The Mountain View High School (“MVHS”) science department believes that all students are capable of learning science and the importance of using the scientific method and recognizing cross-cutting concepts. With our teachers preparing the best lessons and activities for your student, and with your support from home, providing a quiet place and time for homework to be attempted and completed, there is no limit to the success your child will have in Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physiology. Much like a foreign language class, students need to practice what they have learned outside of class to help have stronger retention of the concepts taught. Encouraging your child to review his/her notes, practice problems, and build/use flash cards at home will make him/her a better science student.
MVHS science classes are designed to use technology to help students improve. Each teacher has access to chrome books to provide opportunities to explore both solutions and real-world applications of science. With this technology and the internet, students are able to see greater connections between relevant cross-cutting concepts. All of this is to help our students prepare for a workforce that can handle the challenges of living in a technological world.
The following are the eight science and engineering practices and the seven cross-cutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards that are the foundation for scientific thinking and practice for students as well as guidance that helps teachers modify their instructional approach, teaching in a way that develops a more advanced scientific understanding.