What's new in the Science Department??

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Left: Nasa Data and image processing challenge: Pillars of Creation. Submitted by Yami Ventura

Right: IC434 taken with the FPHS camera. Celestron 11SE and processed by an FPHS student group. The horsehead nebula is 1500 LY away!

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Left: M51, Whirlpool Galaxy. Image taken by the FPHS observatory and processed by a former FP student, Daniel Horvath. 30,000 lightyears away! 

Right: Comet c/2022 E3ZTF taken by the FPHS observatory and processed by students and the FP astronomy network.


M57 Ring Nebula. Taken and processed by the FPHS observatory team. 2300 light years away!

Below are pictures of the FPHS observatory team. If you are interested in being part of this group, please see Mr. Carbone!

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Are you game for a little competition??

Recycle Plastic with the Science Department at FPHS!!

Each year, FPHS collects plastic bogs to recycle with the TREX program. This year, we will be competing in a national competition for TREX but also between FPHS departments. Let's earn a win for the science department and Earth at the same time!

You would be surprised at how much plastic you can actually recycle! Check out all you can bring in to room 2208 (Donaldson)! Your efforts to recycle will support our school and the environment!


Want to help the environment and develop leadership skills?     Join L.O.Y.E.L.! 

It stands for the League of Young Environmental Leaders, and it is a great way for aspiring leaders to be part of sustainable solutions for the benefit of our environment and community. You will be able to work with other students from other schools as well as the PWCS Department of Energy and Sustainability to make a difference!

Check out the flyer here: LOYEL.pdf     

Opportunities in Science and STEM! (free camps, PAID internships, fly a plane!)

Pathways Flight Academies provides opportunities for students to see if they want to become a pilot or aviation worker. Students will undertake ground school and 10 hours of flight training FREE! Check out Pathways Flight Academies to learn more!

U.S. Department of Agriculture Outreach Program: High school students have the opportunity to attend a FREE 2-4 week program on college campuses to gain hands on experience in anything agricultural through the AgDiscovery program. Are you interested in plants, food sciences, veterinary medicine, animal welfare and other related fields? This could be a great opportunity for you! Colleges in Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina (all drivable distances) are participating in the program. Want to learn more? Use the AgDiscovery link above or stop by room 2208. The application deadline is March 31st.

Internship with Animals: If you are at least 18 years old, this is a great chance to work with animals! Do you like wildlife? Zoology? Biology? There is no deadline!  Animal Flyer.png

Curriculum and SOL information:

*Want to know what each course covers? Check out the curriculum documents here: VDOE--curriculum framework and resources.

Need Course descriptions? Course Descriptions 2023-2024.pptx

*Need to prepare for an SOL? Check out Test Nav practice items at VDOE--practice items for the SOL. This link provides access to Test Nav questions in formats similar to what you may see on a science SOL. Students taking any science SOL can benefit from looking at how these questions should be answered. To see the updated style, please see the Biology questions which is the only course with updated items. However, regardless of the test you are taking, Test Nav questions are a terrific practice in any content.


*Want more practice questions for SOL preparation? Get a little more practice using released tests at VDOE--released tests & item sets. They are great question sets and should be used in addition to Test Nav practice. If you need more help, contact a teacher below!

Science Department Teachers
Teacher Email Room Number
Ms. Burke burkess@pwcs.edu 2210
Mr. Carbone  carbonsj@pwcs.edu 2203
Mr. Cassel casselsw@pwcs.edu 2209
Ms. Donaldson donaldja@pwcs.edu 2208
Mr. Fredrick fredriad@pwcs.edu 2202
Ms. LaBelle labellhd@pwcs.edu 2207
Mr. Longo longodb@pwcs.edu 1157
Ms. McBride mcbridjc@pwcs.edu 2211
Ms. Mullins mullinscl@pwcs.edu 2204
Ms. Passawe passawed@pwcs.edu 2206
Mr. Pickens pickenk@pwcs.edu 2201
Mr. Shulsky  shulskab@pwcs.edu 2200
Mr. Wolverton wolverlj@pwcs.edu 2205
Ms. Zarkauskas  zarkautm@pwcs.edu 2114
Mr. Zuck zuckmj@pwcs.edu 1142

Honor Society Sponsors

Chemistry Honor Society questions? Contact Mr. Shulsky

Science National Honor Society questions? Contact Ms. Zarkauskas or Mr. Fredrick