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JH/HS Science Department

USD  240 Science Department

Mr. Mick Mr. Shamburg Mr. Trout
jmick@usd240.org bshamburg@usd240.org ttrout@usd240.org
785-283-4774 785-488-3321 785-488-3321
Tescott HS Bennington HS Bennington JH/HS
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Get to know your teacher

I graduated from Bennington High School in 1986. I then attended Kansas State University where I graduated with BS degrees in Biology and Fish and Wildlife Biology.  I then attended Fort Hays State University where I received a BS degree in Biology Education.  I began my teaching career in Palco, KS where I taught for 2 years.  I began teaching in Tescott in 1994, where I have taught 7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology.  I have endorsements in 5-12 General Science, 6-12 Earth and Space Science, 6-12 Physics, 7-12 Biology, and 7-12 Chemistry.  In addition to my teaching duties, I also serve as the jr. high and high school cross-country coach, jr. high and high school scholars bowl coach, high school track and field coach, high school play director, and high school student council sponsor.



Bryan graduated from Bennington High School in 2004.  He then attended Southwestern College where he played football for two years and pursued a degree in Biology.  After leaving there he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education.  From there he began his teaching career teaching the Life Sciences at Sabetha High School for 2 years before he took the job at Bennington where he now teaches high school Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Science, and Physics.  He also is an assistant coach for both high school football and track, sponsor for high school Science Olympiad, and a leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  Bryan is married to Christina and they have two daughters Hadley and Bryley.

B.S., Fort Hays State University

USD 489 – Hays (1997-2007)

USD 240 – Bennington (2007-Present)

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What your student will learn in their science class


Chemistry I is a focused look at the interactions of matter and energy in the world around us. To gain an understanding of matter and energy the scientific method will be employed to inquire into the concepts of the course. A background consisting of the history and structure of an atom is essential to comprehending the dynamics of the periodic table.

Chemistry II

This course adds to and further develops the concepts introduced in Chemistry I.  The study of reaction rates and equilibrium is introduced, and redox chemistry is continued and furthered to include electrochemistry, particularly as it applies to biological systems.  Equilibrium is again explored through acid-base and complex ion chemistry, where topics including buffers, pH and pKa are studies.  Extending thermochemistry, the laws of thermodynamics are reviewed with topics centered on enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy and spontaneity.


How do you inherit brown eyes from your parents?  Why can some animals live in certain environments but not others?  How does the food you eat affect your health?  These are just a few questions we will be studying in this class.  Biology is a subject where you study a large variety of subjects, from evolution to ecology, to studying a cell in a living organism.  We will be using our scientific skills to learn and investigate the world of biology.

Biology II

In this class, we will learn the major groups of animals, fungi, plants, protists, algae, and bacteria; their basic characteristics; and how biologists study these organisms to understand their rich evolutionary history, ecological interactions, amazing adaptations, and relevance to humans and other species.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

This is an exciting course that you will find both challenging and interesting… after all, it is all about you! The study of Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the structures of the human body and how those structures work together. During the course of this year we will study all the organs and organ systems of the body in detail. We will be analyzing cellular structure and function, as well as how the cells work together to coordinate organ function. Additionally, we will explore how the organs work together to maintain homeostasis and stability within the human body. We are very complex organisms. While this course may be challenging, together we will work hard to gain knowledge and skills in the fascinating field of anatomy.  



This course is an introductory algebra-based physics course.  The emphasis of this class is equally divided between developing a conceptual understanding of the major topics of physics and developing problem solving skills in those topic areas.  Algebra and trigonometry will be used extensively throughout.  Emphasis will be put on understanding the theories at hand and identifying them in real life.  A laboratory component accompanies the classroom element in the course.  Students will be expected to undertake and report on laboratory projects related to the topics in the class.  


Physical Science (Bennington)

This is a laboratory course designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop the reasoning skills associated with the processes of science. Physics semester topics will include forces, motion, and energy. Chemistry semester concepts will include properties of matter, equilibrium, kinetics, and atomic structure. The fundamental science principles learned in this course prepare students for future laboratory science courses. Appropriate accommodations are made to meet varied learning styles, reading levels, and mathematical abilities.


Earth Science (Bennington)

The Earth Science curriculum is an introduction to planet Earth as a complex global system between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Using The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, students and scientists collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and work in field campaigns with NASA, NOAA, and NSF to study and research the dynamics of Earth's environment that directly impact lifestyles of human populations.  Students collect atmospheric data, water, soil, and plant samples at GLOBE sites located on Wagner's Organic Farm. 



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