High School Science Newsletter

May-June 2019

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for helping make my first year as your District science lead a successful and enjoyable experience. I appreciate the support and the openness to try new things and collaborate. I also appreciate the patience you have demonstrated as I learn all of the ins and outs of this position. I am excited for the future of science in Pasco and look forward to collaborating with many more of you this summer and into next year. I wanted to share some updates and previews of what's to come in the world of science in Pasco.

Curriculum Updates

Changes you can expect to see on the Science Secondary Learning Network.

As many of you know, we have had teams of teachers working on suggested revisions to our maps. In addition, I have been working on updating the Secondary Science Learning Network so that all courses are equally represented and easily accessible. So, the major changes coming your way that will start to appear in June are...



  • New SLN Landing page layout, with all secondary courses represented.
  • A dedicated Tiered support section on each concept map
  • Forensic Science Scope & Sequence and curriculum maps
  • Revised Physical Science scope and sequence
  • Revised Environmental Science scope and sequence with updated concept maps and resources.
  • Updated and vetted Biology resources
  • Purposeful integration of the Nature of Science Standards into those courses.


We know its a lot, but it's all work that has needed to happen for some time and has been done with ease of use and effectiveness in mind. Have no fear, we will be offering sessions at Together We Learn in July that will walk participants through the changes as well as set them up for success coming out of summer. Ae below for more information and be watching for the TWL sessions info to sign up to be released in early June.

Professional Development Opportunities

Together-We-Learn Summer Science PD Opportunities

High School Unit Launches (Science Academy Style)

Monday, July 29th, 9am to Wednesday, July 31st, 4:30pm

J. W. Mitchell High School

There will be a variety of Together We Learn sessions offered to support professional development in high school science courses. Look for information on registering to be released in early June.


The Unit Launch sessions will introduce participants to the new layout and features of the curricular resources and secondary learning network. In addition, you’ll gain a better understanding of the purposeful integration of Nature of Science standards into a lesson, and experience a model lesson, Science Academy style, that you can use during the 1st unit of the year. You’ll also leave with a collection of strategies meant to engage all learners. Attending this session should ignite your science planning for Quarter 1 before the official start of the year.


Sessions Available:


  • Environmental Science Unit Launch (120-min) - Mon, 7/29 9:00 – 11:00

  • Biology 1 Unit Launch (120-min) - Mon, 7/29 12:20 – 2:20

  • Physical Science Unit Launch (120-min) - Mon, 7/29 2:30 – 4:30

  • Biology 1 Unit Launch (120-min) - Wed, 7/31 9:00 – 11:00

  • Pearson Biology 101 for New Teachers (120-min) - Wed, 7/31 12:20 pm – 2:20 pm (Textbook - Vendor Presentation)

  • Pearson Biology Next Steps (120-min) - Wed, 7/31 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Textbook - Vendor Presentation)

  • Forensic Science Unit Launch (120-min) - Wed, 7/31 2:30 – 4:30

PLAN-IT Learning Summer PD

Join us for Plan-It Learning in June 10-13, 2019. Plan-It Learning will provide instructional staff high levels of planning and learning centered around our key priorities: high impact instruction, collaborative culture, and data-driven decisions. The best part… participants will get paid to attend! Explore the possibilities below! Seating is limited, so register today!

https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/events/plan-it-learning

More spots available for Summer Science Symposium Offered by DOE

Great news for our district!

The FDOE STEM Team has identified additional seats for our district at the STEMposium. We have open seats in all tracks (elementary, middle and biology) for this summer. The registration deadline has been extended to ensure you have time to register. The new deadline is noon on Tuesday, May28th. Registration is now open to anyone who wishes to apply.

Please visit www.FLSTEM.zone for more information and feel free to contact me with questions.


Last year the Florida Department of Education provided a Summer Science Symposium focusing on standards-based lessons and aligned activities. Teachers across the state were invited to participate in one of three regions. Last year’s attendees returned to their districts with a wealth of inspiring lessons focused on key standards for the courses and the subsequent annual assessment. Having participated last summer, I actually used parts of this training to help develop some of the science academies offered this year.


