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District Mission

Learning First - Everything we do in Davis School District is to fuel student learning.  Our science teachers are constantly learning and growing to meet the ever diverse needs of our students.

Science Vision

Science in Davis School District has four main principles our teachers work towards.

  1. Student/Teacher collaboration
  2. Effective literacy integration
  3. Scientific Inquiry
  4. Data based decision making
Our Goal:

To support learning in the classroom any way we can.  We are constantly working together to support, motivate, praise, and help teachers.  

Resources for Parents and Students

Events & Programs

STEM Fair

- Davis School District STEM Fair -

The Senior and Junior STEM Fairs will be held on Monday, February 25th, 2018. They will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton. The junior fair will host students in grades 6-8 and the senior fair will host students in grades 9-12.

Applications must be completed online NO LATER than 3:30 P.M. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4th. Late applications will not be accepted. The fee of $10.00 per entry needs to be paid to the school at that time.  For directions on how to register click on the Registration link below.

Registration Form

If you are struggling with the registration, here are detailed registration instructions.    Registration Help

Rules, Regulations and Forms

It is important that students follow the rules for the Davis STEM Fair as any violations could result in disqualification.  Any project with rule violations will not be considered for awards or advancements.  You will need to login into the registration page at https://davis.zfairs.com in order to view all the rules for competition.  If your students are competing to move on to the Intel International Science Fair [ISEF] they will also need to fill out the appropriate forms.  You can find links to all the rules and forms you will need for ISEF  below.

Start here:  ISEF Forms/Rules Wizard 

ISEF Rules and Guidelines  Please make sure you look toward the bottom of the page under the Rules Index section

Categories

Botany: Study of plant life. Agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc. 

Chemistry: Study of the composition of matter and laws governing it. Physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc. 

Earth/Space Sciences: Study of the universe. Geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, seismology, geography, geophysics, etc. 

Engineering: Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles practical uses. Civil, mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, sound, automotive, heating and refrigerating, transportation, environmental engineering, etc. 

Environmental: Study of pollution sources and their control. Ecology, recycling, reclamation, restoration, composting, acid rain, affects of pollution, etc. 

Energy and Transportation: The study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels. The design of aircraft and space vehicles and the direction of the technical phases of their manufacture and operation, Any method of powering an engine that does not involve petroleum (oil). Some alternative fuels are electricity, hythane, hydrogen, natural gas, and wood, Energy from a hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from living matter of a previous geologic time and used for fuel, Renewable energy sources capture their energy from existing flows of energy, from on-going natural processes such as sunshine, wind, flowing water, biological processes, and geothermal heat flows. 

Math/Computer Science: Development and application of numerical computations\ theories, principles and laws governing energy also includes computer sciences. Calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theories, statistics, complex analysis and probability, computer programming, computers in general etc. 

Physics: This includes the  study fo solid state physics, optics, acoustics, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, kinematics, forces, and states of matter.

Medical: Study of disease and health of humans and animals. Dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, etc. 

Microbiology: Biology of microorganisms. Bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacteria, yeast, etc. 

Social/Behavioral: Study of human & animal behavior and relationships. Psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, learning, perception, public opinion surveys, effects of stress, conditioned responses, etc. 

Zoology: Study of animals. Animal genetics, ornithology, entomology, animal ecology, paleontology, cytology, histology, animal physiology, invertebrates, etc.

Student Resources and Documents

The most important thing with doing a science fair project is to be interested in what you are researching.  If you are curious about something, do some research on your topic and figure out ways to test it!  Don't get disappointed when your experiment doesn't work.  To quote Adam Savage of Mythbusters:  "Failure is ALWAYS an option!" 

There are three levels of ideas:

Level 1 - Topic is related to the core on the list provided.  Basically you are just working for a grade.

Level 2 - Working from your own idea.  This might be really good or not.  It should at least be on the same level as the list of ideas.

Level 3 - Creating a project that can place and do well at competitive science fairs. This will require that you work with a science teacher to really do as well as you'd like.

Here is a list of ideas for projects:

These are related to any science core idea.  These are Level 1 and Level 2 projects.  You might even be able to turn one of these ideas into a Level 3 project.  (possible ideas)

You are probably a little nervous and hopefully excited about your science fair project.  There are a couple of pointers to doing a good project.

  • Pick a project you are interested in.  If you don't care about the project, nobody else will either. 

  • Make sure YOU do your project, not your parents.  There have been projects done in the past that look really great, and have wonderful information and science, but the presenter (that's you) can't answer questions, because the student didn't do the project.  

  • Don't put things off until the last minute.  If you want to test bugs or plants outside, you need to do your project before Halloween!!!  Hey this is Utah, home of the unpredictable weather.

