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Shead Sciences

coscinodiscus electrom microscope image

The sciences are a way to explore the chemical and physical interactions around us. They help us to make sense of the different phenomenon that we interact with in everyday events. Shead's science department strives to meet the national and state standards in a way that entices students to learn.

The Coscinodiscus sp. image on the left was taken by Shead's Environmental Science students using Bowdoin's electron microscope to study phytoplankton from the Gulf of Maine.


Advanced Science Seminar This course is an advanced seminar course that is intended for students looking to succeed in science endeavors or attend college. The course will be a study of physical and life sciences, examining all of the connections between the different science fields. The Maine Learning Results will be the foundation for the course outline. The course will involve lecture, online discussions, classroom demonstrations, and independent research. This is an advanced course and is weighted at the honors level because of the increased expectations and work requirements. It is recommended for students with Junior standing prior to taking placement exams to help them prepare. The course is open to students who have successfully completed a course in biology, chemistry, and physics. Moodle Class Instructor: David Consalvi

AP Biology This course will run in a trimester system and was modified accordingly to meet the scheduling of the school. During the first trimester, students will engage in a 55 minute lecture and demonstration period 5 days per week with minimal laboratory experience. The idea is to build the foundation students will bring to the laboratory later. During the second trimester, students will engage in 110 minute laboratory and discussion period 5 days per week. This trimester will incorporate the base material covered in the first trimester into a series of laboratory investigations. Students will develop the critical thinking skills and experimental procedures to succeed in scientific research. The third and final trimester will be another 55 minute 5 days per week term. During this time, students will generate further connections between the investigations and learned concepts as well as making greater connections to global issues related to biology. Moodle Class Instructor: David Consalvi

ChemistryInstructor: Reeser Manley

Independent Science Seminar This course is designed to allow students to work independently on a particular science specialty. Students must have instructor approval prior to registration. Approval will be considered based on a written plan and methods for the term that is signed by the student and their parent/guardian. It is strongly suggested that the plan be drafted with the assistance of the instructor; however, the student is responsible for its completion. The course will end with a presentation of the findings and work completed over the entire term. This course is an upper level science to foster further study in biology, chemistry, or physics that requires the ability to manage time, organize, and work independently to complete a task. Available for honors credit. Moodle Class Instructor: David Consalvi

Local Ecology This is a field study course of local ecosystems to build connections to global issues. Instructor: Reeser Manley

PhysicsInstructor: Reeser Manley

Science I - Intro Physics This course is combined with the first term math course to build concepts within a context to build greater understanding. Instructor: Reeser Manley

Science II - Intro Chemistry This course is combined with the second term math course to further connect material to real world applications and build greater understanding. Instructor: Reeser Manley

Biology - Ecology (combined with Sci IV)This course is designed to give students an understanding of the ecology component of biology and the principles set out in the Maine Learning Results. Together we examine our role in the world by studying the biosphere and different factors impact on it. Ecology then examines the unique interrelationships among the various components within the global system. Limiting factors are studied to develop proposals for mechanisms to sustain a balance between human impact and environmental responsibility. Biochemical factors are also included to understand how the chemistry of life is suited to maintain diversity and stability. Students will examine cellular biology and genetics with an emphasis on how different organisms maintain stability in their environment, undergo division, and convert energy into usable formsThe course utilizes technology and laboratory exploration in the classroom to strengthen understanding. The textbook is used to develop a vernacular for communicating the information. The use of discussions, outlines, quizzes, tests, and projects will demonstrate competency in the subjects and readiness to advance. Resource Page - Moodle Class Instructor: David Consalvi


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