2017 Science Fair

We have held our SMA science fair and selected winners to represent us at the San Diego City Fair.  Today, we are taking a field trip to Casa De Manana to showcase our science fair projects to the residents.

-Mr.Klubberud

January 11, 2017

City Wide Science Fair

Stella Maris Academy 7th and 8th graders are working diligently on Science Fair Projects in hopes of being able to represent SMA in the Greater Sand Diego Science and Engineering Fair.  Good luck science students!

-Mr. Klubberud

Science Field Trips

We recently had the opportunity to engage in several science field trips.  A short description of the trips that took place is as follows:

6th grade trip: “The content for this year’s 6th grade science geologic seacoast fieldwork was created personally for Stella Maris Academy by a Geology Professor for Mr.Klubberud. The trip involved a variety of concepts and activities. Students practiced relative geologic dating, Moh’s hardness testing, fossil observation, and mineral identification. The exposed sedimentary bands of rock near La Jolla’s Hospital Point provided an ideal setting for the students to conduct their fieldwork.”
 
4th grade trip: “The content for this year’s 4th grade science tide pool fieldwork was created  by Mr.Klubberud to integrate concepts about invertebrates covered in the 4th grade textbook. The trip involved a variety of concepts and activities.  Students practiced animal and kelp identification and observed tide pool interactions. The tide pools north of La Jolla’s Marine Street provided an ideal setting for 4th graders to conduct their fieldwork.”
 
5th grade trip: “The content for this year’s 5th grade science tide pool fieldwork was created by Mr.Klubberud to integrate concepts about animal structures and adaptations covered in the 5th grade textbook. The trip involved a variety of concepts and activities.  Students practiced animal identification and observed tide pool interactions. The tide pools north of La Jolla’s Marine Street provided an ideal setting for 5th graders to conduct their fieldwork.”
 
7th grade trip: “The content for this year’s 7th grade science tide pool fieldwork was created by Mr. Klubberud to integrate advanced concepts covered in the 7th grade textbook about animal classification. The trip involved a variety of concepts and activities. Students practiced animal taxonomy and observed tide pool interactions. The tide pools north of La Jolla’s Marine Street provided an ideal setting for 7th graders to conduct their fieldwork.”

Fall

We are off and running with the science classes here at Stella Maris. We started the year by learning to use scientific tools to conduct investigations.  We are all now into our grade level content. All classes are preparing for a science presentation and field trip to the USS Midway.  We are in need of parent drivers and or chaperones.  Stop in at the main office to fill out a quick form to drive and or chaperone.

Welcome from Mr.Klubberud

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.  This is Mr. Klubberud, your new Stella Maris 4-8 grade Science Teacher.

I can be reached at jklubberud@stellmarisacademy.org

or (858)454-2461 extension 133 (classroom phone).

Science

Research shows that when students are fully engaged in their learning, they feel a greater sense of ownership resulting in increased achievement.

Course Description:

We will conduct field and lab investigations, use the scientific method, and make decisions using critical thinking and problem solving.

Course Goals:

Use critical thinking, scientific methods and lab tools to analyze, measure and record data and to make decisions about what is observed.

Recognize that a system is a collection of cycles, structures, and processes that interact.

Classify substances, identify processes, and define relationships in systems and living organisms.

Understand and identify changes in objects when acted upon by outside forces.

Know that science is a way of learning about the natural world through a great deal of information described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models and that science may not know all the answers.

Identify the role of science investigation in understanding the natural world and its systems.

Grading Breakdown

Total points earned out of total points possible determine grades. Tests, quizzes, and projects will be worth more points than classwork, labs and homework.

Tests/Quizzes:

Tests are administered approximately every three to four weeks and will be announced in advance.  Students will have a review in class the day before the chapter test. This review will let students know exactly what is on the test. It is an expectation that students will study and prepare for tests at home.

Labs/Projects:

Class labs will vary depending on the unit. It is my philosophy that science should be experienced rather than simply read, therefore, I ensure that there are multiple hands-on labs and activities for every chapter. Our Interactive Science Curriculum has many fun “At Home” lab activities that I may assign as homework or extra credit opportunities. Sometimes we do these labs in class.

Completed Work/Participation:

Completed work will include homework, classwork, labs and notes.  Our textbook is very different from most- it’s meant for students to write in. Therefore, it is a record of learning. In addition, each student will be creating an Interactive Science Notebook, in which students will keep labs, graphic organizers, notes and vocabulary. Look through lessons your child completes, and be sure to ask a lot of questions. One of the best ways for students to improve upon their learning is to explain concepts to someone else.

Daily Materials:

Each day, students will need to come prepared to class with their planner, textbook, binder, Interactive Science Notebook, paper, sharpened pencil, and a highlighter.