Your Occasional Science Newsletter

General System Log in Information

ScienceFusion Online (K-8), STEMscopes (K-6), EduSMART (K-8), HMH High School, McGraw Hill IPC, it's hard to keep them all straight! Though we try to have consistent logins, some systems have different requirements or limitations. Click here to see how the logins for each of the systems we use for science (and everything else) are set up.

Crash Course Kids!

This bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course is all about gradeschool science. We'll look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz. So, join us every Tuesday and Thursday for new uploads.

This series is beginning with 5th grade science, so we'll be delving into Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy. Have a look at our playlists on each subject!

In Case You Missed it...

I love science and being in classrooms. If you want me to co-teach a class, or just need some ideas about doing inquiry labs, that's the stuff I live for. Email me and let me know how I can help! I learn so much from each of you and every classroom experience helps build a stronger science program for our kids.

Science Resources Update

  • High School/DAEP - Class sets of science books are on order. This should give every teacher about 30 books per class.
  • Our STEMscopes subscription has been renewed for another year and we are adding 6th grade at Powell to the mix.
  • Currently PSA has the highest usage followed by Lakeview. Way to go! STEMscopes is a great resource for assessment, vocabulary, and most importantly experiments!
  • ThinkCentral should be up and running for everybody and all students. If you want to assign the textbook or other resource to an entire class try this:

  1. Click "Assignments"
  2. Click "Classes"
  3. Click on a class
  4. Scroll down to "Define the Library"
  5. "Include Product"
  6. Check what you want to include - text, resources, video labs.....

  • Thanks to Lisa Stevens for figuring that out last year!
  • If you're looking for assessment question, ScienceFusion has an assessment guide and also includes access to ExamView test maker. You can search for "ExamView" and download it to your laptop to make tests or quizzes.

TEA Update

2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2015-2016 nomination and application windows for grade K-6 mathematics and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Educators may be nominated by themselves or by others. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Nomination and application forms can be accessed at

Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators.

Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST)

The Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is preparing to host continuing education to thousands of science teachers from across the state during the 2015 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST). With over 700 TEKS-aligned workshops tailored to fit each subject and grade level, teachers are able to share ideas and exchange teaching methods to better prepare their students. The CAST convention, themed “Defying Gravity” for 2015, is the largest state science conference in the nation. Events will be held Nov. 12 - 14 2015 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

What - Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST)

When - November 12-14, 2015

Where - Ft. Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

Additional information is available at

Get to Know Contest

The contest invites youth (19 years and younger) to get outdoors and share their outdoor experiences through art, writing, photography, video, and music. The Get to Know Contest begins on May 1st and runs until November 1st. Deadline for the contest is November 30, 2015. Additional information is available at

TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) recognizes and rewards educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who share enthusiasm for science with their students. All Texas state-certified, full-time public and private school science teachers with a minimum of two years completed classroom experience who will return to teach during the 2016-17 school year are eligible. All areas of science are welcome. To nominate science teachers or to apply, educators may visit The deadline for nominations is Oct. 26, and the deadline for applications is December 18. All nominees will be contacted by TMA and asked to complete an application. For additional information, contact Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, 1600, or (512) 370-1600, or

NOAA's Information Exchange

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, sends out a listserv to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs and to promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs. The information has been compiled from many different sources. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this list, send information to include in the newsletter, or discuss further enhancements, contact the editor directly at, or by phone at (865) 932-5074.

Planet Profiles from NASA’s Space Place

New information about the planets is now available from NASA’s Space Place. Additional information is available at

New Educational Website for Gulf of Mexico Program

As of Tuesday, September 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency has put in place a new Gulf of Mexico Program website. Additional information is available at

Amazon Workshops

Scholarships are available for science professional development in the Peruvian Amazon. Educators can learn about field investigations as they explore the rainforest from forest floor to canopy with faculty from Arizona State University and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Additional information is available at or contact program director, Christa Dillabaugh at

About Me

Interesting Fact:

My first job was working for Weiner's Department Store in High School. My favorite department to work in was shoe's. Strange, right? I think it's because I really enjoyed helping people find what they were looking for. How can I help you?