[KACT] Re: Course revamp questions

  • From: Steve Landry <steve.landry@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 09:03:14 -0600

Here at Pratt we are also revamping. We I first came here the Freshmen took
what we called Explorations in Science. It was just that, they did units on
Life Science, Earth/Space Space, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental
Science. At the time they implemented the course it was approved by the
State. Since we have updated our curriculum the State will no longer approve
the Explorations class for the Regents requirement. So we are going to go
with an Earth Science class for the Freshmen. The Gifted kids can opt out
and go directly to Biology their Freshmen year. So we do have some  Sophs
and Juniors taking Chemistry(soph) and Physics (juniors). In addition we
also offer Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Zoology (1
semester course) and Genetics (1 semester course). We are a small to
mid-size 4A school. We have 3 science teachers covering the courses offered.

Steve Landry 
Chemistry/Physics Instructor
Pratt High School
Pratt, KS 67124

On 2/27/07 8:28 PM, "Kelly Deters" <kellymdeters@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Our school is consolidating next year and may revamp the science
> curriculum both to meet the new Regents requirements and just to make it
> more significant for our students.  We now require physical science for
> our freshman but Regents will not accept it.  As we will be either a
> large 3A or small 4A school we cannot get too broad in our courses.  I
> would like to know what other schools, esp smaller ones, are doing with
> their curriculum?  Especially needed are 1) what do you require freshmen
> to take -- is it a general required course, like Phys Sci, or are there
> frosh options; 2) do you let sophs take chem (as it will now be required
> by Regents requirements) or do you wait til they are juniors like we
> currently do; 3) what junior+ courses do you offer, esp to the lower
> "track" students.  We would like to offer earth science but are
> limited/prohibited by certification (good old Kansas:  why can't we
> get/keep science teachers but let's keep specializing certification!).
> I'd appreciate any input from you all.
> --
> Terry J. Tinich
> Chemistry/Physics Instructor
> Pomona High School
> Pomona, KS  66067

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