High School Science

SMA Science Department Mission Statement

The goal of SMA science education is to prepare our students to be responsible citizens in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. St. Mary’s Academy science curriculum provides students with the foundations to understand the inner workings of this world using scientific processes and concepts from all fields: biology, chemistry, and physics. This multi-disciplinary approach promotes curiosity and builds content knowledge along with core science practices to develop scientifically literate young woman.

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High School Science Faculty

Christine teachers Biology II, AP Environmental and Anatomy and Physiology . She earned a BS in Biology from Guilford College and an MS in Ecology from the University of Tennessee.

Greta Glugoski-Sharp teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry .  She earned a BS in Biochemistry and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.Ed in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco.

 

Marie teaches 9th-grade Biology and AP Biology. She earned a BA in English Literature from Reed College and an MD from Johns Hopkins. 

Erik is a High School Math teacher and new to SMA this year. Erik attended Bates College in his home state of Maine, earning BS degrees in both Mathematics and Physics. 

Dave has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver, where he also spent a decade working as a Design Engineer in support of NASA's Earth Science Project Office (https://espo.nasa.gov/).  As a licensed secondary teacher, STEAM is at the core of his curricular passions, and he additionally coaches SMA High School FIRST (smabotics.com) and Middle School BEST robotics teams.

Science Curriculum

Biology

Students learn principals of biology in Biology I and can continue to explore the subject with an emphasis on plants, animals, and the human body in Biology II.  AP Biology teaches students science practices involving evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics and information transfer, and biological system interactions.

Chemistry

Chemistry I teacher the history of chemistry, explores the uses of chemistry, and gives students the ability to answer chemical questions and problems related to social issues.  Students may continue to AP Chemistry, a course designed to develop a student's ability to solve problems through dimensional analysis and estimation.

Physics

Physics introduces basic topics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and scientific thinking skills.  Content includes mechanics, fundamental forces, and field forces.

Environmental Science

This course is a study of the living and nonliving factors that make up the environment. Topics covered include earth systems and resources, ecology and biodiversity, population growth, land and water use, energy resources, and consumption, pollution, and global change.

Anatomy and Physiology

Students explore topics such as an in-depth study of the major body systems, body tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, and reproductive system.

Applications of Computer Science and Engineering

This course develops a fundamental proficiency in engineering and programming.  Introductory concepts in Computer Science, Engineering, and Robotics are explored.