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DATE ITEM/EVENT
 3/8/14

Congratulations to the Lawrence HS robotics team for their success at the New York State VEX Robotics Championship.  On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the team competed against thirty two teams and took second place.  Team members: Brandon Behar, Thomas Lira, Owen Dredger, and Coach Lee Wolin competed in seven qualification matches and moved on to the elimination rounds.  The team lost by a very narrow margin of two points.  The robot was was designed, programmed and operated by Brandon and Tom, with special thanks to Owen for his supportive role in the competition.  The team's success is especially notable as the team was formed only two months ago and this was their first year in competition.  Additionally, they were up against teams with years of experience and preparation.

 

 

 

 


 

   
   

 


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Teacher 

 Day

Time 

Room 

Course(s) 

   
 Irina Bayeva  Wed  2:45-3:30pm  121  Physics/Forensics
 
 
 Karen Bissonnette  Tues  7:15-7:45am  118 Science

 

 
 Charles Cohen  Wed  7:15-7:45am  302 Earth Science/AP Psychology
 
 
 Norman Deitch  Fri  7:00-7:45am  101 Earth Science

 

 
 Leidy Leon  Tue  7:15-7:45am  112 Living Environment

 

 
 Adam Forman  Wed  7:15-7:45am  147 Living Environment / AP Environmental Science 
 
 
 Vanessa Geraldi  Wed  7:15-7:45am  119 Earth Science / Living Environment

 

 
 Norah Hall  Thur  7:15-7:45am  107 TLP/Inclusion Science

 

 
 Peter Hurley  Wed  7:15-7:45am  101 TLP/Inclusion Science

 

 
 Rebecca Isseroff  Mon  2:45-3:30pm  120 Chemistry / AP Chemistry / ASR

 

 
 George Klein  Wed  7:15-7:45am  125 SHARP

 

 
 Pam Lev  Mon  7:15-7:45am  120 Special Education

 

 
 Marla Levey  Wed  7:15-7:45am  116 Earth Science / Anatomy and Physiology

 

 
   Bill Moss  Tue  7:15-7:45am  225 Math & Science Chair

 

 
 Crystal Pearl  Thu  7:15-7:45am  117 Earth Science / Forensics

 

 
   Peter Sebor  Mon  2:45-3:30pm  105 Chemistry

 

 
 Brent Simonds  Thu  2:45-3:30pm  113 Living Environment / AP Biology

 

 
 Kelli Squicciarini  Tue  7:15-7:45am  103 Earth Science / Forensics / Syracuse Forensics

 

 
 Lee Wolin  Fri  2:45-3:30pm  370 Applied General Science / Career and Technical Academy

 

 
 

 Nicole Miller

 

 Wed  7:15-7:45am  101  TLP/Inclusion Science    

Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as the students of the month.  The selection criteria include: overall grades, classroom behavior, etc...

 


 

 

 Resources 

Earth Science Living Environment Chemistry Physics
Lab manual and Rev (part 1) Lab manual 1 Lab manual 1  
Lab manual and Rev (part 2) Lab manual 2 Lab manual 2  
  Lab manual 3 Workbook 1  
    Workbook 2  
    Problem sets  


Course Offerings

Earth Science   

 

code

 Course

301

THE PHYSICAL SETTING: EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS     (1 yr - 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Grade 8 Science

This course will follow the guidelines of the New York State Core Curriculum in Earth Science. The principal areas covered are physical geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology and climatology. This activity-oriented course is investigatory in approach and interdisciplinary in content. The course will teach an understanding of concepts rather than memorization of facts, the utilization of mathematics as a scientific tool, and logic in the scientific method. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' abilities to read charts, manipulate data, and use appropriate science equipment, materials and techniques. This course terminates with the Regents Examination in Earth Science.

 

 302

THE PHYSICAL SETTING: EARTH SCIENCE HONORS     (1 yr - 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

 

This course will follow the guidelines of the New York State Core Curriculum in Earth Science with enrichment in the following areas: astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' abilities to: read charts, manipulate data, and use appropriate science equipment, materials and techniques. As a result of this program, students will have the opportunity to achieve Honors Earth Science credit. This course terminates with the Regents exam in Earth Science.

 

 

 

 

Biology   

code

 Course

304

THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT (BIOLOGY) REGENTS     (1 yr - 1 credit)      

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Regents Earth Science Grade 8 Science

 

This course will follow the guidelines of the New York State Core Curriculum in Biology. This course focuses on the "Study of Life" and emphasizes the unifying principles and concepts applicable to all life forms. It examines their structure, function, evolution, development and relationship to the environment. This course terminates with the New York State Regents examination in Living Environment.

