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Venicia Ferrell
K-12 Science
Curriculum Leader

Shannon Pohlman
Science Teacher Specialist

Betsy McAllister
Science Teacher Specialist

Kim Hatfield
Administrative Support Specialist

The mission of Hampton City Schools science department is to prepare all students to be scientifically literate citizens and leaders in a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.   The goal of our science programs is to actively engage our students to develop an understanding of and an enthusiasm for scientific discovery. We will encourage our students to generate and evaluate scientific explanations of the natural world and to productively contribute to scientific practices and discourse.  We have a renewed commitment to innovation and excellence.

Science Program
Grades K-5 – General Science
Grade 6 – General Science with an emphasis on science investigation
Grade 7 – Life Science
Grade 8 – Physical Science
High School – Science courses – listed under Secondary Science

Online Resources

Science Textbooks

The following grades and courses have online textbook materials that are available from home. Contact your child’s teacher for Log In directions.

Grades K-5
Life Science

The Science Department will implement new 4th & 5th Text Resources this year. 

Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2010

The elementary science program focuses on providing student-centered and inquiry-based learning experiences for students.  The instruction will emphasize building both student observational skills and knowledge of scientific inquiry as well as developing scientific habits of mind. 


Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2010

The secondary science program focuses on providing student-centered and inquiry-based learning experiences for students.  The instruction will emphasize building and developing a conceptual understanding of scientific practice, scientific habits of mind and scientific skills beyond observation.  The other emphasis of scientific instruction will be providing students with authentic laboratory and field investigations giving students the opportunity to generate and evaluate scientific explanations of the natural world.  

The Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework comprise the science content that teachers in Virginia are expected to teach and students are expected to learn.


Additional High School Science Courses Offered:

Forensic Science
AP Biology
AP Environmental
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 
IB Physics (HHS)
IB Biology (HHS)
IB Chemistry (HHS)
IB Environmental Science (HHS)

Peninsula Gem & Mineral Society
The Society is a nonprofit organization whose membership is open to all lovers of lapidary arts, mineralogy, paleontology and all associated fields of Earth Science. They meet monthly at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton. Their members have graciously offered their collections as well as their expertise as an additional resource to Hampton City Schools.

NASA SCIence Files
Hampton City Schools' science department and NASA Langley have joined forces to produce the NASA SCIence Files. It is a series of problem based instructional videos for grades 3-5 that introduces students to science as inquiry and the scientific method. Each program supports the national science standards and includes a 60-minute video divided into four, 15-minute "teachable" episodes, a companion teacher guide, a web-based component, classroom activities, virtual field trips and more. The problems and story lines have been created by teachers in Hampton with the help of scientists from NASA Langley Research Center. Many of the episodes have been filmed in part at Hampton elementary schools and our students have participated in the videos. This series is broadcast to thousands of schools across the country. For more information, go to The NASA SCIence Files series has been nominated for and won three Emmy awards.

Virginia Air and Space Center
Located in downtown Hampton, the Virginia Air and Space Center has much to offer to Hampton teachers as well as their students. Every year the Center offers teacher workshops designed to reinforce Virginia and National SOL skills. The Center is also the home of the NASA Educational Resource Center, where teachers can obtain countless top quality pictures, posters, videos and more. Programs offered to Hampton City Schools at no cost are shown below:

Grade 4, sponsored by the VU-BAY FOUNDATION

· Weather or Not one hour program
· Magic of Electricity 30 minute demonstration
· Stormchasers IMAX
· Tour

Grade 8, sponsored by the VU-BAY FOUNDATION

· Wizard’s Chemistry one hour program
· Zap! (Electricity) 30 minute demonstration
· Thrill Ride IMAX
· Tour

The Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum is located in Newport News just off of J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Because of its closeness to Hampton and the quality of its educational program, it is a favorite field trip site for Hampton City Schools.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park
Sandy Bottom Nature Park is located in Hampton and offers many opportunities for life science and ecology students. The center is also the site of many professional development classes throughout the year.

Nauticus is providing teacher training and workshops in several areas of science. They are currently working on workshops for elementary teachers.

Virginia Aquarium
The Marine Science Museum offers teacher training throughout the year. This is an excellent community resource for marine science studies.

Children's Museum of Virginia
This Portsmouth attraction offers specific programs for each grade and target their science SOLs. This museum is highly recommended and endorsed by HCS.

Hampton University
This local university works with Hampton City Schools, offering teacher training workshops throughout the year as well as special summer programs for students.

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The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

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