Elementary Science Steering Committee


January 11, 2005

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Lyons Elementary School

1.    Sign in,  pick up handouts (),  help yourself to any of the “freebies” donated by Nancy Winstanley,   and look over today’s agenda:

Ø      Any additions or changes for today’s agenda?

2.    Review and/or edit and/or approve minutes from previous ESSC meeting (12/14/2004)

   Minutes from 12/14/2004 ESSC meeting

   Current listing of ESSC Teacher representatives

3.    Distribution of science kits for units “2c” through “5c” scheduled for this week will likely take place this Friday (January 14, 2005).

Ø      Science kits for units “2c,” “3c,” and “5c” are complete and ready for shipping.

Ø      Supplies for the “4c: Plants Growth and Development” kit are still being obtained and assembled.  Some of these kits may either ship incomplete this Friday (with a supplemental shipment to follow later) or possibly be delayed till sometime next week.

Ø      Principals and teachers are reminded to have a system in place for receiving kits when they arrive at your school, for distributing the kits to all teachers in a timely manner, and then for teachers to inventory their kits to make sure they are complete.  If you are missing textbooks, kits, or supplies from within a kit, please send a FAX to x7492 to the attention of Peggy Barnes describing what science materials you need.

   Amended “Delivery and Pick-up Schedule for LSD Elementary Science Kits” for distribution and display at each elementary school

Ø      Note that the pick-up of science kits for units “2b,” “3b,” “4b,” and “5b” is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 24th.

4.    Thermometers for the fifth gradethis repeats information presented at our December ESSC meeting – please be sure it is shared with all the fifth-grade teachers in your school:

Ø      Stiff plastic-backed thermometer sets were mistakenly not included in the fifth-grade Collaboration Kit this year.  Thermometers are used in fifth grade in both the current “5b” heat unit and the upcoming “5c” weather unit. 

Fifth-grade teachers need to FAX a request to x7492 to the attention of Peggy Barnes to receive a classroom set of these thermometers if they have not already done so.

Ø      Fifth-grade was also supposed to receive a largedemonstration thermometer” for use primarily in unit “5b” (especially Lesson 3), and it could then continue to be used as needed on through unit “5c”.  What was instead shipped originally with the “5b” kit – because of errors on the part of the BSCS materials publisher and their kit supplier (and not our LSD warehouse staff), as well as listed on the “5b” kit inventory page – was a small liquid-crystal display “thermometer tape.”  This situation was partially corrected with a follow-up shipment of large demonstration thermometers to all schools the week of 11/15/04.  These demonstration thermometers should be kept in fifth-grade for use during the “5b” and “5c” units this year, and then stored in the fifth-grade Collaboration Kit for return to the warehouse at the end of the school year in June, at which point they will moved to the second grade’s “2a” weather kit, for which they were purchased originally.

Ø      Please make sure that your school’s fifth-grade teachers return all of the “thermometer tapes” with their “5b” kits the week of January 24th. 

These will be exchanged on a one-to-one basis by Kendall/Hunt (the publisher of the BSCS materials) with a replacement demonstration thermometer for use by our fifth grades next year.  Based on a very limited number of received responses to a survey of fifth-grade teachers, the preference for fifth grade is for smaller “overhead” demonstration thermometers (rather than the larger cardboard ones) for replacement of the thermometer tapes.  It is therefore likely that this is what BSCS will provide us with.

5.    Re-broadcast of the “Elementary Science Kits” television program on the district’s cable channel 21 begins this coming weekend:

   Announcement of and schedule for the broadcasts of the programs for our science units “4c: Plant Growth and Development” and “5c: Investigating Weather Systems.”  Please share this information with your school staff, especially those who may be new to teaching fourth- or fifth-grade science this year.

6.    Planning for future elementary science PD:

Ø      February 2, 2005:  “Magnets” for third grade

Ø      The rest of this year?

Ø      Next year?

7.    Updates to our “ElSci” web site:


8.    Second Annual “Give Your Heart to Ebersole” Dinner and Auction:

   The dinner and auction – to benefit the Ebersole Foundation – will be Friday, February 4th, at the Eagle Eye Golf Club starting at 5:30 PM.  The cost per person is $35.00.  Please make checks payable to:  Ebersole Foundation

You can obtain tickets and additional information by contacting the Ebersole Center at 325-6348  (or speak with Dave Brigham or Tim Smith).

9.    NSF-funded PI-CRUST Project update:

Ø      Our 2005 Summer Learning Institute (SLI) will fall between June 15th and July 1st, with each grade’s Professional Learning Community (PLC) typically meeting for one week.  Note that PROM/SE has scheduled its first science summer institute at this same time (June 22-24), which we plan to try to work around.

10.   Science curriculum ongoing implementation – issues (e.g., splits, implications of the change in the MEAP testing date), refinement (e.g., lessons learned), and evaluation (e.g., recommendations for the next adoption cycle)

12.   Other new business (or agenda items for next meeting)




13.   Next meeting:  Tuesday, February 8th, 4:30-5:30 PM at Lyons