Welcome to Ms Parchen's Science class


  • Period 1 - Prep

    Period 2 - Integrated Earth and Space

    Period 3 - Prep

    Period 4 - Integrated Earth and Space

    Period 5 - Integrated Earth and Space

    Period 6 - IB SEHS

    Period 7 - IB SEHS

  • Science is awesome!  So many great topics to cover and expand students horizons of thinking and understanding using class discussions, lab activities, and so much more.  I teach Integrated Earth and Space Science a class required of all students, and primarily a freshman class. Our freshman classes focus on study skills, learning styles and getting settled in to a great High School experience. Earth Science class is going to be action packed with activities, learning methods of working scientifically, and using skills to promote success in science. I also teach an upper division science elective, IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science - a great course which has its own wonderful twists and turns. As an IB class, this is a great college prep class for those who wish to pursue athletic training, physical therapy or many other career choices.   This class will be rigorous and ask a great deal of the students: research; independent work; and includes the option of IB testing in the spring.

    Both of those classes have some of my favorite parts of science. My approach in both of these classes is to ask inquiring mind questions, and let the students find their way to possible answers and how to solve the conundrums presented. Students are highly encouraged to actively participate in class discussions, and bring relevant topics into the class. 
    Parents or students please feel free to contact me. It is probably faster to connect with me by email, we can then set up a phone conference if necessary. Simply let me know when is the best time to do so.
    Some of you students and parents may recognize me as a swim coach - previously with the Missoula Aquatic Club age group swimming, currently with adult swimmers -  Missoula Masters swimming during the summer at the Splash. Last year, I have also had the priviledge of being one of the coaching staff for our own State Championship High School swim team. It is a great reward to watch swimmers train and develop and reach for thier goals. 

A quick overview of the classes

  • Earth and Space Science classes start with the basics of Scientific Method, and science tools.  Students taking Earth Science at Hellgate will cover Astronomy, Meteorology, Geology (including Minerals and Rocks), and a number of other current topics. For more information related specifically to Earth Science please check out that page.  You will find our general themes by the month, as well as links to excellent resources we will be using this year.  Be sure to check out the Earth Science web page for important links, and extra credit info.  I will attach special notes on the page as we move past the basics.  I will  update class notes weekly through Q - so don't forget to look there for due dates of assignments and other activities.
    ****Earth Science class materials: Please have a binder to keep our class handouts organized.  You will also need a 3-5 subject notebook dedicated to science, we will use this for both class notes and labs.  Other supplies you may want include highlighters, colored pencils, and any other preferred writing implements. 
    IB Sports Exercise and Health Science - is an applied Human Anatomy class. We start the year with a quick introduction to Human Anatomy, and then move quickly into application of Anatomy with Bio-mechanics and the Physics related to sports.  We will continue with a series of topics and laboratory activities that highlight health/ sports related topics with a basis in human physiology. These basics and more combine to give this class a fast pace feel with great immersion in the topics that students find pertinent to their own current athletic experience and future career options.   You will want to stay up to date on the notes, and supplemental materials on the webpage as the course continues. 
    **** IB SEHS class materials: We will use unit/ lab packets which many students keep organized in a binder.  You will need something to take notes on aside from the unit packets.  This class also requires that you have a Lab Journal (I will show you the acceptable option on the 1st week of class).  Index cards, highlighters and colored pencils are also a good idea.  We will use Google Classroom for many assignments and communication, please check your student email regularly.