MOLM science
MOLM science

MS Sci
MS Sci



Mr. Bryan Tollefson

6th Grade


I am a retired Navy veteran of 20 years. I started teaching middle school in 2005, and taught at MOLMS for 13 years before moving onto the adult education position. This opportunity allows me to be in the best of both  

positions. I am happy to be back and able to teach here again with the 6th graders.

Mrs. Jodi Vanderheiden

7th & 8th Grades


I began my career in education as a public school educator in 1997 as a middle school teacher.  In 2016, I moved to East Grand Forks to begin my career as an Administrator. I was the Pre-K-12th grade Principal

at Sacred Heart Catholic School. Then in 2018, I chose to be closer to my family, so I began my current position at Mary of Lourdes School as the Pre-K- 8th grade Principal.  My husband and I have been married for 30 years and live in Alexandria. We are blessed to have three grown children that make us proud.


Grade 6

The Water Cycle, Metrics, Scientific Method, Dinosaurs, Intro to Chemistry, Air Pressure and Flight, Forces and Motion, and Electricity.  

Grades 7 & 8

The 7th and 8th grade Curriculum follows a two year cycle to cover all the Minnesota Standards for both grades.


Year 1 Life Science

  • Living Things in the Biosphere

  • The Cell System

  • Human Body Systems

  • Reproduction and Growth

  • Ecosystems

  • Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems

  • Genes and Heredity

  • Natural Selection and Change Over Time


Year 2 Earth Science

  • Introduction to Earth’s Systems

  • Weather in the Atmosphere

  • Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Earth’s Surface Systems

  • Distribution of Natural Resources

  • Human Impacts on the Environment

  • History of the Earth

  • Energy in the Atmosphere and Ocean

  • Climate

  • Solar System and the Universe