Grades 9-12

February 2018 Newsletter

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Poster Opportunity!

Franklin Soil and Water is sponsoring a Conservation Poster Contest. Interested? Please check out the document in our Middle School google folder: (deadline extended till Feb. 9)

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Teacher Resources

Check out these online resources:

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

Classroom Resources: There are some free ones or you can get a subscription.

Download SmartBoard on your personal computer or laptop!

Biology Teachers:

A&P, Environmental, Biology Teachers Virtual Labs:

STEM Resources:

PASCO library link:

It has several resource items. Included are online textbook links (FlexBook), PLIX, study guides, videos, readings, and practices. You can even search by your state standards.

Online Presentation Tools for Students:

Save the Date:

Mark your calendars. We will be hosting our second annual Reimagine Conference on June 6-7, 2018. We will be offering several science opportunities as well as informative general sessions. More information will be coming!

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. 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.

It's getting close to that time of year: Soon you will be getting your chemical inventory and lab check-off sheets for the year. Please make sure that you complete these, have your principal sign them, and return the ORIGINALS to me. Thank you for your help with this.

Department Chair Meetings

Time: 3:30-5:30

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

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: February meeting will be held at Linmoor Education Center, Room #21. We will have Cathy Holmes from O.D.E. there to answer your questions about the new standards and process. Please submit questions from your department teachers to Jenny before the meeting so that Cathy Holmes can come prepared to answer your specific questions.

Venue Change:

Geri Granger will present the March Department Chair meeting. Jenny Nord will be working at the state's Model Curriculum Writing for Biology. It will be held at Spruce Run.

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Biology AIR Resources

Questions about testing? Contact Cathy Holmes, Science Consultant, Ohio Department of Education 614-387-0338

Spruce Run Nature Center

Don't miss out on this month's family Saturday. They are having Franklin Conservatory to present a program on winter gardening. Fun for the whole family!

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,