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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 Thus, this class does not rely on a textbook which could be outdated before it is published.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.

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.

SECOND SEMESTER:  late assignments will receive a zero








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

Quarter 1

Week 5

Mon: Water pollution: Non-biodegradeable waste: Undesireables packet

Tues: Biological magnification; mercury

Wed: Water pollution:  Packet:  Biodegradeable waste: sewage: Septic systems

Thurs: Waste Water Treatment  Plants

Fris: Affects of dumping raw sewage into a stream



Fri: Global dimming

Week 4

Mon: Review

Tues: Quiz:(see hand out) Environmental ethics, Citizen of the worls, Topography: terms and map use; Stream order: diagrams and characteristics

wed: Quiz

Thur: Aldo Leopold: Green Fire

Week 2

Mon: Conserving America video

Tues: Finish video sheet due tomorrow; Fowl Condundrum: due tomorrow

Wed: Intro to topography


Fri: Pond draw due

Week 1

Mon: Review

Tues: Review

Wed: ECDCICA Big Quiz

Thur: Beak Adaptation Lab; Due Tuesday


Quarter 3

Week 10

Mon: Cycles

Tues: Diversity

Wed: Community/Interrelationships

Thur: Change/Adaptation

Fri: Wrap up; Quiz on Ecology through ECDCICA on Wednesday

Week 9

Mon: Ecology intro, ECDCICA; sustainable environment

Tues: Energy Flow

Wed: Energy flow

Thur: Quiz: Unique features, Earth's spheres

Fri: Cycles

Week 8

Mon: Unique Earth notes: Power point: FrSci3OurUniquePlanet.ppt

Tues: Unique characteristics essay due Thur.; Video: how the Earth changed to allow life

Wed:Earth's Spheres; Powerpoint: FrSci3Spheres

Thur: Sustainable environment

Fri: Lorax

Week 7

Mon: Finish Absolute geologic dating

Tues: Earth viewer geologic time scale

Wed: Review

Thur: Unique earth intro

Fri: Quiz: Relative and absolute dating; Know the principles, be able to order the diagrams, understand half life and how radioactive isotopes tell us about absolute dating;


Week 6

Mon: Geologic dating power point; intro relative dating

Tues: What's up packet: relative dating principles

Wed: Intro absolute dating; power point II

Thurs: worksheets abosolute dating

Fri: wrap-up geologic dating

Week 5

Mon: Plate tectonics evidence; earthquake volcano map

Tues: Plates: location

Wed: Review sheets, prequiz

Thur: Go over review;  Introduce geologic dating

Fri: Quiz: Competency: Plate tectonics: 1) Compare theories of Continental Drift and Plate tectonics; 2) Know the drawings of each type of plate boundary and what occurs at each; 3) Plate map: be able to read it; Geologic dating

Week 4

Mon: Crust and earth drawings

Tues-Thur:: Plate tectonic drawings

Fri: Wrap up palte tectonics; Have a great vacation


Week 3

Mon: finish rock and mineral lab

Tues: Earth layers wrap-up; Rock and mineral wrap-up; rock cycle

Wed: rock cycle

Thur; Plate tectonics intro

Fri: Quiz: 1) Earth layers; 2) roack and mineral characteristics; 3) Rock cycle; Continue with tectonics

Week 2

Mon: How Earth is formed

Tues: Layers of the Earth model; Formation of the Solar system;  Planet composition worksheet; All to be finished for homework;

wed: Snow day

Thursday: layers of the Earth; Intor mineral and rock lab

Fri: Quiz: Formation of solar system; Diagram of solar system; Formation of Earth; Based on notes, class discussion, power point, class work. Mineral and rock lab.

Week 1

Mon: Earth is born video

Tues: Finish video; class discussion on Earth formation order

Wed: Formation of Solar system: work sheets;  due Friday.

Thur: Density lab

Friday: Soalr system diagram; formation




You will be given a syllabus for each chapter. Test dates will be included on the syllabus.






********Red indicates new changes!!!!!





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



Thursday Nov. 14; picture and dissection discussion







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For any given assignment, the date assigned and date due refer to to the beginning/ending dates for a specific weekly syllabus.

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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

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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