Academy Director:


Academy Teacher Team & Schedule:

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ACADEMIC COURSES
Level
CTE Course Name
CTE Course #
Section #
Teacher
Pd.
Academic Course Name
Academic Course #
Section #
Teacher
Pd
9th
Agriscience Foundations I
8106810
0001
Bell
1
Biology I Honors
2000320
0017
Blasko
7
0002
5
Earth Space Science
2001310
0002
Pieri
2
10th
Aquaculture II
8112010
0007
Bishop
7
Marine Science 1
2002530
0005
Bishop
5
11th
Aquaculture III
8112020
002
Bishop
4
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
12th
Executive Intern 1
0500300
Multiple
Ossler
1,3,4,6,7,8
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Ag. Directed
8100100H
0001
7





*Please upload your supporting documents in the column below for each standard.

ACADEMY STANDARD

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Standard 1: Integrated Curriculum / Projects


AEMS Academy freshmen (Agriscience, Earth Space and Biology students) participated in a 12 week Nature of Science/Science Fair cross curricular project which ended with a school science fair in December of 2016.
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AEMS Agriscience Foundations I students working on the final details on their Science Fair project as a part of the Nature of Science integrated curriculum project.
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AEMS Academy students in grades 9-12 got in depth training on mangrove restoration and growing from a restoration specialist from the Marine Discovery Center. AEMS Students adopted and are growing plants on campus and at home. Students throughout the second semester applied their knowledge on plant growth, research techniques and data analysis to set up, measure and manage mangrove tree growing for a restoration project in New Smyrna Beach. 150 mangroves are currently growing in two different growing environments and are being monitored by students.

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AEMS Academy students in grades 9-12 in Environmental Science, Agiscience Foundations I and AP Environmental Science participated in a month long integrated lesson on water conservation and environmental impacts of agriculture. Students shown reviewing water conservation proposals produced by the AEMS Agriscience students.

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Pictured above are AEMS Academy students in 9th grade Agriscience Foundations testing soils samples.



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The pictures above are from our Aquaculture 3 and Marine Science II classes (Juniors and seniors). Academy students are being tasked with a cross-curricular breeding project that includes maintaining the chemistry of their assigned tanks in order for a successful breeding and growth to occur. Cross curricular connections here as students maintain important water chemistry such as pH, ammonia, nitrates, and water hardness(KH) as well as biotic factors of a small scale aquatic ecosystem... all topics they learned about or are learning in Chemistry, Biology & Environmental Science. This project was during the third and forth 9 weeks.
Curriculum In Action:
District staff observed the Atlantic High School AEMS Academy Science Fair on December 8th 2016. This culminating event involved AEMS Academy students from Agriscience Foundations I (whose students designed and created science fair projects applying project based learning style curriculum) and from AP Biology, Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science (whose students displayed their knowledge of their "nature of science" curriculum by playing roles in a mock judging project.
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Business professionals, scientist and professors from Bethune-Cookman University came to Atlantic High School's Science Fair to judge projects and interview student scientists.
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Curriculum In Action:

Standard 2: Career Focus
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AEMS members in grades 9-12 attend a monthly "Lunch with a Scientist" guest speaker event. Each month a local scientist explains their educational and career path to students. Scientists in the 2016-17 school year included a Marine Mammal Trainer from Sea World, a Marine Mammal Biologist from the Save the Manatee Club, a NASA Launch Coordinator, solar energy specialists from Solar Fit, University of Central Florida professor/Modeling and Simulation-Human Systems researcher
and a Shark Specialist from the Marine Science Center. Monthly participants is around thirty students.

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AEMS students in science classes (Aquaculture, Marine Science and AP Environmental) grades 11-12 had a special guest speaker who educated on marine science professional science experiences working with endangered species. Dr. Arthur Wong shared research experience working hands-on with manatees in Florida, monk seals in Hawaii and dugongs in Australia.

In April, students will also receive preliminary sea turtle volunteer training by Jennifer Winters from Volusia County Environmental Management. Students will gain valuable information about a local volunteer opportunity with sea turtles within the county's Washback Watcher program (www.volusiaseaturtles.org).


