• Science

    The elementary level science program specifically emphasizes an approach to learning that is hands-on and minds-on. Students are encouraged to explore and interact with the natural world using their natural curiosity. 

    New State Science Mathematics, Science, and Technology Learning Standards
    Standard 1:    Analysis, Inquiry, and Design
    Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering designs, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
    Standard 2:   Information Systems
    Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
    Standard 3:   Mathematics
    Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry.
    Standard 4:   Science
    Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
    Standard 5:   Technology
    Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
    Standard 6:   Interconnectedness: Common Themes
    Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
    Standard 7:   Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
    Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
    *The 4th grade students take a New York State Standardized Science Test in May and June. This assessment covers content taught in New York State Elementary-Level Science Core Curriculum (K-4).
    It is a 2 parts Examination:
    Part 1: Written Test
    ·         Part A Content-based questions assessing the student’s knowledge and understanding multiple-choice of core material (primarily from Standard 4).
    ·         Part B Content- and skills-based questions assessing the student’s ability to apply multiple-choice and analyze, and evaluate material (primarily from Standards 1 and 4)
    Constructed-response items.
    ·         Part C Content and application questions assessing the student’s ability to apply constructed- response knowledge of science concepts and skills to address real-world situations and extended items constructed response (primarily from Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7).
    Part 2:  Performance Tests
    ·         Part D Application questions assessing the student’s skills in using hands-on open-ended items equipment and materials in his or her responses to the questions pose (primarily from Standard 1).