Hawthorne science class

Michele Riordan’s fourth-grade class at Hawthorne Elementary School uses a hallway to find space for science experiments last fall.

The public is invited to discuss updates to Missoula County Public Schools' science and health enhancement curricula this week.

The science forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the health forum will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both will be held in the boardroom at the MCPS Business Building, 915 South Ave. W.

"Really, it's just an extended part of our curriculum review ... doing some input and offering some explanation on the process we go through," said executive regional director Trevor Laboski. "The specific community nights are typical for reviews that tend to generate a little bit more interest. I think in the future we'll do them with a majority of them, actually."

The two curricula were last reviewed and revised in 2010. Since then, changes to content standards have spread across the nation, with most states adopting the Common Core State Standards for English and math and the related Smarter Balanced assessment.

Up next are the Next Generation Science Standards. These span "the four domains of science": physical science, life science, Earth and space science, and engineering design.

Health enhancement is a combination of health education and physical education.

Coaches will take attendees through the standards, indicators, learning targets and curriculum documents. The forum will then break into small groups to brainstorm and get into the specifics of science and health at each grade level.

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