Mr. Loomis

Tahoma High School

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(THAT'S ME UP IN ROOM 219)
 
"More than a body of knowledge, Science is way of thinking, of skeptically interrogating the Universe."
    -Carl Sagan
 
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Don't Forget To Be Awesome
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Welcome to my website...

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 The Tahoma High School science department has created a separate website that acts as a Virtual Course Catalog.  If you are curious about what is taught in any science class then visit the site, download the power point, and your questions shall be answered...sorta.  As we transition to the new THS, a variety of new classes are being offered that have yet to be added to the Virtual Catalog.  Be patient...in due time.  The link can be found by visiting my LINKS page...

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I teach 
 

  Oceanography (1st Semester) & Marine Biology (2nd Semester)
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and
 
Biology
 (aka "BES: Biology & Earth Systems")
 
where the focus 1st Semester is
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(aka "Where did I come from?")
&
the
ENVIRONMENT
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(aka "Where am I going?")
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 IF YOU ARE A PARENT
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOOKMARKING THIS PAGE AND PERIODICALLY (WEEKLY?) "CHECKING IN"... BY THAT I MEAN READING THROUGH THE LOOMBLOG FOR YOUR CHILD'S COURSE. 
IT IS A SYNOPSIS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS...GREAT CONVERSATION-STARTER, TOOL TO PROVIDE GENTLE REMINDERS/SUPPORT, ETC.
 
ALSO, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "JOINING" YOUR CHILD'S "REMIND" GROUP (MORE INFO/INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LOOMBLOG). 
 
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Here's my schedule for the First Semester of the 2017-2018 school year:

BLUE DAYS                             GOLD DAYS
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Oceanography                           Oceanography 
Oceanography                           Biology (BES)  
Oceanography                           Marine Biology 

I am also the Advisor of the
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aaaaaaand.....WE BOUGHT A STAR!!! ...and named it TAHOMA!!!
(best-of-all, it's part of the constellation Ursa Major...better known as the Big Dipper or, The Big Bear!!)
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Everyone has to have a hero...or two...here are mine;
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Bill and Neil

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Speaking of awesome peeps, I've actually MET these 3 characters (though not at the same time)
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Met/talked with Bill back in '89, Jamie & Adam in '09



 How I "feel the burn" during the winter months...
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 Hidden Valley on Snoqualmie East (aka Hyak)


A native of Snohomish I graduated from WSU (BS Biology 82) and CWU (MS Biology 85 and BS Science Education 85) and have attended classes on the campuses of UW, WWU, PLU, GonzagaU and Evergreen State so should you have questions about these schools, I have a personal perspective.

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The excessive snowpack allowed me to enjoy Crystal Mountain's upper runs late into the Spring.
Here's good ol' "Tahoma" from Lucky Shot (this was June 4th of 2011)!

I began teaching 9th grade science in the South Kitsap School District back in 1985. 
In 1990 I became the only science teacher at a small rural high school on the coast in Ocean Shores.  For ten years I spent every day teaching Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Marine Sciences...and Driver's Ed! 
As Y2K rolled around I returned to the Puget Sound area joining the staff at Kentlake HS teaching Geology, Biology, Oceanography, and Material Science. 
Finally, in 2004 I accepted an offer to join the science department here at THS.  The point is that I have taught just about every science class offered at every size of school, smallest-to-largest, so should you have questions, I should be able to help you discover answers.

In November of 2009, after more than a year of blood, sweat, and jeers, I earned my National Board Certification (a 297 on my first attempt)!!!!!
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Nationally Certified in Adolescent and Young Adult Biology.
Thank yous go to the TREMENDOUS support of colleagues, friends,
and administrators...and the sacrifices of my wife, without whom,
no great accomplishment is ever achieved.


So... what's on my laptop background?

Only the coolest scifi EVER!
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or my iPod playlist...

Here's a Wordle I made from my playlist...


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