  • It is okay to repeat your project and redo your procedures differently.  Good scientists are always changing how they do things.  As long as you record your changes to your general procedure, and what the results are you are safe!

  • REPEAT your experiment.  Do your experiment AT LEAST 3-5 times.  When it comes to science, more data is better.  If you don't repeat your experiment, your sample size needs to be huge. (Think of numbers like 100!)

  • Type your proposal, research plan, and written report on the computer.  That way when you start building your powerpoint or board, all you need to do is copy and paste.  It would be good if your graphs are done using something like Microsoft Excel as well.

Here are some things that will help you with your final project:

Abstract Information - At higher levels of science fairs you write a summary of your project.  Here are some guidelines and examples.  This is especially important if you are competing at the senior fair.  

Powerpoint Template - This is a blank powerpoint with the titles and general format on it.  You can add or subtract slides as you go.  Keep the text simple and to the point.  No more than 8 lines per slide in 5 bullets or less.  Also keep your background simple, not rainbows in eye-searing colors.

Here are some sample projects to help you see the final layout on a finished project:

Here are some resources to help you along the way:

Science Olympiad (7-12)

Secondary Science Olympiad - Grades 7-12

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is basically an academic track meet.  There are various events covering all aspects of STEM learning.  Grades 6-9 compete in the B-Division and grades 9-12 compete in the C-Division.  These two groups have different events each year.  This is open to all Junior High Schools and High Schools.  If your school does not currently participate but would like to, please contact Tyson Grover for more details. 

Current School Year Competition Dates

As your team prepares to register, please have in mind which regionals you would like to attend. The dates to keep in mind for this year are as follow:

Summer Science Classes

Summer Science Courses

Sponsored by Davis District USTAR Program

What?

This is an intensive program of study for students seeking an innovative and exciting experience in science.  While remediation is an option, careful consideration should be given to student motivation and willingness to engage in the rigor and pacing that will be part of the summer course.  Teachers have been selected for their enthusiasm and excellence.  Students will engage in a variety of field experiences that will move them from the traditional classroom toward new visions of science.

​Why?

  • Earn science credit in 4-5 weeks.

  • Earn make-up credit.

  • Accelerate coursework for honors or scholarship opportunities.

  • Participate in hands-on field work that will give meaning to the concepts learned in class.

Who?

Students need to have completed 8th grade in order to enroll in summer science courses.

How to register?

To register fill out the online registration form.  The $10 fee can be paid thru MYDSD Guardian Account.  (We will notify you when the payment option  available.) Before registering for the course please make sure you can commit to the timeline.  The maximum allowed absences for this course is 4 days.  Any more than this will result in the student not receiving credit.  

REGISTRATION for classes will close the first day of class.

Register HERE:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/37VDDV7

Courses to Be Offered

Core Science Offerings – 1.0 credit available for completion of course

No classes will be held on July 4,2018

Earth Science

Centennial Jr. High School - June 4th - July 5th (M-Th 8:00 –3:00)

Biology

Woods Cross High – June 4th - June 29th (M-F 8:00-3:00)

Centennial Jr. High – June 4th - July 5th (M-Th 8:00—3:00)

North Davis Jr. High - June 4th - July 5th (M-Th 8:00—3:00)

Chemistry

Davis High School – June 4th – July 5th (M-F 8:00—3:00)

Physics

Davis High School – June 4th – June 29th (M-F 8:00-3:00)

Need Help?

Further questions should be directed to Tyson Grover. 

Tyson Grover

Science Supervisor

(801) 402-5108

tgrover@dsdmail.net

Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp - Grade 4-6

 Summer camp

The Young Scientist Summer Camp is an amazing opportunity for students enrolled in the Davis School District, 4th-7th grades, to spend time doing what they love... SCIENCE.  The entire class is packed full of science AWESOMENESS. The student experience focuses on the cross cutting concepts of science, science practices used by scientists across the world, and deepening student understanding of core science concepts.  This is all achieved while students simultaneously build social skills, think in collaborative ways, and experience science in the world around them.

Camp Schedule

The camp runs about six hours per day for four days (Monday through Thursday).  There will be four identical sessions, scheduled during the weeks of June 11-14, June 18-21, July 9-12, and July 16-19, 2018.  A detailed weekly schedule can be downloaded below and it will be emailed to you, including drop off and pick up times and locations, when your child is registered.

Weekly Schedule

2018 Planned Activities

  • Dissecting Frogs

  • Science investigations

  • Engineering tasks and challenges

  • IMAX Movie

  • Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point

  • Designing and shooting rockets

  • And Much More!!!

Drop Off and Pick Up Information

Students will be picked up by school bus at one of 3 locations in the district:

Bountiful Jr., Kaysville Jr. and North Davis Jr.

