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New Town High School Science Department

The Science Department at New Town High School is committed to creating scientifically literate citizens by providing the fundamental principles that will lay a foundation upon which to build lifelong learning. It is our goal to inspire students to give serious consideration to careers in science based on their experiences in our classrooms.

In order to achieve this, courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are offered. The department also offers standard, honors, and gifted and talented level courses in chemistry, biology, and physics. Electives offered include anatomy and physiology, environmental science, Advanced Placement biology, Advanced Placement chemistry, Advanced Placement physics, and Advanced Placement environmental science. New Town High School’s Science Department also offers courses in the nationwide Project Lead The Way Biomedical Program.

Our teachers are committed to the use of technology in science; therefore, it is an integral part of our classroom lab experience at New Town High School. Additionally, learning through observation and discovery is an essential process to the science experience. Labs are furnished with state of the art equipment and materials to accurately simulate laboratory experiments for investigation and active learning. All of our science classrooms are fully equipped, complete with individual computer stations. Students work with various software, graphical analysis programs, and “labpro” sensing devises that take measurements and transfer the data directly to the computers to be recorded, analyzed, and printed for evaluation. To further expand opportunities for learning, the department has two mobile laptop computer stations equipped with 15 laptops that facilitate the accommodation of a variety of possible learning environments.

Mission
The mission of the Office of Science PreK-12 is to work collaboratively with all stakeholder groups to define a vision for science education and to provide leadership for the development, implementation, and assessment of that vision for the Baltimore County Public Schools. These efforts are directed toward one goal—enhancing achievement for all students in science. Our teachers believe that all students can learn, and they recognize that learning is accomplished individually as well as in groups. To meet the needs of every student, the staff is committed to making science engaging, active, and relevant because they understand that the best way to learn is through personal discovery and scientific inquiry that is the hallmark of science instruction in Baltimore County Public Schools. Because it is also the goal to create lifelong learners, everyone works toward helping students develop an appreciation for the body of knowledge known as science and an understanding of how to apply it to everyday life.

Course Offerings

Anatomy and Physiology*

Anatomy and Physiology provides a comprehensive overview of human body systems and stresses both the structure (microscopic and macroscopic) and functioning of those systems. Reading the text, original articles, and historical papers is required. A project or term paper may be required.

Biology

Biology provides students with an understanding of living things in their environment and how molecules and cells provide for the basis of life. This course provides a Service Learning component.

Chemistry

The fundamentals of chemistry with relevant laboratory applications are investigated in this course. Topics such as atomic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, writing formulas and equations, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and environmental chemistry are included.

Environmental Science

This course emphasizes a laboratory approach to the study of both the biotic and abiotic components of the environment. An initial unit on the principles of ecology will extend upon topics learned in biology. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge of these environmental issues and to participate in the Maryland Envirothon. This course provides a Service Learning component.

Paramedical Biology

In Paramedical Biology, students use their knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to explain how body systems react to and are affected by injuries and medical emergencies. Included in this study are the legal aspects of patient care and the health care provider’s rights and responsibilities under the law. Students learn how to gather information at the scene of a medical emergency and basic life support techniques. Additionally, students will study human anatomy. The course includes hands-on laboratory work, outside readings, and investigation of allied health careers.

Physics

This course is designed for students who intend to specialize in technical or scientific work. The course includes laboratory investigations in the study of motion, force, energy, momentum, electricity, magnetism, light, and relativity.

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced placement science courses are scheduled whenever they are justified by enrollment. Students enrolled in advanced placement courses are eligible for GT credit. Each advanced placement course includes a study of major scientific concepts, principles, and unifying themes, and includes laboratory work that supports the development of research skills.

AP Biology*
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Environmental Science

*Animals may be used for experimentation/dissection in this course; however, alternative activities may also be provided.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Chanell Owens Johnson, Science Department Chair (cowens2@bcps.org)

 Wendy Bailey
 Juanita Burch  jburch3@bcps.org
 Becca Harris  rharris10@bcps.org
 Chris Martini  cmartini@bcps.org
 Chanell Owens  cowens2@bcps.org
 Nicole Powell  npowell2@bcps.org
 Taylor Ransome  transome@bcps.org
 Elissa Ross  eross@bcps.org
 Aiesha Trowers  atrowers@bcps.org