STEAM Science Department

students with science googles doing a project

Ms. Amy DiMeola

Math & Science Teacher Leader


The North Shore Middle School Science Department is committed to keeping wonder alive!  During their 6th-8th grade experience, students will explore, make and test predictions, and learn about the world around us through the lens of science.  We are currently in the process of implementing the recently adopted New York State Science Learning Standards.  Under this framework, students will engage in a study of science as a series of Cross Cutting Concepts across their K-12 experience.  Our work with students currently centers on infusing the Science and Engineering Practices into their science classroom experiences. 

New York State Science Learning Standards: Science & Engineering Practices

  • Asking Questions
  • Developing and Using Models
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Mathematics, Compulational Thinking
  • Constructing Explanations
  • Engaging in Argument From Evidence
  • Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

New York State Science Learning Standards: Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns
  • System Models
  • Energy and Matter
  • Cause and Effect
  • Structure Function
  • Scale Proportion Quantity
  • Stability Change

In addition, our science teachers recognize their role in the teaching and learning progression of content area literacy, and thus, a current science department initiative focuses on preparing students to be consumers of sophisticated text, and sharpening their writing and communication skills in science.