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Welcome to the Science Department

The 2017-2018 school year ushers in an exciting new time for the Irvington Public Schools Science Department. The elementary science program will be entering its first year using the new science standards. To support our students in successfully meeting these new expectations, the Board of Education is adopting a brand new science resource. Students, teachers, and parents will be able to engage in their science course, electronically and in print. The Science Department in grades six through twelve will be entering the second year of implementation of the new Science Standards. Our three priorities this year will be the use of authentic problems to challenge and engage students, communication and scientific argumentation, and assessment using technology. The Science Department will continue its partnership with The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Students 2 Science (S2S). Cooperation with private and public entities is vital to helping us develop tomorrow’s 21st Century workforce. We are proud to announce a partnership with The Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College, a consortium of three higher education institutions that include Rider University and Princeton University. Together we will enable our teachers to successfully deliver the new science standards for the benefit of our student body. Irvington High School continues to offer advanced elective courses such as Forensic Science and Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics ‘1’, and Environmental Science. We congratulate our high school students that are accepted into Project Seed through the American Chemical Society and who always make us proud. Most importantly we are steadfast in our commitment to providing a quality STEM education for ALL of our students.

“Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

You Should Know

For up-to-date information on science events at colleges, science scholarships, and other STEM-related contests and opportunities visit our “Colleges & Contests” page


The Science Department of the Irvington Public School District is committed to fostering an environment whereby students experience a comprehensive science program that is supportive, engaging, and challenging. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to confidently go forward as productive and scientifically literate members of society. In support of its mission, the Science Department is dedicated to:

  • Developing the knowledge and skill sets necessary for a STEM career and for life-long learning.
  • Promoting instruction that fosters the skills of observation, inquiry, analysis and reflection.
  • Achieving a climate in which students of varying abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to fully participate in the science program.
  • Creating an environment that is conducive for learning through the integration of technology and applying current research to curriculum and instruction.
  • Fostering a learning community comprised of staff and students that promotes learning, respect, honesty, and civility.
  • High student achievement through a rigorous curriculum and high expectations.
In grades K-8, students participate in an integrated science program that exposes students to topics within the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences each year. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, provide a comprehensive, aligned, and developmentally-appropriate approach to learning science. The science program is focused on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application by engaging students in authentic, relevant learning experiences.

The Irvington Public School’s science program from Pre-K through grade 12 offers students a solid foundation from which to build as they continue their lives following high school. Our world is increasingly dependent upon science and technology and it is of great importance that our students be scientifically literate so they may compete in the global workforce. In 2012, a report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology projects a need for approximately one million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology.

For up-to-date information on science events at colleges, science scholarships, and other STEM-related contests and opportunities, Visit the “Colleges & Contests” page.

Kindergarten – Grade 8 Science Program

Science Program CatalogThe K-8 program Is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new, national set of standards for science was adopted for implementation In New Jersey In July 2014. The standards focus on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application. The NGSS focus on fewer topics and are aligned K-12 to offer a comprehensive, aligned, and developmentally-appropriate approach to learning science

High School Science Program

At the high school, several laboratory/Inquiry-based courses are offered depending on previous student performance and interest. Courses available include Earth Systems and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science. Honors designations are offered in most of these courses in addition to AP Physics ‘1’, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science for students electing to enroll in advanced science courses. Freshmen students will follow a sequence of courses that begin with Physics or Earth Systems and Space Science. These courses are followed by Chemistry and then Biology. Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are available to students following the successful completion of the pre-requisite course(s). Senior students have the option of taking Forensic Science or AP Environmental Science as an elective.

IMPORTANT: All New Jersey students, REGARDLESS OF GRADE LEVEL, enrolled in a Biology course must take the BCT.

To prepare for success on this test, Biology students must prepare the entire year. Teachers are carrying out instruction with the purpose of making certain their students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be proficient and successful.

High School Graduation requirements mandate that students take at least 15 credits of science including laboratory biology; chemistry, environmental science, or physics; and an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science.

Next Generation Science Standards Parent Q&A
A parent’s guide from the National Science Teachers Association. Click here to view

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning

The primary resource used in courses K-12 –

NJ ASK4; NJ ASK8; Biology Competency Test:

For Information regarding state examinations in science visit

Students 2 Science:
Field trip destination and provider of Virtual lab (V-lab) experiences for students. The mission of S2S is to inspire students to pursue STEM careers, increase their aptitude in science, and expose them to the laboratory skills and technology that are used in today’s high-tech laboratories. Visit their homepage at or visit their Facebook page at

Africam – remote streaming video from locations in Africa showing wildlife in natural surroundings –

American Museum of Natural History –

Animal Genome Size Database – comprehensive catalog of animal genome size data –

The Center for Innovation In Engineering and Science Education – inter-disciplinary, technology-based projects using real-time data hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology-

Discovery Education – host for teacher STEM resources –

Earth Day Network – lesson plans, school greening ideas, and grants –

Environmental Science – online resources for the Pearson textbook

National Geographic – print-rich, reliable site for accessing information on animals and the environment –

National Geographic for Kids – portal for accessing kid-friendly science videos and information –

National Oceanographic Data Center – national environmental data centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –

PBS – Public Service Broadcasting website offering teacher resources by grade span –

We Believe that our students are unique individuals, each capable of achieving greatness. That we will guide, challenge and support our students to one day become scientifically literate citizens. That we will Inspire our students to pursue careers in STEM and become life-long learners. That our students will become effective problem solvers and capable of learning independently. That we will guide students to construct their own knowledge and use it in authentic situations.

We Believe scientific literacy will only be achieved through a carefully planned educational program from Pre-K through grade 12 and beyond. That providing a quality science education requires many stakeholders to share responsibility, collaborate, and act with good judgment and ethical intentions. That technology is a tool that offers innumerable possibilities for teaching and learning. That professional development will be used to maintain a quality instructional program and be adapted to changing needs.

We Believe that science involves the study and exploration of the natural and designed world. The Supernatural and subjective opinions have no place in the formation of scientific knowledge. That science begins with observation and inquiry and proceeds through experimentation, analysis and reflection. Science is constantly changing, producing more questions than answers. That a scientific mind is skeptical and accepts that nothing is infallible or forever.

We Believe that we must uphold the highest professional standards as science educators. That we must take responsibility for and promote our own professional learning and growth. That we must advocate for the resources needed to provide a quality science education. That we will be sensitive to the unique learning needs of our students and that we will hold high expectations for their achievement. That we will guide our students to understanding and proficiency. That we will encourage their curiosity and rectify their misconceptions.

We Believe that to achieve scientific literacy one must be observant and curious enough to ask questions and inquisitive enough to seek answers to those questions. That conclusions are supported by scientifically-derived evidence. That scientific laws and theories can be explained thoroughly and applied to authentic situations. That information is evaluated before being accepted.

Union Avenue Middle School

Michelle Tofel – Grade 6
Fredy Arevalo – Grades 6, 7
KwesiSarabo – Grades 6-8
Corey Olumbe – Grade 7
Njideka Emele – Grades 7, 8
Clifford Smith – Grade 8

University Middle School

Michael Guernsey – Grade 6
Dr. Sidney Zelin – Grade 6
Deoborah Ervin – Grades 6-8
Andrew Obssuth – Grade 7
Tiffany Baskerville – Grades 7,8
Terry Johnson – Grade 8

Irvington High School

Christiana Amadi
Natalie Amores
Theresa Bennin
Kim Boggio
Gale Bohnarczyk
Erin Bontempo
Gisha Anie George
Maureen O’Neill
Muhammad Rahman
Christina Rishiy
Erdal Yilmaz