C&I Science Communication for Teachers and Administrators

Click on the grade level--ES, MS, or HS--in order to find news and information from C&I Science about deadlines, events, and opportunities for teachers and students in San Francisco. 

Elementary

Middle School

 

🔔MS Science Newsletter, Week of 9/5/2023🔔

This information is also viewable via Google Document. 

Greetings!!!

Welcome back, new and returning MS science teachers! We hope that you had an enjoyable first couple of weeks of school. Below, you’ll find science-related information about the start of the 2023-24 school year. Please reach out with questions!

-Priscilla Perez and Eric Lewis

Teacher Leader Tasks are underlined in Pink.

* Please forward this information to any science teachers that are new to your site. 

Beginning of the Year Announcements!

  1. NEW Science Teacher Leaders: Please mark your calendars for the first MS Science Teacher Leader meeting of the year. This will take place virtually on Wednesday, 9/20 from 2:30-4:00 pm. More information will be coming to your inbox soon. 
 
  1. NEW MS Back to School Night: It’s almost that time of year again. In this folder are resources to share what is in store for the upcoming school year.
 
  1. Materials: All school sites should have all necessary consumables and permanent materials for Fall semester. Spring consumable materials will be delivered by the end of Fall semester. If you are new to the site, make sure to look for the materials stored at the end of last year and/or ask your Teacher Leader. 
 
  1. Living Materials for 6th and 7th Grade: In units 6.3, and 7.3, you will gather with your science dept colleagues and place a site order for spring semester living materials. We will send out the order forms in December.

Accessing MS Science Curriculum 

 
  1. All staff with sfusd.edu email addresses should have access to SFUSD Sprocket powered by Educurious. If not, please fill out this form, to add you to our SFUSD Sprocket silo.
    1. Teacher Editions (TEs): All teacher and student-facing documents can be accessed electronically via Sprocket powered by Educurious. 
 
  1. Student textbooks: These textbooks have been delivered to all sites. If you are new to the site, look for these textbooks in your cabinets, or/and ask your Teacher Leader. 
    1. Please remind that students must be logged in to their SFUSD student accounts to access their science pdf books. 

Link:https://www.sfusd.edu/learning/curriculum/middle-school/science 

 
  1. Grade Level Google Classrooms: If you are a new science teacher at SFUSD or new to your grade level, please join your respective grade Google Classrooms. Updates on curriculum, newsletters, and teacher opportunities are shared through these platforms.

Safety!

  1. NEW August Safety Training: Did you lose your agenda and are looking for information? You can check out the Agenda from the training on 8/14.
    1. Did you miss the MS Science Safety Training on 8/14? The C&I Science Department will contact you will need to complete asynchronous safety training for compliance. Thank you. 
 
  1. NEW Equipment Survey: We are working with the Facilities department to evaluate the status of the safety equipment.  If you still need to update the status of equipment in your room, please do so. 
 
  1. NEW Safety Materials: Please request any labels or containers for newly generated waste.  You can also request class sets of goggles or broken glass containers. 
 
  1. Chemical and Biological Waste: Good news! We have a new contract for waste pickup in place! We will communicate waste pickup dates as soon as they are scheduled. 
 
  1. Science Safety Resources (student contracts, letters, assessments, etc.) are available. Safety is an essential part of all science classes. All students should be provided with a contract, participate in safety lessons, and pass a safety quiz at the beginning of the year. Please note this requires the use of a district login.  If you have a science Safety question, email: Renée Marcy or call her work cell at (415) 298-8201.

Teacher Opportunities!

Free Resources:

  1. NEW Synopsys STEM Outreach Program
 
  1. NEW Biolink Depot Open House: Register now for the September open house! 

STEM educators are invited to attend and select donated scientific supplies and equipment (at no charge!) for their hands-on STEM lab classes. You must register to attend. 

  • September 17, 2023,
  • 11 am-1 pm: Title 1 K-12 school STEM educators
  • 1-3 pm: All STEM educators
  • Address: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603
 
  1. NEW Teacher Resource Grants: $500 grants available for science resources - apply now! Any K-12 teacher working at a low-income public school in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara County is eligible to apply. EACH school is eligible for two total grants in one school year, one grant per teacher. Program flier. If you get a grant, you need to do a small impact report (like you might have to do with Donors Choose). 
 
  1. SEP: The Daly Ralston Resource Center: A lending library of nearly 4000 items to support hands-on, authentic science lessons. Materials include: kits, models, organ specimens, books, and posters. Open to all SFUSD teachers and UCSF volunteers.

 


Field Trips/Virtual Trips:

 
  1. LiMPETS Sandy Beach Monitoring Workshop: Get involved in this exciting science education program for students (grades 6-college). Teacher participants receive an in-depth curriculum and are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of the pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) at one of many monitoring sites along the coast. 
    • This workshop will occur on September 9th, 9 AM-3PM in San Francisco! 
 
