Science Tidbits

January 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!! CADDO MAGNET STUDENTS TAKE 1ST, 3RD, AND 5TH PLACES at the 2018 LOUISIANA JUNIOR SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM

Shreveport, LA Jan. 14, 2018 – Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport is proud to announce that Sunjay Letchuman, Xiang Tang, and Grace Sun placed 1st, 3rd, and 5th, respectively, in the 2018 Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), and they will be attending the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Hunt Valley, MD May 2-5. Letchuman will compete with oral presentation, while Tang and Sun will compete with posters.


The National JSHS brings together over 360 participants, including 240 high school students, their teachers and parents, university faculty affiliated with the JSHS, and other guests. Caddo Magnet has sent forty-one students to the national symposium over the past nineteen years.


Read the press release HERE

Useful Science Documents

2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

Science Field Test Overview


6th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 6th Grade

6th Grade Task Energy

6th Grade Task Energy PDF

6th Grade Task Phase Changes

6th Grade Task Phase Changes PDF

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves

6th Grade Task Gravitational Waves PDF

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions

6th Grade Task Chemical Reactions PDF

6th Grade Task Refraction

6th Grade Task Refraction PDF


7th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 7th Grade

7th Grade Task Cell Transport

7th Grade Task Cell Transport PDF

7th Grade Task Food Webs

7th Grade Task Food Webs PDF

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

7th Grade Task The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability

7th Grade Task Genetic Probability PDF

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival

7th Grade Task Genetic Variation and Survival PDF


8th Grade

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for 8th Grade

8th Grade Task Gravity

8th Grade Task Gravity PDF

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather

8th Grade Task Climate and Weather PDF

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration

8th Grade Task Coastal Erosion, Preservation, and Restoration PDF

8th Grade Task Water is Life

8th Grade Task Water is Life PDF

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories

8th Grade Task The Development of Scientific Theories PDF


High School Biology

Biology Assessment Guidance

LEAP 2025 Field Test Guide for Biology

Biology Science Curriculum

Biology Blackline Masters

Biology GLEs

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2013

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2012

Biology EOC Released Test Questions 2011

Biology Task Comparing Organs

Biology Task Comparing Organs PDF

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein

Biology Task DNA-RNA-Protein PDF

Biology Task Animal Behavior

Biology Task Animal Behavior PDF

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells

Biology Task Comparing viruses to other types of cells PDF

Science and Biology Field Test Item Types

The field tests include the following stimulus-based item types:

• selected-response (multiple choice and multiple select)

• technology-enhanced (dropdown menus, drag and drop, hotspots, etc.)

• fill-in-the-blank

• two-part items made of a combination of item types

o--- two-part dependent, where the score in part B is dependent on the response in part A

o--- two-part independent, where the responses in each part are related in content but not in scoring

• constructed-response

• extended-response


More information on the upcoming Science Field Test found HERE.

Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC)

RARC is a series of cyber and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) competitions that include liberal arts lessons. The competitions build upon one another and allow students in grades 3-12 to showcase their skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Competition 2 will be Saturday, February 24, 2018. Schools/organizations must register by Friday, February 2, 2018. For more information, please visit https://nicerc.org/rarc/northwestla/.


  • Check out this flyer about RARC here!
  • Want to volunteer? Learn how here.

2018-2019 SMART Applications are available! Due, February 26th by 4:00 pm

Science and Medicine: Academic Research Training (SMART), which allows high school students to earn science credit under the guidance of biomedical personnel and a certified

science educator. For an application click HERE.

2017-2018 Regional Science Fair

The Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA on March 1-3, 2018. The BPCC will need all paperwork by February 9, 2018.


Please see the official memo from the Region I Science Fair Director, Dr. Elaine Cox.

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

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website.


Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.

Link: https://www.paemst.org

Workshops

Exploring Louisiana Student Standards for Science Using BreakOut EDU boxes

Teachers will use Breakout EDU boxes to explore the 3 Dimensions of science learning. A BreakOut Box will be given to each school that sends a teacher.


