Grades 9-12

April 2018 Newsletter

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Reimagine Me!

We've changed the date and the focus. Come join us June 11-13th at Africentric Early College. We will be focusing on how students want to learn. Reimagine your classroom when you teach the standards at high levels through different means such as discipline literacy, blended learning, and personalization. There will be science offerings as well as general sessions. Earn up to $100 stipend per day! Check with your principal to sign up.

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

Last month we talked about discipline literacy. This month, let's look at UDL. Are you employing it in your classroom?

The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs.

By applying UDL principles, teachers can effectively instruct a diverse group of learners. They do this by building in flexibility in the ways learners can access information and in the ways students can demonstrate their knowledge.

Here are some websites that can help: (excellent resource! Be sure to click on all the links.)

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Need to Get Your Gifted Hours?

Here is a link for webinars that can count towards the 30 required hours for gifted teachers:

Environmental Teachers

Here is the flyer about the Environthon. It will be held April 24th in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Summer Employment Opportunity!

Upward Bound is seeking candidates for summer instructors in the following subjects:

· Chemistry

· Physics

· Self-Development Series (Males)

· ACT Prep

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Google Summit

Join fellow Google users from across the state for the eighth annual Ohio Google Summit, May 14-15 at The Ohio State University Student Union in Columbus. The conference, hosted by Instructional Technology Integration Partnership of Ohio, includes nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, hands-on sessions with Ohio educational leaders and more opportunities to learn about integrating Google apps in today’s classrooms. Register today:

Free Labs!

Attention: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental teachers...PASCO has a free lab library. Check it out:

Project- Based Learning Institute

Take a few days out of this summer to take part in the 2018 Project-Based Learning Ohio Institute, July 24-27 on the New Albany-Plain Local Schools campus near Columbus. The institute is an internationally attended academy that gives educators a chance to learn and create new ways of educating and engaging students to get them ready for college and careers. Among other things, participants will learn the basics of project-based learning, fine-tune their project-based learning practices, acquire skills to support teachers in implementing processes and design strategies to implement project-based learning in their districts and schools.

Don't Forget InfOhio has tons of free resources! You can find items for students, parents, and teachers. It is Ohio's Pre-K digital library. Check them out on twitter: #infohioworks!
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Safety Matters

It is getting close to the end of the school year. Please submit your chemical inventory lists for each classroom with chemicals and your original lab safety check-off sheets signed by your principal. Please be sure to keep copies for yourself and file a copy of the chemical inventories with your main office. These need to be filed for the end of the year. Thank you for your help in this.

Department Chairs

We will meet at Linmoor on April 11th. Please be sure to bring a best practice from your team to share with the department chairs.

Cathy Holmes from O.D.E. will be at our May meeting to share the changes to the standards. Bring any questions you may have for her! If you know them in advance, please submit them to me so that I can get them to her ahead of time.

End-of-Year Activities

Done with your curriculum and looking for some things to do during the crazy scheduling of testing?

CK-12 for Math and Science Teachers

Are you a math or science teacher who wants to mix up your class with new resources? Do you have students with gaps in knowledge from previous math or science classes? Do you want to learn more about accessing, utilizing, and customizing free CK-12 resources? Join us for this webinar. (Scroll down to the Upcoming Webinars)

Interested in Materials Science?

June 18-22

Why attend?

  • Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans
  • Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned curriculum

What’s included?

  • 4 CEUs, demonstration materials, meals
  • Graduate credits: 2 graduate level credits are available through the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair

Our fair this year will be Saturday, April 14th at the Grant Ave. Library downtown from 9:45-12:00. Please let your parents know that the fair is:

To provide parents with an understanding of how to:

● best support their students at home

● help students stay engaged over the summer

● access community resources

The library will also be hosting an event at the same time where parents can purchase used books for $1.00 a book.

The science department will be presenting resources to keep kids engaged in summer science.

Student Summer Opportunity

The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school freshmen and sophomores interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted at The Ohio State University main campus or the Wooster campus and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Anatomy and Physiology

The A&P Professor will email you articles, activities, links and ideas. This time: Nine Super Strategies for Teaching the Skeleton.

Spruce Run

Check out all the amazing things going on this spring at Spruce!

An Interesting Event to Attend!


The Museum of Biological Diversity Open House is the premier outreach event in the College of Arts and Sciences of The Ohio State University. Every year we open our doors to the general public for a day of biodiversity exploration and discovery. During the event you can get a behind-the-scenes view of our world-class collections (insects, mites, plants, fishes, molluscs, birds, mammals, and animal sounds), plus meet the faculty, staff, and students who study the flora and fauna of Ohio and the world. You can also engage in a number of hands-on activities, including our Arthropod Petting Zoo, Seedling Planting, Bugs-in-Goo, the Bug Drawing Station, and more.

On this site you will find a bit of the history of the Museum Open House, since its inception in 2005.

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,

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator,

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator,