• My puppy Sitka and me on a winter hike. Ozment, Jana - High School Science 

    Ms. Jana Ozment is so glad to be at Douglass as it truly suits her quest for creativity. She endeavors to instill in her students a lifelong love of learning and exploring Mother Nature. She strives to provide lessons that accommodate a variety of learning styles and develop executive function skills.   Students are provided with multiple opportunities to improve their communication, collaboration skills, critical thinking and creativity through a variety of learning strategies, including hands-on activities.

    Ms. Ozment taught science as a full-time teacher in Loudoun County for 32 years. She taught science for 5 years in the 30 Day Substance Abuse Education program, which was located at the Douglass School facility.

    Jana earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from St. Andrew Presbyterian College, in Laurinburg, NC. She has completed four years of classes at Hood College, Frederick, MD, in the Masters in Science Environmental Ecology program.

    Ms. Ozment is always collecting things from nature – insects, feathers, bones, leaves – so if you FIND ANYTHING THAT IS COOL, PLEASE bring it to school!! **Extra Points**

     

    Phone: 571-252-2060

    Email: jana.ozment@lcps.org

    Degrees and Certifications:

    St. Andrew Presbyterian College 
    Hood College
    NOVA SEU

     

     Course Syllabus

     

    I.   Environmental Explorations

     Environmental Explorations does not require a culminating Standards of Learning (SOL) test to earn a verified credit.  A verified credit is earned by completing the course with a cumulative grade average of 60% or higher.

    Prerequisite: Completion of 2 science lab credits.

    Description: Environmental ecology synthesizes math, physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth science. Inquiry skills will be developed through fieldwork, projects and collaborative investigation while using field guides and appropriate technology. 

    • Students will be required to keep an accurate field journal that documents fieldwork.
    • Students will have weekly reading requirements. 
    • They will also be required to develop written, oral, and computer-based presentations.

    Main Topics:                     

    • Ecology
    • Populations & Biodiversity
    • Conservation
    • Energy production, consumption & alternatives
    • Soils
    • Watershed ecology
    • Biodiversity 

     

    II.  Biology

     A verified credit or locally verified credit for Biology from the  Virginia Department of Education is earned by passing the Standards of Learning test at the culmination of the class.

    Description: In all science courses emphasis is placed on the research process. This includes generating and testing ideas; evaluation of sources of information; collaborative investigation; interpretation and communication of findings; evaluation and verification of findings and considerations of the social context of research. Students taking Biology gain knowledge of living systems, especially at the biochemical level. Areas of investigation also include cellular organization, genetics, ecosystems and changes in organisms over time. 

     

         Main Topics:

    • Demonstrate proper use of compound and stereoscopes, SI units, and experimental design.
    • Formulate hypotheses for problem-solving.
    • Identify major organic compounds through the structural formula and specific tests. Recognize their significance in relation to bonding and chemical reactions.
    • Determine the relationship between structure and function in major cell organelles and their relevance in the life processes of diffusion, osmosis, and mitosis.
    • Distinguish between photosynthesis and respiration.
    • Demonstrate and understand genetic principles using Punnett squares, probability, and pedigrees in the inheritance of genetic traits and disorders.
    • Explain the relationship of DNA to heredity and evaluate the impact of genetic engineering on society.
    • Survey the scientific evidence of evolution. Understand the current and historical theories regarding the origin of life.
    • Use and design a taxonomic key
    • Survey the diversity of living forms and how they perform life processes with emphasis on reproduction and development of organisms.
    • Understand the biotic and the abiotic factors which affect ecosystems, ecological succession, and biomes.

    Course Information

     
    Courses

    Students will be expected to use Google Classroom and Microsoft OneNote for Classes.  Both platforms are regulated by Loudoun County Public Schools for content and accessibility.

    Students will be able to access both web-based platforms from any online device.  Log-in information is class-specific and students will be instructed how to access and utilize the platform.

     
    Schedule 2019-2020
    Fall - Winter  
    1st Semester Environmental A
    2nd Semester Environmental B
     
    Courses below are linked to online learning environments housed collectively in either of Loudoun County's Sites. Homework, notes, and other forms of communication will be housed in these locations for each Douglass teacher.