Cobb Science

August News and Notes

Welcome Back to School

We hope you had a fun and restful summer and are "geared up" for the 2015-2016 school year. This is the first of our monthly newsletters for science teachers. Each month, we'll bring you new technology integration ideas, highlight a pedagogical strategy, and inform you about upcoming science events for both you and your students. We'll also spotlight some of the innovative work being done by teachers around the district. Additionally, you can check out what's happening in the science department on our new website,, and follow us on Twitter using the handle @cobbscience.

Teacher Kick-Off: Learning From Our Peers

We hope you enjoyed the sessions you attended at Teacher Kick-Off and learned some new ideas from your peers. As a reminder, you can find all of the presentations for grades 6-12 on Blackboard. If you are a K-5 teacher, you can find the links to all presentations on the Engage Cobb Wordpress site for your grade level.

Implementing Science Clubs: Spotlight on Science Olympiad

Make this the year to introduce exciting new science clubs or extracurricular programs at your school! One well-established program in Cobb is Science Olympiad.

How it works: Science Olympiad teams operate at all grade level bands (elementary, middle, and high). Student teams of up to 15 members typically work after school to prepare for Cobb's elementary or middle school competition. Pairs of students participate in hands-on events in disciplines such as genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, mechanical engineering and technology. Winners of those competitions advance to the state competition held in May at Kennesaw State.

Debbie Amodeo of Dodgen Middle School has a plethora of experience leading Science Olympiad teams. She is leading a new coaches training at Dodgen on Saturday, October 24th from 8:30-12:30. This workshop will include training on specific events and a Coaching Roundtable session for new and experienced coaches. The workshop is free and is a great chance to collaborate with other coaches and science colleagues. To register, email Kathy Jacobson at Check out Debbie's school flyer for her Science Olympiad team. You can also find more information about Science Olympiad on our Cobb Science website.

Instructional Strategy Focus

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Capture your back-to-school energy by trying a new instructional strategy. Interactive notebooks are an excellent way for students to reflect on and communicate what they are learning in class. They don't have to be in a physical notebook either-- if you are challenging yourself to do more digitally, your students can keep electronic notebooks. To learn more about the nuts and bolts of interactive notebooks, check out this informative website. It has how-to's as well as student work samples from every grade level.

Digital Tools and Resources

Upcoming Events

Educator Appreciation Day at the Atlanta Zoo

Saturday, Aug. 29th, 9:30am-6:30pm

800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast

Atlanta, GA

Educators receive FREE admission (educator ID required) and $2 OFF general admission for accompanying guests.

EPI Marine/Wildlife Fellowships

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 5pm

Costa Rica, Baja, or Yellowstone

EPI’s Research & Education Fellowships provide unique professional development opportunities for grade 8-12 educators to collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects. 2016 sites include Costa Rica, Baja, and Yellowstone. The eight day program costs $250 plus airfare. You can apply at by September 1st.

Siemens STEM Competition

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 11:45pm

North Ave NW

Atlanta, GA

"The competition is the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Students can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000."