Science

SOUTH WINDSOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCIENCE PROGRAM

 Arnica Sullivan

Arnica Sullivan
K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist
Phone: (860) 474-1448
Email: asullivan@swindsor.k12.ct.us

Linda McMahon
Administrative Secretary
Phone: (860) 474-1137
Email: lmcmahon@swindsor.k12.ct.us


Link  Elementary Science
Link  Elementary S.T.E.M.
Link  Middle School Science
Link  High School Science

The overarching goal of the Science department is for all students to have sufficient knowledge of science and engineering by the time they graduate high school so they can engage in public discussions on science-related issues, be careful consumers of scientific and technical information, and enter the careers of their choice.  Connecticut recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS call for a three-dimensional approach to K–12 science instruction, which represents a significant transition from the previous Connecticut Science Frameworks (state standards). Effective implementation of these new standards demands a great deal of collaboration and patience as educators work through this transition. South Windsor expects to fully transition grades K-12 to the NGSS over the next three to five years. 

The major goals of the Science curriculum are:

  • To implement a guaranteed and viable district science curriculum that is aligned with learning expectations set forth in the Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards that helps children continually build on and revise their knowledge and abilities, starting from their curiosity about what they see around them and their initial conceptions about how the world works.

  • To achieve scientific literacy preparing students to be confident and capable lifelong learners who are equipped with the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and apply information and present coherent ideas about science, integrating common core science literacy skills into the curriculum.

  • To develop a thorough understanding of scientific explanations of the world through experimentation of the disciplinary core ideas and applying these understandings to solve environmental and societal challenges. 

  • To foster each student's understanding and use of technology and engineering, including the ability to assess the relevance and credibility of scientific information found in various print and electronic media.