See Weekly Schedule for more information.

How to register?

Register on line

The fee is $150, you will be able to pay on My.DSD Guardian account. We will email you when it is available to pay. The registration deadline is May 25, 2018. Sessions fill quickly, so please register in plenty of time to have a choice of sessions. If you have questions, please call Julie Sargent at 801-402-5128.

Need more info? - Send an email to the CAMP Directors:

Sonya Nelson (snelson@dsdmail.net) is the amazing camp director and is a current teacher in the Davis School District. If you have a question or need more information, drop her an email. She looks forward to performing fantastic feats of summer science with your students!

STEM Olympiad (4-6)

Elementary - STEM Olympiad

The Elementary STEM Olympiad is developed by teachers in the Davis School District. It is a competition for 4th-6th graders which seeks to develop STEM based skills in our students. The events change regularly and are broken in to three Science/Engineering events and three Math events.  

Details

The ELEMENTARY Math & Science Olympiad Competition is  on May 24th, 2018.

  • The event will be held in the Central Davis Junior High GYM on the west side of the main school.

  • There will be two sessions that day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

  • Each session will last approximately 2 hours, 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30.

  • Your school will be assigned one session to attend. 

Transportation 

  • Busing will NOT be provided by the District. Getting to the event is managed by your school so you will want to talk to your teacher about this.  

Chaperones 

  • One teacher will accompany students from each grade level. 

  • Parents may attend the event but are not to chaperone students. 

Events 

  • There will be six events at the Olympiad (three Math and three Science). Each event has a rule/information sheet. Please be sure to familiarize your students with the rules. 

  • Teams who do not abide by the rules will be eliminated from competition. We desire for everyone to have an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Thank you in advance for following all rules and guidelines! 

Event Description Handouts
Catapult Precision Circuit Creation
Krypto Logical Fact Fun
Maze Mystery Tangrams

 

Student Teams 

  • Each event is designed for a team of 2 students. Each grade level is eligible to send one team of 2 students in each event for their school. Note: Only one team per grade level per school is eligible to compete in each event. 

  • Students may participate in more than one event if desired, but it is not mandatory. 

  • Students who are waiting to compete, or who have finished their competition, are required to stay with their school chaperone and to be respectful spectators as the other students complete their events. 

  • Please do not bring your entire class to the Olympiad. Only students competing in the Olympiad are invited to attend. 

Competition and Awards 

  • Students will compete against students on their same grade level from other schools. 

  • Scores will be tabulated at the end of each event and winners will receive their awards.

Textbooks

Online Textbook Login Information for grades 9-12

To login to the online textbook go to

http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Once at the website use the format described below to login into the textbook.  

  • USERNAME: The username is the student's email user name with "dsd" in front.

    • example:  12jphyatt@go.dsdmail.net preceded by the letters "dsd"  with no space  ►  dsd12jphyatt

  • PASSWORD: The password is the  student's PIN preceded by the letters "dsd"

    • example:  123456 preceded by the letters "dsd" with no space   ►   dsd123456

Remember accounts are created for you already, and access to materials is dependent on your registration in a teacher's classroom.  All of your books will automatically show up in your account as long as you are registered for that class.  If your book does not show up at first give it some time and you will be added during the next few days.  If you are still experiencing problems please talk to your teacher.  

MOBILE APP

There are also mobile apps available for both iOS and Android devices.  The app is called "McGraw-Hill K-12 ConnectED" and can be found in the app store of these devices.

Science DESK Standards

K-5th grade

K-5DeskStandards.pdf
K-5DeskStandards.pdf

6th Grade

6thGradeDeskStandards.pdf
6thGradeDeskStandards.pdf

7th Grade

7thGradeDeskStandards.pdf
7thGradeDeskStandards.pdf

8th Grade

8thGradeDeskStandards.pdf
8thGradeDeskStandards.pdf

Earth Science

EarthScience.pdf
EarthScience.pdf

Biology

Biology.pdf
Biology.pdf

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Chemistry

Chemistry.pdf
Chemistry.pdf

Physics

Physics.pdf
Physics.pdf

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Safety

Science Safety

Let's talk science safety. The responsibility of managing safety is in the hands of students and teachers in the room. It is up to the teacher and class to create an environment based on clear procedures and rules that promote proper lab safety. It is best to attack this issue with strong procedures and rules which prevent risky behavior around hazards so it doesn't become an issue in the classroom. 

There are two major requirements that need to be fulfill at the beginning of the year each year. The first is for students and parents accept the district lab safety contract, usually done in their MYDSD accounts. Both parents and students will see the document as a "form" that must be digitally accepted.

