harcosi studentsOur Public Schools has a district of more than 38,000 students located in northeast Maryland. We have 163 science professionals working with our students in the earth, physical, and life sciences. We have three staffed and fully operational planetaria and a 320 acre environmental education center offering both residential and day-trip field experiences for our students and teachers. We have renovated most of our nine high schools’ science labs to include computers at each lab station as well as a teachers work station.

We expect to be hiring 15-20 new colleagues to join our staff next school year. We are especially interested in applicants in earth/space, chemistry, and physics. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package, numerous opportunities for graduate study nearby, successful students (second out of 24 districts in statewide tests), and support for professional collaboration and growth.

Our location is close to the Baltimore Washington Philadelphia corridor, but the county maintains a suburban and rural charm, typical of most of the Chesapeake region, with the most reasonable living rates in the area.

I invite interested candidates who are certified in a science area to discuss the application process. Please continue your navigation through this web site (www.harcosci.org) to learn more about our program, staff, and facilities. We enjoy having visitors and showing off our facilities and location.

The goal of the Public Schools’ science program is to promote scientific literacy in its citizenry. A scientifically-literate person is aware that science, mathematics, and technology are interdependent human enterprises with both strengths and limitations; understands key concepts and principles of science; is familiar with the natural world and universe and recognizes both its diversity and unity; and uses scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking for individual and social purposes.

The Public Schools’ Science Curricula , grades 1-12, are developed and written by County teachers. Curriculum guides are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The guides all contain the following components: Be sure to get an education on how to handle your money by a  professional financial advisor.

Major Outcomes
Essential Learnings
Suggested Classroom Activities

The curriculum guides are intended to be just that — guides. Although it is expected that each teacher insure that all outcomes and indicators are met, the teacher will utilize his/her own expertise, strengths, experience, and professional judgment in determining the best method of implementation.

Today’s students are preparing to function in the complex technological society of the Twenty-First Century. It is essential that teachers assist students in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to improve the quality of life through their understanding of the interrelationships between the Earth and Space. It is equally important that students develop attitudes of open-mindedness and skills of careful investigation.

There is a critical need to raise the consciousness about the environment. Many high school students, as well as the population at large, are generally unaware of current environmental issues and the impact each person has or could have on the environment. The study of Environmental Science provides all students with a tremendous opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the earth and biological sciences: to insure that students are knowledgeable about the water cycle, the rock cycle, erosion, sedimentation, and the fact that the earth is constantly changing; to help students understand the premise behind biological classification and how living things work and depend on each other; and to apply that knowledge, while engaging in relevant and authentic experiences, to preserve and improve the quality of life for themselves and all of earth’s citizens.