Mavericks of Science

September 2013

Welcome Back!

So what does it mean to be a Maverick? If you look up the term “Maverick”, you will find references to words such as independent, free thinker, unorthodox, unconventional, and pioneer.

One of the main motives for the new standards is social justice. If we want to reach all learners, we need pioneers that use unconventional methods to get good curriculum to each and every student. What unorthodox structures will you implement in your classroom to motivate students to be better thinkers and not just focus on the right answer?

News You Can Use

Links to Important Science Resources

Stay connected to important district information by joining the MathListServe(s) for the courses you teach at

Several science resources are accessible on the CMS instructional web at

Your login is the same as your email; click on science textbook software to view available resources.

NCDPI Middle School Resources

CMS Secondary Science Wiki: Click on your grade level icon to locate additional resources including the updated pacing and curriculum guides!

Do you need information on how to get students to login to Discovery Ed Techbook? This information can be found on the wiki:

Great science resource:

Science Contest Information

Science Olympiad -
  • The district will pay for 1 coach per school to attend coaches training
  • Middle/High Coaches Institute, October 4-5, 2013, Centennial Campus Middle School. Click the link for more details and to register now:

NC Science and Engineering Fair -

Science App of the Month

Science 360

Starting the app presents you with a curved mosaic of images that you can navigate by dragging your finger. Click on an image, and it fills the screen, taking you to a story from one of the institutions supported by the National Science Foundation. Then you have the option of downloading an HD version of the image to your camera roll or sharing the story via social media.

Stories range from insect auditory systems to the science of football. The content in the app is definitely geared toward older children and adults, although the main screen is so much fun to navigate that even younger children will enjoy it.

Chemical Hygiene

All science teachers & those that teach in or around chemicals MUST COMPLETE their GHS Certfication by December 1, 2013. This is a federal mandate from OSHA & the Department of Labor.
  • Register in MyPD: ONL SCI FA13 GHS Certification Training Chemical Hygiene Course Number 13156
  • Must pass the test within the course on MyPD with a 100%
  • Can take as many times as needed to pass
  • All science teachers in the building must be certified before the District will release the Capital Outlay funds

NOTE: Ms. Herrig will have more information after she attends the Science Department Chair meeting on 9/24/2013