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*v--. , A4 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, March 9, 1994 More science for eighth graders Celebratinsa Full year class added at IMS By Laurie McHale Mercer Island Reporter f eighth graders find volcanoes, floating rocks, specific gravity and the flow of groundwater as in- triguing as a group of school board members did on evening recently, we’ll have a bunch of budding scientists on our hands by the time the youngsters depart {Islander Middle School. in response to community de- 3site for expanded science courses in the Mercer Island schools, a Science Subcommittee of the school district’s ,ACT (Assess— ment, Curriculumfiand Teaching) Committee has been meeting for months. Part of its effort has been to extend the science offering at the eighth grade level from. one semester to a full year. «, Earth sciences teacher Marga- ret Phiihrick presented the re sults to the Mercer Island School Board at a study session in her eighth grade classroom, prior to a regular board meeting recently. She was joined by Mary Margaret Welch, who teaches ninth grade science at the high school. Board members, parents and staff attending the study session fanned out to work stations around the classroom, to perform experiments, do some simple re- search, try out some computer programs, and experience what the students do. Welch explained that the focus on the eighth grade is part of an effort to establish a coherent and continuous program in science, from kindergarten through grade 12. She said that as things stand now, material is often repeated from one grade to the next. Teachers hear from their stu' dents, “we did that last year.” For example, she said, it some- times seemed that all grade levels were “doing salmon.” PHILBRICK and Welch made Casino Exams: . 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S: Construction - at " ' the i'niddle {school has necessitated school. v , MI The Mercer Island Community Fund elected three new directors at a recent quarterly meeting: Shirley Ganse, Robert Jensen and Linda Wenning. Incoming officers are Maggie Dorsey, president; Jim Trombold, vice president; Marilyn Campbell, secretary; . Andrea Machese Administrator Mike Soltman (left to right), school board president Laurie Koehler, teacher Nancy Kezner and IMS principal Wayne Hashiguchi check out one of the experiments in eighth grade science. a pitch to the board for increased planning time, for improved com- munications among science teachers on all grade levels. Shop class will be eliminated, and an additional science teacher will be hired to accommodate the expansion of the science curricu- lum. The two teachers would team-teach. While the 8th grade course is entitled Earth Science, Philbrick explained that the course will be taught to encompass earth, physi- cal, chemical, life and other sci— ence content, as well as integrat- ing the science material with lan— guage arts, social studies, math, music and art. Director of Instructional Ser- vices Michael Soltman told the board that the same process is be— held on the evening of March 30. with breakout sessions on the leading school reformers from across the nation. Community meetings are also being contem- plated. ing applied in other subject areas, with the help of curriculum teams in math, social studies, language arts, fine arts and music. A district-wide planning and teacher inservice session will be and Don Desonier, treasurer. Organized in 1985, the Mercer Island Community Fund solicits donations of money and/or prop- erty to benefit Island arts, social See me for a What’s happening? 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