Science News

Next Generation Science Standards
California has adopted a new set of science standards. The science framework is not projected to be released until 2017 and new curriculum will follow then. In the meantime, teachers and students are transitioning to new ways of thinking about and doing science. Refer to the table below to outline the current conceptual shift in science education.

California Content Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Science as separate courses. Science is interconnected.
Indicated what students should “know” or “understand”. Indicates what students should be able to “do” (student performance expectation).
Disjointed grade band science facts. Coherent science learning form K-12.
Lots of breadth of science learning. Deeper science understanding and application (engineering).
Engineering skills missing. Science and engineering is integrated.
Inadequate preparation for college, career, and citizenship. College , career and citizenship readiness.
Science isolated from ELA and Math standards. Aligned to Common Core (ELA & Math).

An Overview
Our 6th graders begin to explore earth science, digging into topics like earthquakes and volcanoes while finishing their year with ecology and environmental awareness. Our 7th graders transition to life science, exploring microscopic life, participating in some hands on dissections and finishing their year with the “Family Life” unit. The 8th graders finish their scientific journey focused on physical science. The class is devoted to teaching the basics in chemistry and physics. At each grade level, students participate in a wide range of labs that help them see the real-world applications that science provides. Most classes are CP (college prep) designated, except for Honors Physical Science in 8th grade and Passport science classes in 7th and 8th grades. The 8th grade Honors class is for students who have a high interest in science as a career and want to be advanced in science. The Honors program is taught at a 9th grade Physical Science level and students who maintain an “A” OR “B” will advance to Honors Chemistry in 9th grade in high school, skipping Geoscience. There are no Honors science classes at the 6th or 7th grade level.

Lab/Hands-On Program
All students have the opportunity to participate in science labs on a frequent basis. We have received grants from Amgen and other businesses to purchase equipment and fund our lab programs. Parents can also make donations at the beginning of each school year to provide funds for consumable items needed, such as food coloring, vinegar, baking soda, salt, toothpicks, marshmallows, gumdrops, push pins, and pipe-cleaners. We invite you to come visit us in lab -- just call the main office to leave a message for your child's teacher(805-498-3617).

Sequoia Middle School

2855 Borchard Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Phone: (805) 498-3617
Fax:  (805) 375-5605

Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm