9-12 Science

December 2017 Newsletter

November 7th PD

For those of you who attended the Office of Teaching and Learning October 20th PD, we had several science offerings: Gizmos (Expanding the Gizmo Experience), PASCO probeware (pH sensor), Biology AIR help, and Student Engagement in your classroom. You can access the resources at:

Departments / Curriculum / Teachers


under Secondary Curriculum PD Days 2017-18

Safety Matters

If you have any old chemicals that need to be disposed of, please fill in the chemical removal sheet and send it to me. If you have not filled in your mercury check sheet, please do so and return it A.S.A.P. Thank you for helping to make our schools a safe environment for all students!

Department Chair Meetings

Time: 3:30-5:30

Dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month (except February)

December 13; January 10; February 7; March 14; April 11; May 9

Focus: Best practices of individual schools; STEM; argument-driven inquiry; argumentative writing, incorporating the 5E's of science inquiry, and blended learning

Where: December meeting will be held at Linmoor Education Center, Room #21. We will be conducting a simple lab to learn about the 5E's of Science Inquiry.

Biology AIR Test Resources

Questions about testing? Contact Cathy Holmes, Science Consultant, Ohio Department of Education

cathy.holmes@education.ohio.gov 614-387-0338

Spruce Run Nature Center

We had a couple of our Environmental classes make a trip to Spruce Run last month to collect data. Consider a visit with your class to match this great resource with your standards. Spruce Run also offers free, monthly family programming. Check out the link below for information on the nature center. Consider a trip there with your students. Contact Geri Granger for details.


Let's Make Ornaments!

Here are some chemistry labs you can try for the season. Make sure that you are using proper safety precautions if you use any of them.


Office of Teaching and Learning (365-5297)

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Sharee Wells, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

Heather Allen, K-5 Science Coordinator, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us