Meet the Teachers
Dr. Shannon Baxter,
7th and 8th Grade Science
Mr. John Colbert,
5th and 6th Grade Science
7th Grade: Life Science
7th grade has a 2 period-long session on Friday afternoons so we can conduct experiments
Conduct experiments to observe reflexes, osmosis in eggs and gummy bears, used microscopes to observe many microscopic slides (including organisms in fresh water ponds), measured mass and length to understand trends in data
Study dangers of smoking and reducing cancer risk factors. It's exciting to teach the kids why cancer happens since it is uncontrolled mitosis--a concept they are learning.
Raised froglets from tadpoles so that's a great way to demonstrate how cells have specialized functions.
We would like to hatch eggs but we need an incubator!
8th Grade: Physical Science
measure/graph mass and length to understand trends in data
examine issues related to manufacture packaging
study/examine speed, velocity, and acceleration
research driverless cars, technologies that would have been considered "crazy" 90 years ago
choose independent topics to study the role of science (everything from medical marijuana to cosmetics to forensic science.)
research how maglev trains work
study Newton's laws of motion and friction
the periodic table
the science of climate change
the scientific basis for sourcing food locally
why it's important to reduce, reuse, and recycle
the class started the Gardening club and set up a recycling center in my classroom.