6-8 Science

December 2017 Newsletter

Jenny Nord

November 7 PD

For those of you who attended the Office of Teaching and Learning October 20th PD, we had several science offerings: Gizmos (Expanding the Gizmo Experience), PASCO probeware (pH 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

Safety Matters

If you have any old chemicals that need to be disposed of, please fill in the chemical removal sheet and send it to me. 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

Check out the link below for information on our nature center. Consider a trip there with your students. Contact Geri Granger for details. Please notice that there is FREE family opportunities every 2nd Saturday of the month.


The Wonder of Words -or- The Value of Vocabulary

Academic vocabulary is vital for the success of our students in science. Click on the link for the Middle School shared folder in Google where you will find academic vocabulary words for science (divided by grades) and test taking.


Also be sure to check out your Middle School folder for videos to help you with content for each grade and unit. You will also find past newsletters. This is a site in progress so be sure to continue to check. It is a resource just for you! Contact Jenny Nord if you have any ideas of items to add to your resource folder.


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Winter Holiday Activities and Labs

Check out these holiday ideas for middle school science activities! 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