AEMS Career Academy adopted a local sea turtle nest and was invited to help evaluate the nest success. Unfortunately, the nest evaluation was not able to be attended by students due to Hurricane Mathew, but the sea turtle biologists offered extensive photos and data for students to view and evaluate.
Standard 3: Program of Study

Standard 4: Advisory Committee


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In addition to Advisory Board Meeting, AEMS student officer and members meeting on a monthly basis to communicate upcoming events and opportunities.
Standard 5: Enrollment


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Standard 6: Pure Schedule
9th grade AEMS Academy students: Biology, 7th period, Mr. Blasko and Earth Space Science, 2nd period, Mr. Pieri
10th grade AEMS Academy students: Chemistry I, 1st period, Mr. Clements
11th grade AEMS Academy students: Marine Science I, 2nd period, Mr. Bishop
12th grade AEMS Academy students: Internship course, 7th period, Mr. Ossler
Standard 7: Common Planning / Collaboration
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Standard 8: Staff Development
Stacey Bell, AEMS Academy Director, and Jeremy Ossler, Academy Facilitator, attended a four day Academy Director workshop in August of 2016. Stacey Bell (March 2017), Dawn Alves (September 2016) and Jeremy Ossler attended a three day Academies of Nashville workshop in Tennessee. This wall-to-wall school district put on an amazing and engaging informational training for teachers and administrators to increase academy engagement and effectiveness.

In September of 2016, Dawn Alves (Science Coach), Jeremy Ossler and Stacey Bell attended an Project Based Learning (three day) Workshop presented by the Buck Institute.
Science Academy teachers (J. Alligood, S. Ramroop-Butts, C. Bishop, J. Clements and R. Cherry) attended Project Based Learning 101 and 102 offered as Early Release Professional Development in March and April 2017.

During the months of September and October Stacey Bell attended an Agriculture New Teacher training, and AP Environmental Science and Environmental Science (regular) laboratory workshop. Biology teachers also attended Biology Field Study workshop/training during the first 9 weeks.

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Standard 9: Articulation
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AEMS Academy President, Ambassador and Director were present at the High School Showcase in December of 2016. Throughout the night the AEMS Academy table was busy with interested middle school students.


Standard 10: Workbased Learning
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Thirty-five AEMS students in grades 9-12 attended the SHORE (Sharing Our Research on with Everyone on the Indian River Lagoon) Research Symposium in September 2016. Students watched presentations and engaged with researchers during poster sessions focused on environmental issues surrounding our local waterway. Presenters included professional scientists, college students and high school students who conduct local waterway research.


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Forty students, parents, teachers and family members managed and cleaned a site for the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Clean-up. AEMS Academy students helped plan and manage the event site, collected trash while taking data of trash collected (on a field data form provided by the Ocean Conservancy) and analyzed numbers prior to being uploaded to the clean-up database.

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AEMS Academy students participated in a field study and educational field trip at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. Students participated in an ongoing fish sampling field study research project, observed protected species of sea turtles in rehabilitation, and learned about the local marine life of Volusia County.

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AEMS Academy and the AP Environmental Science students participated in a regional academic competition, the Volusia Envirothon!!

AEMS Academy students in many science classes also participated in the first STEM solutions by students. This project was a district wide competition in partnership with local municipalities and the County. Student had to choose real science problems that staff was encountering and come up with a practical and cost effective solution.
Standard 11: Capstone Project
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AEMS freshman in Agriscience Foundation I working on a very overgrown garden in August 2016.
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AEMS students making progress on their Harvest Garden Project.

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Standard 12: Marketing
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AEMS officers and members promoted our academy at student orientation in August 2016 and at the Homecoming Carnival in October 2016.

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AEMS display and students were a part of numerous events on and off campus during the 2016-17 school year.
In addition to the standard black and white AEMS member shirts that were given to students for academy identification, students also voted to purchase and promote their Academy with the "Earth Day Rocks" shirts (see attachment). These shirts were worn throughout the last 9 weeks to identify AEMS members while promoting Earth Day events on and off campus.

Academy Events were also promoted on our Daily News Show "Shark News". These events included all member activities (including meetings), but also academy events when we invited all students members (like our beach clean-up and Earth Day events).
Final Evaluation:
SILVER