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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 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


High School STEM Symposium

Getting Organized  

pdf Symposium Memo

pdf Symposium Guidelines 

pdf Project Requirements 


Forms & Documents

pdf Gr. 9-10 Rubric

pdf Gr. 11-12 Rubric


STEM Proposal Due by  4/30/19







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

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


Professional Development


pdf Science Dept. Training Calendar


New Jersey Audubon's Teacher's  School of Ecology 

New Jersey Audubon's Teacher's School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc.
July 29 through August 2, 2019
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary - Bernardsville, NJ

This week-long summer institute for teachers in grades 4 through 8 offers in-depth experiences that use observable phenomena in the watershed as a basis for building effective field and classroom study. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.

Teacher's School of Ecology models best practices in field study with students, utilizes local phenomena as a platform for 3 Dimensional lesson design, integrates modern pedagogy into classroom lessons and provides opportunities for teachers to integrate natural system studies and sustainability education into their existing curriculum.

For more information or to register:
Contact Kelly Wenzel at<>

NJ School of Conserv.Teaching Scholar Prog.: Biodiversity Field Methods 

NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods
June 24-28, 2019
COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.
This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school science teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) within Stokes State Forest. Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic’s and iNaturalists’s Bioblitz program. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Full workshop description can be found HERE. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019


Tanya Sulikowski
Environmental Educator/Researcher, NJ School of Conservation 
Montclair State University
1 Wapalanne Road
Branchville, NJ 07826

Visualizing Natural and Human Changes In Earth Systems
Applying Science Practices to Data Collection in The Field

Applying Science Practices to Data Collection in The Field
April 6, 2019
Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

Most schools have access to outdoor spaces to collect data related to localized phenomena. However, the challenges in doing so include minimal teacher experience, lack of supplies, safety in the field, and connecting the content to science content in meaningful ways. This one-day workshop will provide support in all these challenges as participants identify ecology and Earth science phenomena and collect field data at Duke Farms to make sense of the phenomena. Join NJ Earth Science Teachers Association (NJESTA) and the Biology Teachers Association of NJ (BTANJ) on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ for this middle school and high school level workshop linking core ideas, science practices, and crosscutting concepts. Participants will receive materials that will assist them in replicated field studies in and/or around their school campuses. Professional Development hours will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Meals included. For details and to register, go to Alternatively, visit the Duke Farms website (, click on Classes and Events, and navigate to this event to register. Registration closes March 15, 2019. Contact Missy Holzer, PhD for additional information at

NGSS Summer Institutes in Summer 2019
Connecting Models and Evidence

Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute:
Connecting Models and Evidence
June 25-27, 2019
Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ

Join us June 25-27th, 2019 at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey. The Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute will provide professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. For more information about the use of MEL diagrams in the classroom, explore this website. This three-day institute is free and a stipend is provided! Applications are open to middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in the NJ-PA area. Those teaching Earth science content in their courses are also encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

11th Am. Geosciences Inst./EXXONMobil Explor. Teacher Leaders. Acad.
New Science Teachers Workshops
Panasonic Eco Citizenship Project
STEM Competitions



Funding Opportunities










New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for Science 


pdf  Dec. 2018 Updates














Contact Us

Joanna Tsimpedes

Interim Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services/Special Programs

Nellista Bess

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

Schools: 7, 8, 13, 16, 21, MLK

Jennifer Foster

Administrative Assistant- Mathematics/ Science

Elizabeth Nunez

Teacher Coordinator of Science

Lakisha Kincherlow

Supervisor of Science
Central Office
Schools 2, 6, 20, DHA, STARS

Kenrick Ramdath

Supervisor of Science

Schools: 3, 9, 10, 18,25, AHA, DBT

Shenita Davis

Supervisor of Science

Schools: 4, 12, 24, 26, 28, Newcomers, NRC, YMLA

Nakea Wimberly

Science Teacher Coordinator
Central Office



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