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SJSD MARINE BIOLOGY PROGRAM INFORMATION: The Course: The course is a unique one-semester experience-intensive study of the biology of our oceans. “Honors Marine Biology” is part of our existing biology curriculum, but will take several important steps further toward being an actual hands-on experience in the field of biological science. The course will provide an introduction to the flora and fauna of tropical ecosystems and the Caribbean, in particular. Major systems of study will include: coral reefs, mangroves, sand flats, and subtropical forests. Experiences in species identification and science research skills will be part of the focus within these systems. A highlight of the course is a weeklong, in-depth study to the coral reefs of The Bahamas. There, we live on 45 to 50 ft. sailboats for the entire week we are on the island. As a direct result of our on-site field-study, many valuable cultural experiences will also be gained. The program is designed to allow students in many different activities to also participate in Marine Biology. Another way the course will be unique is the meeting schedule. Honors Marine Biology will meet at night. A specific number of contact hours are required for a semester credit. Half of these hours will be spent during the intense study week in the subtropics. The other half will be met during night classes from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The schedule will require meeting an average of two nights per month during the months of August through February. Closer to the week of on-site study, more preparation will be needed. (continued on page 2)

All kinds of immersion Marine Biology is a unique program where immersion in rich biological content and experiences actually coincide with real physical immersion in the ocean. Our specific focus for the course is the delicate and threatened coral reef ecosystem. Density of life on the reef is amazing, and studying it firsthand is an unforgettable experience.

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MAR I NE B I O L OGY The Course: (continued from page 1) During this time, we meet nearly every Monday. During the month following the on-site study, three meetings will also be needed for closure. In this time, all data collected the field study will be analyzed and conclusions for individual projects will be made and presented. Culminating presentations of all types will be incorporated into a website that will be accessible by anyone on the planet with an Internet connection. The link to the current site for our program is http:// A Marine Biology program is rare in midwestern colleges and even far less common in high schools. This course will create educational opportunities that are rarely experienced in public education. Students will be provided with a firsthand look at many career choices that are not often studied in our part of the country. Though the stark reality is: the surface of our planet is seventy-five percent covered by the ocean.

Students keep a journal throughout the coral reef field experience to bring home and publish to the world via our online course network.

A Typical Day On Andros Island (8:00am-ish) breakfast (9:00-12:00pm) snorkeling trip on Andros barrier reef crest (12:30-1:30pm) lunch in the field at a nearby beach (1:30-3:00pm) recording of data, photo review, journaling and free time to explore (3:00-5:00pm) snorkeling trip at Gibson Cay Blue Hole... an inland blue hole (5:00-6:00pm) more free exploration (6:00-7:00pm) dinner (7:00pm) group discussion “Geology of Bahamian Blue Holes”

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MAR I NE B I O L OGY The values of this program are numerous. Some of the value added by this course is that it... • allows an area of high student interest and engagement to be included within the broader curriculum • fosters development of real science skills, in a real-world setting (continued 3) • provideson anpage opportunity for enriched coursework and experiences

• requires the development and practice of application skills such as public speaking, writing, teaching content to younger students, as well as publishing and interaction within many forms of online participatory media • creates a sense of collaborative “unity” that ties enthusiastic students from each of our three St. Joseph public schools • presents a realistic in-depth examination of several career opportunities in the field of marine biology • allows you, the midwestern student, an opportunity to study in one of the most ecologically delicate and rare systems of the world: the coral reef

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•You must be an incoming high school student at the youngest. If you are a Of all careers in the natural sciences, a Sophomore or older, it would be valuable large number of them are in marine to be enrolled in Zoology, but this is not biology. During the study of these subjects required. and the time on-site during the field study, •An informational meeting will be you will become aware of such possibilities held to characterize the program on May and the steps you would follow to take to 3rd, at 5:30pm at Webster Learning take advantage of them. This will Center, 18th & Highly, rm #8. This is certainly help interested students with an excellent meeting for parents to attend. college and technical school program and Here, I will explain the program in depth. course selection. You will also have the Applications will be handed out at this opportunity to actually interact with meeting as well as during the day in the several of our former students who are respective schools after this meeting. currently in graduate school and or •Students must complete an working in the field of marine biology! application: (DUE: ON OR BEFORE (continued from page 2)