 

305

THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT (BIOLOGY) HONORS     (1 yr - 1 credit)               

Prerequisite:  Honors or Regents Earth Science and Regents Integrated Algebra

 

This course will follow the guidelines of the New York State Core Curriculum in Biology with enrichment in each unit of study. This fast paced course is designed to challenge and stimulate student interest to pursue further study in science. Much time will be devoted to numerous sophisticated open-ended experiments. This course terminates with the New York State Regents examination in The Living Environment. This course also serves as a foundation for AP Biology, and students will also be provided with the opportunity to prepare for the SAT II exam in Biology.

 

 319 ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Departmental Approval.

It is strongly recommended that students complete Physics prior to taking any AP science course.

 

This course covers advanced topics appropriate to college level biology. A student may be excused from introductory biology in college as a result of superior performance on the advanced placement examination.
   

 

 

 

Chemistry   

code

 Course

307

THE PHYSICAL SETTING: CHEMISTRY REGENTS     (1 yr - 1 credit)     

Prerequisite:  Regents Earth Science, Regents Living Environment, and Regents Math A/B or Integrated Algebra, with passing final course grades and Regents exams.

This course presents an overview of symbols, formulas, equation writing, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, solutions and ionization. Through the use of various theoretical, mathematical, and lab processes, students will be able to develop an understanding of the concepts, principles, and complexities of chemistry and its application to their everyday lives. This course terminates in the Regents examination in Chemistry.

 

308

THE PHYSICAL SETTING: CHEMISTRY HONORS     (1 yr - 1 credit)   

Prerequisite: Honors or Regents Living Environment and Departmental Approval, Regents Math A/B or Integrated Algebra

In addition to following the New York State Syllabus for Regents Chemistry, Honors Chemistry prepares the student for the SAT II exam in Chemistry and serves as the foundation for college level AP Chemistry. This course terminates with the New York State Regents examination in Chemistry.

 

 309 APPLIED CHEMISTRY     (1 yr - 1 credit)    

Prerequisites: Earth Science, Living Environment, Integrated Algebra

 

This course will teach basic concepts of chemistry from the perspective of the human consumer. In this course, students will study consumer products such as food, food supplements, over-the-counter drugs, soaps and detergents, and cosmetics. Students will be exposed to the chemistry laboratory, and will use their critical thinking skills in determining the value of information gained through the discovery process. This course terminates with a final examination.

 

 320

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY     (1 yr - 1 credit)            

Prerequisite: Living Environment, Chemistry, Math B or Geometry

Departmental Approval must be given.     

It is strongly recommended that students complete Physics prior to taking any AP science course.

 

Advanced topics appropriate to college level chemistry are covered. A student may be excused from introductory chemistry in college as a result of superior performance on the advanced placement examination.

 

 

 

 

Physics   

code

 Course

310

THE PHYSICAL SETTING: PHYSICS REGENTS     (1 yr - 1 credit)          

Prerequisite: Two years of Regents Science, Regents Math A/B or Integrated Algebra. Students must have successfully completed these prerequisite courses, with passing grades on the Regents exams.

 

This course is designed for the student who has a strong math background in algebra and trigonometry. It presents an introduction to motion and energy, waves and optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. It terminates with the New York State Regents Physics examination. Students will participate in Physics Day at Great Adventure as one of the culminating activities.

 

321

  ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B     (1 yr - 1 credit)  

Prerequisite: Chemistry Honors, Departmental Approval, Math 12R or Math B

Physics B is an introductory survey of physics equivalent to the non-majors physics course at most universities. Topics include: mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. Advanced mathematical techniques are introduced as needed. Students will learn to solve complicated problems independently and write detailed laboratory reports. This course will culminate with the Advanced Placement Physics B examination as well as the New York State Physics Regents examination. STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE BOTH EXAMS.

 

   

 

 

 

Electives   

code

 Course

313

MARINE BIOLOGY        (1/2 yr - 1/2 credit)            

Prerequisite: Earth Science and Living Environment

 

This course is designed to focus on the plant and animal life in our ocean community. Our local environment will provide the laboratory setting. Students will study representative animals and plants, life zones in the ocean, and different oceanic life styles. Local field trips are an integral part of this course.

 

314

OCEANOGRAPHY     (1/2 yr - 1/2 credit)        

Prerequisite:  Marine Biology, Earth Science and Living Environment

 

This course is designed to make students aware of the many serious problems affecting humans and the solutions that the oceans may hold. Our local environment will provide the laboratory setting for this course. There will be many local field trips into the wetlands, and specimens will be collected from the local areas. Areas such as physical oceanography, marine meteorology, marine geology, and marine pollution will be explored.

