9-12 Science

November 2017 Newsletter

October 20 PD

For those of you who attended the Office of Teaching and Learning October 20th PD, we had several science offerings: Gizmos (C.E.R.), PASCO probeware (temperature sensor), Biology AIR help, and Student Engagement in your classroom. You can access the resources at:

Departments / Curriculum / Teachers


under Secondary Curriculum PD Days 2017-18

Department Chair Meetings

Time: 3:30-5:30

Dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month (except February)

November 8; December 13; January 10; February 7; March 14; April 11; May 9

Focus: Best practices of individual schools; STEM; argument-driven inquiry; argumentative writing, incorporating the 5E's of science inquiry, and blended learning

Where: November meeting will be held at Downtown High School, room #308, center stairwell, next to elevator

- Per your request, we will be meeting in central locations. I have had about the same number of requests for Downtown HS as for Linmoor. I will try to accommodate both.

Biology AIR Test Resources

Questions about testing? Contact Cathy Holmes, Science Consultant, Ohio Department of Education

cathy.holmes@education.ohio.gov 614-387-0338

Spruce Run

Check out the link below for information on our nature center. Consider a trip there with your students. Contact Geri Granger for details.


Safety Matters

  • Please make sure you are checking and initialing the Weekly Lab Safety Check-Off List.
  • Use the Science Laboratory and Chemistry Laboratory Inspection sheets to make sure your rooms are in compliance.
  • If you are missing anything, have that discussion with your administrator. There is a copy of 30 Laboratory Safety Guidelines in the Principal's Notebook found in your teacher lounge.

If you have any old, unused chemicals for disposal, please contact me for a disposal sheet to complete. Once finished, contact me again and I will get in touch with you. Thank you for working to keep our labs safe!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Check out these Thanksgiving ideas on the Chemistry of Thanksgiving Food! Make sure that you are using proper safety precautions if you use any of them.

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