Science Notebook

SUHSD Curriculum & PD Science Newsletter

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2016 District Science Fair

The Sweetwater District Science Fair had nearly 200 students from 12 district schools participate in this year’s competition! Each year the top middle and high school projects in the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences are awarded Sweepstakes prizes.

This year’s high school Sweepstakes Award in the Physical Sciences goes to Bonita Vista High students Aleksander Komatina and Ala Zeidan. The high school Life Sciences Sweepstakes went to Leib Lipowsky also from Bonita Vista High.

The middle school Physical Science Sweepstakes went to Angelica Moreno from National City Middle and the Life Sciences Sweepstakes award went to Joaquin Castillo, Jr. also from National City Middle. There were fun hands-on activities and all of the participants were recognized for their hard work.

Click here for a list of all of the 2016 SUHSD Science Fair winners.

Quarter 3 Science Zone Trainings

Science Zone trainings have concluded for Quarter 3. Thank you to the site curriculum specialists who worked hard to plan and facilitate productive trainings.

Q3 Science Cohort 2016

Zone 4A/4B

Zone 1A/1B

Zone 2A/2B

Zone 3A/3B

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Click button above to go to Curriculum and Professional Development Canvas Course

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Go to Canvas here or download below.

Please secure substitutes as soon as possible. Click button above to register.

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SEM 2 Science Content Workshops

SUB-REASON: Conference (PSEUDO 53955)

Click here to RSVP

Dates and Locations:

GS 1 & Fund - April 25, 2016 @ PDC

GS 2 & Fund - April 28, 2016 @ PDC

Biology & LS Fund - May 12, 2016 @ DO A&B

Chem & ChemComm - May 13, 2016 @ DO Board Rm

Physics, AP Phys, APES, ESS & PS Fund - May 16, 2016 @ DO A&B

AP Bio, AP Chem & HAP - May 17, 2016 @ PDC

Contact: Ana Garcia or Melanie Brown

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Click button above to go to Curriculum Canvas Page and download IG.

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2015-2016 Science Instructional Guides

All subject specific Instructional Guides are available. The most updated version is posted in the Curriculum and Professional Development Canvas Course. Please click here to go to the Canvas Course.
Student Opportunities

Please encourage students to apply.

AWIS Spring Career Panel

The AWIS Spring Career Panel is looking for aspiring female scientists. The event will be hosted at SD Mesa College on April 9th from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Click here for flyer.

Located at the Southern California Biotechnology Center @ SD Miramar College

10440 Black Mountain Road

San Diego CA 92126

Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, California Community Colleges


Learn for the FUN of it - Splash@UCSD

Don’t miss this exciting, one-day marathon learning event for high school students on Sunday, April 10! Held at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, Splash@UCSD is $10 per person and free to students who qualify for FRPL. The event is mirrored after Splash events at MIT and Stanford.

Please share this flyer with your students. Seating is limited to 200. For more information and to register, visit Splash@UCSD:

Please help out SYHS by sharing ON Facebook !

Please help out SYHS by sharing ON Facebook !

San Ysidro High School is one of 9 schools using GoFundMe to help provide Chromebooks for their students as a part of the GoFundMe Chromebook Challenge.

From March 8th to March 22nd, we are competing to see which school can get the most Facebook shares from this GoFundMe campaign.

Two ways of winning:

1. The school with the most Facebook shares will receive 100 Chromebooks. ALL you have to do is share on FACEBOOK to vote for us!!!

2. Every dollar donated to this campaign will be used to purchase Chromebooks. GoFundMe will match the first $5,000 donated to this campaign.


To view our competition please click here:

27th Anniversary Scholarship Program!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

27th Anniversary Scholarship

Program Announcement

For the past twenty-six years an important part of the San Diego Air & Space Museum's mission has been to inspire students to tackle challenges of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, and to make a difference in the world through an innovative, adventurous spirit.

The Museum has announced its 27th Anniversary scholarship program to further this goal. Last year fourteen students were selected from the San Diego region, receiving a total of $48,000 in scholarships.