DSD Lab Safety Agreement

Students will then be required to take the lab safety test which is also done through their MYDSD account. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 80% on the test. Repeat testing will be available until they achieve 80%.

Graduation

Science and Graduation

In order to meet the science requirements for graduation you need to obtain course credit from two of the four areas of science on the Foundation Courses list, plus an additional course from the Foundation Courses list or the Applied and Advanced Courses list.  

This makes a total of 3 classes (2 from the foundations in different areas and 1 of your choice).  

The list of approved classes for credit sometimes changes, so please look at the resources from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The USBE list does not represent the specific classes available at your particular high school.  The list contains all of the options for credit.  The actual course offering availability is controlled by your high school.

USBE Graduation Website           USBE Graduation Requirements

Honors

Science Honors - Davis School District

Purpose

The purpose of creating district wide expectations for honors courses in science is to help students and parents be better informed when making scheduling decisions, to create consistency in honors experiences across the district, increase the depth and rigor to which students are exposed in science, and to better prepare students for AP and college experiences.  It is strongly encouraged that students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators familiarize themselves with the expectations outlined in the honors science curriculum in order to make the best decisions for the school and student.

Definition

Honors courses should be more challenging than standard level courses in order to foster growth for advanced learners.  These courses will have some additional content in their course of study as well as more strenuous cognitive tasks and skills.  Often these tasks will include independent scientific research in order to provide students with an authentic scientific experience.  Inherently honors courses are those with standards written in a progressive nature and build upon prior knowledge and experiences.  Please be judicious and realistic when setting expectations for yourself and your student.

Vertical Alignment

Honors classes are aligned, identifying skills students should master by the end of their honors experience in that grade level.  It is expected that students going into an honors experience have mastered the skills described in previous years.  The vertical alignment was designed to prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement or collegiate level courses.  Teachers will treat the vertical alignment as performance expectations for students.

Roles and Responsibilities                          Vertical Alignment Framework

Contact us

Science and Engineering Support

Annette Fonnesbeck

K-6 Science and Engineering

afonnesbeck@dsdmail.net

(801)

Annette received a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education with an endorsement in math from Utah State University. She also received her STEM endorsement from Weber State University in 2016 with the first Davis cohort. In her current roles within the district, she has lead teams of teachers in unpacking the new 6-8 SEEd Standards for the state, writing SEEd Storyline science curriculum and assessments, developing science Canvas courses, and designing and presenting 3D Science and Strand Training professional developments. She is currently working on her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Weber State University where her research is focused on how to implement differentiated professional development through blended learning.

 

Tyson Grover

7-12 Science and Engineering

tgrover@dsdmail.net

(801) 864-8604

As the STEM Section Director for Davis School District, Tyson is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Utah.  The STEM team is dedicated to establishing a K-12 STEM framework that includes STEM-focused curriculum, systemic professional learning for teachers and administrators, established outcomes for STEM, and extracurricular connections. He provides support to thousands of teachers throughout the district and works tirelessly to cultivate a culture of innovation.  He received the 2018 Governors Medal for Science and Technology and the Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium 2017 Leadership Award.  To further promote STEM collaboration across the state, he is a founder of the Utah Science Curriculum Consortium, which aims to promote science education collaboration between districts and schools throughout Utah.

Resources for Educators and Administrators

SEEd Storylines

What are Storylines?


At some point most teachers have heard the exasperated voice of a student as they ask, “Why are we doing this?” A typical response may be “Because it will be on the test” or, “You’ll need it in high school”. In many science classrooms the students move from activity to activity without any real connection and coherence between those activities. Although the teacher may see the bigger picture, students see a series of unconnected activities. This wandering without an explicit direction can lead to a disengagement when students fail to see the lack of relevancy of what they are doing in class.

Now, imagine someone walking into your classroom and asking a random student, “Why are you doing this?” Imagine they answer, “Because we’re trying to figure out why…” Storylines give relevance to each activity by setting it in a narrative that drives the understanding of a big idea. It moves lessons away from the traditional teaching method of moving from topic to topic, like a textbook does, instead moving the student through an inquiry-based narrative with a set outcome.  Rather than just doing something that pertains to the topic, students are driven by answering questions and engaging with phenomena. Each episode adds to the student’s progress of deeper understanding. Coherency comes from the perspective of an inquiring student, engaged in a relevant learning experience.

The SEEd Storylines have been constructed to help Utah teachers meet the revised USBE Science Curriculum, using 3-D methods. Currently, there are resources for grades 6-8.

Visit the SEEd Storyline Website

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Science Kits & Rentals

DSD Science Kits

What is a Science Kit?

Science kits have everything a science teacher needs to teach a given concept. Each kit comes with hands on supplies and lesson plans, all aligned with the Utah Core Curriculum. 
 

