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The Ava High School science department takes a hands-on approach to connecting students to classroom concepts.
Biology students of Mr. Jeff Tabor and Mrs. Jackie Carl took the opportunity of one of our finer fall days to travel to local creeks to take water samples testing for phosphates, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, and the presence of bacteria.
As part of the Missouri Assessment Program, juniors at AHS take the Biology End-of-Course exam.
“Students who have experienced the relevance of textbook information first-hand comprehend at more personal levels and score much higher on those assessments,” commented Mr. Tabor.
Testing is a large part of school accountability, but AHS gives students a hands-on experience beyond just the paper and pencil.
In Mr. Tabor’s Anatomy classes studying the muscular system, dissection provides one of the best tools for visualizing the three-dimensional structure of human body systems by identifying and comparing homologous structures.
According to Tabor, “Students that have exposure to advanced dissection techniques at the high school level are exponentially more prepared for college anatomy classes and further study in the medical and health fields.”