6-8 Science

January 2018 Newsletter

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars. We will be hosting our second annual Reimagine Conference on June 6-7, 2018. We will be offering several science opportunities as well as informative general sessions. More information will be coming!

More Opportunities

Once again, we will be conducting Content Experts this year. Consider attending as a representative for your school. Let me know if you would be interested in participating. More information will be coming so watch your emails!


Want some help with using Gizmos in your classroom? Check out these sites:

Whole Group Instruction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6BHqO8Orfg

Small Group Instruction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ2_WmnPC_k

Want to learn in your pajamas? Webinar Opportunity! Expand into Differentiation. January 25, 5:30-7:30 Expanding the Gizmos Experience helps teachers develop a deeper understanding of how to integrate Gizmos into their curriculum, and effective uses of whole group and small group instruction. The course shows teachers how to get the most from the Gizmo Lesson Materials by making these intentional instructional decisions. In the workshop, the instructor models best practices for using Gizmos in a whole class setting as well as a small group setting. Check CiMS for registration.

Don't Forget...Safety Always Matters

Thank you to those schools who have notified me of chemicals they wished to have removed. If you have any old chemicals that need to be disposed of, please fill in the chemical removal sheet and send it to me. Also, a big thank you to those who have sent me their mercury check sheet. If you have not filled in your mercury check sheet, please do so and return it A.S.A.P. Thank you for helping to make our schools a safe environment for all students!

Spruce Run Nature Center

Field Trips and Family Fun:

Dates for Spruce Run are filling up FAST......contact Geri Granger.

Free Family Programming.....



Coming this April. Contact Geri Granger for more information. Come be a part of the 24-hour opportunity!

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If you would like to learn about the mechanics for Study Island, contact Quentin Briggs:


If you would like to learn how to use it as a great source for differentiation, contact Jesse Ireland: jireland4224@columbus.k12.oh.us

Nasco free lesson plans: (scroll down to science...NOTE...you cannot do the cheek cell lab in this district)


Online Presentation Tools for Students:



Check out this resource: www.ck12.org

It has several resource items. Included are online textbook links (FlexBook), PLIX, study guides, videos, readings, and practices. You can search by your state standards.

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Winter BLAH Fun!

Check out Education World's "A Blizzard of Winter Lessons." Remember, these are internet resources so be sure to take all safety precautions.


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, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us