FRIDAY, MAY 11th, by 4:00pm in ROOM #8 at WEBSTER LEARNING CENTER). •Due to the fact that part of the course takes place in a foreign country, exemplary behavior and social skills are a must for applying students. These issues are addressed within the “teacher recommendation” section of the application. •Selected students and at least one parent or guardian must attend an informational meeting to characterize the program. This meeting is held on May 16th at 5:30pm at Webster room #8 on the top floor of the main building. •Along with you, a parent or guardian must sign a letter stating intent to complete all parts of the course including all monetary responsibilities. Late withdrawal from the course will require forfeiture of all or part of the required fees. •Letters of recommendation from two teachers in your school will also be required... at least one of which must be a science teacher. This teacherrecommendation form will be included in the application. Be certain to put your best foot forward on all parts of the application, as course enrollment will be competitive. •Due to space, enrollment is held to eighteen students total from each of our secondary schools. In the past this has created a very unique and rewarding citywide exchange.

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MAR I NE B I O L OGY The amounts listed here are approximate, but rarely ever change The SJSD Marine Biology program throughout the course of the program. has been in existence since 2000. Over $1450 covers field station fees (room & this time we have built a strong board, charter flights, hotel, etc.) $250 to relationship with our non-for-profit field $400 in round trip commercial airfare station in The Bahamas. There is no between Kansas City and Ft. Lauderdale. doubt that this program would be far too The results in a total fee for costly to feasibly the program of between continue today if it were $1700 and $1850 depending not for the fact that our on the price of the group expenses are kept low by airfare fees to and from cooperating with an Florida. educational field station In the past, most of our in this way. If this field students have been too study were assembled involved with high school life with corporate elements to participate in fundraisers, it would easily be twice therefore relying on some as costly for all of us. combination of summer Program fees go jobs, parental assistance, etc. towards room and However, there have been board (all meals) for a full instances of parents or students organizing week aboard a 45 to 50 foot sailboat, one fundraising activities throughout the year night hotel stay in Florida before departing to help with field station fees. I am more to the island, ground transportation, round than open to helping facilitate and support trip charter flight from Florida to Andros these efforts for creative funding! Island, and round trip commercial flight from Kansas City to Ft. Lauderdale.

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Painting thousands of words... More than 340 images from the Spring 2012 Exuma Cays field study are online at Flickr. Visit this link for an even more indepth visual of a typical SJSD Marine Biology experience:

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IMP ORTA NT DA TES TO REMEMBER INFORMATIONAL MEETING in room #8, 5:30pm, WEBSTER LEARNING CENTER, 18th & Highly - Applications will be distributed at this time.

APPLICATIONS DUE to Mr. Nash at Webster Learning Center, Room #8 by 4:00pm on this date if not earlier

STUDENTS ARE CONTACTED for acceptance into Marine Biology. An email message will be sent notifying students of acceptance. Your biology teacher will

MAY 3rd

MAY 11th

MAY 14th

also have a list the following day. MANDATORY MEETING for all students & parents of SJSD MARINE INSTITUTE 2013. Must be accompanied by one parent/guardian. A deposit of $200 is due

MAY 16th

at this time. 5:30pm, Webster Learning Center room #8 SUMMER EXPLORATION BEGINS with students taking home MacBook laptops for self-paced online study throughout the summer

MAY 18th

FIRST MEETING of class, 6:30 to 8:30pm at Webster Learning Center


DEPART FOR FIELD STUDY during the week of March 23rd - 30th

MARCH 22nd

RESUME CLASSES, teach coral reef ecology lesson to an elementary classroom, conduct culminating projects (websites, print publishing, video production, etc.)