How to schedule a kit for your classroom

Davis School District kits are available to DSD teachers for all grade levels. Kits will be transported to and from teachers through the District transfer system. Please check the schedule below and make your one week reservation requests to Julie Sargent in the Science Department at the District Office. Let Julie know a range of dates that work for you. Email Julie with the following info:

Name:

Email:

Name of kit requested:

Number of students using kit:

Range of dates:

Available Kits

Meteorite Kit

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Meteorite Kit

YES, the district has a meteorite that you can reserve to use in your classroom.  We have a full section shown in the picture as well as a cross section cut out.  If you would like to have the meteorite for your students to hold and examine as part of your space instruction.

Climate Kit

Climate Kit

This kit is full of lessons to help you discuss the ideas of climate. There are many many amazing manipulatives showing animal adaptations to specific climates, and changes in climate over time. (pictures to come)

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Laser Thermometers Kit

Laser Thermometers Kit

This is a bin of 20 laser thermometers for you to use with your students.  There are no lesson materials with this kit. 

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Adaptations Kit

Adaptations Kit

This kit is full of different teeth, bones, skulls, and manipulatives for you to let students investigate how different adaptations to their structures allow organisms to be successful in certain environments based on their functions.  (pics to come)

Fossil Kit

Fossil Kit 

Explore Utah’s prehistoric past using the specimens in this Fossil Kit! Discover the characteristic that make something a fossil, compare and contrast trace and mineral replacement fossils, and understand the process of fossil discovery by excavating and mapping a mock dig site. Kit includes lesson plans, video, fossil replicas, books, hand lenses, and more! 

Created and provided by the Utah Natural History Museum, meets 4th grade Standard 4 - Fossils, and 8th grade Standard 3 - Rocks and Fossils.

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Seasons / Moon Phases Kit

 

Seasons and Moon Phases Kit

Teachers will use golf balls and a black light to allow students to discover the way that the Moon appears to change shape as it changes its position around Earth. Inquiry-based activities use Earth globes equipped with solar cells to collect meaningful data and investigate the differences in the amount of energy received with changes in sun angle. Students will discover the cause of seasonal change through an analysis of the evidence they collect. Lessons allow students to come to a more concrete understanding of seasons, and answer the question of why we see different constellations at different parts of the year.

Created and provided by the Clark Planetarium, meets 6th grade Standard 1 - Moon Phases and Standard 2 - Seasons.

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Science Kit Calendar

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Davis Goes Green

Davis Goes Green

Purpose

The Davis Goes Green program promotes understanding of water and waste management in Davis School District and the surrounding areas.  The Weber Basin Water Conservatory, Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, South Davis Sewer District, and Davis School District have partnered together in an effort to show students first hand how their water is cleaned and their waste managed.   The program provides completely free field trips for our schools to visit these facilities and talk with their experts.  These field trips directly support our DESK standards and provide a relevant real world scenario to solidify our students understanding of the world around them.

Sign up

To sign your classes up for a field trip please check the calendar below for available dates and then fill out the email form below. Please include all of the information outlined below. Once your request is approved you will receive an email with the details for your field trip. Julie Sargent in curriculum will schedule your bus once the date has been approved. Your school's head secretary will post all substitutes to [DAVIS GOES GREEN]. We do not allow field trips with more than 2 buses worth of students. If you think you will have more than 2 buses you need to mention this in your request. Remember the buses are scheduled by the district for you. Also we are requesting that all field trips either eat lunch at a park and adhere to the schedule, or eat lunch at the Weber Basin Water Conservancy.

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Davis Collaborative Teams (DCT)

Davis Collaborative Teams

DCT Focus

Davis Collaborative Teams [DCT] is a program created by subject area, focused on producing gains in student learning and proofing curriculum. Participation by district personnel in these learning communities is optional but highly encouraged, and participation will eventually be expanded state-wide.

Every day you are running an experiment in your classroom with the instruction you provide.  We want to know if changes in our instruction produces learning gains.  This is a very testable question that if analyzed appropriately can lead to a better understanding of our curriculum, teaching strategies, assessment, and most importantly our students.  Sometimes we forget to follow through with the data collection, analysis, and conclusion to actually see if learning took place. This process of scientifically looking at a classroom in order to produce gains in learning is the focus of our STEM DCT groups.
 

New for 2018-2019

Secondary content level teams will be meeting in person once a month for two hours to share ideas, discuss the new standards implementation, and add rigor and relevance to instruction. The true purpose of these groups above all else is to build relationships between teachers across their grade level. These groups will be facilitated by a grade level or content area facilitator and managed by a district level coordinator. No registration will be required, just show up!

