MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE
In middle school science, each grade level concentrates on a specific area of science. HNES science instruction is based on the idea that "Science Rocks!" and students learn in multiple ways, therefore the curriculum is enriched with fieldtrips, experiments, competitions, music, hands-on activities, videos and a variety of technology choices.
In sixth grade, our students learn in-depth about Earth and Space Science. This includes astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. A three-day 6th grade trip to the NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama helps make the study of earth and space very meaningful. This annual field trip is also open to the 6th grade parents, and is especially appealing to many of our dads.
Life Science is studied in 7th grade. An interdisciplinary science and social studies field trip, canoeing a local creek, highlights one of our local, treasured, waterways and provides a day of active learning for students and parents alike. Seventh graders are required to complete a Science Fair Project, often being recognized at the regional and state levels. In addition, the students study a novel in science, Code Orange, by Caroline Cooney during the study of viruses and diseases.
Our 8th graders study Physical Science; chemistry is taught during the fall semester and physical science is taught during the spring semester. They may also choose to complete a competitive Science Fair Project as part of the curriculum. Hands-on activities abound in the 8th grade science classroom, causing the very abstract ideas of physical science to become more concrete.
Our students have competed and won at the Regional and State Science Fair levels. One of our great science joys is the continuing feedback from former HNES students, now high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, reporting how amazingly prepared they were for their high school science coursework.