Science

Science

Science education plays a critical role in helping our citizens understand the significance of scientific developments both today and tomorrow.

Our middle school science program provides students with the basic knowledge of science as it relates to them and to their own range of experiences.

Our students develop an appreciation of basic scientific concepts by exploring the empirical world through hands-on activities.

We prepare our students for the science component of the New York State Core Curriculum (NYSCC). All science courses offered at our middle school meet or exceed requirements as set forth in the NYSCC.

Siena Catholic Academy students participating in an science exhibition.

Siena Catholic Academy students participating in science exhibition in front of the entire school.

Areas of foci:

The Scientific Method and the Tools of the Scientist is introduced to our grade seven students.

Units of study include Physical Science, Chemistry, and Earth Science. Physical Science topics include: Methods, Motion, Forces, Work, Power, Simple Machines, Energy, Waves, Sound, Light, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum; Chemistry topics include: Properties of Matter, Classification of Elements, The Periodic Table, Atoms and Bonding, Chemical Reactions, and Families of Chemical Compounds; Earth Science topics include: Astronomy, Meteorology, and Geology.

We help prepare our middle school students by designing a program that will prepare them for the type of science curriculum offered in the high schools.

This course requires students to assume increased responsibility in laboratory experiences and spend more out-of-school time preparing assignments and studying for tests.

Life Science topics are studied in grade eight; some of which include a study of the organization of life, the classification system, a survey of the five kingdoms and their related organisms, an extensive study of the ten systems of the human body, genetics and heredity, and ecology.

Students will learn how to use lab equipment: Students will learn how to use the light microscope to study various living and prepared

Siena Catholic Academy students participating in a dissection laboratory assignment.

Siena Catholic Academy students participating in a dissection laboratory assignment.

microorganisms and tissues. They will perform several dissections to aid in the understanding of the anatomy of living things.

Advanced:

Intro to Biology: Living Environment topics are studied in this eighth grade course. Our students will learn scientific inquiry, cell structure/function, biochemistry, nutrition, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, protein synthesis, evolution, classification, plants, animals, body systems, ecology, and how humans impact the environment.

The course culminates in the high school-level New York State Regents Exam. It includes a lab component. Students must engage in 1200 minutes (the equivalent of 20 hours) of laboratory time before the Regents exam. It is designed for the academically strong science student. Students must meet established criteria in order to enroll in the Advanced Science course.

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