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Our Tomball ISD science goal is to utilize a science curriculum with researched best practices that will prepare our students for the future- whatever that may be!  

This is my 22nd year to work with TISD, my own children are graduates of TISD and I am proud to work as a part of this district where every student is important!


We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey


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Awesome Teacher PD Opportunity

Ever think of participating in a research experience? Check out this opportunity at Sea:
NOAA Teacher at Sea Program:  2019 Field Season
Applications are being taken November 1-30th at: 

Teacher Opportunities for Summer PD

TMRA Free Workshops- Learn about our Texas natural resources and responsible land use and reclamation.
The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) provides free workshops for educators each summer.  Five days of hands-on earth science activities for the classroom.  There is not cost to the teacher attending.  TMRA provides your hotel room and most meals.
Coal Workshops
June 9-14, Sabine Mine (near Longview)
June 16-21, Walnut Creek (College Station)
July 14-19, San Miguel (Floresville)
July 21-26, Kosse Mine (College Station)
Uranium Workshop
July 21-26, Corpus Christi
Industrial Minerals
June 24-28, Round Rock 
Attendees receive 40-50 hours SBEC approved PD, 40 hours TEEAC for coal workshops and 12 hours GT credit.
For more information: 

Safety First!

We want to remind all science teachers of the importance of safety at all times in the science classroom. This includes using goggles when working with liquids, and solids such as salt water, sugar water, oils, vinegar, sand, salt, sugar, alka seltzer, rocks, etc. 

Safety and School Science Instruction -

NSTA Minimum Safety Practices and Regulations for Demonstrations, Experiments and Workshops -

Do Not Use Methanol-Based Flame Tests on Open Lab Desks


Informational meeting today from 3:30-5:00pm at the SDC- Room 109.
Other meeting dates: 
9/11-  TCES School 4:15-5:45 pm
9/12-  SDC Room 109;  4:30-6:00 pm
9/13-  WES School 4:15- 5:45 pm

Science Fair is Back

Please inform your students of the opportunity to participate in a science fair this school year.  Specific information is found on my Science Fair Information page.

Curriculum Document Reminders

If you are going to post a link on your teacher website to any of the curriculum documents you must first make a copy of that document in your drive. Parents and students cannot access documents that are sitting in the curriculum folders.

FYI: New Lineage of Microbes found in Yellowstone


MSU scientists’ discovery in Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park’s thermal features that sheds light on the origin of life, the evolution of archaeal life and the importance of iron in early life. Read more

Required 7th Grade PAP Summer Training

The summer professional development for PAP 7th grade will take place on June 4-6 from 8:30-3:30 at Tomball Memorial High School.  (specific room will be specified later) The first day will be what does PAP Science look like in TISD and the second and third days will be HCDE Lisa Felske presenting activities to enhance and increase the rigor in grade 7. 

End of Year Benchmarks and STAAR

A Reminder for End of Year Benchmarks and STAAR:
May 14-23 - Grades 6, 7 and 7A testing window
May 16 Grade 8 STAAR and Biology STAAR EOC

February 16th PD

5 E Model Part 1 (K-12): Experience for yourself how and why the 5-E Model teaches students how to think creatively and apply information.

5 E Model Part 2 (K-12): Dig deeper into the 5 E model to understand how the different E's build students' content knowledge and assist in helping the students make connections. The focus will be on how to design an Engage activity and how the Explore and Explain work together to build student connections with the content.

Crosswalking the Streamlined TEKS in Secondary Science: Examine the streamlined TEKS for your course that will be implemented next school year (2018-19).  Some TEKs have been deleted, some revised, and some clarifications have been made.

Spring Benchmark Dates

Welcome back to a new semester! Can't believe we are half way there already!
The spring benchmark window dates for science are as follows:
8th Science- March 20-29th
Biology- March 20-29th 

How doe caffeine keep us awake?

Great video for Biology/ Anatomy & Physiology classes. Describes how caffeine fits into a receptor site as a blocker for a hormone and the reaction it has on our bodies.

Something to reflect on...

A teacher’s job isn’t to “entertain”, but showing value and meaning in learning, can often help connect the seemingly most menial tasks to a larger purpose.  When we focus on what we control and constantly work towards creating deeper and more meaningful learning opportunities for our students, the impact on our students will be that much more profound. Sheila Vick

Great Newsletter for Chemistry Teachers

This CHEM ED XChange newsletter just came in.  If you read it and are interested in subscribing to receive it in the future, that option is free. I think it has some really great ideas!

Sound: On Our Wavelength

This module from The BioInteractive Team illustrates the relationship between frequency, wavelength, and velocity in a fun and engaging way.  Check it out...