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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.






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 Trees & Weather Materials & Motion Animals Two by Two N/A N/A
GRADE 1 ENGINEERING Air & Weather 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 Water & Climate N/A N/A
GRADE 4 ENGINEERING Soils, Rocks and Landforms Energy Environments N/A N/A
GRADE 5 ENGINEERING Earth & Sun Living Systems Mixtures & Solutions N/A N/A
GRADE 6 ENGINEERING Motion, Force & Models 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 Gravity & Kinetic Energy Waves


Professional Development






8/23/17 Engineering & Literacy Connections, Gr. K-8 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Passaic County Community College  
8/23/17 Productive Talk & Engineering & Design 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Passaic County Community College  
8/29/17 New Teacher Orientation 10:40 am-12:45 pm International H.S.   
9/5/17 Science Engineering - Gr. 3 8:30 am - 3:00 pm 90 Delaware, Conf. Rm #3 - 2nd Fl.  
9/6/17 Science Engineering - Gr. K 8:30 am - 3:00 pm International H.S.   
9/6/17 Science Engineering - Gr. 1 8:15 am - 11:15 am School 16  
9/6/17 Science Engineering - Gr. 4 & 5 8:30 am - 3:00 pm International H.S.   
9/6/17 Science Engineering - Gr. 6-8 8:15 am - 11:15 am Eastside H.S.  
9/6/17 Constructing Scientific Arguments in Biology - Gr. 9-12 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Eastside H.S.  
9/6/17 Productive Talk & Engineering Practices in Environmental Science, Gr. 9-12 8:15 am - 11:15 am Eastside H.S.  
9/6/17 Argument Driven Inquiry in Chemistry Classrooms, Gr. 9-12 8:15 am - 3:00 pm Eastside H.S.  
9/25, 9/27, 9/29 & 10/2/17 Earth Science Unit 2, Gr. K 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
9/27/17 FOSS Plants & Insects, Gr. 2 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
9/27/17 FOSS Soils, Rocks & Landforms, Gr. 4 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
10/2/17 FOSS Structure of Life, Gr. 3 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
10/3, 10/4, 10/10 & 10/11/17 Earth Science Unit 2, Gr. 1 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
10/5/17 FOSS Sun, Moon & Planets, Gr. 5 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
10/18 & 10/19/2017 FOSS Electromagnetic Forces - Gr. 6 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah - Science Lab  
11/1 & 11/2/2017 Chemistry Problem Based Learning & UDL 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Dr. Hani Awadallah -Room 226  

Funding Opportunities



First Time Applicants: Can apply for funding up to $2,500, if you are a community-based organization, faith-based organization, garden club, green team, neighborhood group, or other group of individuals looking to spearhead a garden project in PASSAIC COUNTY. If you are a first-time applicant and would like to download an application, click here.

Returning Applicants: Second-year applicants can apply for funding up to
$1000. Gardens that have received a Dig In! grant for three years or longer can apply for funding up to $500
Returning applicants can apply for funds to be used for garden improvements and expansion. If you are a returning applicant and would like to download an application, click here.

New! Due to the overwhelming request for water assistance from Dig In! Community Garden partners, City Green and the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders are delighted to offer the Dig In! Water Assistance Grant Program.
Open to existing Dig In! partners, the Water Assistance Grant aims to alleviate the specific challenges our community garden partners face with regard to accessing water for their gardens. Awards up to $2000, for gardens that have been in successful operation for 2 or more years, are available for the Water Assistance Grant, to download an application, click here.

All applications are due February 17, 2018 and should be submitted to:
Nicole Grzybowski, Administrative Assistant, City Green Inc. at, via fax at 973-998-0682 or via mail to: 
City Green
Dig In! Grant Program
 171 Grove St. 
Clifton, NJ 07013.

Any questions about eligibility or the application process can be directed to or 973-869-4086.

We look forward to receiving your application! 

Good News!  The Taub Foundation Sponsors Field Trip Grants Program

Field Trip New Jersey is pleased to announce that it will have two grant application cycles this year. Below are the dates for which the application will be open to applicants to complete online at


Field Trip NJ


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


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