Ms. Katherine Nurss

Phone: x3704


Degrees and Certifications:

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Life Science, California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Davis

Ms. Katherine Nurss

Teacher Bio

I have been teaching at Roseville High School for the entirety of my career in education, dating back to 2016 ♥ Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.

I teach College Prep. Biology, PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences, and the AVID 9 Academic Elective. I also advise the newly re-founded Speech and Debate Club (a.k.a. SAD Club).

As a life-long learner and student myself, I am currently pursuing my M.A. Ed. in Teaching and Learning at Brandman University. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, pilates, developing my golf game, and spending time with family.


Courses and Helpful Links

Period 1: AVID 9

AVID 9 Course Syllabus

Students will focus on transitioning to high school life and improving the foundational learning skills necessary for a college preparatory curriculum. Students will develop writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading skills along with binder organization, note-taking, time management, goal setting, and college exploration. Students engage in collaborative tutorial sessions to gain a greater understanding of material in their content area classes. 

Period 3 & 4: Project Lead the Way-Principles of Biomedical Sciences 

PLTW PBS Syllabus S18

This course provides an introduction to biomedical science fields through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, forensics, medicine, the scientific research process, and bioinformatics. Students are expected to learn how to use technology and experimental practices that are used within biomedical professions; therefore, students will be “scientists” and are considered to be “on the job” each day in class. Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are also incorporated. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.