High Schools: Bethel
Mary Kelley Hampton Kathleen Harrison Kecoughtan
Mark Christman Phoebus
Mike Ruffin Bridgeport Princess McFall
Middle Schools: Andrews
Kyle Hetrick Davis
Tiffany Lockett Eaton Rachel Young Jones
Debra Tominack Lindsay
Gary Smith Phenix Shannon Aldrich Spratley
Leslie Gardiner Syms
Elementary Schools Aberdeen
Janet Viney Andrews
Chris Helmintoller Armstrong Michele Bowers Asbury Rebecca Phillips Barron
Steve Howell Bassette
Marie Putzke Booker Desiree Burnette Bryan Carole Birdsong Burbank Jennifer Chafin Cary Pamela Smith Cooper
Shirley Sypolt Forrest Teresa D'Amico Kraft Dianne Ruffin Langley
Travis Humble Machen Aimee Ryder Phenix
Janet Heller Phillips
Erica Butler Smith Elizabeth Cutshaw Spratley Michele Ferrel Tarrant Brandy Johnson Tucker-Capps Germaine White Tyler
The goal of the science department is to help our students become scientifically literate citizens. According to the National Science Education Standards, "students cannot achieve high levels of performance without access to skilled professional teachers, adequate classroom time, a rich array of learning materials, accommodating work spaces, and the resources of the communities surrounding their schools." The science department is helping to provide this support.
Science Matters Hampton is a part of the national network of science teachers called Science Matters. This organization has been initiated by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to bring content, news, and information that supports quality science education to parents and teachers nationwide. “Science Matters” builds on the success of the “Building a Presence for Science” program, first launched in 1997 as an e-networking initiative to assist teachers of science with professional development opportunities. Building a Presence for Science—now “Science Matters”—reaches readers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, go to: sciencematters.nsta.org
• K-5 General Science
• Grade 6 General Science with an emphasis on scientific investigation
• Grade 7 Life Science
• Grade 8 Physical Science
High School science courses offered: • Earth Science
• 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 http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov
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
Grade 8, sponsored by the VU-BAY FOUNDATION
· Wizard’s Chemistry one hour program
· Zap! (Electricity) 30 minute demonstration
· Thrill Ride IMAX
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.
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.
This local university works with Hampton City Schools, offering teacher training workshops throughout the year as well as special summer programs for students.