About Me
I had the great privilege to move to Colorado seven years ago with my wife and dog. I was previously teaching Biology and Earth Science at a High School in Cedar Rapids Iowa. I coached soccer for five years and acted as a technology mentor to other teachers while I was in the Cedar Rapids School District. I enjoy staying active with my wife, son, and dog here in Colorado and love skiing in the winter months. I worked at a local charter school for three years before joining the Mountain Vista community. This past year we welcomed my daughter into the family. I am very happy to be returning to Mountain Vista High School for my fifth year. 

I attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) where I obtained my 5-12 science teaching license. While teaching I finished my masters program at UNI in Educational Leadership. 

Class Schedule

 Period 1                          Planning
 Period 2                        Chemistry
Period 3                       Chemistry
 Period 4           Honors Chemistry
"A" Lunch                            Lunch
  Period 5                        AP Biology
Period 6                          Planning
Period 7                        Chemistry

Student Grades
You may use the Infinite Campus icon below to login and access student grades. Student grades are calculated within 5 different categories. These categories include quizzes, performance assessments, labs, tests, and the final exam. 

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Class Materials

Although it is convenient to have your own computer they will be provided for groups of two when they are needed in class. Along with a pencil please 
bring a notebook with paper each day. I would also recommend having a designated folder for science handouts to keep homework organized. Other equipment like rulers, scissors, colored pencils, etc. will be supplied by me if they are needed to complete an activity. I don't have many calculators on hand so having your own scientific calculator will be highly beneficial. 

Also, if you would like you may bring your own pair of splash proof goggles like the ones shown for labs conducted during class. Otherwise they will be provided for you.

4Cs and 21st Century Skills

Throughout the course of the year students will be assessed on various skills needed for life beyond the classroom. We will have performance assessments during each unit. Students work in teams ranging from 2-4 to solve or answer a question based on in class lab activities. Over 90% of their grade on these assessments is based on communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. 

School Address:
Mountain Vista High School
10585 Mountain Vista Ridge
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Email: JCochrane@dcsdk12.org
Twitter: @mountainvistahs
Facebook: facebook.com/mountainvistaonline