April 15th, 2013 to May 6th, 2013

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MAR I NE B I O L OGY Course Schedule... AUGUST 20th 27th SEPTEMBER 10th 17th 24th

OCTOBER 8th 22nd NOVEMBER 5th 19th DECEMBER 3rd 17th

Tentative syllabus August 20th introduction of students and staff reminder and outline of course requirements introduction to textbook introduction to course online network overview of final projects role of email & internet in marine biology August 27th introduction to the world ocean video lesson: “Ocean” ocean sedimentation and basic geology September 10th introduction & kickoff of major course project involving social action: “How do Missourians affect our ocean resources?” September 17th the chemistry of seawater ocean currents, tides, waves, & storms ***$625 due toward fees: after tonight… $625 left.

JANUARY 7th 14th 28th FEBRUARY 11th 25th MARCH 4th 11th

18th FIELD STUDY March 23rd – 30th (Sailing field study depart on the 22nd)

APRIL 8th 22nd 29th

September 24th oceanic zonation and structure the oceanic trophic pyramid* October 8th introduction to the coral reef (our “model” ecosystem) coral reef formation video lesson: “Cities of Coral” October 22nd oceanic producers the “algae” true marine plants introduction to marine animals

MAY 6th 13th (makeup)

December 3rd midterm exam video: “Coral 2000” – a lesson in coral ecology from Looe Key December 17th marine invertebrates I Phylum: Porifera (the sponges) marine “worms” Phylum: Platyhelmenthes (flatworms) Phylum: Nematoda (roundworms) Phylum: Annelida (segmented worms) Phylum: Molluska (clams, mussels, snails, slugs, squid, etc…) ~CHRISTMAS BREAK~

November 5th Phylum: Cnidaria (corals, anemones, jellyfish, etc…) video excerpts on coral symbiosis & reproduction November 19th coral reef ecology current coral “issues” (habitat dest., bleaching mechanisms, etc…) coral identification

January 7th marine invertebrates II Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Crustacea (lobsters, crabs, shrimp, etc…) Phylum: Echinodermata (sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, etc…) Subphylum: Urochordata (tunicates) Subphylum: Cephalochordata (amphioxus)

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MAR I NE B I O L OGY *March 22nd depart for Ft. Lauderdale stay short night there before heading out to Andros Island early the next morning

Syllabus: (continued from page 7) January 14th “The Fishes” Class: Agnatha (jawless fishes lamprey & hagfish) Class: Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes sharks, skates & rays) ***Final fees due tonight: $625 January 28th Identification of fishes video study: “Caribbean Reef Fish Identification” February 11th Class: Osteichthyes (bony fishes) fishes of the coral reef February 25th marine higher vertebrates reef “creature” phyletic ID behavior of marine animals symbiosis on the reef March 4th coral reef fish ID PRACTICE SESSION vegetation zones of Andros Island March 11th introduction to snorkeling reef conservation policies snorkeling practice session (location TBA usu. YMCA) March 18th FINAL FISH IDENTIFICATION quiz fish population sampling instruction/ practice.

May 13th Makeup session (if needed).

March 23rd through the 30th on site field study (Andros Island, Bahamas) daily trips to snorkel coral reefs, tidal flats and blue holes debriefing each evening journal entries w/ species ID

April 8th The Andros Experience: (“debriefing” and share session) share & exchange developed photos outline procedures for “final assessment” & organization of “teams”

Your instructor • Sean P. Nash • SJSD District Instructional Technology Specialist • Currently- instructor of Marine Biology • Former instructor of DualCredit Biology, Honors Zoology, Honors Botany, Honors Microbiology, Science Investigations, and General Biology

April 22nd journal due on “SaintJoe H2O” network begin in-class work on final assessments: Print, video, and web publishing. April 29th paper & pencil FINAL EXAM & inclass work on final projects May 6th complete and present final projects, including both individual projects as well as group action projects for our “protecting ocean resources” initiative *All photos throughout this booklet feature our students/ staff and were taken on past field studies to Andros Island.

SJSD Marine Institute • • Instructor: Sean P. Nash

Marine Biology Informational Booklet 2013  

Information needed to sign up for the 2013 Marine Biology class within the Saint Joseph School District.

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