All 8th Grade students will take the Living Environment Regents in June. The Living Environment Core Curriculum is based on Standard 4 of the Commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology; building on the concepts covered in the elementary and intermediate levels. It incorporates scientific inquiry from Standard 1, the use of information systems in Standard 2, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches in Standards 6 and 7.

1) Students will be able to write scientific explanations using evidence and scientific reasoning to support their claims.

2) Students will be able connect scientific concepts to real-life applications.

3) Students will engage in a variety of small group and whole class discussions, over which they will take ownership.

4) Students will engage in lab and inquiry based activities that activities that are both cognitively challenging and accessible for all students.