Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Why is STEM important?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the future for our students. Not only is California in the thick of the nation’s economy-driving technologies of aerospace, defense, and systems engineering, computer software and network engineering, and bioinformatics and biotech, it is poised to be one of the leaders in green technology.

Did you know that within the next ten years that:

Almost all large US engineering firms such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing will need to replace most of its engineering workforce in the next ten years?This means that they are looking for more than 200,000 new scientists!

  • 70 percent of jobs in the next ten years will require education beyond a high school diploma.
  • The top 10 jobs today did not exist five years ago.
  • One of two people has had their job less than two years.
  • Technical information doubles every two years.
  • 51 percent of US patents awarded in 2009 went to non-US companies.
  • India and China both have more honors students than the US has students enrolled in school.

To get a job in the near future, you need to have:

  • a desire to figure out “stuff” – be a good problem solver,
  • be a decent math student (you don’t have to be a straight A student – you need to have a desire to solve problems)
  • be creative
  • be a team player
  • be willing to go to college for at least four years! (Check out ways to pay) and Cal Poly Pomona our local engineering college!

OMSD is committed to helping our schools prepare globally competitive students with the skills necessary to contribute to tomorrow’s world and the resulting work environment.


8 Standards of Mathematical Practice

Students in OMSD are developing the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in college, career, and life.
Common Core State Standards have shifted the way teachers teach math. Rather than covering many topics “a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum” our math teachers are able to deepen students understanding of concepts. Using the Standards for Mathematical Practice,students focus on critical thinking and problem solving in a real world context, reasoning, conceptual development and strategy development with an emphasis on explaining their thinking.

Integrated I for Middle School Students

Advanced math students may be enrolled in the next highest level of math enabling students who successfully complete Integrated I in grade 8 to enroll in Integrated II in 9th grade.

Adopted Materials

    • TK-8, Great Minds, Eureka Math, 2012


The State of California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013. Currently, stakeholders in OMSD are examining next steps in adopting and implementing the new Next Generation Science Standards

  1. K-12 Science Education Should Reflect the Interconnected Nature of Science as it is Practiced and Experienced in the Real World.
  2. The Next Generation Science Standards are student performance expectations – NOT curriculum.
  3. The Science Concepts in the NGSS Build Coherently from K–12
  4. The NGSS Focus on Deeper Understanding of Content as well as Application of Content.
  5. Science and Engineering are Integrated in the NGSS, from K–12.
  6. The NGSS are designed to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship.
  7. The NGSS and Common Core State Standards (English Language Arts and Mathematics) are aligned.

Commonalities among the practices in Science, Mathematics, and English Language Arts

Adopted Materials

  • Kindergarten—Sixth Grades
    • Houghton-Mifflin
  • Seventh—Eighth Grades (Middle School)
    • Holt, Rinehart and Winston


STEM Resources

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