K-6th has focused solely on science in DCT meetings. This year we will be focusing on STEM and using practices that cut across curriculum. K-6 teachers will be meeting monthly at different schools across the district to discuss the four questions of the DCT process, new standards implementation, share ideas, and discuss rigor and relevance in instruction. The true purpose of these groups above all else is to build relationships between teachers across their grade level. These groups will be facilitated by  grade level facilitators and managed by a district level coordinator. These groups will meet in Microsoft Teams as their online platform. All teachers are invited.  

K-6 first meeting September 18 from 4-6 pm in the Administration Building Auditorium. 

Where We're Going

Our first two years of collaboration were during the 2016-2018 school year. Our groups were small but motivated, meeting in person for two hours each month. Collaboration began with truly understanding the Utah Core Curriculum in our individual science content areas. We then identified what student proficiency looks like (what should students know), how to measure student proficiency (how do we know what they know), and what to do about it (what do we do if they do if they don't get it). Each group was allowed to choose what this process looked like, set their own goals, and choose how to accomplish these goals within the Collaborative team framework.

The 2018-20189 school year marks our third year in this undertaking. We hope to build on what we have created, and expand our groups. This year we will invite teachers from around the state, communicating through Facebook. Join us! Research shows that meaningful collaboration among teachers is the best way to improve student learning and test scores.
 

Team Members Across DSD

    K-2    

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th Grade

7th grade

8th grade

Earth    science 

biology  

chemistry

physics 

Safety

Science Safety

Let's talk science safety. The responsibility of managing safety is in the hands of students and teachers in the room. It is up to the teacher and class to create an environment based on clear procedures and rules that promote proper lab safety. It is best to attack this issue with strong procedures and rules which prevent risky behavior around hazards so it doesn't become an issue in the classroom.

There are two major requirements that teachers and students need to fulfill at the beginning of the year each year. The first is to have all of the students accept the district lab safety contract this is done in their myDSD account. They will see they have a form to sign and they accept it digitally.

DSD Lab Safety Contract

How to access acceptance data

The next step is to have the students take the lab safety test which is also done through their myDSD account. See the test administration manual below for details. We require students to obtain a minimum of 80% on the test. If they don't you will want them to repeat the test until they achieve 80%.

Safety Exams

Students will take the test via their myDSD accounts. For instructions on how to facilitate this test download the Test Administration Manual [TAM].

Lab Safety TAM

We have linked the test below if you would like to download a copy as well. 

JH Lab Safety Test          (MSWord)
JH Lab Safety Test           (PDF) 
JH Lab Safety Test Key   (PDF)
HS Lab Safety Test          (MSWord)
HS Lab Safety Test          (PDF)
HS Lab Safety Test Key   (PDF)

USU Safety Module

The module from USU listed below will help you create a culture focused on lab safety in your room. Please take some time to go through the module.  

USU Science Education Safety Module

This module will walk you through creating a strong lab safety culture and explain some of the major concerns to watch for while in the lab.

The module also serves as the orientation for lab safety in the Davis School District. For more information please review the DSD Safety Policy Manual below.


DSD SCIENCE SAFETY POLICY MANUAL

Other Science Safety Documents and Resources:

Flinn Chemical Storage Classification - Information Sheet

Chemical Storage Checklist

Cautionary Chemicals in Davis School District

Prohibited Chemicals in Davis School District

Science Lab Safety Checklist

Chemical Look Up Tool - Utah Division of Risk Management

Flinn Science Safety Resources

NSTA Position Statements:

Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety
Safety and School Science Instruction
 

Events and Programs

STEM Fair

STEM FAIR

Teacher Info and Documents

 

This section is meant to give you as a teacher resources to run a fair at your school.  There are some important dates to remember regarding the fair. The general information regarding this year will be discussed at our Information Meeting on September 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

If you plan on running a fair your are required to have a representative from your school at the meeting.  

In order to make sure things are done on time, and the entire project isn't finished the night before, it is a good idea to spread things out.

In order to help with this word documents are attached so that individual teachers can adjust final dates and other specifics for their students.  Feel free to keep your own copy of these forms and make alterations as needed.

Outline and Cover Letter: This should be the first thing that goes home with students.  It has a list of all dates for class assignments, the school fair, the district fair, and an approximate time for the Ritchey Regional Fair at Weber State.

Proposal: This form contains information required for an initial research proposal.  This includes a problem/question, some initial research of the material that has been published on the topic, a tentative hypothesis, and identification of the independent, dependent, and controlled variables as well as constants and control groups as needed.

Proposal Rubric: Potential grading scale for the Proposal.

Research Plan:  Information on the second installment of the project.  This includes the Proposal with errors corrected, a materials list, detailed procedures, and information on what the data might look like.  For senior fair participants (Grades 9-12), there is also a reference to ISEF forms which are required for all international projects BEFORE experimentation begins.  *HINT* Instructions should be written in future tense - "I will ....." rather than "I did ....."

