced to a rigorous science curriculum that promotes scientific inquiry, literacy, and numeracy by developing conceptual understanding. Students also work to develop their abilities to apply knowledge of fundamental concepts, principles, and theories within a context that is relevant and engaging. The East Hartford elementary curriculum reflects Connecticut State Science standards.  The curriculum will be revised to align with new Next Generation Science Standards as new units are created.

Jillian McKenzie
Instructional Specialist for Elementary Science
Phone: (860) 622-5460
Fax: (860) 622-5479
email: mckenzie.jr@easthartford.org

Secondary Science (7-12)

Secondary Science

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In alignment with the mission statement of East Hartford Public Schools, the Secondary Science Department seeks to provide all students with daily experiences to foster scientific literacy, reasoning, and thinking skills in order to promote informed decision making and problem solving.

Overview
The secondary science program is designed to ensure that all students achieve science literacy. It is organized around eleven conceptual themes and guiding questions in physical, life and earth/space science. Content strands and related concepts spiral through the grades at increasing breadth and depth, combining major science concepts and theories, scientific reasoning and the complex interactions between science, technology and society. The curriculum is designed to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of science through activities that develop their ability to use inquiry methods and critical thinking skills in science. Science inquiry performances ask students to apply science process skills, read and write about science, and use mathematics to make sense out of data. Science and technology in society standards ask students to apply science to everyday local and global issues. Computer programs and other technologies, state-of-the-art materials, and effective teaching strategies are used at every level to support the development of scientifically literate students who are able to apply critical thinking skills when dealing with science related issues. Science curriculum is currently being rewritten to align with the expectations of Common Core State Standards.

Middle School Program

The middle school science program is part of a standards-bases, integrated science program that emphasizes concepts and skills in the areas of life, earth/space and physical science.  In addition to specific content standards, students will demonstrate proficiency in specific expected performances in scientific inquiry and the use of science and technology in society.  All curriculum documents reflect the Common Core State Standards.  The scientifically literate middle school student will be able to transfer knowledge of academic theories and principles of science to practical applications in the real world.  

High School Program

The high school science program is designed to encourage inquiry and allows students to acquire scientific skills in physical, life and earth/space sciences, which will prepare them for responsible citizenship.  All of the courses in our program, including our many electives, are designed to stimulate the interest of all students and inspire them to be lifelong investigators filled with scientific curiosity and objectivity.  As a comprehensive high school, East Hartford High offers a variety of science courses to meet the needs of our students.  Not only do we offer the more traditional physical science, biology, chemistry and physics courses, we also offer many elective course which are designed to provide students with a background in a number of areas.  These courses in anatomy and physiology, botany and zoology, marine biology and environmental science allow students to explore areas of interest outside the more traditional science pathways.  In addition, we are able to offer a very broad selection of honors and advanced placement course to meet the needs of students looking for an additional challenge and to potentially earn college credit.  Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science are taught by highly-qualified instructors and allow students to experience a true college course within the supportive high school environment.  All curriculum documents reflect the Connecticut State Science Frameworks and the Connecticut Core State Standards. 

Melissa Gavarrino
Department Head Science
Phone: (860) 622-5273
Fax: (860) 622-5225
email: gavarrino.mm@easthartford.org

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