Science Notebook

SUHSD Curriculum & PD Science Newsletter

Q3 Zone Trainings Coming Up

Please ensure substitute arrangements.

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Upcoming Science Zone Trainings (PSEUDO 53955)

SUB-REASON: Conference

2/11/15 Science Zone 1A (BVH, SYH, SUH^) @ District Office Board Room

2/11/15 Science Zone 1B (BVM, GJ, NCM^) @ PDC
2/12/15 Science Zone 2A (CPH, ELH, MVH^, OPTIONS) @ MVH MPR
2/12/15 Science Zone 2B (CPM, ELM, MVA^) @ MVA Library
2/17/15 Science Zone 3A (CVH, MOH, ORH^) @ ORH MPR
2/17/15 Science Zone 3B (CVM, MOM, RDM^) @ RDM MPR
2/18/15 Science Zone 4A (HH, OLH, SOH^, PAH) @ OLH MPR
2/18/15 Science Zone 4B (HTM^, SOM, ALTA VISTA)@ HTM Computer Lab

^Host Site

Contact: Ana Garcia or Melanie Brown

Science Instructional Guides

Please check the new structure to the Instructional Guides.

Science Instructional Guides - New Structure

All subject specific Instructional Guides have undergone a facelift. The most updated version is posted in the Curriculum and Professional Development Canvas Course. Please click here to go to the Canvas Course.
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Science Fair February 12th @ ORH

Science Fair Screening Goes Electronic!

No longer will students be screened in person for the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (County Science Fair). Students who have been selected from their sites to go the District Science Fair must submit their projects electronically as a PDF document. However, students still have to make a backboard and notebook to display at the District Science Fair for judging. This year’s District Science Fair will still take place at Otay Ranch High School on Thursday, February 12th. For more information, contact Steve Rodecker.

South Bay Performance Task Showcase

During second semester of 2014-15, students in IMI, IMIII and Biology will have an opportunity to work in groups to formulate responses to two questions that are relevant to everyone in our region:

  1. How will the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP) affect residents of the South Bay?
  2. What kind of university should be built in east Chula Vista?

Performance tasks in IMI, IMIII and Biology will be related to one or both of these topics and should help guide students and teachers as they pursue answers to the many subordinate questions that arise through the inquiry process.

Representatives of the Planning Department for the City of Chula Vista have provided a number of primary-source documents that can aid teachers and students in their research. Those are accessible via Google Drive folders linked here:

Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan

University in east Chula Vista

Exemplary student products will be displayed in local businesses throughout the South Bay upon completion and judging. Starbucks has emerged as our lead partner in this effort; regional managers have embraced our goal of showcasing exemplary work.

The rubric teachers and others will use to score student work is linked here:

Performance Task Showcase Rubric

Please let a member of the math or science curriculum team know if you would like support in guiding students to engage in this relevant, challenging, true performance task. Chula Vista City representatives have told us they genuinely need to hear student perspectives on both topics and look forward to providing winning teams access to Council members and others with the authority to make binding decisions.

See the link below for information about the annual Siemens Math/Science/Technology competition, whose structure can be adapted to the purposes of this project.

Siemens Competition

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Science Opportunities and Other

See below for upcoming science conferences and other opportunities for professional development.



San Diego Zoo is now accepting applications for their 2015 Summer Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science. This is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school teachers. Click here for more information.
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SDSEA 24th Conference coming February 28th 2015 @ Grossmont College!

SDSEA is proud to host a Next Generation Science Conference for educators at levels K-12. Join us as we explore new directions from the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Be "in the know," get great practical ideas, new resources, strategies, and model lessons for your classroom!

Click here for more information and registration details.

Or simply go to

Good Opportunity for Middle School STEM Programs

The Commerce Department’s National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) has several grant opportunities for middle school science teachers to spend a summer working with internationally recognized NIST researchers.

The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers program is a two-week workshop, in Gaithersburg, MD. NIST also is announcing grants in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) six-week program. Deadlines are looming, so check out all the details soon.

