At Willow Glen Middle School, throughout all grades, the emphasis is on experiential, hands-on learning, and instruction is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The Three Dimensions of Science Learning

Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.

PLTW Biomed

In this semester elective course, students explore concepts of human physiology, forensics, DNA and crime scene investigation. This course is available to 7th & 8th graders only.

PTLW Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.  students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. This course is a semester long elective course available to only 7th & 8th graders.

Science Instructors

Below is a list of WGMS Science teachers, click on their name and you will be directed to their websites. 

Shanon Grannis
Matthew Gonzalez
Ron Hamby
Melinda Hoppe
Ksenia Peabody 7th Grade & 8th Grade
Maryam Raymond
Shannon Riddell
Glenda Yap