833 Elementary Science Scoop

Winter 2015/16

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Minnesota Department of Education is seeking your feedback to help prepare for the Science Standards Review process outlined above. To share your feedback go to http://bityly.com/SciSdsInput.
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Get a new perspective on learning! Perspective provides thousands of learning resources to help teachers and students aligned to the Minnesota Academic Standards. Go to https://mn.pearsonperspective.com/perspective/home?passCode=mn_family and Click "Enter Family Site" to get full access.

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Looking for Judges for State Science & Engineering Fair!

The State Science & Engineering Fair is an annual competition that showcases Minnesota's best and brightest students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Judges are needed for projects and papers at the middle school and senior high level. The competition is April 2 – 5 in Bloomington with some of the events on the weekend. For information about judging, go to this Minnesota Academy of Science site. Also consider incorporating science fairs into your science program.

How Might Your School Benefit with $500 for a Garden?

The Jeffers Foundation is now offering $500.00 School garden Grants for the 2016-17 school year. To download an application form, go to this Jeffers Foundation site to explore Garden Grant Opportunities.


Nominations and applications for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are now being accepted. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Teachers in grades K-6 with at least five years of teaching experience are eligible for the 2016 award. Teachers applying for the 2016 PAEMST award must be nominated and self-nominations are accepted. Nominations can be submitted on-line through the PAEMST website at www.paemst.org. Contact Sue Wygant at susan.wygant@state.mn.us or 651-582-8581 if you have any questions. Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2016, so an early nomination will provide the applicant with sufficient time to complete and submit a high quality application.

Up to 5 state finalists will be chosen by a State Selection Committee. The Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics honors each of the state finalists with a paid two-year membership in MCTM and a complimentary registration for the Minnesota Spring Mathematics Conference. One of the three state finalists will be selected by a National Selection Committee as The Presidential Award winner for Minnesota. The state Presidential Award winner is announced by the White House. The state Presidential Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash award from the National Science Foundation and will be invited to Washington, DC for a week of recognition.

Please consider nominating an outstanding mathematics teacher in grades K-6 for this prestigious honor.

Bailey School Forest Reservation Calendar for 2015-16

Please send an email to Jamie Holtz if you are interested in going to Bailey School Forest.