3/1/2012 7:54:00 AM Central Catholic to add modern physics to science curriculum
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Mike Macallister guides juniors Hannah Neely and Cameron Ainslie through a chemistry lab at Central Catholic.
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Police and firefighters attend a Mass of thanks at Central Catholic.
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At Central Catholic High School this month, students, faculty, and special guests gathered to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Mass and to honor alumni who have made careers out of serving the public.
"Thank you to all of the first responders in our community who keep us safe and come to our aid when we need it the most," said school officials.
With the addition of modern physics, Central Catholic students will have another elective. The new course is designed to be accessible to all types of students and will be available for juniors and seniors. It will cover material like Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum physics.
“These are the ideas that are at the forefront of theoretical physics,” says Mike Macallister, who has been a science teacher at Central Catholic since 1988. While scientists are still working on a unified theory that explains all physical phenomena, modern physical theories can explain most of what happens in the world. The theories that will be discussed in the new class describe how the sun works, explain the periodic table, explore the existence of dark matter and even detail how particle bombs work.
According to Macallister, most students aren’t exposed to modern physics theories until later in college and only in certain majors, which means that most students will not come into contact with this important field of study. He adds that modern physics is just as important and relevant as modern literature or modern history, and that the class will provide students with a general understanding of the way the world works.
In addition to the new modern physics course, the science department has welcomed Lori Enochs to its ranks. Enochs joins Central Catholic from the Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia, California, where she was the science department chair. Enochs will be teaching biology full-time.
Central Catholic High School 2401 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 235-3138 “Educating students for college and life since 1939” Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 830 (coed) Tuition: (2011-2012): $10,300 Established: 1939 Fast Facts: approximately 50 percent of students receive financial aid/scholarships 97 percent of graduates go on to college 17 Honors and AP courses Academic support services available 80 hour community service requirement for graduation 18 interscholastic sports offered Over 40 clubs and activities available