Science and Technology's Semi-Regular Department Newsletter

December 2, 2015


What is this? Why have a newsletter?

Something that we all know is that we do some really great things in our department. The thing we are not doing a great job of is self-promotion. I am creating this newsletter program to try and address that.

In each newsletter I would like to feature what is going on in (and out) of our classrooms. Sometimes the most powerful discussions result when we find out what each other is doing - new ideas come about, collaborations flourish, and general awesomeness ensues. We've had many interdisciplinary discussions across content areas, grade levels, and schools where we've learned what is happening in other classrooms that we may have had no idea about!

This is a newsletter for us. I don't have intentions to send it out to the world. Maybe that will change, but let's see how it goes. (The world should know how good MADS&T is!)

I'm going to need you to help me fill in the blanks. I will be reaching out to all of you for some feedback about what you are working on, but feel free to volunteer that information to me! (send it in an email!)



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Jeff Coviello came to Madison on a mission to develop our district's television program into a multimedia powerhouse! Equipped with brand-new equipment and a renovated studio space he is set to bring MADDTV (Madison Dodger TV) to the next level!

You can be part of the action - Jeff and his students are looking for interesting activities, events, and happenings to feature in our channel programming. Want to be the next Mr./Ms. Wizard? Have a cool science demo that would look great on film? Have a club activity to promote? See Jeff and he will help you make ideas a reality!


Luis Largo is again working with Interact and Student Government this holiday season to help out two families in need. The back of Luis' room has been the collection point for donated items which will soon be picked up and packaged for delivery this holiday season. Great job Luis!
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Our own Angela Wylykanowitz is holding a Madison Teacher Academy class on December 10th about using EdPuzzle in your classroom. This is a great teaching tool which aligns very well with the district's goals for technology integration in instruction! For more information and to register go to:

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NJDOE Workshops

Go to: for more information. If you would like to go to one of these workshops please get a travel authorization form from your building secretary, fill it out, and send it to me.

Translating the Biology Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

December 21: Trenton – Register by 12/7/15

February 18: Trenton - Register by 2/4/16

Translating the Chemistry Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

December 17: East Orange – Register by 12/3/15

January 4: Trenton – Register by 12/21/15

March 4: Trenton - Register by 2/19/16

Translating the Physics Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

February 12: Trenton – Register by 1/29/16

March 22: East Orange – Register by 3/8/16

Translating Capstone Earth & Space Sciences Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

December 22: Trenton – Register by 12/8/15

March 1: Trenton - Register by 2/16/16

Translating Middle School Earth&Space Sciences Model Sci Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

January 13: Trenton – Register by 12/30/15

Translating Middle School Life Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

January 7: East Orange – Register by 12/23

January 15: Trenton – Register by 1/4/16

Translating Middle School Physical Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

January 27: Trenton – Register by 1/13/16

February 26: East Orange - Register by 2/12/16

Structure and Properties of Matter for teachers in grades 2 & 5

December 10: Trenton - Register by 11/25/15

December 16: East Orange - Register by 12/2/15

Inheritance and Variation of Traits for teachers in grade 3

January 8: Trenton – Register by 12/28/15

January 12: East Orange – Register by 12/29/15

Interdependent Relationships; & Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems for Grades K, 2, 3, &5

February 9: East Orange - Register by 1/26/16

February 19: Trenton - Register by 2/5/16

Structure, Function and Information Processing for teachers in grades 1 and 4

March 2: East Orange - Register by 2/16/16

March 21: Trenton - Register by 3/7/16