  1. Attending either offering can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours! Scheduling Field Trips and/or Guest Speakers: 
 
  1. Science Enrichment Field Trips with Mission Science Workshop: The field trips are 90 minutes full of exciting, hands-on science experiences! They include 60 minutes of guided hands-on investigations aligned with NGSS standards for each grade level and 30 minutes of free exploration time to meet our live animals, experiment with our physics exhibits, and explore our rock, bone, and fossil collections. 

 


Professional Development: 

 
  1. NEW Synopsys STEM Outreach Program- Teacher Training Opportunities: Professional development and training opportunities in STEM for Pre-K to Grade 12 educators in the California Bay Area. Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours
    • KCI’s Online and Blended IMPACT Program: This program is a 15-unit program from late September to mid-March. It is entirely virtual, with most of the program done asynchronously. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a California Certificate of Achievement in Online and Blended Instruction. It is grant funded, with a $75 registration fee.
    • STEM Teaching Tools: Free online professional development modules in myriad aspects of STEM Education made available through grants from NSF and ACESSE Project (Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education).
 
  1. Cal Academy of Sciences Teacher Workshops: 
    • Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm: Notebooks Outside: Being outside with learners can be rewarding in many ways. How can we preserve the joy and wonder of outdoor learning, while also digging deep into science practices and making connections to classroom learning? 
    • Saturday, December 2, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm: Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out: How can we anchor science and engineering learning in real-world phenomena? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, why it matters, and how to start making it happen in your classroom. 
 
  1. CA Association of Science Educators (CASE) Conference: is hosted and organized by the California Association of Science Educators (CASE). More than 1,000 science educators from around the state are expected to attend this year's conference. The CASE Conference is well-known by science educators as the place to make connections, generate new ideas, energize their teaching, and learn, and grow as professionals.  
    • The annual event takes place over 2 ½ days, Friday, October 20 – 22, 2023 in Palm Springs, CA.
    • Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours
       

Science Student Opportunities - Please share with your students asap! 

  1. Marine Science Sundays @ The Marine Mammal Center: Join us in person at the TMMC hospital and visitor center in Sausalito on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Anyone can participate in the program, but you must reserve a general admission ticket to visit The Marine Mammal Center that day.
    • Sept 10 and Sept 24  at 12pm or 2pm:  Sea Otter Spectacular
 
  1. CA Coastal Cleanup Day: is September 23, 2023, from 9 am-noon. Please share this information with your students and consider participating yourself.
 
  1. NEW Latinx Engineering Day @ Exploratorium: The Exploratorium and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers invite you to join them at the Exploratorium for the 24th annual Latinx Engineering Day. Attached below are invitations for free admission to the Exploratorium for that day. Only one invitation is needed for each family or group to receive free admission. Please bring a hard copy or simply have the invitation on your phone to show at the entrance to the Exploratorium. This is not a free day for the general public, but it is free to you if you have an invitation on Sunday, September 24, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Invitation in Español.
 
  1. NEW The 2024 Science Without Borders Challenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” The international art contest invites students worldwide to showcase their creativity by depicting the mysterious and unique creatures or ecosystems found in the deep sea. Through their artwork, students will have the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity that often goes unnoticed in these fascinating underwater worlds. The Science Without Bordersâ Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). $500 prize!! Deadline: March 4, 2024. 

High School

HS Science Communication, 8/21/2023

This information is also viewable via Google Document

* Please forward this information to any science teachers that are new to your site.

Happy Week 2 of the 2023-24 school year! We hope the first few days of the school year were filled with laughter and excitement. Read below for announcements, teacher & student science opportunities, and more! Please remember that Katrina Rotter is on sabbatical this year and Dawn Rege and David Barrios are teaching at Lincoln and Galileo, respectively. Reach out to Eric Lewis (lewise2@sfusd.edu), Secondary Science TSA, and former Mission High science teacher, with any science-related questions. 

Beginning of the Year Events & Announcements!

 
  1. Missed the HS Science Safety Training on 8/14? You will be contacted by the C&I Science Department and will need to complete an asynchronous safety training for compliance. Thank you.
     
  2. Science Department Chairs/Leads/Reps: Please mark your calendars for the first HS Science Chair/Leads/Reps meeting of the year. This will take place virtually on Tuesday, 9/12 from 4-5:30pm. More information will be coming to your inbox soon.
     
  3. Science Materials: All school sites should have all necessary consumables and permanent materials for Fall semester. If you are new to the site, make sure to look for/ ask about the materials stored at the end of last year. 
 