Research Rubric:  Potential grading information for the Research Plan.

Written Report:  Specific instructions and information on the writing of the project report AFTER everything has been done.  This follows the Davis Lab Write-up Format.  The rubric is at the bottom of the paper so a fill-in form works fine for record.

Oral Presentations - Information for creating and presenting a powerpoint presentation of the project.  This would be included with an interview or presentation to the class orally.  The included rubric is similar to the one used at the Davis District Fair and could be used for your school fair judging rubric.

Grading Rubric

STEM Olympiad (4-6)

STEM Olympiad - Grades 4-6

Elementary - STEM Olympiad

The elementary Science Olympiad is developed by teachers in Davis School District.  It is a competition for 4th-6th graders which seeks to develop STEM based skills in our students.  The events change regularly and are broken in to 3 Science/Engineering events and 3 Math events.  We will be hosting a coordinator meeting on September 19th from 4:00-7:00pm in the Administration Building Auditorium.   Event rules will not be posted until after this meeting.  

District ELEMENTARY Math & Science Olympiad Competition is on May 24th, 2018 at Central Davis Junior High.

  • There will be two sessions that day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

  • Each session will last approximately 2 hours, 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30. 

  • Your school will be assigned one session to attend. 

Transportation 

  • Busing will NOT be provided by the District. You will need to make your own arrangements for transporting your students to and from Central Davis Junior High School. 

Chaperones 

  • One teacher will need to accompany students from each grade level. 

  • Parents are not to chaperone students. 

Meet the Directors

Math Olympiad Director 

Science Olympiad Directors

STEM Olympiad Events

  • There will be six events at the Olympiad (three Math and three Science). Each event has a rule/information sheet. Please be sure to familiarize your students with the rules. 

  • Teams who do not abide by the rules will be eliminated from competition. We desire for everyone to have an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Thank you in advance for following all rules and guidelines! 

Event Description Handouts
Paper Airplanes Circuit Creation
Krypto Logical Fact Fun
Maze Mystery Tangrams

 

Student Teams 

  • Each event is designed for a team of 2 students. Each grade level is eligible to send one team of 2 students in each event for their school. Note: Only one team per grade level per school is eligible to compete in each event. 

  • Students may participate in more than one event if desired, but it is not mandatory. 

  • Students who are waiting to compete, or who have finished their competition, are required to stay with their school chaperone and to be respectful spectators as the other students complete their events. 

  • Please do not bring your entire class to the Olympiad. Only students competing in the Olympiad are invited to attend. 

Competition and Awards 

  • Students will compete against students on their same grade level from other schools. 

  • Scores will be tabulated at the end of each event and winners will receive their awards.

Science Olympiad (7-12)

Secondary Science Olympiad - Grades 7-12

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is basically an academic track meet.  There are various events covering all aspects of STEM learning.  Grades 6-9 compete in the B-Division and grades 9-12 compete in the C-Division.  These two groups have different events each year.  This is open to all Junior High Schools and High Schools.  If your school does not currently participate but would like to please contact Tyson Grover for more details. 

2017-2018 Competition Dates

As your team prepares to register, please have in mind which regionals you would like to attend. The dates to keep in mind for this year are as follow:

 

Honors

Science Honors - Davis School District

Purpose

The purpose of creating district wide expectations for honors courses in science is to help students and parents be better informed when making scheduling decisions, to create consistency in honors experiences across the district, increase the depth and rigor to which students are exposed in science, and to better prepare students for AP and college experiences.  It is strongly encouraged that students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators familiarize themselves with the expectations outlined in the honors science curriculum in order to make the best decisions for the school and student.

Definition

Honors courses should be more challenging than standard level courses in order to foster growth for advanced learners.  These courses will have some additional content in their course of study as well as more strenuous cognitive tasks and skills.  Often these tasks will include independent scientific research in order to provide students with an authentic scientific experience.  Inherently honors courses are those with standards written in a progressive nature and build upon prior knowledge and experiences.  Please be judicious and realistic when setting expectations for yourself and your student.

Vertical Alignment

The alignment provided is to help inform teachers about the skills students should master by the end of their honors experience in that grade level.  It is expected that students going into an honors experience have mastered the skills described in previous years.  The vertical alignment was designed to prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement or collegiate level courses.  Teachers will treat the vertical alignment as performance expectations for students. Watch the video below for a look at the alignment document and how to read it when making a decision for your student.  (If the video is too small you can click on the YOUTUBE icon to open it in a separate window.)

