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High School Science

What's happening this week in High School Science???


Here's some of the exciting things that happened in the SMA science department this week:

  • Students set up two fish tanks to make an aquaponic system to better understand the nitrogen cycle,
  • Student drew biogeochemicals on the science tables with chalk markers to understand how elements move through the environment
  • Sara Knetemann taught yoga to the Anatomy class and explained the importance of yoga and the muscles and terminology used for each pose.

Science in Pictures

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


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 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 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 Phsiology

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.