When: March 22, 2018

4:00-6:00


Where: PD Auditorium


Presented by:

Lynda Delo, MST Coordinator

Eunhee Chol, CMM


Sign up on Edivate

6-12: Using Science Vocabulary to Enhance the New Louisiana Student Standards for Science

This session will discuss how using key terms from a unit can guide students and teachers through the new science standards. Teachers will be able to design lessons that allow students to come up with their own definition of key terms. Supplemental activities from LIGO will also be provided.


When: March 13, 2018

4:30-6:00


Where: Caddo Magnet High Room A-7


Presented by:

Amanda Dolph, CMH

Deena Lachman, CMH


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2017-2018 Youth Wetlands Week Program

The registration for the 2018 Youth Wetlands Week program is now open. This year’s binder will be a revised version of the 2015-2016 “Coastal Louisiana” edition. All of the lessons will be correlated to the standards. Registration is open to any teacher in 3rd – 12th grade; the main subjects featured in this year’s binder are science and social studies. Environmental Science is covered in high school and ELA is covered in upper elementary.



Youth Wetlands Week will be April 23-27, 2018, so please mark your calendars.



Delivery of curriculum and kits is currently scheduled to occur in March. Please forward this information to any and all the teachers in your school that might be interested in receiving this FREE resource. Please complete the registration form (Click Download Documents) and either email or fax it back to Katherine B. Pace by September 29, 2017. Once completed, teachers will be registered to receive the FREE materials in March.


Katherine B. Pace

Email: KFarquhar@agcenter.lsu.edu (This is the correct email.)

4-H Youth Development and Parish Chair

Caddo Parish

2408 E. 70th Street

Shreveport, LA 71105

Phone: (318) 226-6805

Fax: (318) 226-6769

Grants and Scholarship Opportunities

Louisiana Grant Watch

Grants for public school teachers for the improvement of education, grants for classroom supplies, innovative teaching strategies and professional development teaching opportunities. Find classroom grants for school funding, grants to public school educators to enhance teaching, provide support for STEM professionals and for the pursuit of careers in teaching.

What's New with Symbaloo?

Caddo Science Symbaloo just got a FACELIFT! Click below to visit some of the Symbaloo's newest awesome links.

Visit Caddo's Symbaloo


Edulastic (I have to keep this one up because it is so great!)

Visit Edulastic to create technology enhanced assessment questions to better prepare students for the upcoming field test. With Edulastic you can create drop-down question, drag and drop questions, fill in the blank, and much more. Thank you Ms. Merrill Davis for Sharing!


American Museum of Natural History Science Topics

Science Topics: A unique collection of articles, videos, news, and more from the Museum about featured scientific topics.


Science Topics offer access to the Museum’s ongoing work in scientific research, exhibition, and education, with collections of unique digital resources on featured scientific topics that reflect the breadth and depth of the Museum’s mission. With a rotating slate of frequently updated content on everything from conservation to astrophysics, Science Topics reveal the wonders of the natural world and bring the excitement of Museum science and scientists to audiences around the globe.


Mr. Field's Class

Teachers (including myself) can browse the standards and consider ideas for activities, essential questions, projects and more.

Cool Phenomena

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire


A new study incorporating traditional Indigenous Australian ecological knowledge describes the largely unknown behavior of so-called 'firehawk raptors' – birds that intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks.


Article HERE

Video HERE

When Ordering Chemicals for High Schools

Caddo Parish Schools recently completed a monumental chemical cleanup. 100's of bottles of out-dated, corroded, and not used chemicals were removed from high schools to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.


In order to safely remove chemicals from classrooms we must work through the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring in qualified technicians to log chemicals, properly package chemicals, and safely dispose of chemicals stored in lab closets. This process is exceptionally expensive and time consuming. To limit the amount of unnecessary chemicals Caddo Parish has on hand, I asked your principals to include me in the ordering process for purchasing chemicals for your classroom using classroom fees. Please sent the purchase request to Lisa Nance at lmnance@caddoschools.org or fax to 318-603-6368 to request my signature for chemical purchases. I will send your school a copy of the SDS for each chemical ordered along with a signed copy of the purchase request.

Science Funnies!

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