 

 338 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY     (1/2 yr - 1/2 credit)                           

Adolescent Psychology focuses on the scientific study of the biological, psychological, cognitive, emotional, personality, and social changes that occur during adolescence; includes the effects of heredity and culture, major theories, moral development, gender role issues, sexuality, and family relationship issues.

 

 335 ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry

This is a social science elective. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavioral and mental processes of humans and other animals. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena of each of the major subfields within psychology. They will also learn about the ethics and methods that psychologists use in their science and practice.

 

 331 FORENSIC SCIENCE (SYRACUSE PROJECT ADVANCE)      (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Earth Science, Living Environment, and Chemistry

 

This is a college level course with credit being granted through Syracuse University's Project Advance program. This course is designed to introduce students to modern forensic techniques and foster an understanding of, and appreciation for, the method of science behind crime detection. Topics will include, but are not limited to: DNA, fingerprints, glass composition and shard composition, blood analysis, microscopic investigations of hair and fibers, drug chemistry, and arson. In this course, students will also examine historical as well as modern day crimes. There is a required fee of $110 per credit ($440 total fee) made payable to Syracuse University - Project Advance.  No admissions to this course will be made past the third week of school.

 

 333 FORENSIC SCIENCE Open to 11th and 12th graders     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Earth Science and Living Environment

 

This course will enable the student to bridge the gap between scientific theory and its application to criminology. They will provide the Lawrence High School student with a "hands-on science" complement to the current LHS Law course. Students will process crime scene evidence, learn modern forensic techniques, review contemporary and classical forensic case studies, and participate in the analysis and solution of a staged crime scene.

 

 337 APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Living Environment and Earth Science

 

This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key environmental issues we all face, both as individuals and as Long Islanders. Students will gain an appreciation of the fragile nature of our planet and environment through hands-on activities and discussions of current issues. Some key topics in the curriculum will include: Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Sources, Water Pollution, Global Warming, Environmental Policy, and Overpopulation.

 

 325 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Three years of high school laboratory science, Math A or Integrated Algebra. (If Chemistry is not completed, department approval is required.)

 

This course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies necessary to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Additionally, students will learn how to identify and analyze environmental issues, both natural and man-made. The course will focus on the real science behind environmental issues and will include both laboratory and field studies.

 

 318 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Earth Science and Living Environment, Departmental Approval

 

In this course, students will study the body as a whole, the integumentary system, the moving body, integration and control, maintenance, reproduction, the urinary system and fluid and electrolyte balance. Students will receive Honors credit for this course. This course terminates with a final exam in anatomy and physiology jointly approved by each university and the Lawrence Public Schools.

As a result of our partnership with New York Institute of Technology and Adelphi University, students can earn up to 8 credits provided they:

1) Satisfactorily complete the Lawrence High School Anatomy & Physiology course of study,

2) Pay the required university fees for the two semester equivalent courses approved by NYIT/Adelphi and the Lawrence Public Schools.

3) NYIT: 8 credits, $145.00 per credit ($1,160 total). Payment must be made in full in September.

    Adelphi: 6 credits. $375.00 due in October, $375.00 due in February.

 

 323 SCIENCE PROJECTS 1H     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation, Departmental Approval

In this course students will develop independent study and research techniques in Science. Laboratory and library research skills will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to inquire into current scientific research, will be given assigned readings in college texts and scientific journals, and will be encouraged to correspond with and visit research scientists working in their field of interest. The course will require that the student develop an experimental design for which the student will proceed under the guidance of a science teacher. The project will be evaluated, and will culminate in a final written report. The student will keep a log of all work and meetings with the teacher. Students will receive honors credit. Cooperative skills will be developed through the preparation of team projects submitted to the Toshiba Exploravision competition.

 

 324 SCIENCE PROJECTS 2H     (1 yr - 1 credit) 

Prerequisite:  Science Projects 1 and Teacher recommendation, Departmental Approval

 

In this course the students will continue to develop and expand their research started in Projects 1. Laboratory and library research skills will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to inquire into current scientific research, will be given assigned readings in college texts and scientific journals, and will be encouraged to correspond with and visit research scientists working in their field of interest. The course will require that the student develop an experimental design beyond that of Science Projects 1 for which materials will be ordered and from which the student will proceed under the guidance of a science teacher. The project will be evaluated, and a research paper will be prepared. The student will keep a log of all work and meetings with the teacher. Students will receive honors credit.

 

Mentors for students completing their sophomore/junior year will be sought so that research can be conducted over the summer months and continue into the senior year science competitions.