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Department of Science

  • Core
    Beliefs
  • STEM
    Expo
  • HS STEM
    Symposium

  • FOSS
  • Prof.
    Dev.
  • Funding
    Opps.
  • High School
    Student Opps.
  • K-8 Student
    Opps.
  • NJSLA for
    Science 
  • Contact
    Us

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.

Philosophy

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

Date: December 2020 TBD at William Paterson University


Getting Organized

Introduction to Different Project Types

webpage Getting Started

Display Boards

webpage How to Create a Winning Display Board

Presentations

webpage How to Deliver a Winning Oral Presentation

Project Ideas

webpage Science Invention Ideas

science fair trophy

Forms and Documents

K-8 Safety Documents

pdf Poster Board Display Safety Guidelines

School Based Competition

 

 

Project Requirements (REVISED)

Rubrics Gr. K-1

Rubrics Gr. 2-3

Rubrics Gr. 4-5

Rubrics Innovations Gr. 6-7

Rubrics Inquiry Gr. 6-7

Rubrics Innovations Gr. 8

Rubrics Inquiry Gr. 8

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the High School STEM Symposium is cancelled for May 12, 2020 at William Paterson University.

Be safe and Stay well!

 

 

 

 

FOSS

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

  1.  Go to https://www.fossweb.com/home
    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 https://www.fossweb.com/home

  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

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

GRADE

UNIT 1

UNIT 2

UNIT 3

UNIT 4

UNIT 5

UNIT 6

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
Waves
N/A

 

Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities

Funding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Student Opportunities

 

Waiting for the opportunities…TBD
Be safe and stay well!

 

K-8 Student Opportunities

 

Waiting for the opportunities…TBD
Be safe and stay well!

 

New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for Science 

 

pdf  Sept. 2019 Updates

pdf  Dec. 2018 Updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

Joanna Tsimpedes

Interim Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services/Special Programs
973-321-2336
jtsimpedes@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Jennifer Foster

Administrative Assistant- Mathematics/ Science
973-321-0843
jfoster@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Dr. Nellista Bess

Supervisor of Science
HARP, PANTHER, International HS, Garrett Morgan, Great Falls

Schools: 7, 8, 13, 16, 21, MLK
nbess@paterson.k12.nj.us

Shenita Davis

Supervisor of Science
EHS/CAHTS, EHS/GOPA, EHS/SOIT,
RPHS

Schools: 4, 12, 24, 26, 28, Newcomers, NRC, YMLA
sdavis@paterson.k12.nj.us

Lakisha Kincherlow

Supervisor of Science
Central Office
Schools 2, 6, 20, DHA, STARS
973-321-0717
lkincherlowwarren@paterson.k12.nj.us

Kenrick Ramdath

Supervisor of Science
JFK/STEM, JFK/ACT, JFK/BTMF, JFK/SET

Schools: 3, 9, 10, 18,25, AHA, DBT
kramdath@paterson.k12.nj.us

Elizabeth Nunez

Teacher Coordinator of Science
973-321-2264
enunez@paterson.k12.nj.us

Nakeia Wimberly

Science Teacher Coordinator
Central Office

973-321-2477
nwimberly@paterson.k12.nj.us

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