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6 Things you need to know and can share with others.

April 5, 2018

1. Shifts in Science Instruction: Connect Ideas Across Disciplines

Our new science standards provide an important opportunity to improve not only science education but also student achievement. Louisiana's new vision for science learning focuses on a deeper understanding of content as well as application of content so that students have the knowledge and skills needed to be success in the future.

For students to develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world, they must make connections across the domains of science (life science, physical science, earth and space science, environmental science, and engineering, technology, and applications of science). The crosscutting concepts have applications across all domains.

1. Patterns

Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.

2. Cause and Effect

Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.

3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different size, time, and energy scales, and to recognize proportional relationships between different quantities as scales change.

4. Systems and System Models

A system is an organized group of related objects or components; models can be used for understanding and predicting the behavior of systems.

5. Energy and Matter

Tracking energy and matter flows, into, out of, and within systems helps one understand their system’s behavior.

6. Structure and Function

The way an object is shaped or structured determines many of its properties and functions.

7. Stability and Change

For both designed and natural systems, conditions that affect stability and factors that control rates of change are critical elements to consider and understand.

Learn more about the Shifts in Science.

2. The Most Magnificent Thing Giveaway

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn't just "make" her magnificent thing -- she "tinkers and hammers and measures," she "smoothes and wrenches and fiddles," she "twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

I have 5 books to giveaway. All educators (teachers and leaders) who complete the form are eligible. All eligible participants will have their names put into the random picker. Good Luck!


Deadline: Midnight, Monday, April 12.

3. Learning Opportunities with Sci-Port!

  • Sci-Port is conducting its Watershed to the Red Environmental Education program through the end of the academic year 2018-19. We will be kicking off with a teacher workshop Saturday, May 5. The programming is most appropriate for 3rd - 6th grade. Please see flyer and agenda. Teachers will receive a $50 stipend for their time since the workshop is on a Saturday. Contact Dr. Heather Kleiner at for more information.
  • Sci-Port is also offering a summer enrichment program called, “Science of Space”. Please see the flyer for more information. Contact Dr. Heather Kleiner at for more information.

4. LDOE's Educator Review Committees for Science

Through participating on educator review committees, teachers and supervisors ensure that tests are aligned to the standards, appropriate for the grade or course, and appropriate for Louisiana students. Additionally, the educators that do this work learn how to better use assessments.

Interest Surveys for 2018 Science Committees

Rangefinding Committees:


Meeting Date: May 21 - 25

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: June 18 - 22

Survey Closes: April 20

Science Grades 4, 5, 7, & 8

Meeting Date: June 25 - 29

Survey Closes: April 20

Data Review Committee:

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: Sept. 13-14

Survey Closes: June 29

Science Grades 4 & 7

Meeting Date: Sept. 17-18

Survey Closes: June 29

Science Grades 5 & 8

Meeting Date: Sept. 19-20

Survey Closes: June 29


Meeting Date: July 31 - Aug. 2

Survey Closes: May 4

Item Content and Bias Review Committee


Meeting Date: June 12

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 3 & 6

Meeting Date: June 13

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 4 & 7

Meeting Date: June 14

Survey Closes: April 13

Science Grades 5 & 8

Meeting Date: June 15

Survey Closes: April 13

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5. Caddo Soars at Science Fair!

The Region I Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony was held Saturday, March 3. Students from Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, and Webster Parishes competed in the regional fair. We are excited to announce (click here) that Caddo Parish students represented our district well! Caddo had over 80 students who placed first, second, or third in their categories. Caddo closed out the high school and elementary division Sweepstakes Award! Furthermore, Caddo Middle Magnet place first and Youree Drive Middle School placed second in the middle school division. Eight out of nine Sweepstakes Award division winners went to Caddo schools! What an amazing accomplishment for our young scientists and engineers!

The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) was held March 19th-21st in Baton Rouge. This event is highly competitive. Young scientists and engineers from 6th-12th grades competed in this prestigious competition. Furthermore, these students participated in school and regional fairs to have the opportunity to compete on a state level. Not only did Caddo perform well at the LSEF, two Caddo students, Ashini Modi (CMM) and Matthew B. Willis (CMHS), were awarded the top honor of overall winners of their division for the entire state!

We are pleased to share (click here) all of the students who placed at LSEF as well as first place category winners, overall division winners, and school sweepstakes award winners at the Region I Fair.

Congratulations to all Caddo students who participated in science fair on the school, regional, and state level. A big thank you to all teachers and administrators for working hard and encouraging our students to explore STEM!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are Caddo!

6. Caddo's State Assessment Schedule for Science and OTT for Science

April 13: 8th Science Field Test (CBT)*
April 20: 5th and 7th Science Field Test (CBT)*
April 23-27: Biology EOC (CBT)
April 27: 6th Science Field Test (CBT)*
May 4: 3rd and 4th Science Field Test (PBT)

Online Tools Training (OTT): provides students and teachers opportunities to become familiar with the tools available in the online testing platform. Click on the picture to the left to visit the DRC Link.


Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.

All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

Check Out the Caddo Science Newsletter Archives!

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Important K-6 Science Dates

March 22: Exploring the Science Standards Using BreakOut EDU for (K-5) and (6-12)
April 28: RARC: Competition #3

April 20: 5th and 7th Science Field Test (CBT)*
April 27: 6th Science Field Test (CBT)*

May 4- Science Field Test for Grades 3-4 (paper-based)