K-12 Science

Science Mission Statement

Vision 

 

When science is learned through scientific inquiry, students are able to view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to the changing world.

 

Mission Statement

 

 

Science is a systematic process for acquiring the knowledge essential for comprehending the natural world. It is concerned with investigating and understanding natural phenomena. Science is a way of thinking that includes observing, collecting, manipulating and analyzing data, as well as evaluating and interpreting results. Learning science does not simply involve memorizing facts and formulas. It requires an understanding and investigation of concepts. Learning scientific ways of doing things provides students the methods for constructing knowledge and the criteria for testing and revising their ideas. Understanding the relationship between evidence and theory is critical to learning science. Students learn new ways of inquiring and new ways of arguing a point of view. As classroom teachers, we recognize the need to have practical ideas and activities available to guide students in constructing the knowledge, skills and understandings needed to meet the standards.

 

Beliefs About Science Curriculum and Instruction

 

Grades K-12 science curriculum and instruction should be meaningful and all students should achieve high standards of success.

We believe science curriculum and instruction are most meaningful when:

•Students recognize the relevance of their studies to their past, present and future
•Students understand how scientific knowledge is constructed 
•Concepts are taught in depth
•Essential questions frame and guide instruction

•The inquiry process is used to teach content

•Students are taught to think critically
•Concepts are integrated within and across the curricular areas
•Curriculum is based on standards
•Instruction meets the needs of all learners and is guided by best practices and credible research
•Students feel part of a community of learners

 

We believe that all students can achieve high standards when:

  
•Clear statements for student performance are present

•Feedback to students is timely and informative 

•Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices align with standards
•Essential questions guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment
•Instructional practices and lesson design support the learning of all students
•Professional development opportunities are provided to support the implementation of standards and curriculum alignment and the use of best practices and instructional strategies
•Teacher leadership and initiative are encouraged, recognized, and supported in development and implementation of social studies curriculum and instruction
•Parents and guardians are included and encouraged to be part of the classroom and school community of learners
•The public is engaged in the district’s efforts to enhance student achievement

We believe that successful students:
•Value the importance of science in our society

•Ask questions, seek and analyze information, and make informed decisions
•Respect diverse views and ideas
•Apply understanding of how the natural world works 
•Engage as informed and participatory scientists