Dr. Judy Anderson

  Ms. Michelle Anderson

  Ms. Laura Cain (G'Sell)

  Mr. Shane Hanson

  Ms. Barbara Herbst

Science Department

Statement of Purpose
    The Science Department strives to develop the whole person by offering courses that embrace the major scienctific areas of biology, chemistry, and physics.  Respecting the individual uniqueness of each student, the department provides  a wide range of subject matter over several ability levels.  Our hope is to develop and prepare students for science learning beyond secondary education.

Overall Department Goals
    To align the curriculum to meet or exceed the National and State Standards for science education. (See National Standards course grid)

Objectives for the Department Goals
    In order for each student to fulfill her potential in science, the following objectives have been implemented in Ursuline Academy's science department.

  1. To offer courses that are tailored to various academic abilities including advanced college credit. In so doing, we hope to assist the students in developing knowledge of facts, terminology, concepts, and principles to confront and interpret their world.
  2. To develop students' abilities to use and manipulate laboratory equipment and technology in an appropriate and safe manner, along with the ability to measure, organize, and communicate scientific information.
  3. To offer opportunities for students to use integrated process skills at the secondary level thus assisting the students in developing intellectual processes of inquiry by which scientific problems and phenomena are explained, predicted and/or controlled. With this experience the students can then take part in the Greater St. Louis Science Fair, Missouri Junior Academy of Science, Junior Science Engineering and Humanities Symposium, Missouri Scholars Academy and NSTA/TOSHIBA ExploraVision contests.
  4. To make students aware of the community scientific resources by means of field trips and guest speakers. In this way the students will develop attitudes of curiosity and involvement with the phenomena in our natural environment and an appreciation for the contributions of science to daily life.
  5. To stay abreast of new teaching techniques and science technology the faculty in the science department take part in the following: national and regional NSTA conventions, American Institute of Physics Teachers regional meetings, American Chemical Society Educational Sectional meetings, ChemEd Conference on Chemical Education, the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, National Association of Biology Teachers conventions and numerous others workshops, institutes, and symposiums.
The science faculty also belong to the following scientific or educational organizations: National Science Teacher Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, America Chemical Society and Science Teachers of Missouri.

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