The role of waste reduction and recycling is
included in many aspects of the curriculum. In both social studies and
science, students learn about renewable and non-renewable resources.
In the ninth grade, students learn about energy,
carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle and water cycle in a required environmental
biology course that incorporates sustainability concepts throughout the
At the elementary level, social studies lessons
have been folded into the third grade social studies curriculum as part
of a unit on government and citizen responsibility. Science activities
include studying trees and soil, documenting the amount of waste
reduction, learning about cycles involved in composting and how plants
grow in separate mediums.
The sixth grade science curriculum on plant growth
and ecosystems covers many of these topics and integrates waste
reduction and recycling concepts throughout the extensive unit of study.
The district is currently involved in a thorough
science curriculum review process. The Washington State Science Grade
Level Expectations and the Washington State Environmental Education
Guidelines are guides for this work. A goal of this review is to
meaningfully incorporate our sustainability program into our core
curriculum in order to ensure that all students learn skills and
concepts related to waste reduction, recycling, and environmental