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Mr. Anthony Grattini - Middle School STEM Teacher

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I am loving the brand new building, science lab, innovation lab, and new science curriculum, STEMscopes, we adopted this past year at Southern Highlands Preparatory School.  The 2018-2019 school year will be my fourth year at Southern Highlands and 14th overall teaching middle school science.  I have a Bachelor’s in Biology from Gettysburg College, one of the top 50 liberal arts schools in the country.  I have also earned +32 credits toward a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, Biology.  My strong educational background, state certification, and classroom experience allows are school to offer Biology to our 8th grade students for a high school credit.  Extracurricular STEM-based programs that we offer include FIRST Lego League and Science Olympiad.  Both programs include competition at the local, state, and national level.

Updated Wednesday 08-8-2018 05:05pm

Classroom Notes

Here is a list of the major ideas we will be covering throughout the year by grade level:

Earth Science 6

  • Characteristics of the Solar System
  • The History of Planet Earth
  • Earth’s Materials & Systems
  • Natural Hazards
  • The Role of Water on Earth’s Surface
  • Weather and Climate
  • Human Impact
  • Natural Resources

Physical Science 7 & 8

  • Structure of Matter
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Interactions of Matter & Energy
  • Forces & Motion
  • Energy of Motion
  • Potential Energy
  • Types of Interactions
  • Waves & Their Applications
  • Transfer of Thermal Energy

Please note that the 7th and 8th grade will be learning physical science in the 2018-2019 school year as we transition to the 2019-2020 school year when 8th grade will be taking biology for a high school credit.  The fourth class we will be offering at SHPS that the students can earn a high school credit for.

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Resources

Here are several websites that you may find useful throughout the year:

Science Olympiad

STEMScope

Khan Academy

The Physics Classroom

First Lego League

ALMA -Student Information System

 

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