Welcome to the Science Department

Preston High School Science Department members use a collaborative, creative, dynamic approach when planning.  Every course offered by our team will allow students to deepen their understanding of the world and universe around us, while helping to develop and refine necessary skills to prepare them for the future.

Extra opportunities in Science

Community Based Science Enrichment Opportunities

Inspiring Women in Science Conference @ Perimeter Institute, March

Physics Enrichment Courses for Gr 10-12 Students @ Perimeter Institute, November/December

University of Waterloo Brain Bee Competition – April

Go Code Girl Conference – January

STEM Fellowship Spring Break Internship program @ U of Guelph, March

Perimeter Institute Outreach Activities and Seminars

York University Biophysics Contest – May

High school Summer Camp for STEM (Video Game Production & 3D printing etc.)

Video: Welcome Grade 9’s

Student FAQs

Q: On an average day, what does a class in a PHS science room look like?

A:  At Preston High School, our science classrooms are in the newest part of the school.  They are fully equipped with modern equipment to study various phenomena. Students understand course content using traditional and hands-on methods.  Activities range from in-class lessons, designing experiments, dissections, field trips, discovering relationships between variables, empowering conversations, raising awareness, and asking big questions.

Q: What is the difference between academic and applied science courses?

A:  The academic and applied science courses cover most of the same content, but in different ways. The academic branch aims to develop students skills in the process of scientific investigation through a rigorous study of the course’s main concepts. Students achieving at a level 3 or higher in grade eight are recommended to enroll in academic science. The applied course takes more of a hands-on approach, where students will learn about course content through activities.

Q: What are the work expectations in an average science class?

A: As in all high school courses, students begin to take ownership of their academic future and show responsibility for learning. Students who find the most success in our classes ask questions, complete assignments and connect them to the world around us, and use the scientific process on a daily basis. In grade nine, students will be assessed in various ways (assignments, tests, etc.) and may be responsible for some homework each night.

Parent FAQs

Q:  What units are covered in a grade nine science course?

A:  The grade nine science course encompasses four main ‘Big Ideas’, one in each category of biology (dynamic ecosystems), chemistry (trends and the periodic table), earth & space science (astronomy), and physics (static/current electricity). The individual sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) do not branch into their own course subjects until grade eleven.

Q:  How can I help my son/daughter be successful in a high school science class?

A:  As a parent, it is important to support your child in the learning process. As a young adult, your son/daughter will gain responsibility and independence as they age, but insisting that they meet all course expectations (homework, projects, studying), get enough sleep each night, and becoming/staying organized are important. Ask them what they learned in class, and how they know what they learned. This can help improve the connections made between theory and application.

Q:  How has a science course changed over the decades?

A:  Teaching science has evolved over time. Focus has shifted away from the memorization of body parts, periodic table facts, or physics formulas. Although some base facts are important, students are challenged to develop skills associated with problem solving & critical thinking, innovation & creativity, collaboration, communication, and citizenship. The ability to connect science to the world and universe around us is an essential skill that students can adapt to future courses and careers. Any computer can regurgitate facts, but a Preston science student will have the additional skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Department Members

Mr. Bauer            aaron_bauer@wrdsb.ca

Mrs. Campbell    jennifer_campbell@wrdsb.ca

Mr. Donkers        kevin_donkers@wrdsb.ca

Mr. Farintosh      brent_farintosh@wrdsb,ca

Mr. Freeman       brent_freeman@wrdsb.ca

Mrs. Golletz        tosha_golletz@wrdsb.ca

Mr. Krawchyk      chris_krawchyk@wrdsb.ca

Mrs. Riccomini    elizabeth_riccomini@wrdsb.ca

Courses and curriculum documents

SNC1DI/ SNC1DW SNC2DI/ SNC2DW – Academic/Enhanced Science

SNC1PI, SNC2PI – Applied Science

SBI3UI, SBI4UI – University Biology

SBI3CI – College Biology

SCH3UI, SCH4UI – University Chemistry

SCH4CI – College Chemistry

SPH3UI, SPH4UI – University Physics

SPH4CI – College Physics

SVN3EI – Workplace, Environmental Science

SNC4EI – Workplace, General Science

View science course descriptions under Science

The Ontario Curriculum Science Grades 9 and 10

The Ontario Curriculum Science Grades 11 and 12