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Roles and Responsibilities                          Vertical Alignment Framework

Honors Documents by Grade Level

Honors PLC Work

Over the course of many years, science honors teachers from across the district have been meeting in course specific learning communities to discuss, learn, and implement the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships model to their classes.  This model allows for all students to be pushed to high levels of rigor while also providing the pacing needed for high ability learners.  Exemplars establishing the difference between a traditional and honors class will be updated on this site as they work through this process.    

Science Screener

Secondary Science Screener

Screener TAM

What is the Secondary Science Screener?

The Davis School District Secondary Science Screener is an assessment designed for secondary science students and is to be administered in March. These multiple-choice assessments are based on the Utah State Science Core Curriculum and provide teachers with information about whether or not their students are mastering the information taught in their courses. The data produced from these assessments is intended to guide instruction and to provide targeted interventions for students who fail to demonstrate mastery. Participation is optional for schools and no data will be used in any type of teacher evaluation.

How to administer the Science Screener

Make sure to follow appropriate testing protocol and follow the instructions in the Teacher Administration Manual (TAM). You can download a copy of the TAM here. The test must be activated from inside Encore. Step by step instructions are found on the third page of the TAM.

Student Login Information is on the fourth page of the TAM. 

Please contact Stacy Paskett (spaskett@dsdmail.net or 801-402-5491) if you need assistance.

Availability / Testing Window

The Screener for the 2017-18 school year will be available for teacher and school use February 20th - March 16th, 2018.

You can view student results in Encore after testing is completed. There are instructions for accessing the data is on page 5 of the TAM.

Professional Development

Human Sexuality Training

All biology teachers need to have read the following law R277-474-5A.  Once you have looked over the law so you are clear on what NOT to do in the classroom, please send an email to Tyson Grover so we can check you off our list. We need to know all of the BIO teachers have looked at the law and that you know what is expected of you.  

This Fall the USOE will be sponsoring four training courses, plus two online Adobe Connect training courses, which are mandatory for all new or newly assigned teachers of BIOLOGY.  If you fall into any of the following three categories you need to attend the training.

  • You are a new hire in Davis School District and you are teaching Biology
  • You have been a teacher in Davis School District but are teaching Biology for the first time
  • You have been teaching Biology but for some reason you have never been to the training

You will also receive an email after the school year starts letting you know if you are due to take the training. If you do not get an email then you are fine to just review the law and do not need to take the class.

Course Registration


For more information about Human Sexuality training requirements please contact: 

Cybil Prideaux
Office Assistant - Teaching & Learning
Utah State Office of Education 
250 E 500 S, PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, 84114-4200
Phone: 801.538.7773   |   Fax: 801.538.7769
Email: cybil.prideaux@schools.utah.gov

State Endorsements

Science Endorsement information can be found on the USBE Science website.

USBE Science

Community Resources

Teaching Resources

Standards Revision

K-5 and 9-12 SCIENCE STANDARDS UPDATE (04/16/2018): 

From Tyson Grover to all Davis School District Science Teachers.

About a week ago the Utah State Board of Education voted and approved to rewrite the science standards for grade K-5 and 9-12.  This vote included using the "K-12 Framework for Science Education" as a guiding document.  The process of getting this approved has taken a long time and due to that it has extended the implementation timeline by a year.  So, it is business as usual next year unless you want to get ahead of the game.  Here is the current timeline. 

2018-2019 School year - Optional professional development year

Spring - Fall of 2018 - Revision of standards and board approval of new standards 

  • You will get to give feedback so look for my emails on this.
  • January 2019 is realistically the earliest the final drafts of the new standards will be accepted by the state board and published. 

Spring - Summer 2019

  • School based personalized training starts for those interested - Secondary contact me, tgrover@dsdmail.net to schedule dates Elementary contact Annette Fonnesbeck, afonnesbeck@dsdmail.net to schedule dates

2019-2020 School Year - Professional Development and Preparation Year

  • Our team wants to get out to every school to train staff or teacher leadership who can then train the staff.  The model is up to your school.  Contact me to schedule dates.  

2020-2021 School Year - Full Implementation of new Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics standards

We have tried to be way ahead of the game here in Teaching and Learning in order to support you.  We already have grant funds to support implementation and we have had a teams of teachers meeting to discuss and learn about the changes for months.  There are probably some questions floating around in your head at the moment and here are some answers. 
 
  • Yes this means that you have two more years of your current standards
  • Yes there will be training to support this transition
  • Yes there  will be curriculum in place and ready a year ahead of time for you to review and prepare with 
  • Yes there will be funding for supplies from the curriculum

Our team is here to support you with this transition over the next two years. More detailed information will be posted here and emailed to district employees as it becomes available. Please contact Tyson Grover with your questions, concerns, or for more details.