Scholarships are given annually on behalf of four Museum administered scholarship funds: Bill Gibbs, R.A. Rearwin, Jennings Kelly Scarborough, and the Convair Alumni Association, as well as a special San Diego Air & Space Museum STEM scholarship. Over the past 26 years, 268 talented San Diego County high school graduating seniors have received a total of $759,000 in scholarships.

Click here for more information

Students interested in these scholarships can download applications from our website. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2016.

Science Opportunities for Teachers

See below for upcoming science conferences and other opportunities for professional development.

Two-year Grant to Support the Implementation of PLTW

Great opportunity from NSTA report.

Verizon has partnered with PLTW to offer middle schools nationwide the opportunity to apply for a two-year grant to support the implementation of PLTW Gateway’s new specialization units – Introduction to Computer Science I (ICS I) and Introduction to Computer Science II (ICS II). Schools must demonstrate a Free and Reduced Lunch Program eligible student population of 70% or greater.

Grant funds may be used to help offset the following implementation expenses: • PLTW Gateway program participation fees • ICS teacher training expenses • Designated equipment costs including tablets, computers, wireless connectivity, accessories

Eligibility Requirements

Please read and ensure all of the eligibility requirements are met prior to applying. This is a competitive application process and applicants are not guaranteed funding.

· Must be a middle school located within the United States

· Must have a Free and Reduced Lunch Program eligible student population of 70% or greater

Important Dates

· Application opens: January 15, 2016

· Application closes: March 31, 201

UCSD Middle and High School Science and Technology Summer 2016 Workshops

UCSD’s 2016 StudentTECH is open for registration!

Courses are now available for this coming summer at the UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center. Courses range from everything from introductory formal programming and animation classes to photoshop. These courses are expected to fill up quickly. If you know of a middle/high school student or community member in the district who could benefit from a one week intensive workshop, sign-up with the link below.

Courses range from up to $260 each.
Fundraising opportunities are available.
Courses are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm.

All materials are included.

With questions regarding the Java [week of June 13-17], Mathematica [week of July 25-29], or C [week of August 15-19] courses, feel free to contact

Click here for full info and registration packets.

San Diego Science Education Conference

Join us —and more than 250 science educators from San Diego County—for the San Diego Science Education Conference— Saturday, April 9th at Grossmont College! There are more than 80 presenters and numerous vendors..Check your site for funding for this very low cost/high value conference….

Click here for an informational flier.

Click here for more information about the presentations and registration.

Contact: Steve Rodecker

Science Specialist, unununretired

Sweetwater Union High School District

San Diego Science Education Conference

Grossmont College

Saturday, April 9th

UC San Diego's 3rd Annual Teaching + Learning Conference

Join hundreds of regional educators at

UC San Diego's 3rd Annual Teaching + Learning Conference

Teaching for Impact: Innovative Practices for Today's Standards

Saturday, April 30, 2016

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UC San Diego Pepper Canyon Hall

Download the list of confirmed conference sessions.

Held on the campus of UC San Diego, this one-day conference offers the latest innovations and strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To register: General registration is $25. Visit the Eventbrite registration page to pay by credit card or check. Day-of-event registration is $30 by check only. Don't wait, space is limited - register today!

Register Here

A light continental breakfast and lunch are available for conference registrants. Please see map for directions to UC San Diego/Pepper Canyon Hall and the Gilman Parking Garage. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Click here for more information.

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Provost's Distinguised Lecture

Provost's Distinguished Lecture


Nobel Laureate Richard R. Schrock

From San Diego to Stockholm:

My Path to Winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

3-4:30 pm

Montezuma Hall

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Dr. Richard R. Schrock

Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005)

Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry, MIT

Learn more about speaker here.

The event is free and open to the public. Register here.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Explorer

Find the right tool to support your science activities, lessons, and curriculum with our new NGSS Explorer. You can now browse hundreds of apps, games, and websites evaluated by our expert reviewers and tagged for relevant NGSS performance expectations. Learn more

2016 Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science

Conservation Science Workshop with the San Diego Zoo!

