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Welcome to Science at Shady Side Junior School!

Children love the excitement of "doing" and discovery. Here at Shady Side the science department encourages students to learn utilizing a variety of methods. By employing different methods, we meet the needs of individual students. From lab work, smart boards, experimentation, group work, research, and outdoor labs, we encourage learning AND a love for the sciences.


Students begin to come to the science lab in kindergarten where they participate in discovery activities twice a week. With each successive year, students increase their time in the science lab.

The science classroom is divided into three large spacious rooms . It houses a bright, welcoming air-conditioned room complete with a Touch Table. The  Touch Table houses specimens, educational games, puzzles and books and is ever changing. The laboratory, complete with sinks and lab tables, enables students to experiment and its exit allows for easy access to the outdoors. We are also fortunate to have the William Foster Garden which boasts a pizza garden, pond and flower garden. We welcome you to come and visit our fine facilities.

In addition to the regular curriculum, students in grades three to five have the opportunity to participate in robotics, a popular after school activity, throughout the year. All students are welcome to garden throughout the summer months in the William Foster Garden.

The primary grades are taught by Mrs. Celeste Janosko while grades three to five are taught by Mr.Jeff McCarroll.

Teacher Biography: Celeste Janosko

Mrs. Celeste Janosko, commonly known as Mrs. J, has taught science for sixteen years here at Shady Side Junior school. Previously, she was a science teacher in the Fox Chapel  Area School  District where she taught Junior High Science. While working there, she received her Masters degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Today she continues to teach and take additional professional courses throughout  the Pittsburgh region. In addition, she teaches science to children at C-Mites (gifted program at Carnegie Mellon) and to adults at Chautauqua Institute. When she is not in the classroom, she can be found in her garden, reading, antiquing or traveling to see her two grown children.

Contact Information: To contact Mrs. Janosko via e-mail cjanosko@shadysideacademy.org

Via phone:412-473-4400


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