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Department of Science

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Core Beliefs

The Science Department believes that every student is entitled to and deserves an excellent program of instruction in the content area that encourages each student to achieve at a high level.  We believe that learning science requires an understanding and investigation of concepts. We believe that science is a way of thinking that includes observing, collecting, manipulating, and analyzing data as well as evaluating and interpreting results.  We nurture the wonder and curiosity of the students as they engage in guided inquiry.  Ultimately, the goal of our department is to prepare all children for college and career readiness.



Science is a systematic process for acquiring the knowledge essential for comprehending the natural world and every aspect of modern life.  As students build on their content knowledge, we encourage the following practices to be linked to their learning: asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.  The department has embraced and implemented an Inquiry-Based Model, which allows students to explore and make sense of ideas, data, and explanations around a posed question or problem. In addition, we encourage students to make connections by publicly sharing their thoughts of the key idea to the overarching concept.





STEM Expo Resources

K8 District Competition

Dec. 18th, 2018 at the William Paterson University Commons Ballroom; 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.   

Getting Organized

Introduction to Different Project Types

webpage Getting Started

webpage STEM Projects

Display Boards

webpage How to Create a Winning Display Board


webpage How to Deliver a Winning Oral Presentation

Project Ideas

webpage Science Investigation Ideas

webpage Science Invention Ideas

science fair trophy

Forms and Documents

K-8 Safety Documents

pdf Poster Board Display Safety Guidelines

School Based Competition

pdf STEM Expo Memo

pdf Data Form

pdf 1st Place Winners Form Gr. K-5

pdf 1st Place Winners Form Gr. 6-8

pdf Media Release Form: English

pdf Media Release Form: Spanish

pdf Project Description Requirements

pdf Rubrics K-3

pdf Rubrics 4-5

pdf Rubrics 6-8: Inquiry

pdf Rubrics 6-8: Innovations



How to register for access to FOSSweb.
(District Subscription)

  1.  Go to
    Click on Educators: Register link at the bottom.  Click the PURPLE button Register for FOSSweb

  2. After you have registered you can enter your ACCESS codes.

    1. Click on the blue tab “My Teacher Page”

    2. Click “Activate My Access Code”

    3. Enter Access Code(s) for Module(s) Activation

(GUEST Access)

  1.  Go to

  2. Click on “Visit as Guest” (This subscription is very limited. You will not have access to many resources.)

  3. Click on the “Module Book”.

Materials Management

District Replacement List

FOSS Replacement List

Plant & Animal Care

Tech Support
NOTE:  Please contact Tech support directly with any concerns regarding your account.  They cannot resolve an individual technology problem through a third party.  They will need information that only you can provide as the owner of the account. The number is 1 (800) 258-1302 ext. 7907

FOSS Units by Grade Level








KINDERGARTEN ENGINEERING Earth's Weather and Trees Materials & Motion Animals Two by Two N/A N/A
GRADE 1 ENGINEERING Weather & Air on Earth Sound & Light Plants & Animals N/A N/A
GRADE 2 ENGINEERING Insects & Plants Solids & Liquids Pebbles, Sand and Silt N/A N/A
GRADE 3 ENGINEERING Structures of Life Motion & Matter Earth's Weather & Climate N/A N/A
GRADE 4 ENGINEERING Soils, Rocks and Landforms Energy Environments N/A N/A
GRADE 5 ENGINEERING Sun, Moon & Planets Living Systems Mixtures & Solutions N/A N/A
GRADE 6 ENGINEERING Gravity & Kinetic Energy Electromagnetic Force Weather & Water Diversity of Life N/A
GRADE 7 ENGINEERING Populations & Ecosystems Chemical Interactions Earth History N/A N/A
GRADE 8 ENGINEERING Human Systems Interactions Heredity & Adaptation Planetary Science


Funding Opportunities










High School Student Opportunities

webpage STEM Competitions   










K-8 Student Opportunities


webpage Panasonic Eco Citizenship Project








Contact Us

Joanna Tsimpedes

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sarah Sterling Laldee

Supervisor of Science

Jennifer Foster

Senior Specialist - Mathematics/ Science

Elizabeth Nunez

Teacher Coordinator of Science

Lakisha Kincherlow

Teacher Coordinator of Science

Nellista Bess

Supervisor of Science
Panther Academy, STARS, Garrett Morgan,
IHS, HARP, Silk City Academy and  Great Falls Academy

Shenita Davis

Supervisor of Science
CAHT, SOIT and GOPA at Eastside High School

Pamela Gary-Maple

Supervisor of Science
Rosa Parks High School

Rizia Miah

Supervisor of Science
ACT, BTMF, SET and STEM at John F. Kennedy Educational Complex


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