Phone: 610-326-5105 x7011

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.E. Biology: Millersville University

Post-Bachelor: Kutztown University and Gratz CollegeSecondary

Certifications: Biology and Earth and Space Science

Ms. Heather Renn

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Welcome!

My information is below.

x7018

hrenn@pgsd.org

Courses:

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE Academic (SCI1300) Honors* (SCI1500) Earth & Space Science investigates humans’ environment on Earth and in space. Emphasis is placed upon class discussion and is interspersed with laboratory studies and outside activities. Students are encouraged to develop a general understanding of the interrelationships of geology, astronomy, and meteorology and apply these concepts to present environmental situations and phenomena which they encounter daily. Students are required to keep an Evidence Notebook in a bound composition book. Credit: 1 credit - meets 50 mins, 6 days per cycle, full year Open to: Freshmen Academic Prerequisites: None

BIOLOGY Academic (SCI2300) Honors* (SCI2500) This course is a study of the major themes of biology - Scientific Investigation, Biochemistry, Membrane Transport, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Cell Cycle, DNA Inheritance, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology. To investigate these concepts students will perform hands-on lab activities, online explorations, writing assignments and projects. Honors Biology will have an additional lab period to perform more in depth lab investigations.Acad Credit: 1 credits, meets 50 mins, 6 days per cycle, full year.

Schoology will contain specific information for your class and access to rules, proceedures, "How to" instructions, assignments and resources. 

Daily, weekly and montly schedules, announcements and answers to commonly asked questions will be in a "live" Googledoc accessible through Schoology and links included in parent and student welcome emails. 

Each class will also have a google doc accessible through Schoology and links in emails to share common questions, solutions to problems and changes to assignments. 

 

  • Do you remember learning about how to deal with stress in school?

    How to deal with deadlines, set goals and maintain a positive outlook?

    How to enrich your relationships?

    How to take care of your mental, social and emotional well being?

    How to stay awake in class?

    NO?

    Yeah, me neither. 

    Recently, I have seen the need take time in class to learn about, practice, and discuss mindfulness and self-care. 

    "Growing numbers of teachers, parents, and children are reaping the benefits that learning mindfulness—defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”—can bring, including reduced levels of stress and anxiety, increased focus and self-regulation, and improved academic performance and sleep, among others."  © 2020 FOUNDATION FOR A MINDFUL SOCIETY

    I will be including articles, activities and ideas for both mindfulness and self-care as the year progresses.  I will also have a daily activity or check in for students.  I am hoping that these resources and practices will help students not only deal with stressful situations, but enhance their interpersonal skills. Our goal is for students to use these skills to be better understood and maintain positive relationships with parents, staff and other students.  An education in these practices is much needed, especially now. 

         "Children today are faced with an unprecedented amount of stress and anxiety—25% of 13- to 18-year-olds will experience an anxiety disorder according to the National Institutes of Mental Health."

         "Such early stress levels can negatively impact learning, memory, behavior, and both physical and mental health, according to theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics. Escalating stress and pressure continue into middle and high school—a survey of 22,000 high school students conducted by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence found that, on average, students reported feeling negative emotions, such as stress, fatigue, and boredom, 75% of the time. An antidote to all this stress has never been needed more. Enter mindfulness."

    I will post these activities in schoology.  They are not for class credit, or required, although participation is highly encouraged.  They are not designed to replace family practices,  but to assist your student in developing the SKILL of assessing situations, understanding protocols and why they are valued, set goals, plan and assess progress, positivley interact with other students and staff, take inventory of their emoitional needs and levels of stress and manage the negative impact that can occur. 

    I have included examples of activies of each that will be discussed in my class.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please feel free to email me at hrenn@pgsd.org. 

    MINDFULNESS

    SLANT

    Slant is a mindfulness technique that helps the studetns be good listeners, learners and align their body for the best position and act in a way that avoids, fatigue, averted attention, and enriches attention, comprehension and participation.  For example, if a studetn slouches and averts their eyes down, they are sending signals to thier brains to engage a sleep pattern.  The student is fighting a loosing battle against thier own body to stay awake and learn.  

    Mindfulness of a Navy Seal

    SELF-CARE

    30 things for emotional health