Preparations are underway for another Summer Science experience for elementary, middle, and high science teachers in the form of a STEMposium. This year, in addition to engaging, standards-aligned lessons and activities, there will be breakout sessions focused on STEM education and careers.


This summer, the training will take place at Middleton High School

4801 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL From July 15th-19th.


Great news for our district!

The FDOE STEM Team has identified additional seats for our district at the STEMposium. We have open seats in all tracks (elementary, middle and biology) for this summer. The registration deadline has been extended to ensure you have time to register. The new deadline is noon on Tuesday, May28th. Registration is now open to anyone who wishes to apply.

Please visit www.FLSTEM.zone for more information and feel free to contact me with questions.

Additional Information

Energy Curricula and Learning kits are available for K-12 public schools!

Energy Curricula and Learning Kits

The Energy Curricula and Learning Kits complement the Solar Matters (Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and Understanding Solar Energy (9-12) activity units developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center. Each kit contains wires, motors, milliamp meters, multi-testers, propellers, UV detecting beads, thermometers, prisms, videos, watt meters, reference books, career guides, and various types and sizes of photovoltaic panels.


Eligibility

Applicants must be a Florida public school active with the Master School Identification (MSID) list and the application must be signed by the school’s principal. See the MSID list. Kits are limited to one per school. K-12 schools can apply for a kit from each level (elementary, middle and high school) for a total of three kits.


Application Process

Fill out the Energy Education Kits application form. All fields in the application must be complete and the application must be signed by the school’s principal. The signature must be original. Submit the complete and signed application to Energy@FreshFromFlorida.com or mail to:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office of Energy
Attn: Energy Education Kits
600 S. Calhoun St., Ste. B04
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001


Availability

Energy education kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the date and time that a properly completed application is received.


Type of Kit Available Kits


Elementary Curricula and Learning - 320

Middle School Curricula and Learning - 153

High School Curricula and Learning - 61

Updated as of May 10, 2019


Visit the Office of Energy's website for current availability.

Biology EOC Support

EOC Success for Me - This Pasco science resource was created a few years ago but still has some very valuable review materials, questions, etc.


Assessment Resources - Use the information provided by DOE about the Bio EOC to help support your students and add to your instruction.

Clarification on Calculator Use for District Finals in Chemistry & Physics Courses

Chemistry & Physics Teachers,


It was brought to our attention that the Chemistry and Physics courses that are tested using the district finals (Chem, Chem Hon, Pre-AICE Chem IG, Physics, Physics Hon) indicated that a graphing calculator could be used. The computer platform used for testing has never allowed for a graphing calculator and only allows for a scientific calculator to be available through the system. After a thorough review of the items and discussion with teachers of those courses it was determined that a graphing calculator is not required for the district finals in those courses. All items would require no more than a scientific calculator. If schools plan to offer any of these district finals (Chem, Chem Hon, Pre-AICE Chem IG, Physics, Physics Hon) in paper format, students are not permitted to use a handheld graphing calculator, only a scientific calculator. This clarification is also more in alignment to state policy for courses requiring the use of calculators for state assessments.

Curriculum Map Feedback Form



The Science Curriculum Teams continue to meet to work on corrections and tweaks to the curriculum maps and resources. Please use this Curriculum Map Feedback Form to provide the Science Curriculum Team with input on our Science Curriculum maps to allow us to continue to refine them. Please be as specific as possible so that the team may constructively review the information and make an informed decision on how to proceed. Your input is critical to continuing to move Pasco Science forward!

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International Science Fair

Huge Shout Out!

We took two of our state finalists to the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix, Az last week. Congratulations and huge kudos to Chase Olivanti and Nalin Mehra, both from WRHS, for participating. It was an amazing experience and the caliber of science being displayed at the event was amazing. Great work!

#PascoDoingScience

Please continue to send us pictures of Pasco students who are engaged in the practice of science through exploration, discovery, research, discussion, analysis, argumentation or investigation. Feel free to use this hashtag to shout out the excellent things your students are doing and tag us @SciencePasco

Want to contact me?

Mark Butler

Senior Instructional Specialist

Science 6-12 & Environmental Programs