MADSCI NEWS

Science and Technology's Semi-Regular Department Newsletter

March 11, 2016

ROBOTICS MOVE ON TO SUPER REGIONALS!

At the NJ State Championship Tournament at NJIT on February 28th the Madison Robotics Team qualified for the Super Regional Competition in Scranton, PA this coming weekend.


This is a fantastic achievement by the team and their coaches Mike Tollin and Marty Fennell. Let's all wish them luck as they continue to work on bringing home championships!

NGSS PRESENTATION TO THE BOARD

On Tuesday, March 8th I presented an overview of the NGSS to the Board of Education. I'd like to thank everyone for the feedback you gave as I developed it, and for all your hard work as we adopt these standards.


You can see the presentation with audio below (warning - the audio is not great, I just used my phone).

NGSS Board Presentation March 8, 2016

TECHNOLOGY SETS THE SHOWCASE STANDARD!

If you haven't seen it yet, make a point to visit the MHS showcase in the front of the building. The Technology department has created a very unique showcase - great job!. MHS Science Teachers are scheduled to show off our department awesomeness in May - let's start thinking of ideas (and I'm sure our technology colleagues would help!)
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TIME IS PASSING QUICKLY

It's hard to believe it is March already, and closing out the year is right around the corner. Things tend to get very busy fast, so please keep in mind some upcoming dates:

  • Completion of third observation cycle - by April 1
  • SGO Finalized - by April 1
  • Summative Evaluation Form - April 1 (NT) / April 29 (T)
(See Matt Mingle's email from March 8th "Fwd: Launch of Observation Cycle" for more details.)
  • Summer Assignment Submission (MHS) - TBD, (Last Year: May 20)
  • Final Exam Submission (MHS) - TBD, (Last Year: Draft - May 1, Final - May 20)

NEXT DEPARTMENT MEETING

Due to the "Friends of Education" MEA event, our next department meeting is not until March 28th.


At that meeting we will be continuing our curriculum work, with science beginning to outline the until plans based on your gap analysis and performance expectation alignment. Please discuss this with your content area partners so that we can make the most effective use of our time!


I know it seems like a ways away, but it will be here before you know it!

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