  1. Living Materials for Biology: Gather with your content colleagues and place a site order for fall semester living materials. The next deadline is 9/1/2023. This will ensure that materials are delivered to your site by 9/13. Order form link: https://forms.gle/p5stgasey6UgLMko6 Email Theresa Hall (hallt1@sfusd.edu) with questions. 
 
  1. Teacher Editions (TEs): You can access all student and teacher editions electronically via Google Drive. If you are new to a site, please check-in with your science department chair/lead about a printed teacher edition.
     

Safety Updates

  1. Science Safety Resources (student contracts, letters, assessments, etc.) are available to you. Safety is an essential part of all sciences classes. All students should be provided with a contract, participate in safety lessons, and pass a safety quiz at the beginning of the year. Please note this requires use of a district login.
     
  2. Chemical and Biological Waste: Good news! We have a new contract for waste pickup in place! We will communicate waste pickup dates as soon as they are scheduled. Recognizing that changes in staffing may have happened since the requests were submitted, we’ll be following up to verify who Clean Harbors can contact onsite in regards to waste. 
     
  3. Safety Materials: Please make sure to request any labels or containers that you might need for newly generated waste.  You can also request class sets of goggles or broken glass containers. Also, please make sure you update the status of safety equipment in your classroom. 
 
  1. August Safety Training: Did you lose your agenda and are looking for information? You can check out the Agenda and slide deck from the training on 8/14.

Accessing HS Science Curriculum 

All staff with sfusd.edu email addresses have access to the SFUSD Science Core Curriculum

 

Students must be logged in to their SFUSD student accounts to access their science books. Link: https://www.sfusd.edu/learning/curriculum/high-school/science. Do not share teacher links with students. They will be denied access. 

 

If you have a student teacher or know of a new teacher without an SFUSD email that needs access, please email Eric Lewis (lewise2@sfusd.edu) with their google email and the circumstances. 

Current Opportunities for Science Students - Please share with your students asap! 

 
  1. I-YEL is hiring! (PAID Internships): I-YEL is a high school leadership program for youth attending San Francisco and Marin public schools. Young adults learn the skills necessary to be stronger leaders in their community through community involvement, project based learning and outdoor trips.  Since 2001, I-YEL has been supporting youth explore environmental and social justice issues relating to their community through hands-on learning, project-based learning and participating in community service projects, and planning events for other youth across the bay. I-YEL is a program of the Crissy Field Center which helps build leadership opportunities for diverse youth to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society. I-YEL is committed to uplifting and being inclusive of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-binary folx and people with different abilities.
    Pay = $310/month. Deadline to apply: September 1, 2023. More information ​​Apply herehttps://tinyurl.com/IYEL2023.

     
  2. STEM Lyceums Insight to College Virtual Panel: September 13, 2023, 4:30-5: 45 pm. STEM Lyceums is a virtual club with the purpose of building high school STEM communities and engaging students in discussions and explorations of STEM concepts and STEM career pathways. More information & registration
     
  3. The Marine Mammal Center is now accepting applications for our 2024 Youth Crew Program. This 8-month service-learning program is for high school students aged 15-18 in the San Francisco Bay Area who are interested in working with marine mammals and educating the public about important ocean conservation topics. Applications are now available on our website and are due September 29th!
 
  1. The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) Upcoming Virtual & In-person events
    • Stewardship Saturday on August 26, 2023, 10 am-1:45 pm. Searching for Marine Life in the San Francisco Bay: In collaboration with Angel Island Tiburon Ferry and The Marine Mammal Center, we invite you to adventure through the Bay waters with us! During this event, we will have the chance to search for various marine mammals that we care for at the Center and learn more about the Bay water’s ecosystem and history. Free event for HS students. Register here.
       
    • Marine Science Sundays: Join us in person at the TMMC hospital and visitor center in Sausalito on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Anyone can participate in the program, but you must reserve a general admission ticket to visit The Marine Mammal Center that day.
      1. Aug 27 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Marine Mammals of San Francisco Bay
      2. Sept 10 and Sept 24  at 12pm or 2pm  |  Sea Otter Spectacular
 
  1. The 2023-24 UCSF HealthLink application is now open! HealthLink is a partnership between UCSF professional school students, Bay Area public schools and community organizations. Students participate in program sessions on Saturdays that allow students to explore the wonders of the human body and how they intersect with various health professions as well as career-focused workshops and helping students to visualize their path from HS to college and beyond. Applications are now available to Google Forms and are due to the UCSF Office of Post Baccalaureate & Outreach Programs by Friday, Sept 15th. 
  1. CA Coastal Cleanup Day is September 23, 2023 from 9am-noon. More information & Bay Area cleanup locations.
     