Adrienne Hawkins


ASU Graduate Program For High School Teachers of the Physical Sciences


Would you like to apply for in-state tuition to earn the Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics at Arizona State University (ASU)?

The deadline to apply is APRIL 1, 2015, so that you can start next summer.

LOWER-COST! Teachers in 15 western states can apply for IN-STATE tuition, a considerable savings! This is a NEW opportunity, through WICHE.

CALIFORNIA is included!

Physics and chemistry teachers say that the ASU summer MNS degree program is of great value.

  • founded on Modeling Instruction, an effective implementation of STEM.
  • aligned with NGSS.
  • hands-on, minds-on, practical courses for the high school classroom; Interdisciplinary courses make it useful for chemistry teachers too.
  • Almost 70 high school teachers have earned the MNS degree since it was founded in 2001 by Prof. David Hestenes.
  • Teachers love the courses. Teaching is satisfying because students learn more.
  • It can qualify you to teach Dual Enrollment physics courses.
  • It is similar to Finland's Master degree for high school physics teachers, in that courses combine content with research-based pedagogy, and teachers do research. (Finland is tops in the world in test scores of 15-year-olds, as you know.)
  • Most teachers take 3 summers, but some finish in two. Flexible; no cohorts.
  • Courses begin on June 8, 2015. 2 sessions in summer. 2nd session ends on July 31.

Visit for info & a tentative list of courses through 2016.

To apply to ASU, click on "ASU logistics and the application process".

Questions? ask, 480-965-8438.

Apply for in-state tuition at



  1. Teachers in high poverty (usually Title I) schools nationwide can get FORGIVABLE Stafford loans. See
  2. New out-of-field physics teachers nationwide can apply for TEACH grants of up to $2000 per summer if you teach in a high-poverty school. See
  3. Possibly NCLB Title II-A funds in your school district. Ask your principal.
  4. Teachers in small rural schools can ask their principal for funds from the Small, Rural School Achievement program (REAP) of the U.S. Department of Education.


Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program

Box 871504

Dept.of Physics, ASU

Tempe, AZ 85287


For 24 years, Modeling Instruction has helped teachers attain knowledge and skills needed to benefit their students. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education. The American Physical Society

recognized it with the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award.

The American Modeling Teachers Assn (AMTA) is expanding the work:

Great Opportunity to Secure Big Stipend and Learn About STEM

The Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN-UCSD) is currently in the process of recruiting teachers for this upcoming summer’s Research Experience for Teachers program and looking for applicants from the San Diego area.

The website with all the details and application is here:

Selected teachers would be participating in our labs at the UCSD CIAN campus. A stipend of $5,400 is being offered as well as a classroom supply budget of $1,500. The only eligibility requirements are that the teacher be teaching in a STEM topic and that they will be employed by the same school in the coming school year.

Ameé J. Hennig
CIAN-ERC Education & Outreach Manager
University of Arizona
1630 East University Blvd., #501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

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Opportunity to Secure up to $4000 by Engaging Students in Khan Academy Work.

All the technology you and your students love and use -- mobile games, medical devices, YouTube videos -- are all made with code. Imagine what your students could invent!

Thanks to a partnership with and Google, you can earn $1,000 or more for your classroom by helping your students complete an online, self-guided, introductory coding course.

Register your class

Any public high school teacher can participate! Whether you're teaching English, math, or art history -- if your students can type, they can get started with this tutorial. You can offer extra credit, start an after-school coding club, or spend a week on programming in your classroom. Your students can discover the magic of coding in a 12-hour course at their own pace.

Here's how it works:

  • Step 1: Register your class at and invite your students to join it. Help them complete the Intro to JS course by March 17, 2015.
  • Step 2: In April, you’ll receive a gift code equal to $100 per student (e.g. if you help 15 students, you’ll receive a $1,500 gift code).
  • Step 3: You’ll receive a wrap-up survey for your students. If 10 or more of you students self-identify as part of groups traditionally under-represented in computer science, we’ll send you an additional $1,000 gift code as a thank you.

