Middle School Science at St. Peter's

The Program

Throughout their middle school science classes, students will continually be asked to rely on their measuring, modeling, explaining, and evidence seeking abilities. These skills will assist them as they find the order, organization, and systemic connections between topics; highlight the form and function of things; and express the constancy, change, equilibrium, and evolution of things. As our students delve into a deeper understanding of our universe, a heightened appreciation will better equip them to be stewards of our Earth and of each other.



mr. ryan Suárez

Mr. Ryan Suárez teaches middle school science. He has a B.S. in environmental science and a master's in education, both from the University of Notre Dame, and his goal is to interest and educate students through a more practical approach to science. Mr. Suárez is originally from Los Angeles, California, but has lived in many parts of the US. He also lived in Spain for a year, in Japan for three years, and most recently, sailed around the world on the Peace Boat. Mr. Suárez began teaching in 2004 and has taught all ages from kindergarten to college to adults; he prefers middle school. Mr. Suárez is a Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. He hopes to use both his experience and his desire to continue to develop professionally to better serve the needs of our students.


Middle School Science Courses

6th grade Science

Earth science focuses on the dynamics that govern the observable systems and cycles of our little blue planet. Special focus is given to Earth's history, Earth's resources, water, weather, climate, and the relationship between Earth, the sun, and the moon. Projects include stop-motion animations of plate tectonics, earthquake proofing structures, weather forecasting, and model making.

7th grade Science

Life science focuses on the form and function of living things and interactions between them. Starting from the smallest molecule, we make our way all the way up to ecosystems, paying special attention to cells and organ systems. Projects include modeling photosynthesis and cellular respiration, researching and presenting on genetic disorders, and creating representations of organ systems.

8th grade Science

Physical science focuses on interactions between matter on a small scale, chemistry, interactions on a larger scale, and physics. During semester one we focus on atoms, molecules and chemical reactions, and during semester two we investigate motion, forces, and waves. Projects include creating rockets, building a mouse trap car, and dropping a fragile egg from up high.