March 2018 Newsletter
Don't Miss This Opportunity!
Sue Tenney from Ohio Energy gave some specifics about the Ohio Energy Project:
-they cover substitute and transportation costs up to $360
-the kids will visit the different careers such as a line job
-it is for April and May
-there are 6 dates and 4 locations depending on where you want to take the students
-you can only bring a max of 6 students; that is why they cover your sub expense
-you can get CEUs and up to $100 stipend
Also, they have a program for 7th and 9th grade teachers for the summer. You will tour a power plant. You get a kit worth $450 and CEUs for a 5 hour PD
And finally, they want to do the Be E3 Smart PD in the summer for 9th grade teachers. The teachers get a kit; they want the program implemented next year; they connect them to other teachers; there are PDs from July - November. You can get CEUs, a stipend of $100 the 1st year and $200 after 2 years. You could also pay for a graduate credit from Ashland University.
See the flyer below:
Want to have input on the extended standards?
The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through March 12, 2018 as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended. Through the feedback, the Department can ensure the extended standards reflect the experience that Ohio educators and parents have gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted. Through this periodic review, our state aims to better prepare students for the changing expectations of their options after high school.
Survey link: https://www.ohio-k12.help/standards/
Department Chair Meetings
Dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month
March 14; April 11; May 9
Note: Since we had a snow day on February 7th, that Department Chair Meeting was cancelled. It has been taken out of CiMS so that it will not affect your 75% attendance for CEUs.
Focus: Best practices of individual schools; STEM; argument-driven inquiry; argumentative writing, incorporating the 5E's of science inquiry, and discipline literacy.
Geri Granger will present the March Department Chair meeting. Jenny Nord will be working at the state's Model Curriculum Writing for Biology. Your meeting will be held at Spruce Run. It might be sloppy or cold weather, so dress accordingly!
Biology Teachers...It's getting close to test time
- Coming soon: information on updates to the biology curriculum
- Strategies have been applied to the released questions from 2016 and 2017. Check the biology google folder for these resources.
- Proficient PLDs have been unpacked for you. Check the biology google folder for these resources.
- Check the folder in Google Docs for all the resources we have created for you! Thank you to all the biology teachers who helped put together these resources. Please send me any lesson ideas you have to add to the unpacked PLD's so we can share them with all the biology teachers! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iMTcxPo4gOpUTMXjzADNqCinN97THwxq
Here are some resources to assist you:
More Helpful Resources
ASM Materials Camp
Skype a Scientist! 30-60 minute Q and A sessions between your students and a scientist in your field: https://www.skypeascientist.com/
Download SmartBoard on your personal computer or laptop! https://education.smarttech.com/products/notebook/download
Online Presentation Tools for Students:
9N-1366728-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Mitosis and Cell Division
9N-1366729-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Genetics and Heredity
9N-1366741-642 Neo/SCI Web-Based Biology Series
9N-1366725-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Photosynthesis and Respiration
9N-1366733-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Classification of Living Things
9N-1366724-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Cell Processes
9N-1366730-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Biology and Chemistry of Living Things
9N-1366734-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Viruses and Bacteria
9N-1366723-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Cell Structure and Function
9N-1366739-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Human Body Systems
9N-1366250-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based States of Matter: Solids and Liquids
9N-1366255-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Heat and Chemical Change
9N-1366248-642 iNeo/SCI Web-Based Chemistry Fundamentals & Techniques
They will be running a Civil War experience / underground railroad on May 12th. Check out the March Spruce Run Newsletter for details!
Resources for Parents
St. Patty's Day Science!
Office of Teaching and Learning (365-5297)
Sandee Donald, Executive Director
Sharee Wells, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
Heather Allen, K-5 Science Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, email@example.com
Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org