Science

The Science Department curriculum is designed to give students a foundation in the life and physical sciences through a program that requires biology and chemistry and offers advanced electives in biology, chemistry, and physics. These courses develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning in such a way that students can look critically at the world and make sense of issues related to ecology, the environment, and concerns related to health and medicine. The curriculum also develops an understanding of the scientific method and analytical thinking related to good scientific inquiry. The course of study provides students who are interested in pursuing a career in science with a solid background for advanced placement courses and college work.

Beyond the Classroom

Mole Day

Chemistry classes celebrate Mole Day annually on October 23 to commemorate Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day is a national celebration and was established to foster interest in chemistry.

Growing Greener Club

Growing Greener Club began as two separate clubs: Garden Club and Green Team. Now the club is a collective effort to make the school community “green” in terms of energy use, recycling issues, environmental concerns, volunteer work, gardening (indoors and outdoors), and enhancing the natural green beauty of our campus overall. Over the years the club’s members have worked on larger projects such as getting an energy audit here at the school, creating a sustainability proposal that led to a “green” bathroom and hydration stations, and building and maintaining a school garden. Club meetings’ themes vary between long term project work, movie screenings, field trips, and quick creative crafting or planting activities.

BrainSTEM Club

The BrainSTEM Club engages students in fun STEM activities and projects that lead them to discover the amazing capabilities of their brains. Members decide on the STEM challenge for the upcoming meeting, and help lay the plans for it. The club is led by Cuvilly students and a faculty advisor.The club welcomes any member of the school community to join our monthly meetings

Vernal Pool Field Work

Students in the Environmental Science classes study the ecosystems in local vernal pools with the goal of certifying the pool with the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program of Massachusetts. To date, students are credited with the certification of over 20 vernal pools.

Science Club

The Science Club meets monthly and gives students with a shared interest in science a chance to work together on fun activities with a science theme. Student officers plan and guide the club participants through activities such as making slime, bouncy balls, and square bubbles, going on a scavenger hunt, and having competitions with handmade catapults and marble mazes.

Robotics Club

Working as a team, students assemble their own robot with this after-school club and participate in state competitions throughout the year. The team is a terrific opportunity for students interested in engineering.

Faculty

Marissa Bianchi

Marissa Bianchi

Andrea Brear

Mark Dowling

Shannon Howard

J. Steven Joyce

J. Steven Joyce

Rick Kates

Rick Kates

Jana Matthei

Jana Matthei

Linda Muller

Linda Muller

Rebecca Wheeler