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Class Session GP1L16   October 8th 

8 Oct

Review Homework

Cancellation of Common Factors

Home Learning  EUREKA MATH p. 25   DO 11 problems each day!

Special Board Meeting September 3, 2014 Officers & Volunteers

2 Sep

Please be sure to attend our Cambridge Parents meeting for volunteers and officers this Wednesday night 9/3/14.

 

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm.

Looking forward to meeting with all of our great volunteers!

Meeting 5/15/14 in Room 227 Science Book Room

12 May

1. Preparing for Summer – Storage of Materials

DCASTA Science Teacher of the Year Vote

1 May

Science Department Meeting 5/1/14

30 Apr
REMINDERS –
IPEGS Documentation is DUE TODAY
Get your Baseball Tickets and watch the Marlins SWEEP the BRAVES tonight!
1. DCASTA Science Teacher of the Year vote

2. HGD Letters   –  Grade Level CurriculumMaps & Unit Ideas  – Flour Babies 

3.  Dissections – Schedule – Supplies Equipment Procedures
4.Supplies
5. Link to Answer Key Powerpoint and the last of the tests that were handed in
6. Next year – Lab Journals for the Department
7. Next Meeting Dates  5/15 and 5/29  – Science Celebration? Lunch one of the Early Dismissal Days?

Science Department Meeting April 17th

9 Apr

AGENDA

1.  Dissections  –  What & How many

7-9 inch double bullfrogs  $9.50 each

7-9 inch rats $7.10

ORGANS – Which one?

Sheep Brain $7.70

Cow Kidney $7.05

Pig Heart /peri.  $7.70

2.  EARTH DAY! Any fun ideas for activities?

REMEMBER BABY CELEBRATION BRUNCH FRIDAY 4/18/14 at 10:00AM   AKA Science Workshop on HG&D Instruction & Fertility Links

 

Science Department Meeting 4/3/14

3 Apr

AGENDA

***** BABY CELEBRATION BRUNCH  – FRIDAY APRIL 18th  10AM********** ??

ITEM  1.

 ARTICULATION GRADES 6 & 7

Wednesday, April 9th There will be both a morning and afternoon homeroom – in the afternoon homeroom 6th & 7th grade teachers will COLLECT ALL SUBJECT SELECTION FORMS to hand back out the next morning – Period 2 Thursday remind 6th & 7th grade students to have parents sign the form and return it to homeroom the next day.

2014-2015 Subject Selection forms – new courses for 2014-2015 school year are: 

o   Beginning Dance for 6th graders (fulfills the PE requirement)

o   Digital Media for 7th and 8th graders

o   Biology (high school course) for 8th graders that have already completed     Physical Science (high school course)

In-house Articulation Memo – In-house Articulation will be from Wednesday, April 9th through Friday, April 11th. Wednesday, April 9th we will have a morning and afternoon Homeroom. Teachers must read the memo and follow directions carefully. A hardcopy of this in-house articulation memo will be placed in each teacher’s mailbox.

 Placement Criteria/Recommendations by teachers – criteria handout will be placed in each teacher’s mailbox.

 (USE THIS:

6th Grade to 7th Grade Physical Science

– Maturity & Homework completion

– Strong mathematics skills

-Grade of A/high B

 

7th Grade to Physical Science

Grade A/B

Strong Mathematics skills

 

Physical Science to Biology

Grade A/B =Biology

Grade C or below  – Adv. Comprehensive Science 3

 

Advanced versus Regular Comprehensive

Grade A/B    – Good work habits –  Motivation

 

Regular Comprehensive   Grades C or below

(If a student is borderline chose the higher level option –

Student performance will be reviewed at First quarter Progress reports & adjustments to the schedule will be made.)

 

Very IMPORTANT: Teachers teaching INCLUSION classes – Recommend only the ESE students CURRENTLY in your inclusion class to another INCLUSION class for next school year. Recommend only the Gen. Ed. (NON ESE) students in your inclusion class to a REGULAR class for next school year.

 

ITEM 2.  

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BELLRINGER FIRST THING EACH PERIOD SO YOU HAVE TIME TO CHECK EMAIL UPDATES AT THE START OF EACH PERIOD!

FCAT Testing – it is IMPERATIVE that emails are read periodically during the day (morning, noon and afternoon), especially those regarding FCAT testing (from Ms. Delgado and Ms. Floyd). Everyone must be informed of anything and everything pertaining to testing.

 

Mandatory FCAT training on April 8th – it WILL be a long meeting. Starts at 3:50 pm.

 

Our Science FCAT Testing will be Monday, April 21st – MORE TIME FOR PREP!

 

ITEM 3.  KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS!

Homeroom Videos addressing weak math benchmarks will start either Friday April 4th or Monday, April 7th.

All teachers must show these videos through Homeroom and keep classroom doors open.

MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS ARE ATTENTIVE TO THE VIDEO.