Questions? See the full details, which also explain how to get help if any coding questions come up. Together we can help more students learn to code AND bring more funding into the classroom.

Pamela Fox
Khan Academy Computer Science Curriculum Lead & Lover of All Things Code


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2015 Kyoto Laureate Symposium

UCSD is preparing to acknowledge recipients of the 2014 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to people who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit.

Read more about it here:

As you will read below, this year's Kyoto Laureate Symposium will be held at UCSD on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. UCSD is hosting the Basic Sciences Symposium by Laureate Edward Witten. Dr. Witten's talk should appeal to physics students studying cosmology or the science of the origin and development of the universe.

This event is free to the public, and UCSD reserves about 500 seats for local high school students and teachers. Click here to see the event flyer. Busing is provided (or reimbursed) by the local Kyoto Symposium Organization.

If you would like to bring/send some students to this event, please click the link below and provide information before next Wednesday (2/11/15). What an inspiring opportunity for us!

SUMMER CANCER ACADEMY at UC San Diego School of Medicine

For the 8th year the Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego School of Medicine will host a 6 week intensive summer academy, primarily taught by doctors in the Medical School. Academy dates are May 16 and July 9 - August 15, 2015.

Girls who will have completed at least a year of biology or chemistry and will enter 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2015 are eligible to apply. Completed applications must be submitted electronically by February 13, 2015.

All applicants MUST attend a meeting on February 18, with a parent. Meeting will be at the San Diego County Office of Education in order for their application to be considered.

A complete application includes the application form and essay as well as two teacher recommendations. All program information and application forms are available on the following website:

You can also see the research posters that girls in the previous academies submitted as their final work.

This is a rigorous academy for committed, motivated and interested students. The Academy includes, reading homework, debating, quizzes and research work. The Academy will meet on seven Saturdays (one in May) and the others in July and August. In addition, the Academy meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 8 and a few additional dates for field trips and special lectures. All meetings are in various locations on the UC San Diego Campus.

For more information, contact:

Patricia Winter

Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego, Coordinator

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Saturday Speaker Series

The Art of War: Food Web Interactions in Salt Marshes

Guest Speaker: Jeremy Long, Biologist, SDSU

Saturday, February 21st, 2015: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Did you know that herbivores (plant-eaters) and predators play key roles in salt marshes?

As a result, marsh plants have evolved sophisticated defense strategies and consumers (organisms who need to eat) have evolved counter-strategies. Come learn about "the art of war" in local and national marshes, including how scientists are using hip hop to communicate science to a broader audience.

FREE - Open to ALL - Click here for flyer.

301 Caspian Way

Imperial Beach, CA 91932


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Special Services Newsletter is HERE!!!

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Anitra Rooney's Memorial Information

Monday, February 16th @ Sweetwater Regional Park 4:00-8:00 pm

Memorial Details

Please join us to celebrate the AMAZING life of Anitra Rooney. She affected the lives of so many people... from her students to friends, family, and beyond. She had an infectious smile and a truly beautiful soul. The memorial will be held at the Sweetwater Regional Park in the "Community Building" which overlooks the reservoir. Visit (open house style) any time from 4 - 8 p.m. on Monday, February 16th. Please bring an appetizer to share or if you'd rather donate, there will be a basket available to contribute to the Susan G. Komen organization for breast cancer research.

Rooney Tree Memorial Fundraiser

In honor of Mrs. Rooney, ORH will be fundraising to create a memorial area around the Rooney Tree at ORH. Please visit the following link if you would like to make a donation to the project or share the link on social media (facebook, twitter, or email to friends). Funds will be mailed to ORH ASB and the special education students will then create the garden memorial. Thank you for your help and support.

Kind Regards,

Sara Williams

Special Education Teacher

Otay Ranch High School



Click on title above to go to the Next Generation Science Standards Website.

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District Science Contacts

SUHSD: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development
Science Notebook
Volume 2, Issue 3, February 5, 2015