Grades 6-8

March 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!
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Science Literacy

"What is it?", you say. You're probably doing a lot of it already. We communicate differently in science. We should be asking, "Why" and "How" not "What." We pay attention to details. We interpret data, charts, illustrations. We seek to understand concepts and words. We need to be able to determine the validity of sources and the quality of the evidence. When we write, we are exact and to the point rather than expressive. We accomplish this through the use of bullets, graphs, sketches, etc. We most generally see this in lab reports, scientific journals or articles, instructions / procedures, field guides, handbooks, or graphic representations of data. These are the literacy skills we need to be teaching our students.

Here are some resources to assist you:

Want to have input on the extended standards?

Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended in science and social studies
The Ohio Department of Education
invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through March 12, 2018 as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended. Through the feedback, the Department can ensure the extended standards reflect the experience that Ohio educators and parents have gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted. Through this periodic review, our state aims to better prepare students for the changing expectations of their options after high school.

Survey link:

Don't Miss This Opportunity!

Sue Tenney from Ohio Energy gave some specifics about the Ohio Energy Project:

-they cover substitute and transportation costs up to $360

-the kids will visit the different careers such as a line job

-it is for April and May

-there are 6 dates and 4 locations depending on where you want to take the students

-you can only bring a max of 6 students; that is why they cover your sub expense

-you can get CEUs and up to $100 stipend

Also, they have a program for 7th and 9th grade teachers for the summer. You will tour a power plant. You get a kit worth $450 and CEUs for a 5 hour PD.

See the flyer below:

Online Resources

Skype a Scientist! 30-60 minute Q and A sessions between your students and a scientist in your field:

Download SmartBoard on your personal computer or laptop!


Online Presentation Tools for Students:


NeoScience offers some free web-based resources. You need to put in the item number as a Frey order and they will send you the free access code.

9N-1366728-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Mitosis and Cell Division

9N-1366729-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Genetics and Heredity

9N-1366741-642 Neo/SCI Web-Based Biology Series

9N-1366725-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Photosynthesis and Respiration

9N-1366733-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Classification of Living Things

9N-1366724-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Cell Processes

9N-1366730-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Biology and Chemistry of Living Things

9N-1366734-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Viruses and Bacteria

9N-1366723-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Cell Structure and Function

9N-1366739-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Human Body Systems

9N-1366250-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based States of Matter: Solids and Liquids

9N-1366255-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Heat and Chemical Change

9N-1366248-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Chemistry Fundamentals & Techniques

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Summer Resources

Do parents ever ask you for suggestions for science experiences for their students in the summer? Now you can point them to a Summer of Science! Have them go to the Parent Information link on the science website. It gives suggestions for camps, field trips, board games, online games, and books. Let's keep them exploring all summer!

7th and 8th Grade Teachers

Here is a summer camp opportunity about data science and analytics for female students entering 8th grade next fall. Participation is limited to 30 students so be sure to register early.

Content Experts

If you did not sign up for Content Experts, inquire if someone at your school did and get useful information from them to assist you with your science instruction. All PowerPoints will be posted in your middle school Google folder if you would like to see what we are discussing and experiencing.

January: Intro, class roles, procedures, how to complete a lab/activity in 45 minutes, inquiry activities, Problem-Based Learning

February: Informal formative assessments, density labs, 5E's of Science Inquiry

March: Differentiation, energy labs, 5E's of Science Iquiry

April: standards and science literacy

May: Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning

They're here!

Check your Google Middle School folder for the following new editions:

Achieve 3000 aligned to your grade, quarter taught, and general subject

Strategies for the released 8th grade AIR questions for 2015-2017

Gizmo's Help

Want some help with using Gizmos in your classroom? Check out these sites:

Whole Group Instruction -

Small Group Instruction -

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Gizmos Kudos!

Congratulations to these schools with great usage of Gizmos from December 17, 2017 through February 17, 2018. They had over 1000 student Gizmo views!


Berwick Alternative

Columbus Africentric

Columbus Global Academy

Dominion MS

Mifflin MS

Ridgeview MS

Westmoor MS (2368 student!!!)

Arts Impact MS and Hilltonia MS both had all of their teachers use gizmos (100% usage). They are doing an exceptional job using gizmos regularly with their students.


Please remember to follow all safety precautions when conducting labs/activities.

If you have any old chemicals that need to be disposed of, please fill in the chemical removal sheet and send it to me. Also, a big thank you to those who have sent me their mercury check sheet. 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!

Spruce Run Opportunities

Spruce Run is having a BioBlitz on April 13th. It will be open to the public on Saturday, April 14th, from 7:00-10:00 am. A bird expert will be present at that same time! Want to know what a BioBlitz is? Check out this link:

They will be running a Civil War / underground railroad experience on May 12th. Check out the March Spruce Run Newsletter for details!

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,