Science department adjusts to new set up

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Science department adjusts to new set up

During a class change, students navigate the new building to find their new classrooms.

During a class change, students navigate the new building to find their new classrooms.

Photo by Ella Burge

During a class change, students navigate the new building to find their new classrooms.

Photo by Ella Burge

Photo by Ella Burge

During a class change, students navigate the new building to find their new classrooms.

Ella Burge

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During fall break, while most of us were relaxing, the math and science departments were hard at work moving into the new building.

Chemistry, physics and year one biology, along with the math department, took to their new classrooms with chemistry teacher and department head Debra Le Doux in the lead.

“We are very grateful to work at a school where the community is willing to come around and support us,” she said.

The abundance of new equipment and “digs,” as chemistry teacher Sean DeWeese describes them, were certainly a treat for the science teachers. The large windows make classrooms more cheerful, despite the smaller space, and the new floors are great for chemical spills, according to Le Doux.

Despite the fresh gear, DeWeese admits the move was “disorienting,” and Le Doux agrees.

Debra Le Doux is still adjusting to her new classroom. Her air conditioner isn't working and it's been a "project" to bring her ceiling tiles over from her old classroom.

Photo by Ella Burge
Debra Le Doux is still adjusting to her new classroom. Her air conditioner isn’t working and it’s been a “project” to bring her ceiling tiles over from her old classroom.

In the past, the science department has been close together. Even when physics was moved to the orange hall, the teachers still felt connected.

Not only is the science department split between floors in the new building, but year two biology is still in the main building.

“We have to make a little more of an effort [to stay connected],” Le Doux said. “We still eat lunch together, but I think it’s emblematic of what our whole school is feeling.”

The separation is evident in something as simple as the sharing of laptops.

There is one laptop cart for the entire science department and sharing it among all the new and old teachers as well as across floors and buildings has become a challenge, Le Doux said.

Regardless, Le Doux can always look out her new windows at the playground full of Frazier Center kids and instantly be happy with the new adventure, no matter the adjustments necessary.

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