Science

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Anita Dutta

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: anita.dutta@dmschools.org

Class Description

Biology:

Biology course is designed to take the students through a general study of living matter. Students are introduced to the nature of life, characteristics of living things, cell as a basic unit of life and genetics. Students also explore major biological principles that investigate the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems, the interdependence and interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the environment, and mechanisms that maintain continuity and lead to changes in populations over time. Students explore biological concepts through scientific inquiry and problem solving.

 

Environmental Science. SCI 201, 202
Prerequisite  Biology

Environmental Science is a course designed to explore, understand and find solutions for the underlying causes and effects of earth's natural and man-made environmental problems. The interdependence and interrelationships among all living things, and their non living environment will be the framework for the study of the Earth and it's Environment.
This course combines principles of Biology and Earth Science and would not only instill awareness about the Planet Earth besides inculcating scientific attitude in students interested in pursuing either of these disciplines.

There are many opinions regarding the causes and effects of environmental problems. Students will be expected to practice and display a range of problem solving and critical thinking skills to examine scientific evidence, propose solutions and conduct scientific investigations.

 

 

 

 

Biography

Mrs. Anita Dutta, teacher at Scavo High School since August 2001

 

Links

www.pearsonsuccessnet.com

www.wallwisher.com

(Please contact me for username and password to use the above websites)

 

 

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Mark Yusten

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: mark.yusten@dmschools.org

Class Description

The Academic Support Lab (ASL) consists of many courses that students will complete through an online program called Education 2020 Dynamic Classroom (e2020). Each individual course has its own description and syllabus. The instructor provides students with assistance in completing their coursework by helping students to set goals, monitor their progress and understand course content.

I also teach Astronomy which has prerequisites of Algebra I, and then Earth Science or Conceptual Physics. It is for grades 10-12 and has a Semester course value of 0.5 Credit

Astronomy is a one-semester course devoted to the study of …. Astronomy. Units of study will include: objects that can be observed in the sky with the unaided eye such as the sun, planets, and stars; equipment that is used to further our knowledge of the universe; the relation between the earth and the other objects in the sky; the properties and lives of stars; the origins of our universe and solar system.

Biography

My name is Mark Yusten and I have been teaching science since 1987.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from Briar Cliff College in 1985. I began teaching in 1987 after taking the required coursework for teaching as a minor.  Before I became a DMPS Teacher in 2006 I taught at several school districts in Iowa.  Currently I enjoy my time at home spending time with family, boating and ham radio.  Here at Scavo I sponsor the FTC robotics team and, of course, teach Astronomy, and all sciences as needed in the ASL Lab.

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Sherri Huff

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: sherri.huff@dmschools.org

Class Description

Environmental Science  PBL will be taught with a project based approach (PBL).  In this setting students meet individually with their teachers and create projects that take into account student interests and align with the district curriculum. Students complete at least three projects per class. Students also have the opportunity to combine projects with more than one class and work with multiple teachers on that project. Once students complete a project and it is has been reviewed and accepted by their teacher, students present their project to their teacher(s) to demonstrate their learning.  Topics of study include population studies, ecology, water and soil conservation, and Iowa applications.

Earth Science PBL will be taught with a project based approach (PBL).  In this setting students meet individually with their teachers and create projects that take into account student interests and align with the district curriculum. Students complete at least three projects per class. Students also have the opportunity to combine projects with more than one class and work with multiple teachers on that project. Once students complete a project and it is has been reviewed and accepted by their teacher, students present their project to their teacher(s) to demonstrate their learning.  Topics of study include astronomy, dynamic nature of the earth, history of the earth, and weather and climate.

 

 

Biography

I graduated from Buena Vista College with a Bachelor of Science majoring in biology and minoring in mathematics and general science.  I earned my Master’s in Science Education from the University of Iowa.  In 2003, I earned National Board Certification in the area of science. My first teaching experience was at Rolfe High School in Rolfe, Iowa.  I taught earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and various math classes.  I also coached volleyball and track and drove the bus to the volleyball matches.  My second teaching job was at Creston High School in Creston, Iowa.  There I taught biology, chemistry, physics, and applied math and also did some coaching of basketball and volleyball.  Since 2008, I have taught in the Des Moines School District at Future Pathways working one on one with students needing math and/or science classes.

Outside of school I enjoy training for triathlons, running events and RAGBRAI and working out at downtown Kosama.  I have my openwater scuba diving certificate and have earned a 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do.  Can you tell I like challenges? J  I really enjoy learning and helping students with their learning.