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Conference on climate change creates impact

Conference on climate change creates impact

Samantha Klepfer

October 25, 2019

As the day wound to a close for the Park coalition at this year’s Nobel Conference: Climate Changed, science teacher Al Wachutka reflected on what he learned from the experience.  “Even though I think (I see climate change in) a broad sense, because I do see the social connections, the political...

Science classes come to a close

Science classes come to a close

Lucy zumBrunnen

June 7, 2019

As the year comes to an end, senior Linsey Epstien reflects on her time spent in her science classes over the years. “This year I took physics instead of biology. The physics class was more structured than the class I took last year,” Epstien said. Epstien compared classes she took and her re...

Scientific study exceeds expectations

Scientific study exceeds expectations

Ruby Stillman

May 9, 2019

The day I went around school sticking a thermometer in the air, a lot of people gave me some skeptical looks, even after I explained it was for a scientific study. Running around with a thermometer might not seem significant, but it was beyond meaningful to me. Dr. Michael Sheterensis, my bio...

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

Maggie Klaers and Ruthie Posada

February 18, 2019

Sophie Sigel, the science department’s newest member, will be teaching biology classes this semester. “I am doing some tutoring for English and science in the mornings, and I also teach biology,” Sigel said. According to one of Sigel’s biology students, junior Karie Chula, Sigel’s optim...

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

Kate Schneider

January 22, 2019

Student teacher Samantha Kamal said she got her start in physics through her lifelong passion for astronomy. She started on her path toward becoming a physics teacher when she discovered physics was a requirement to pursue her interest in astronomy. “I really liked astronomy, when I was really young. I liked le...

New science teacher promotes a welcoming environment

New science teacher promotes a welcoming environment

Isaac Wahl

January 19, 2019

The newest addition to the science department, Stephanie Diamond, who teaches environmental science and biology, said right off the bat Park gave her a sense of community that sparked her initial interest to apply. “I think Park has a really strong, close-knit community that everyone’s kind of...

Technovations club adds two new teams

Technovations club adds two new teams

Maria Perez-Barriga

January 17, 2019

Technovations this year has two more additional teams than last year, which means more apps will be developed, according to adviser Mark Miller. According to Miller, Technovations had its first meeting Jan. 9, and 15 girls attended. “Two (girls) have contacted me that they couldn’t make it,...

Park science department seeks donations

Park science department seeks donations

Gabriel Kaplan

November 4, 2018

In order to cover the cost of extra lab materials and other equipment, the science department has resorted to asking the Park community for support, according to department head Patrick Hartman. “A lot of our science supplies cost a lot of money. To do some of the labs that we do, we spend a fai...

Health professionals explain science behind birth control methods

Health professionals explain science behind birth control methods

Izzy Leviton

November 21, 2017

According to health teacher Amy Pieper-Berchum, she believes it is important that Park teaches about birth control so students can make informed decisions when it comes to sexual activity. “I think the knowledge is extremely important because we have a comprehensive sexual health education prog...

Science department accepts donations

Science department accepts donations

Abby Intveld and Emma Kempf

November 20, 2017

When IB Biology teacher Julie Schilz informed her class about the science department accepting donations from students’ families, junior Thomas Pelowitz said he thought it was a good idea. “I think it’s good teachers don’t necessarily pressure (donations), it’s just more thought of as a...

Science department introduces new IB elective course

Science department introduces new IB elective course

Max Bechtold and Hadeal Rizeq

February 21, 2017

AP Environmental Science teacher Al Wachutka will introduce a new year-long science elective called IB Environmental Systems & Societies for juniors and seniors next school year. According to Wachutka, the new elective is similar to the AP Environmental Science (APES) course, but goes into more dept...

Science Department organizes weekly potlucks

Science Department organizes weekly potlucks

Alex Balfour, Yonah Davis, and Navjot Kaur

January 11, 2017

When Chemistry teacher Alexander Polk enters the science room on a Potluck day, he feels relieved in his ability to unwind and share pre-made food with his peers. According to science teacher Alan Wachutka, the science department teachers participate in a weekly potluck with various themes depending ...

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