Science Tidbits

February 2018

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Congratulations to our Caddo QSM Grant Winners

About the Grant: The Quality Science & Mathematics Grant Program (QSM) was established by R.S.17:374 of the Louisiana Legislature in the summer of 1992 for the purpose of providing materials and equipment to mathematics and science public school teachers. Teachers can be awarded up to $750. The QSM program had funds to award approximately $162,000 in grants to eligible classroom teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants had to show that their proposals would enhance the quality of instruction for regular education students who were enrolled in mathematics or science classes.

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Complimentary LSTA Membership

Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.


All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

Upcoming Applications and Events

2018-2019 SMART Applications are available! Due, February 26th by 4:00 pm

Science and Medicine: Academic Research Training (SMART), which allows high school students to earn science credit under the guidance of biomedical personnel and a certified

science educator. For an application click HERE.

2017-2018 Regional Science Fair

The Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA on March 1-3, 2018.



Please see the official memo from the Region I Science Fair Director, Dr. Elaine Cox.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website.


Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.

Link: https://www.paemst.org

Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC), February 24, 2018

RARC is a series of cyber and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) competitions that include liberal arts lessons. The competitions build upon one another and allow students in grades 3-12 to showcase their skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Competition 2 will be Saturday, February 24, 2018. NICERC is still looking for volunteers. For more information, please visit https://nicerc.org/rarc/northwestla/volunteer/.



  • Check out this flyer about RARC here!
  • Want to volunteer? Learn how here.

Upcoming Workshops

Using Crazy Traits to learn genetics

Teachers will use Crazy Traits to learn how to engage students in genetics. Each school will receive at least 1 kit for sending teachers to this workshop.


When: March 8, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: C.E. Byrd High School

S201


Presented by:

Natalie Fox, C.E. Byrd High School

Annie McCulloch, Green Oaks Middle School


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6-12: Using Science Vocabulary to Enhance the New Louisiana Student Standards for Science

This session will discuss how using key terms from a unit can guide students and teachers through the new science standards. Teachers will be able to design lessons that allow students to come up with their own definition of key terms. Supplemental activities from LIGO will also be provided.


When: March 13, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Caddo Magnet High Room A-7


Presented by:

Amanda Dolph, CMH

Deena Lachman, CMH


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Using NSTA Classroom Resources to enhance LSSS

Teachers will learn how to use NSTA's Classroom Resources to find engaging activities to match standards.


When: March 15, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Room 1


Presented by:

Deena Lachman, Caddo Magnet High

Lisa Nance, 6-12 Science CIS


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Literacy in Science

Teachers will learn how to integrate literacy into science lessons to improve reading comprehension.


When: March 20, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Room 1


Presented by:

Merrill Davis, Fair Park High School

Malisha Means, CMCTC

Betsy Willis, Ridgewood Middle School


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Exploring Louisiana Student Standards for Science Using BreakOut EDU boxes

Teachers will use Breakout EDU boxes to explore the 3 Dimensions of science learning. A BreakOut Box will be given to each school that sends a teacher.


When: March 22, 2018

4:00-6:00


Where: PD Auditorium


Presented by:

Lynda Delo, MST Coordinator

Eunhee Chol, CMM


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Using HHMI Resources

Teachers will learn how to integrate HHMI Resources into the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science. HHMI BioInteractive offers a wide variety of engaging lessons to to encourage active learning.


When: April 5, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Captain Shreve High School

Room 315


Presented by:

Katie Strong, C.E. Byrd High School

Amy Douglas, Captain Shreve High School

Lisa Nance, 6-12 Science CIS


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Grants and Scholarship Opportunities

Louisiana Grant Watch

Grants for public school teachers for the improvement of education, grants for classroom supplies, innovative teaching strategies and professional development teaching opportunities. Find classroom grants for school funding, grants to public school educators to enhance teaching, provide support for STEM professionals and for the pursuit of careers in teaching.

What's New with Symbaloo?

Click below to visit some of Caddo Science Symbaloo's newest awesome links.

Visit Caddo's Symbaloo


Edulastic (I have to keep this one up because it is so great!)

Visit Edulastic to create technology enhanced assessment questions to better prepare students for the upcoming field test. With Edulastic you can create drop-down question, drag and drop questions, fill in the blank, and much more. Thank you Ms. Merrill Davis for Sharing!


Flubaroo

Grade assignments and assessments in under a minute! Get reporting and analysis on student performance. Quickly send scores to students. Saves teachers an average of 3.7 hours per week! Over 790,000 installs and millions of assignments graded!

When Ordering Chemicals for High Schools

Caddo Parish Schools recently completed a monumental chemical cleanup. 100's of bottles of out-dated, corroded, and not used chemicals were removed from high schools to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.


In order to safely remove chemicals from classrooms we must work through the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring in qualified technicians to log chemicals, properly package chemicals, and safely dispose of chemicals stored in lab closets. This process is exceptionally expensive and time consuming. To limit the amount of unnecessary chemicals Caddo Parish has on hand, I asked your principals to include me in the ordering process for purchasing chemicals for your classroom using classroom fees. Please sent the purchase request to Lisa Nance at lmnance@caddoschools.org or fax to 318-603-6368 to request my signature for chemical purchases. I will send your school a copy of the SDS for each chemical ordered along with a signed copy of the purchase request.

Microscope Repairs?

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Quick Link to Useful Science Documents



  • In 2017-2018, the higher of the 2016 or 2017 science scores will be counted in SPS.
  • In 2018-2019, the higher of the 2017 or 2019 science scores will be counted in SPS*.


*Please see the John White's 10/24/17 newsletter for more info.

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

Science Field Test Overview


6th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 6th Grade

6th Grade Task Energy

6th Grade Task Energy PDF

6th Grade Task Phase Changes

6th Grade Task Phase Changes PDF

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves PDF

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions PDF

6th Grade Task Refraction

6th Grade Task Refraction PDF


7th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 7th Grade

7th Grade Task Cell Transport

7th Grade Task Cell Transport PDF

7th Grade Task Food Webs

7th Grade Task Food Webs PDF

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival PDF


8th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 8th Grade

8th Grade Task Gravity

8th Grade Task Gravity PDF

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather PDF

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration PDF

8th Grade Task Water is Life

8th Grade Task Water is Life PDF

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories PDF


High School Biology

Biology Assessment Guidance

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for Biology

Biology Science Curriculum

Biology Blackline Masters

Biology GLEs

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2013

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2012

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2011

Biology Task Comparing Organs

Biology Task Comparing Organs PDF

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein PDF

Biology Task Animal Behavior

Biology Task Animal Behavior PDF

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells PDF

Science and Biology Field Test Item Types

The field tests include the following stimulus-based item types:

• selected-response (multiple choice and multiple select)

• technology-enhanced (dropdown menus, drag and drop, hotspots, etc.)

• fill-in-the-blank

• two-part items made of a combination of item types

o--- two-part dependent, where the score in part B is dependent on the response in part A

o--- two-part independent, where the responses in each part are related in content but not in scoring

• constructed-response

• extended-response


More information on the upcoming Science Field Test found HERE.

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