Welcome to Mr. Zunich's Science Page!
Please find below a list of links and general information that will be helpful for both students and parents to locate information.
P1-2 Earth Science
P4-5 Living Environment
P5-6 - Earth Science
P8-9 Living Environment
Voicemail Extension: x19240
Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.
For Further Information in the Science or Special Education Departments:
Special Education -
Tuesday: 2:25pm - 2:55pm
Thursday: 2:25pm - 2:55pm
In every class, there is an expectation to arrive on time and follow not only the code of conduct, but the classroom rules that are signed off on at the beginning of the year. Students are expected to respect one another and to work collaboratively while trying to keep outside issues outside of the classroom setting. Students that come willing to learn, with their materials, and with a positive attitude will find success in the classroom. Labs are not an optional part of the course, but accomodations can be made for alternative labs/materials, when deemed appropriate. In order to be elligible to sit for the NYSLiving Environment Regents, students must complete 1200 minutes of labs (including 4 mandatory state requireed labs) and satisfactory lab reports.
Philosophy of Education:
Every student is capable of learning and of achieving great things. All students should share the same educational oppertunities and be given the same amount of attention and respect, no matter their ability level. All students' opinions matter and are respected. Education is not a solo act, but requires collaboration between peers and allowing students every oppertunity to apply what they have learned. Science is a subject of inquiry-based thinking and thus requires learning through action, trial and error, and learning from one's own mistakes.
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think" - Albert Einstein
"The important thing is to never stop questioning" - Albert Einstein
Mr. Zunich is a Special Education Science Teacher at Valley Central high school. After graduating Mount Saint Mary College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology, minor in Psychology, and certificates in Special Education and Biology 7-12, he returned to the Mount to complete a Masters in Science in Adolescent Literacy. During high school and college, Mr. Zunich was a multi-sport athlete, participating in varsity football in high school, track & field and cross country in both high school and college, and swimming in college. He continues to enjoy following and participating in multiple sports as well as local races. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, cooking, and gardening.