Science

Students need two units of science to graduate. They may choose the area of study. Students may take science courses at different points in their high school careers; for example, some may take biology as freshmen while others may wait until later years. There are several areas of science that are common to all science courses.

Science Connections - Conduct scientific studies using models, scientific methods and other research tools to study systems found in nature or human-made.
 
Nature of Science - Explain how scientific knowledge is attained. Describe the ethical problems that may result when doing scientific research. Research and present the
contributions to society of scientists from various backgrounds.
 
Science Inquiry - Research scientific concepts. Undertake scientific investigations using
appropriate scientific methods, technology and tools. Use computer-based
technology, mathematics and scientific vocabulary to communicate results.
 
Scientific Application - Research a selected career in science, technology or engineering. Study a local, state, national or global problem in which technology has been used to design a solution.
 
Science in Social and Personal Perspectives - Draw connections between the effects of science upon society and of society upon the natural world. Examine a social problem of local, national or global importance and use scientific knowledge and analysis to discuss possible solutions.

Science Faculty




Matthew Butters

butterm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7150

Courses: PHYSICS CONCEPTS, BIOLOGY 1, AP BIOLOGY

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Benjamin Calvopina

calvopba@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7185

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Mara Kachelski

kachelmp@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7185

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Steven Koehler

koehlesm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7172

Courses: PHYSICS CONCEPTS, PHYSICS 1, AP PHYSICS B, ADVANCED ACTING

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Paul Vang

vangp3@milwaukee.k12.wi.us |

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Angela Vickio

vickioam@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7171

Courses: CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY 1, Biology 2, PHYSICS CONCEPTS

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Science Courses

PHYSICS CONCEPTS

Prerequisite: None (freshmen only)
Length: Year/1 unit
Teacher: Butters

This entry-level physics course focuses on a less-rigorous laboratory-oriented physics curriculum. Throughout the course, students will touch upon the study of matter and energy through motion, force, sound, etc. There are no mathematics prerequisites to sign up for this class.

BIOLOGY 1

Prerequisite: None (required for graduation)
Length: Year/1 unit
Teacher: Butters

This course is presented as an experimental science that examines all dimensions of life: cells, individuals, species, communities, plants, bacteria, and world biomes. Students will grasp the theoretical and social significance of its theories, sharpen their thinking by analysis of experimental data, and broaden communication skills to cope with the important biosocial-ethical issues that students will confront throughout their lives (e.g. stem cells, and cloning).

CHEMISTRY 1

Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter, changes in composition and the physical laws controlling these changes. Chemistry deals with the materials of the universe and the changes that these materials undergo. A basic understanding of chemistry is central to all sciences, everyday life, and to discoveries in science and technology. In this course students will investigate the structure and makeup of various physical and chemical substances. Content will include structures of atoms and matter, chemical composition, reactions and bonding, conservation of energy, the structural and organizational properties of matter, and the interactions of matter and energy. Topics can include the periodic table, nomenclature, measurements and calculations, data analysis, atomic theory, states of matter, solutions, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, radioactivity and nuclear energy, organic chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry of the environment and other related topics. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and can do research to extend their understanding of chemistry and apply scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills.

PHYSICS CONCEPTS

Teacher: Koehler

Physics Concepts is a less rigorous laboratory-oriented physics course. This course is designed to ignite students? interest in physics through meaningful examples and activities. The focus of the course is on the concepts identified in Physics 1 that guide the physical world. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and can do research to extend their understanding of physics concepts and apply scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills. Mathematics proficiency is not required for this course.

BIOLOGY 2

Prerequisite: Biology 1
Length: 1 semester/.50 unit

Biology 2 gives students an opportunity to explore various topics not covered extensively in Biology 1. This course is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of the key principles, concepts, and mechanisms of the body's major organ systems, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, renal gastrointestinal, endocrine, and neurophysical. Advanced study is accompanied by laboratory work.

AP CHEMISTRY


Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter, changes in composition and the physical laws controlling these changes. Chemistry deals with the materials of the universe and the changes that these materials undergo. A basic understanding of chemistry is central to all sciences, everyday life, and to discoveries in science and technology. In this course students will investigate the structure and makeup of various physical and chemical substances. Content will include structures of atoms and matter, chemical composition, reactions and bonding, conservation of energy, the structural and organizational properties of matter, and the interactions of matter and energy. Topics can include the periodic table, nomenclature, measurements and calculations, data analysis, atomic theory, states of matter, solutions, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, radioactivity and nuclear energy, organic chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry of the environment and other related topics. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and can do research to extend their understanding of chemistry and apply scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills.

PHYSICS 1

Teacher: Koehler


Physics is a branch of scientific knowledge that involves the study of the basic principles of matter and energy and how they interact with one another. Studying physics helps students to describe the organization of the universe and understand and apply natural laws. In this course students will investigate the inter-relationship between matter and energy and will apply their discoveries to the practical application of physics concepts to real world needs. Content will include structure of atoms and matter, the principles of motion and force, conservation of energy and the increase in disorder, and interactions or matter and energy. Topics may include momentum, work, power and machines, energy transfer, thermal energy, sound, waves, reflection and refraction, static electricity, electromagnetism, quantum theory, nuclear applications and other related topics. Physics courses can be conceptual-based and/or mathematics-based. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and can do research to extend their understanding of physics and apply scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills.

PHYSICS CONCEPTS


Physics Concepts is a less rigorous laboratory-oriented physics course. This course is designed to ignite students? interest in physics through meaningful examples and activities. The focus of the course is on the concepts identified in Physics 1 that guide the physical world. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and can do research to extend their understanding of physics concepts and apply scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills. Mathematics proficiency is not required for this course.

AP PHYSICS B

Teacher: Koehler

AP Physics B is designed for students who will pursue studies in the life sciences, medicine, geology, and related areas, or as a component in a non-science college program that has science requirements. Physics B includes topics in both classical and modern physics.

CHEMISTRY

Prerequisite: Biology 1
Length: Year/1 unit
Teacher: Vickio

Chemistry is the study of the elements that make up our universe, and how and why they interact with each other. The following topics will be covered: the scientific method and measurement, density, the fundamental nature of atoms, types of chemical reactions, states of matter and energy transfer, calculating the yield produced by a reaction, acids and bases, and electricity.

AP BIOLOGY

Teacher: Butters

BIOLOGY 1

Teacher: Vickio

BIOLOGY 1

Biology 2

Teacher: Vickio

PHYSICS CONCEPTS

Teacher: Vickio

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Teacher: Calvopina

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