 

ITEM 4.

iHEAT SCIENCE WORKSHOPS HAVE STARTED!

 

BASIC FYI

Prep Math Classroom will be used for testing, which means that Mr. Perez, Ms. Diaz-Sevilla and Ms. Rovirosa will be relocated (possibly to the iTech Lounge, Teacher’s Lounge next to iTech lounge and Media Center).

 

Honor Roll Assemblies for 3rd 9 weeks will take place on the following dates:

 o   8th Grade – Wednesday, April 9th

o   6th Grade – Thursday, April 10th

o   7th Grade – Friday, April 11th.

 

Special Author Presentation on Friday, April 11th at 11:00 am

 

Next meeting – April 17th  We will talk about DISSECTIONS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department Meeting February 20, 2014

20 Feb

1. FYI – NBC Learn  – the Winter Olympics material is a great review of physical science benchmarks.

2. Thinkgate At Risk Report

3.  Grade Cam Quiz

Please bubble True (A) or False (B) on your bubble sheet.

Question 1 – I have my classes on track with the pacing guide.

Question 2 – I have run my data for the Winter Interim (or the Winter Quarterly 6th & 7th)

Question 3 – I am familiar with the Learning Goals found in each pacing guide topic.

Question 4- I am using Explore Learning Gizmos with my classes.

Question 5 – I use the Grade 3-5 GIZMOS for quick review of topics.

Question 6- I use the Grade 5 Science Station FCAT Explorer to review “Fair Game” benchmarks.

Question 7 – I realize this quiz is just to demonstrate a new piece of technology Sapp thinks I would like so I am not annoyed by this quiz.

3. Eighth Grade – Aiming at the Target & Choosing our Weapons

Review of Data  Group 1 & Group 2

WEAPONS:

Afterschool Tutoring

Online Programs:

FOCUS ACHIEVES & FCAT EXPLORER (Same passwords for both)

GIZMOS

EdGenuity

Brain Pop

Discovery Education

NBC Learn

CONSTRUCT BELL RINGERS BASED ON YOUR AT RISK REPORTS PER CLASS

MORE INTENSE DIRECT INSTRUCTION & REMEDIATION ACTIVITIES BASED ON AT RISK REPORTS PER CLASS

COACH (Gold Standard)

Acitivities based on the Learning Goals

Science Department Meeting February 6, 2014

6 Feb

AGENDA

1. One Hundred Twelve Activity – Data Gathering

How Do You Break Up Your 112 Minute Block:

Most Often                               Often

2. CER Claims Evidence Reasoning –

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sw6uY-Lpm_162rUwaSDFqG1PL7za0_c93szqZ0msodY/edit#slide=id.p

http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-f=1_8859370&N-fa=7753286&N-p=85964067&N-play=0&N-s=1_8859370&N-u=1_1165847

3. FCAT CRUNCH PLAN – 8th Grade Teachers

 

 

Science Department Meeting – January 30th

28 Jan

8:35- 8:50

1. Science Fair & Google Science Fair

2. Science equipment already ordered

3. Science PLC – Happening? or not?

4.  February 20th – Baby Celebration Breakfast ?  Or Feb 27th Baby Celebration Lunch ?

5. Articulation – Who wants to teach 6th grade Accelerated Classes 2014-15 & develop curriculum?

6. February 7th – Who is going where?

7. FCAT Test Prep – Best Practices

Here are four best practices to help educators successfully prepare students for assessments:

  1. Review and Practice
    Many teachers find that holding review sessions, issuing practice tests, and teaching test-taking skills to be the most effective means of assessment preparation. Practice tests are frequently used because well-designed practice tests support learning, serve as a review, and build students’ test-taking skills. Additionally, periodic benchmark assessments can be a good predictor of student performance on state assessments. Teachers can use the results of the benchmark assessments diagnostically to guide their instruction.
  2. Differentiating Instruction
    Small-group instruction, peer tutoring, and web-based learning programs are some of the most popular strategies teachers use to prepare students with diverse learning needs for testing. Small group instruction enables teachers to focus on the particular needs of the group. Peer tutoring benefits both students because one student gets extra help while the tutor gets to develop skills that reinforce learning. Web-based programs allow teachers to focus on specific content for a group or individuals to help prepare them for assessments.
  3. Engage and Motivate
    Teachers report that interactive content, such as games and competition, helps engage and motivate students. Additionally, enabling students to monitor their own progress keeps them involved in their learning and makes them feel successful as they watch their individual results improve.
  4. Partner with Parents
    Communicating with parents on a regular basis is an integral part of engaging them in their child’s success in testing. Teachers reported that sending home notes with practice materials for parents to work through with their child helps keep parents involved. Teachers also use other tools, such as email and websites, to communicate with parents. These tools give parents visibility into their child’s progress and convey ways in which they can help their child at home.

7. CER & CIS :  Intro to…