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Science and Health Education

 

Director of 6-12 Science & Health:  Heather Metallides 
Telephone: 781-314-5516
E-mailHeatherMetallides@k12.waltham.ma.us
Mail: Waltham Public Schools
617 Lexington St.
Waltham, MA 02452

 

"The mission of the Waltham Public Schools Science and Health department is to provide our diverse student population with a quality standards-based instructional program that enriches scientific knowledge and curiosity and promotes health and well being. We will strive to provide students with the problem-solving skills and exploratory experiences that will inspire and enable them to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers. We will prepare all students to be lifelong learners who make informed and reasoned decisions and enable them to succeed in our ever-changing society."

Message from the Director

The Science and Health Department grades 6-12 is a rigorous student centered department that prepares students to be college and career ready.  We also prepare our students for 21st century skills with the use of PASCO probeware and Spark units, digital microscopes, Engineering The Future and Freshman Physics classes.  In collaboration with the CTE department we secured a 99k grant through Mass Life Science to purchase equipment that will continue to enhance the way we deliver STEM in our department. Through our Physics First pathway, the Science and Health Department is working diligently to give students the opportunity to participate in hands -on computer based lab and engineering experiences which will promote awareness of and excitement for further STEM education at Waltham High School and beyond. We will be introducing robotics equipment, sensors and probes for the freshmen physics program and encouraging students to continue with engineering experiences in the CTE program.   We offer AP courses in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.  53 students took AP Science courses in 2012-2013 with 92.5% scoring a 3 or better and 60.4% scoring a 4 or better.  Due to our involvement in the districts pre-AP initiative and our attention to increase rigor in  100% of our 9th grade students taking the Physics MCAS scored advanced and proficient.  68% of our students that took the Biology MCAS scored advanced and proficient. 

Our Health Education program begins in grade 6.  Certified Health Educators teach the necessary skills to builds students' knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Our comprehensive Health education program teaches students about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.  Our Health education instruction helps students learn the skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime. Our courses in grades 6-12 aim to result in positive changes in behavior that lower student risks.   In addition, Health education promotes learning in other subjects! In response to YRBS data and the new MA state mandates regarding relationships (G.L. c. 71 as amended by sections 60 and 61 of Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010) indicate that the topic of safe and healthy relationships with a focus on preventing sexual and domestic violence is a high priority for students; we have developed a new Violence Prevention and Stress Management Health elective.  This 2.5 credit (2 in 1) class will allow students to access the skills, information and resources necessary to help them avoid risky behaviors, manage stress in a healthy way and understand the dangers of a variety of pressing health issues our teens are facing today

 

 

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