9-12 Science

October Newsletter

September 22nd PD

For those of you who attended the Office of Teaching and Learning September 22nd PD, we had several science offerings: Gizmos, PASCO probeware, Incorporating the 5E's, Argumentative Writing, Biology Resources, Science Snippets, and STEM. You can access the resources at:

Departments / Curriculum / Teachers


under Secondary Curriculum PD Days 2017-18

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Next PD is October 20, 2017

Department Chair Meetings

Time: 3:30-5:30

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

September 13; October 11; November 8; December 13; January 10; 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: October meeting will be held at Downtown High School, room #308, center stairwell, next to elevator

Biology AIR Test Resources

Questions about testing? Contact Cathy Holmes, Science Consultant, Ohio Department of Education

cathy.holmes@education.ohio.gov 614-387-0338

Safety Matters

As discussed at our last Department Chair meeting, make sure you are having your teachers check and initial the Weekly Lab Safety Check-Off List. Use the Science Laboratory and Chemistry Laboratory Inspection sheets to make sure your rooms are in compliance. If you are missing anything, have that discussion with your administrator. There is a copy of 30 Laboratory Safety Guidelines in the Principal's Notebook found in your teacher lounge.

Happy Halloween!!!

Check out these Halloween Chemistry ideas! Make sure that you are using proper safety precautions if you use any of them.

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/chemistryclubs/activities/halloween-chemistry.html (dry ice, body parts, costumes, pumpkins, food, etc.)

http://www.compoundchem.com/category/halloween-chemistry/ (chemistry of mummification, pumpkins and blood)

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2011/october/new-halloween-videos-from-the-american-chemical-society.html (videos on Halloween candy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5jA2b9eEpE&feature=share&list=UUeYmwVIKjh29F5WBdhbEZiQ (chemistry of fear)

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, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us