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Biography: Although born in Southern California, Mrs. Scholz went to Reed College in Portland OR to receive her bachelor's of arts in Physics. During her time in Portland, she taught elementary school through college courses, but always had a passion for high school education. For the past three years, she has been working as a research scientist at a water treatment engineering firm, running experiments and helping to design products. Considering this background, she is very excited to start her first year at Simon Tech teaching Physics and STEM (Intro to Engineering).

Philosophy: I am a firm believer in the power of discovery and curiosity in education, and in every student's potential to create meaning for themselves; therefore, my Physics class is inquiry-based with and emphasis on hands-on labs and learning. I also believe that education should provide students with the necessary tools to succeed in college and in careers, so students can make informed decisions based on opportunity, not limitations; hence, my STEM class focuses on practical career skills that extend beyond science. 

Physics Class website: myhaikuclass.com/j-scholz/physics

Physics Course Summary: General Physics is a year-long inquiry-based college preparatory class designed to meet the A-G requirement of the University of California. Through this course students will learn the critical thinking skills and standard laboratory procedures necessary to be successful in any science class, as well as develop an understanding and appreciation for the complexity of the world around them.

Physics Course Overview: 
Students will be covering the following topics this year:

First Semester:


  • Introduction to Physics
  • Motion in One Dimension
  • Two-dimensional Motion and Vectors
  • Newtonian Mechanics
  • Gravity
  • Work and Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Momentum and Collisions
  • Roller Coaster Physics Semester Project


 Second Semester:


  • Bounciest System Project
  • Waves and Oscillations
  • The Atom
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Astrophysics
  • Famous Physics Experiments Project
  • *Student-Decided Section (Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Sustainable Energy, Materials Science, or Fluid Dynamics)
  • Cartoon Physics Project


*Student-Decided Section is optional, if time permits.



STEM Class Website: myhaikuclass.com/j-scholz/physics

STEM Course Summary

This course appeals to a wide range of students with its unique combination of science, ingenuity, creativity, and exciting hands-on labs. STEM: Introduction to Engineering uses a multidisciplinary approach to science and technology where students learn about the life cycle of product development: design, manufacturing, marketing, user experience, and disposal. This course will include skill development such as material uses and applications, scientific theories, web design, budgeting, and practical experiences that prepare them to work in a technologically-rich environment. The basic principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are used to tackle real-world problems and applications in this course. 

STEM Course Overview

Unit 1 - Product Design


  • Design Phase

Unit 2 - Product Manufacturing


  • Design Phase
  • Manufacturing Phase 

Unit 3 - Product Marketing


  • Design Phase
  • Manufacturing Phase
  • Marketing Phase 

Unit 4 - Product Use


  • Design Phase
  • Manufacturing Phase
  • Marketing Phase
  • User Phase

Unit 5 - Product Disposal

  • Design Phase
  • Manufacturing Phase
  • Marketing Phase
  • User Phase
  • Disposal Phase

Unit 6 Product – Student-Decided



Important Dates:

5-Week Progress Reports: 9/2
Quarter 1 Benchmarks: 9/28-10/2
10-Week Progress Reports: 10/7


Classroom Number: 303
Contact Info: Mrs. Jennifer Scholz
jscholz@laalliance.org

Tutoring Days/Hours: Mondays, 3:30-5:30; mornings and other times by appointment.