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Alumna Guest Speaker for Biology II Class

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Natalee Buisson, a Process Engineer at Phillips 66, returned to her alma mater as a guest speaker for Mrs. Janine Koenig’s Biology II class. The 2011 Dominican graduate shared with the students her experiences and insights about research internships that she did during her studies at Tulane University.


ART III – The End

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In the setting of the Erminia Wadsworth | Azby Fund Technology Center, ten Art III students presented their end of the year art projects to teacher Mrs. Rosalie Abadie. The project called for the students to look back on their artwork over the past three years to see the progression and to reflect on their   …Continue Reading


Hands-On Learning, Science and SynDaver™

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Anatomy and Physiology classes recently dissected traditional specimens, i.e. cow eye and fetal pig. During the cow eye dissection lab, students are able to learn the parts of the eye using a hands-on approach. Students are better able to understand how we see as they study the actual parts of the eye. The pig dissection   …Continue Reading


Crawfish Dissection

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Students in Madelyn Westholz’s Biology I class are currently studying invertebrates. The dissection helped the students identify structures in arthropods, i.e. crawfish.


Shake, Race, and Roll

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The Physical Science & Physical Science Honor classes have been studying motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration. The activity “Shake, Race, and Roll” involved the students using toy cars that are self-propelled when shaken. Students did several trials with their car, collecting & recording data for distance and time, then calculating average speed for their trial   …Continue Reading


The Science Behind Our Food

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Conducting a strawberry DNA Extraction experiment, students in Biology classes observed the DNA in the food they eat. Strawberries yield more DNA than any other fruit. The fruit is octoploid, which means it has eight copies of each type of chromosome. After pulverizing whole strawberries into a liquid form, students poured the liquid into a   …Continue Reading


Crystal Christmas Trees

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After completing a unit on minerals, crystals, and rock types, Karen Plauche’s Earth Science classes constructed cardboard Christmas trees in a solution of ammonia, salt, water, and bluing. The solution moves into the cardboard by capillary action and salt crystals form on the edges of the trees as the solution evaporates and forms salt crystals.


Spanish Class Connects with Spain

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During a Skype session with Spain, St. Mary’s Dominican High School students in the Advanced Placement Spanish class, taught by Spanish teacher Claudia Vallejo, had a make-up lesson with Sarah Miller, a professional make-up artist based in Spain. The students conversed in Spanish with Miller who resides in Madrid.    


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