  2. Latinx Engineering Day @ Exploratorium is on Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 10 am-5pm. The Exploratorium and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers invite you to join them at the Exploratorium for the 24th annual Latinx Engineering Day. Attached below are invitations for free admission to the Exploratorium for that day. Only one invitation is needed for each family or group to receive free admission. Please bring a hard copy or simply have the invitation on your phone to show at the entrance to the Exploratorium. This is not a free day for the general public, but it is free to you if you have an invitation. Click here for an invitation in English y en Español.
     
  3. The 2024 Science Without BordersChallenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” The international art contest invites students worldwide to showcase their creativity by depicting the mysterious and unique creatures or ecosystems found in the deep sea. Through their artwork, students will have the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity that often goes unnoticed in these fascinating underwater worlds. Learn about the theme. The Science Without Bordersâ Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). $500 prize!! Deadline: March 4, 2024. More information here

Teacher Opportunities!  Be sure to check the Bay Area Science Calendar for additional science-related events and activities. 

 
  1. EcoRise Back to School Virtual Info Session Monday, August 21st, 5-6 PM! You will have the opportunity to learn about EcoRise Sustainable Intelligence resources, the Eco-Audit Grant process, and incorporating these resources into outdoor learning. Classroom teachers with all levels of experience, grades K-12, are invited to attend. The first 20 teachers to register and attend will receive a $25 stipend. Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours!
     
  2. Scheduling Field Trips and/or Guest Speakers: 
  3. SFMOMA Back to Museum Open House on Saturday, August 26th from 10 am - 4 pm. SFMOMA invites Bay Area K–12 teachers to spend a special day at the museum exploring the galleries and enjoying an all-day reception with light refreshments in the Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box, Floor 4. Make sure to also stop by Steps Coffee, Floor 3, to spend time with the phenomenal SFUSD student exhibition! Meet at the main entrance at 151 3rd Street at 10 a.m. for check-in at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium. The reception will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll be free to explore all of the museum until it closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free for educators only, no guests. Register here!
     
  4. LiMPETS Sandy Beach Monitoring Workshop: Get involved in this exciting science education program for students (grades 6-college). Participants receive in-depth curriculum and are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of the pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) at one of many monitoring sites along the coast. This workshop will occur on Saturday, August 27th and September 9th, 9AM-3PM in San Francisco! Attending either offering  can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours! 
  5. Biolink Depot Open House on 9/17/23: Register now for the September open house!  

STEM educators are invited to attend and select donated scientific supplies and equipment (at no charge!) for their hands-on STEM lab classes. You must register to attend. 

  • 11am-1pm: Title 1 K-12 school STEM educators
  • 1-3pm: All STEM educators
  • Address: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603
  • Registration
     
  1. HHMI BioInteractive Fall Workshops: All workshops will be synchronous and conducted on Zoom. Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours!
    More information and workshop registration. 
    • August 24, 6:30–8:00 PM ET: Outrun an Outbreak? Tracking Viral Variants Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources
    • August 29, 6:30–8:00 PM ET: Exploring Metabolism Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources
    • August 30, 7:00–9:00 PM ET: Exploring the Mystery of Terrestrial Biomes with HHMI BioInteractive BiomeViewer and Minicases
    • August 31, 7:00–8:30 PM ET: Developing a Scientific Argument for Natural Selection Using HHMI BioInteractive’s Rock Pocket Mouse Resources
    • September 21, 7:00–8:30 PM ET: From Cells to Ecosystems: Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources to Teach Regulation Across Scales
    • September 28, 7:00–8:30 PM ET: Explore Population Dynamics and Invasive Species with BioInteractive
       
  2. Cal Academy of Sciences Teacher Workshops: 
    • Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm: Notebooks Outside: Being outside with learners can be rewarding in many ways. How can we preserve the joy and wonder of outdoor learning, while also digging deep into science practices and making connections to classroom learning? Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours! More information & Registration. 
    • Saturday, December 2, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm: Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out: How can we anchor science and engineering learning in real-world phenomena? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, why it matters, and how to start making it happen in your classroom. Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours! More information & registration.
       
  3. CA Association of Science Educators (CASE) Conference is hosted and organized by the California Association of Science Educators (CASE) The annual event takes place over 2 ½ days, Friday, 8:00 am - Sunday, 1:00 pm in Palm Springs, CA. More than 1,000 science educators from around the state are expected to attend this year's conference. The CASE Conference is well-known by science educators as the place to make connections, generate new ideas, energize their teaching, and learn, and grow as professionals. More information and registration.  Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours! 
 
  1. Ventures Foundation Grants for Teachers are small - easy to get - grants for teachers. You can apply for more than one grant at a time. If you get a grant you need to do a small impact report (like you might have to do with Donors Choose). Check out the grant website here

 

This page was last updated on September 5, 2023