Join us this summer for a 4-day, 3-night workshop for middle and high school life science teachers, held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA.

Our program offers teachers the opportunity to study the science of saving species, all while gathering stories, activities, and lessons framed in the context of conservation science. Educators and scientists come together at the largest zoo-based research facility in the world for a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience in wildlife


Click here for flyer.

Centennial Young Conservationist Scholarship Award

We would like to invite you to nominate a student for a scholarship award our organization is offering as part of our 100 year celebration.

San Diego Zoo Global is proud to announce the Centennial Young Conservationist Scholarship Award. As we celebrate 100 years of dedication to wildlife conservation, this new award is designed to recognize and support the outstanding conservation-related efforts of one next generation wildlife hero. Award candidates must be nominated by an educator (middle school, high school, or college) during the course of their high school or undergraduate program. The award includes a commemorative plaque and $5,000 scholarship check to be presented at the San Diego Zoo on the morning of Endangered Species Day (May 20th, 2016). The winning applicant must commit to attend the awards ceremony on May 20th.

Please find the application packet here. Instructions for how to turn in completed packets are included in packet.

The Conservation Education Team

Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science

Conservation Education Division

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

Phone: (760) 747-8702 x5756


FutureNOW! Conference on Saturday, April 30

Register Now

Join us for the FutureNOW! Conference on Saturday, April 30

STEAM Insight is a proud partner for this year's event. We will be bringing 250+ educators, administrators and technologists together who are all re-imagining learning experiences in their classrooms, schools & districts.

Keynote - Milton Chen, Former Edutopia Director & Author, "Education Nation"


Workshop Themes & Sample Sessions

STEAM, PBL, Deeper Learning, Design Thinking, Maker Ed, Coding

"Cure for the Common Code" - Scott Moss, San Diego Unified

"Coding with Minecraft" - Sheldon Wolpoff, ThoughtSTEM

"Designing a Culture for Innovation" - Eric Chagala, Vista Innovation & Design Academy

"Lights, Camera, Literacy: Making Learning Visible" - Dena Glynn, Poway Unified

"Why STEM Needs Music and Vice Versa" - Merryl Goldberg, CSUSM

"Getting to Deeper Learning through Field Work" - Jennifer Pieratt, CraftED Curriculum

"Leading Innovation From Where You Are" - Grant Lichtman, Future of K-12 Education

"Digital Portfolios for Elementary Classrooms" - Trevor Mattea, High Tech Elementary

2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program

The San Diego Workforce Partnership and Southern California Biotechnology Center at SD Miramar College is pleased to announce that the application for the 2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program is now available.

Please visit: to begin the application process.

The LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program features:

  • First-hand biotech techniques that are being used by scientists in the field of biotechnology using the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Curriculum (
  • On-going support for curriculum implementation, including loaner equipment and supplies
  • Industry visits to biotechnology companies and interaction with science professionals
  • Option to purchase continuing education units from Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning

  • $500 one-time stipend for implementation of one or more labs in a classroom located within San Diego County during the 2016-2017 academic school year.

More information on the program, please visit:

For any questions, please email

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Carrie Northrum

Science Teacher @ San Ysidro High School
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Carrie was selected as the Chapter 118 (San Diego) STEM teacher of the year. She was also later selected as the California Air Force Association Region 3 Teacher of the Year. She was recognized at their chapter meeting and was given a $1000 award.

Reading Apprenticeship

Science Festival/STEM In Your Backyard

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Click button above for Special Education newsletter.

Special Services Newsletter is HERE!!!

Click the Special Education Newsletter button above to access the Special Services Newsletter. For more information, please contact Christine Fax-Huckaby.
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sweetSTEAM Newsletter!

Check out what's happening with STEAM activities and programs across the district.

Direct link:


# sweetSTEAM is our district Science ( STEAM) hashtag

Please use hashtag when you want to share something special to the district.


Click on title above to go to the Next Generation Science Standards Website.

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District Science Contacts

SUHSD: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development
Science Notebook
Volume 3, Issue 4, March 2016