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Welcome to Freshmen Science. I personally feel this is the most important science class that we teach here at the high school because we deal with real problems in the world, how man has caused them, and what needs to be done to solve these problems. Many of these concerns are controversial, so we train you to be able to analyze a problem to determine what is actually causing the problem and what things could actually solve the problem. This gives you the ability to analyze problems for yourself in the future and to be able to make logical choices to solve these problems. You won’t need to have someone else tell you what is wrong and what needs to be done about it.  The problems in the world are continually changing, sometimes weekly. New research is always being conducted. Thus, this class does not rely on a textbook which could be outdated before it is published. Instead, we will be using journal articles, news reports and internet sources for up to date information. The Freshmen Science program is a ‘Tech-rich’ program. We have classroom computers to use frequently to research information. The quickly changing nature of the topics covered in this class (astronomy, environmental science, pollution, trash and recycling, urban sprawl and development, energy usage and energy sources) lend them selves extremely well for extensive use of technology. 

This class will integrate different branches of science, physics, chemistry, ecology and biology. This will allow us to understand how the Universe works and the special characteristics of Earth that allow life to exist, and to examine our role on the Earth. This class also meets the StThe Resilient Planet questionsate requirements for a physical science class which all students must take.  The goal of this class is to give you the research tools and techniques and the ability to analyze information to determine the cause of a problem and which solutions seem best. Hopefully, you will learn how to be a citizen of the world who can analyze all sides of a topic and choose the best solution for themselves. This is our best defense against many of the problems that face our world today, made by poorly informed citizens and so-called experts of the past. I hope you enjoy the class, but I especially hope you will see the importance of this class.


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A student with an unexcused absence can not receive credit for the material missed, receiving a zero for this missed work, including homework and tests.

FIRST SEMESTER: Assingments late one day will recieve a 0% or 50% depending on the assignment. Late projects wil be marked down 10% for everyday late. If we go over the homework that day, late work will receive a zero.

SECOND SEMESTER:  late assignments will receive a zero





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****Work not finished in class should be finished for homework

Quarter 4

Week 5

Mon: Biological magnification notes

Tues: Waste water treatment plants notes

Wed: Water testing intro

Thur: Do testing

Fri: Water pollution quiz; River study

Week 4

Mon: Review

Tues: Undesireables

Wed:  Stream order

Thur: Stream order notes

Fri: Undesirables


Week 3

Mon: Review

Tues: Quiz: ECDCICA; know all terms and proper order; food chain, food web, energy pyramid, know the different trophic terms; know how cycles work; know the different interrelationships,  symbiosis types; know succession; know how things adapt

Wed: Environmental science

Thur: Carbon footprint

Fri: Water pollution intro

Week 2

Mon: Nearpod: diversity and community; Interrelationships: nearpod

Tues: Interrelationships; Change

Wed: Beak adaptation lab due Friday; Cycles packet due Fri.

Thur: Adaptation and wrap-up

Fri: Beak lab due and collected; Review for Tuesday"s Quiz, packet; Start ecosystem diagram directions on handout which is due on Tuesday;

Week 1

Mon: Energy flow; Nearpod and notes

Tues: Wrap up energy flow begin cycles; Nearpod and notes

Wed: Cycles: drawings

Thur: Cycles: drawings

Fri: Diversity; diversity lab

Quarter 3

Week 8

Mon: Agenda for week, what is on the quiz, Seasons on earth, video on seasons

Tues: what is on the quiz, Nearpod presentation on Enivironmental ethics. terms: value, moral, ethic, environment, environmental ethic, sustainable and unsustainable environment, ecology, ecosystem

Wed: review for quiz, watch teh lorax and fill out sheet

Thur: Quiz: 1) Earth's spheres (see powerpoint); 2) Unique characteristics of Earth which allow life (see powerpoint); finish environmental ethic terms

Fri: Intro to ECDCICA, ecology


Week 7

Mon: Finish unique Earth video; discuss characteristics which make the Earth unique

Tues: Quiz: Geological Time; Geological Dating: Relative vs. Absolute;

Wed: Nearpod presentation on the unique characteristics which allow Earth to have the diversity of life it has

Thur: Notes on unique characteristics of the Earth

Fri: Seasons


Week 6

Mon: Fossil worksheet with iPads

Tues: Geological dating power points with Nearpod answering questions

Wed: Fossil dry lab

Thur: Intro Unique Earth and characteristics

Fri: Origins video looking for unique features of Earth

***Quiz on geological dating will be next Tuesday. 10 Define relative and absolute dating. 2) Know the different principles of relative dating. 3) Know how radiometric dating works. 4) Be able to read the Geological time scale, define Epoch, Eon, Era, Period

Week 5

Mon: Plate Tectonics, Finish notes and power point

Tues: Plate tectonics Nearpod

Wed: Finish Nearpod activity, Plot volcanoes and earth quakes, Hmwk: Earth's Tectonic plates

Thur:  handouts for competency review and practice quiz; Start What is a billion (will finish back side 'Fossils"  tomorrow), Hmwk: 'Earth Processes Vocabulary'

Fri: Finish Fossils handout (Finish for homework if not done);

***Competency quiz on plate tectonics next Wed***

Week 4

Mon: Mineral characteristics; No homework or class work to finish unless you were absent then see me

