Course Flow Chart
  • 8th Grade Science
    Our 8th grade science courses introduce our students to chemistry, geology, meteorology, and astronomy. Students will perform many laboratory experiments in their science classes. These activities promote inquiry and critical thinking skills. Data analysis and writing scientific claims based on evidence are other skills that are developed. Classes meet for a single period each day.
    • 8th Grade Academic Science (2106)
    • 8th Grade Honors Science (2108) 
      • 7th to 8th Grade Honors Criteria for 2020-21 School year. Students must meet the first two criteria and either 3, or 4 or 5:
        • 1) 92 or Higher in 7th grade science (Through Marking Periods 1 and 2)
        • 2) 92 Average on 1st semester (1st and 2nd Marking periods) common assessments
        • 3) Level 5 NJSLA Math (2018-19 School Year/6th Grade)
        • 4) Level 4 NJSLA Math with an 88 or higher in Algebra 1 (2018-19 School Year / 6th Grade)
        • 5) Level 4 NJLSA Math with a 95 or higher in PreAlgebra (2018-19 School Year / 6th Grade)

     

     
    9th Grade Science: Biology 
    We offer three levels of biology that have a molecular biology approach which includes the following topics:
    • Structure and function of matter and organisms
    • Inheritance and variation of traits
    • Natural selection and evolution 
    • Human impact on populations and communities 
    • Biology Honors (2111) - 7 Credits

      Honors Biology, provides a rigorous, intensive study of Biology, is designed for students who have done exemplary work in the previous year’s science class.  This course is geared to those students who have strong science skills, high motivation, and who have exhibited the ability to analyze data critically and arrive at meaningful conclusions. Topics of study include the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  The students continuously engage in critical-thinking activities, analysis of data, and the written presentation of logical conclusions during the extensive laboratory activities. This class meets seven times a week which includes two doueble lab periods a week.

    • Biology Accelerated (2112) - 6 Credits

      Accelerated Biology provides students a comprehensive study of the biological sciences including the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  Students experience a variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration and laboratory experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking. Critical analysis of data and problem solving are the major thrusts of this course.  The class meets six times a week which includes one double lab period a week.

    • Biology (2110) - 6 Credits

      Biology provides a strong focus on developing science and engineering skills.  Biology introduces students to broad aspects of the biological sciences including the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  Students experience a variety of learning strategies, to assist students in developing group skills and scientific knowledge that will prepare them for continued study in the sciences, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration and laboratory experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking.  A variety of learning strategies are employed. This class meets six times a week which includes one double lab period a week. 

     
     
    Science Clubs/Extracurricular Activities:
    • Science Olympiad: The Science Olympiad team competes in a regional competition in January, then top teams advance to the state competition in March. Students try out for a position on the team during the first marking period of the school year, and meetings are held twice each week. Advisors to the CJHS team are William Jasko and Rebecca Cobb. 
    • Science League: Students participating in Science League take a monthly biology test at EBHS after school from January-April. Students try out for a position on the team during the first semester, and weekly meetings are held. The advisor to the team is Maria Ficchi.