Cobb Science

October News and Notes

Have You Explored CTLS Teach Yet?

Did you know that CTLS Teach contains the following phenomenal resources?:

-new 3-D lessons per unit aligned to the standards/elements for your grade level or course

-general instructional strategies for teaching the standards with fidelity

-at least one STEM challenge or PBL challenge per unit

-corresponding web resources

-common student misconceptions

-teacher background information documents

-parent newsletters (certain grades/courses only)

-literature connections (certain grades/courses only)

-a printable unit outline

Please note that all the information/lessons/web resources, etc from the printable unit outline are embedded within your CTLS Teach course. Therefore, the links to the documents (i.e. lessons) within the unit outline are not live. To find the lessons and other documents, navigate to the blue "Topics" bar on the left-hand side in your course and click on "Instructional Strategies," "Topic Resources" and/or "STEM" to find the lessons. The real "meat" of CTLS Teach is under the "Topics" section-- so don't forget to navigate all the way down to the bottom of the page!

Community Parnerships

Chattahoochee Nature Center Canoemobile Program

The Canoemobile is visiting the Atlanta area for the third time! This fall, the Wilderness Inquiry brings their 24' voyageur canoes down from Minnesota to explore the Chattahoochee River watershed. They will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to take students out on the River, learn about STEM careers and to learn some science about the Chattahoochee River. You can sign up for one of these days to explore and learn about your watershed. Detailed information can be found below. Dates and times are first-come, first-served.

Dates: October 30 – November 14th (12 days of programs)

Schedule: We will divide each day into two sessions. We can accommodate up to 108 (students, teachers & chaperones) per day:

10:00-11:15-Session 1 Group A (canoe river study) & Group B (2 land stations)


11:45-1:00-Session 2 Group B (canoe river study) & Group A (2 land stations)

Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075

Participants: Up to 108 per day. These numbers include teachers & chaperones. (4th to High School)

Experience: No prior boating experience is necessary

Cost: Free (paid by a grant)

Transportation: Schools will have to make their own bus arrangements.

To Schedule: Contact Dr. Tom Howick, Director of Education, or 770-992-2055 x235

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Essay Contest

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, a water planning agency for the 15 county metro area focused on water supply and conservation, wastewater and septic management, and watershed protection/stormwater pollution prevention, is holding an essay contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This year’s topic is to explain why water quantity and water quality are equally important. Students should write a 300-500 word essay. Essays are due October 20, 2017. The prize is $100 for each county winner, and a winner from the City of Atlanta. A grand prize with an additional $400 will be awarded at the winners’ reception held on December 13th at the state capitol.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Science and Engineering Practices Webinar #3- Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Join us virtually on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:30-5:00 pm for our SEP webinar on Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. The join the webinar that afternoon, click the following link:

Science Olympiad

ESO Coaches Training October 5th

Date: Oct. 5th

Time: 4:00-5:30

Location: 590 Commerce Park, Suite 140 -

Bring a bag or box for supplies. More information about ESO can be found at

Dodgen Middle School Science Olympiad Workshop

The annual Middle School Science Olympiad training workshop is on Saturday October 28th at Dodgen Middle School in East Cobb County. This middle school workshop is helpful for new schools as well as experienced schools. This provides a great way to jump start your team for the year.

Each school that registers may bring 1 teacher/coach and 2 students for each event class that is taught (as space available).

This year’s classes include:

• Road Scholar – Paul Jacobson, Dodgen
• Experimental Design – Twila McMullan, North Cobb Christian
• Wright Stuff – Dave & Eileen Zeigler – Freedom Flight Models
• Roller Coaster – Dodgen / Lockheed Martin
• Towers - Jennifer Joiner, Dekalb County School System
• Event TBD – Sumi Jayaraman
• Engineering Careers (Taught by young Lockheed Martin engineers)
• New coach class (0-3 years experience) Debbie Amodeo, Dodgen
• Coach Roundtable (new & experienced lead coaches)

We are also teaching a “new coach” class which is geared towards coaches with 0-3 years’ experience with Science Olympiad.

Registration Form Link:

Seating is limited so we will handle registration on a first come first served basis and will try to accommodate as many schools as possible.