Tues: Rock cycel; Intro Plate techtonics: Pangea, theories

Wed: Plate tectonics

Thur: Plate tectonics

Fri: Quiz: Minerals and rocks, rock cycle; Plate tectonics

Week 3

Mon: NS

Tues: Layers of the Earth notes, used powerpoint from diocuments: FrSciQ3Layers-of-the-Earth; Reviewed how Solar System was formed (worksheet)

Wed: Wrap up Solar system formation; Start Rock and mineral lab

Thur: Finish Rock and Mineral Lab

Fri: Quiz: 1) Earth formation: handout and flash cards; 2) Earth layers: composition; state of matter; characteristics; notes and earth slice 3) Solar system formation: worksheet, diagram Rock cycle video

Week 2

Mon: Snow day

Tues: Review how everything was formed up to formation of Earth; Watch Origins video and record the steps involved in the formation of the earth

Wed: Finish video; class discussion of steps nvolved in formation of the Earth

Thur: Powerpoint on formation of the Earth, Solar system planet composition worksheet




Mon: Rehash semester 1, go over Biology choices for next year, intro Semester 2

Tue: Snow day

Wed: Snow day

Thursday: Graph readings comparing inner and outer planets, due Fri

Fri: Density lab; Due Mon



Welcome!! You are now in a class that will prepare you for college and especially for the medical field. All the time and hard work you put into this class will definitely benefit you in the future!! If you begin to struggle come and see me ASAP!!


You will be given a syllabus for each chapter. Test dates will be included on the syllabus. We generally have a test after each chapter is completed. Homework is graded and can definitely benefit your grade!! Don't fall behind!!!




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Old Home Day Race

                  2014      2013   Difference  2012

Gregoire, Kalin     20:57     20:09        +:48        -----

McKivergan, Madison 21:18     21:50 -:32        21:16     

Seeley, Alexandra   21:42     -----        ----        -----

Guay, Courtney      21:43     23:05        -1:22       -----   

Ziolek, Bella       23:01     22:58   +:03       -----

Marchant, Kaitlyn   23:11     23:22   -:11       -----

Holland, Emily      23:31     24:21        -1:10       25:47

Doris, Jill         24:30     27:32        -3:02       27:05

Stubbs, Elizabeth   24:36     26:39        -2:03       27:43

Howes, Natalie      24:15     26:30        -2:15       24:28

Lupo, Emily         26:22     -----        ----        29:12

Fitzmaurice, Keira  30:03     -----   ----         -----


NH XC Festival Jamboree

Derryfield Park, Manchester, NH     08/23/2014

Results by Millennium Timing


Alexandra Seeley   Londonderry             6:47   14:37.3  6:58

Courtney Guay      Londonderry             6:43   14:44.1  7:01

Madison McKivergan Londonderry             6:49   14:46.9  7:03

Bella Ziolek       Londonderry             7:17   15:30.6  7:24

Emily Holland      Londonderry             7:23   15:34.1  7:25

Kaitlyn Marchant   Londonderry             7:17   15:35.0  7:26

Jill Doris         Londonderry             7:35   16:06.2  7:41

Natalie Howes      Londonderry             7:44   16:38.4  7:56

Emily Lupo         Londonderry             7:52   17:10.7  8:11

Elizabeth Stubbs  Londonderry             8:04   17:15.3  8:13

Sophia Simard      Londonderry             7:53   17:41.8  8:26

Sarah Court        Londonderry             8:06   17:56.4  8:33







The Medical Explorer's Club was started by three students interested in the medical field. They wanted to have exposure to professionals from the medical field here at Londonderry. The club is open to any Londonderry student. We will have different professionals visit LHS and share their experiences, we may have some field trips to various medical institutes, may perform some disections, and will view some medical videos.


: President

: Vice President

: Treasurer/Secretary

: Publicity Coordinator



Mr. Burgess










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My Special Codes for X2


  • BG = “Being Graded”. Student has completed and submitted the assignment and it is being graded. No numerical value is associated with this code.
  • EXMPT  = “Exempt”. Student is exempt from assignment. No numerical value is associated with this code.
  • MI   = “Missing" (numerical value=0/F).  Assignment is missing (either due to absence or failure to complete).
  • OP =  “Optional”. Assignment was an optional one.  No numerical value is associated with this code.
  • PASS= "Pass" Student has passed the competency. No numerical value is associated with this code.
  • FAIL= "Fail" Student has failed the competency. No numerical value is associated with this code.





Adult Ed Life Science

Powerpoint: ADULTEDnotes.pptx This powerpoint has many of the summarized notes you will need for the class.

Week 1:

We covered safety procedures: Get your safety contract signed by a parent/guardian; The scientific method, and parts and their functions of the animal cell.

Topics on next week's quiz: 1) Safety procedures (safety contract); 2) scientific method; 3) cell parts (diagram) and functions; Review the power point (use link above)!!***FOR ALL QUIZZES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Week 2:

Next quiz: Cell theory; microscope

Week 3:

Next quiz: Cell transport, Mitosis

Week 4:

Next quiz: Respiration and photosynthesis;

Week 5:

Next quiz: A & P; organization of living things; tissues

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