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Science Department

8th Grade Students and Parents

Welcome to York! Next year you will be enrolled in one of our Biology classes. Please click on the 8th Grade Night Presentation if you were not able to attend. 







Here are some resources that highlight the differences in our levels of biology. 

KI Biology                                           

  Homeostasis Calendar & Objectives            

  DNA Screencast 


  Evolution Calendar & Objectives

  Feedback Loops Screencast

Biology Honors 

  Energy, Life, & Biosphere Objectives and Calendar 

  DNA Replication Screencast 

Science Department Fall 2016

Science Department Fall 2016

The mission of the York Science Department is to inspire minds to inquire, think critically, and make informed decisions allowing students to have a positive impact on society. 



Dr.Kirsten Mahoney
Science Department Chair

Scholarships and STEM Opportunities


College of DuPage STEMCON

  • Saturday, April 29th 9a.m. - 4p.m.
  • Middle and High School Students 
  • Family-friendly Event
  • Hands-on Activities and Demonstrations

Argonne Summer Opportunities

  • Argonne offers an immersion experience for high school seniors. This includes working in a laboratory and performing research.  
  • Who: Seniors in high School
  • When: Runs June 12- August 4th, 2017, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Participants receive stipend of $425.00/week

Summer Undergraduate Courses from Aurora University in STEM field

  • Aurora Universtiy is offering two courses this summer for high school students interested in engineering and the invention process. 
  • Who: Students in 9-12th grade
  •  Undergraduate credit available ($535/credit hour; financial aid also available). 
  • Read about the program here or by using the link above. 



Elmhurst Garden Club exploratory/experiential scholarship 

  • Elmhurst Garden Club offers up to $1500 scholarship to participate in a workshop or summer program focusing on environmental issues, horticulture, biology, botany, landscape design, or conservation. 
  • Who: Current York sophomore or junior students
  • Application Due: May 1, 2017 





Application for Medical Career Course 17-18

Students applying for Med Careers need to complete THIS APPLICATION and submit a hard copy, along with an essay and letter of recommendation to the YSS Office by 1/27/2017.

Science Teachers

Allen, Vanessa
Science Teacher vallen@elmhurst205.org
Behen, Jolee
Special Education English Teacher jbehen@elmhurst205.org
Blaus, Bob
Science Teacher/ECO Club bblaus@elmhurst205.org
Brown, Adam
Science Teacher abrown@elmhurst205.org
Drach, Jeffrey
Science Teacher/ Science Olympiad Club jdrach@elmhurst205.org
Ewald, Megan
Science Teacher mewald@elmhurst205.org
Felix, Dustin
Science Teacher dfelix@elmhurst205.org
Ferhati, Ellizabeth
Science Teacher eferhati@elmhurst205.org
Fisher, Brian
Golebiowski, Mark
Science Teacher mgolebiowski@elmhurst205.org
Heaton, Jill
Instructional Coach jheaton@elmhurst205.org
Kaniyaly, Veena
Science/ELL Science Teacher vkaniyaly@elmhurst205.org
Mahoney, Kirsten
Science Department Chair kmahoney@elmhurst205.org
Moss, Amy
Science Teacher amoss@elmhurst205.org
Parr, Dana
Science Teacher dparr@elmhurst205.org
Paschke, Jeremy
Science Teacher jpaschke@elmhurst205.org
Ramm, Brian
Science Teacher
Rayan, Ronny
Chemistry Teacher
Rowe, Pat
Special Educationi Science Teacher prowe@elmhurst205.org
Szymonik, Stephanie
Science Teacher/ELL Science sszymonik@elmhurst205.org
VanHoeck, Kathy
Science Teacher kvanhoeck@elmhurst205.org
Wolski, Nancy
Science Teacher nwolski@elmhurst205.org
Yun, Lauren
Science Teacher lyun@elmhurst205.org
Zentner, Cynthia
Science Teacher czentner@elmhurst205.org