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February 14, 2018

1. Upcoming Elementary Science PD

1. All About Assessments: Science Field Test 2/27

Location: TBA

Date: February 27, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

2. Exploring the Science Standards Using BreakOut EDU

Location: Wanda Gunn Professional Development Auditorium

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

**These are a BYOD (bring your own device) events.


2. Congratulations: QSM Grant

Twenty-one Caddo teachers were awarded the Quality Science & Math (QSM) grant. The purpose of the QSM grant is for K-12 public school teachers to purchase materials and equipment that will improve quality mathematics and science instruction. The max award is $750.00. The list of QSM grant recipients for Caddo is attached. Congratulations to all recipients and to all Caddo teachers who wrote a QSM grant.

Check out who received a grant here.

3. Science Field Test

The State released the science assessment guidance for all testing grades. Check out the Caddo Science Standards Page to see all of the science field test guides for grades 3-8 and biology. The state science field test will be paper-based for grades 3-4 and computer based for grades 5-8.

  • In 2017-2018, the higher of the 2016 or 2017 science scores will be counted in SPS.
  • In 2018-2019, the higher of the 2017 or 2019 science scores will be counted in SPS*.

You can find all science field tests at (Google Drive Folder)

*Please see the John White's 10/24/17 newsletter for more info.

4. 4th annual ECET2

The 4th annual ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) on the Bayou Convening will be held at Samstown Casino on May 4 and May 5. Many of the educators who have registered service students in your district. ECET2 wants to meet the needs of these educators by helping district leaders support their teachers. ECET2 wants to Celebrate this school year and Elevate teachers by helping them to plan the beginning with the ending in mind for next school year.

5. Apply for a $500 EJK Mini-Grant!

A Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library. The 2018 application form is available now.

Application Basics:
Who: Public schools, public libraries, public preschool programs
Where: The United States and U.S. commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam
Limit: Only one application per school or library

Deadline: All completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31 of each year. Those received as of 12 a.m. on April 1 will not be considered.


6. Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Needs Volunteers

RARC is a series of cyber and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) competitions that include liberal arts lessons. The competitions build upon one another and allow students in grades 3-12 to showcase their skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Competition 2 will be Saturday, February 24, 2018. NICERC is still looking for volunteers. For more information, please visit

  • Want to volunteer? Learn how here.

Rosie Revere Engineer Giveaway Winners

Carrie Brock- Atkins

Mary Gafford-Smith- Westwood

Julie Gootee- Arthur Circle

Nicole Coon- Timmons

Giveaway for the next Science Second: The Most Magnificent Thing.

Check Out the Caddo Science Newsletter Archives!

Check out the archive of the Caddo Science Newsletters.


Important K-6 Science Dates

February 24: RARC: Competition #2
March 1-3: Region I Science Fair
March 22:
Exploring the Science Standards Using BreakOut EDU for (K-5) and (6-12)
April 28: RARC: Competition #3

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