Science

August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse as seen from the Moon from Michael Zeiler on Vimeo.

 The Great American Eclipse

On August 21st, the Bishop Miege Science Department plans to take approximately twenty students to observe the total eclipse in Atchison, KS hosted by Benedictine College. The cost for this event will be $15. We will engage in informative discussions with Vatican Observatory astronomers, collect data and gaze upon the awe of God’s creation.

Applications to attend are due by August 1st. The first qualified applicants to reply will get priority consideration for the trip. To apply, fill out and submit the Google Form linked below:
 
A Science Department committee will review your application and make a selection by August 3rd
 

 

 

 
 

Pope Francis stated  9/1/16:

 "As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires ‘simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness’ and ‘makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world’.”

 

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Contact Department Chair Mr. Alan Thomas athomas@bishopmiege.com

 


 

AP Biology Summer Assignment Due 8/21/17 75 points

Mr. Thomas


  1. Enroll in teacher’s Google Classroom (must use Gmail account):

    1. https://classroom.google.com

    2. Enter code: zzl5t4

  2. Check out (Guidance office. Write down your name and book number) and read the book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (It’s awesome!)

  3. Your assignment, which includes writing a paper and answering questions, will be posted on Google Classroom by June 1st.


Science Course Offerings

BIOLOGY I Credit: 1 Grade 9 Course #: SC110A/B Prerequisite: Enrollment for this course is based upon scores from the placement exam, other standardized tests, the recommendations of the current teacher, guidance counselor approval, and the grades received in the particular academic discipline. Biology I (SC110) is the Freshman Biology course designed for students who will benefit from an adapted pace. This class will focus on the following: Structure, Function, and Information Processing, Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms, Natural Selection and Adaptations. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT.

BIOLOGY I Credit: 1 Grade 9 Course #: SC130A/B Prerequisite: Enrollment for this course is based upon scores from the placement exam, other standardized tests, the recommendations of the current teacher, and the grades received in the particular academic discipline. This Freshman class (Biology I, SC130) will focus on the following: Structure, Function and Information Processing, Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Growth, Development and Inheritance and Variation of Traits, Natural Selection and Evolution. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT.

HONORS BIOLOGY I Credit: 1 Grade 9 Course #: SC140A/B Prerequisite: Enrollment for this course is based upon scores from the placement exam, other standardized tests, the recommendations of the current teacher, and the grades received in the particular academic discipline. This advanced Freshman class (Biology I, SC140) will focus on the following: Structure, Function and Information Processing, Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Growth, Development and Inheritance and Variation of Traits, Natural Selection and Evolution. Honors Biology students will be expected to answer (higher ordered level of thinking) questions requiring analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT. 

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE Credit: 1 Grade 10 Course #: SC230A/B Prerequisite: Biology I (SC110 or SC130) or Teacher Recommendation Earth and Space (SC210) is a Sophomore science course focused on the following concepts: Space Systems, History of Earth, Earth’s Systems, Weather and Climate, and Human Impacts on the earth. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Credit: 1 Grade 10, 11, 12 Course #: SC325A/B Prerequisite: Earth and Space (SC210) or Biology I (SC130) with B- (80%) or higher. Environmental Science (SC310) is an upper level science course. The disciplinary core ideas of this course are: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems, Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience, Biodiversity and Humans, Natural Resources, Human Impacts on Earth Systems, Global Climate Change and Developing Possible Solutions. The Pope’s encyclical on the environment, The Laudato Si, will also be examined with respect to the core ideas of this course. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY Credit: 1 Grade 11,12 Course #: SC335A/B Prerequisite: C (73%) or above in Biology I and Teacher Recommendation Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, and projects assigned throughout each unit. We will thoroughly dissect a cat and use the Anatomy in Clay system, which allows students to build systems of the body on a model. Students will also build a body part of their choice and have a chance to present its function to elementary students. One of the goals of this course is to develop the skills necessary to succeed in college. NOTE: College-bound students need to enroll in Chemistry and/or Physics before graduation. 

CHEMISTRY Credit: 1 Grade 11,12 Course #: SC340A/B Prerequisite: Earn a grade of C (73%) or above in Biology I, Algebra I and Geometry or teacher recommendation. Chemistry (C330) is a Junior/Senior science course focused on the nature of matter and the changes it undergoes. They key concepts of the course are: Structure and Properties of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Forces and Interactions, Energy, and Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation. Students should be able to perform higher level and abstract thinking that is needed for chemistry problems. Students will also be prepared for the science reasoning portion of the ACT.

HONORS CHEMISTRY Credit: 1 Grade 10,11 Course #: SC345A/B Prerequisite: B+ (87%) or above in Honors Algebra I and Honors Geometry; or A (93%) or above in Algebra I and Geometry with Teacher Recommendation This course covers the structure, composition and properties of matter. It will cover reactivity of matter, phases of matter, chemical reactions and behavior of solutions. It is designed for a student who excels in science and math and is highly motivated. Students who are planning a career in the science field are encouraged to take this course. It is a fast-paced class and will cover topics in more depth than regular chemistry. This class is required if the student would like to take AP Biology or AP Chemistry.

AP CHEMISTRY Credit: 1 Grade 11,12 Course #: SC350A/B JCCC#: CHEM124/125 Prerequisite: B+ (87%) or above in Honors Chemistry and Honors Algebra II This is a second year course for students planning to pursue a career which requires college chemistry. General topics covered in Honors Chemistry I will be reviewed and a more in-depth study of molecular structure, chemical reactivity, equilibrium-acid-base chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry will be included. College credit is available for this course through dual enrollment at JCCC or the Advanced Placement Exam. 

AP BIOLOGY Credit: 1 Grade 11,12 Course #: SC440A/B JCCC#: BIOL 135 Benedictine#: BIOL-1107 Prerequisites: B+ (87%) or above in H-Biology I (SC140) and B+ (87%) or above in Honors Chemistry The AP Biology course is designed to enable you to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. This course is organized around the following “Big Ideas”: evolution, cellular processes (energy and communication), genetics and information transfer and interactions. Students will read the novel, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and write a paper in the summer before this class begins. This AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course. College credit is available through dual enrollment in JCCC or Benedictine College and/or the AP Biology exam given in May.

PHYSICS Credit: 1 Grade 12 Course #: SC430A/B Prerequisite: C (73%) or above in Algebra II Physics completes a well-rounded science curriculum to complement Biology, Earth Science and Chemistry. Topics covered include the study of vectors, motion, force, work, energy, light, sound and electricity. A main emphasis of the class is the development of problem solving skills. Activities include both small and large scale experiments.

HONORS PHYSICS Credit: 1 Grade 12 Course #: SC450A/B Prerequisite: B (83%) or above in Algebra II or Teacher Recommendation Honors Physics is designed to meet the needs of college bound students with an interest in careers in the fields of science and technology. While the topics covered in the honors section are similar to those in non-honors physics, it is a more math intensive approach to the subject. Students that wish to take this course should have well developed Algebra skills.

Science Department Staff

  • Mr. Alan Thomas, M.Ed., Chair (913-222-5885)
  • Mr. Scott Anderson, M.A. (913-222-5879)
  • Mr. Matt Eshelbrenner, M.A. (913-222-5883)
  • Mrs. Alison Hirons, B.S.E. (913-222-5881)
  • Mrs. Angela Lueckenotto, M.N.A.S (913-222-5884)
  • Mrs. Amy Reed, M.A. (913-222-5882)
  • Sr. Martina Rockers, M.S.  (913-222-5991)



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