Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
- 2002 Robert E. Alexander
- K-12 Outstanding Administrator
- Call for Nominations
- Award Description: The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
is calling for nominations for the Robert E. Alexander K-12
Outstanding Administrator Award. This annual award is given to
a school administrator or a school district administrator who has
done an outstanding job in promoting and supporting high quality
science and mathematics education for all students. The recipient
of the award will receive a plaque and a $250 check to be handed
out at the annual joint advisory board and coordinating committee
meeting in May 2003.
- Eligibility: Superintendents, District Office Administrators,
School Principals, and Assistant Principals from the Central
Savannah River Area of South Carolina and Georgia are eligible for
the award. Award winners may reapply after three years.
- Nomination Procedure: Eligible candidates can be
self-nominated or nominated by a colleague (i.e. teacher,
principal, parent, or district administrator).
- The nomination packet should include the following:
- 1. Letter of nomination that highlights the evidence that the
nominee supports high quality science, mathematics or technology
educaiton (SMTE) for all students.
- 2. A 7-10 minute visual presentation depicting the
administator's rold in implementing high quality programs for
enhancing SMTE. the Visual presentation may be in a form of a
powerpoint presentation on disk or CD or a videotape. It's
contents may include (but not limited to) the following:
- Innovative use of funds to support science and/or mathematics
- Innovative use of time to provide professional development for
teachers of science and/or mathematics.
- Innovative scheduling to provide for adequate instructional
time in science and/or mathematics.
- Innovative use of staff to improve science and/or mathematics
- Innovative professional development practices to enhance the
skills of science and/or mathematics.
- 3. Three letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, one
from another administrator, and one from a parent.
- Nomination Deadline: Nomination packages should be postmarked
by Friday, March 7, 2003 and sent to:
- Gwen Johnson, Director
- Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
- 471 University Parkway
- USCA-Box 3
- Aiken, SC 29801
- If you have questions about the award or the nomination
procedure call Ms. Johnson at (803) 641-3552 or e-mail her at
- Congratulations to Dr. Karen
- Robert E. Alxander
- K-12 Administrator of the Year Award
The second annual recipient of the R.E.Alexander K-12
Administrator of the Year Award went to Dr. Karen Blanset from
Millbrook Elementary School located in Aikn, SC. The K-12
Administrator Award is presented to a school administrator or a
school district administrator in the RSEC Service Area who has
done an outstanding job in promoting and supporting high quality
science and mathematics education for all students. Nominations
are made in the Spring of each year.
- Dr. Blanset has been at Millbrook for six years and has an
ability to provide innovative funding for the development,
implementation, and professional staffing of a school based math
and science laboratory, a supporer of their Outdoor Science
Laboratory, developed and implemented a series of inquiry based
instructional modules, and secured funding for an after-school
tutorial program for at-risk learners.
- She promotes professoinal development by encouraging and
supporting her teachers to participate in district and state
conferences, provides staff development time so these teachers can
come back and share what they learned with their peers. She
consistantly nominated lear teachers to participate in regional
training in conjuction with the CSRA Hub. Demonstrating her
commitment as an IInstructional Leader.
She developed a team of two teachers who work with 2 classrooms
and split theior time between the students. This model guarantees
that these students will receive quality instructional time in Math
and Science daily. Her school achieved a rating of EXCELLENT on the
state report card in 2001.
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- All extensions preceded by 56 when dialing from within the USC
- From Augusta, dial 278-1967 and request the extension.
- NRSMEEP at US Forest Service located at SRS
- Did you know?
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Family Earth and Sky
- When: May 10, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- Where: DuPont Planetarium at
the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken - directions.
- What: Telescope viewing, planetarium
shows, astronomy lectures, hands-on activities.
- Hosted by: The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium,
and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
- The Family Earth and Sky Night will be held rain or shine.
Free refreshments will be available. Plan to bring friends and
your whole family to a fun-filled evening of celebration.
- Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta
Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public
to use. Come see many of the wonders of the heavens. This is a
good opportunity to learn about telescopes, especially if you have
been considering purchasing one. The RPSEC Observatory housing the
giant Bechtel Telescope will also be open.
- Planetarium shows: "More
Than Meets the Eye", will be available on a first-come,
first-served basis. The shows will begin at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
and 10:00 p.m. The cost for planetariums shows are:
- Adults $4.00
- Senior Citizens $3.00
- PK-12 Students $2.00
- Children under 4 years old are not admitted
- Astronomy Lectures: Lectures on astronomy topics will begin at
8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Hands-on Activities: A variety of hands-on activities
will be available to help people understand the wonders
of earth science and astronomy. Many of the activities
will have materials you can take home with you including
your very own star chart.
- In Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts,
Science and Technology
- Focus Topic:
- Promoting Educational Excellence for
- Saturday, January 25, 2003
- USC Aiken
- 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- The sixth annual Instructional Fair in
Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and
Technology will be held at the University of South
Carolina Aiken on January 25, 2003. Registration will
begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Business and Education
Building (second-floor gym). Concurrent sessions and
workshops will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at
- The Instructional Fair is co-sponsored by the Central Savannah
River Area, Bamberg-Calhoun-Orangeburg, Midlands, and Upper
Savannah SC SSI Hubs, the USC Aiken Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa,
and local Public Schools. Our goal is to provide opportunities for
K-12 teachers to learn and share educational initiatives and
strategies designed to improve student achievement. Teachers may
preregister by Friday, January 10, 2003. To pre-register, see your
principal or department chair for a registration form or call the
CSRA Hub at (803) 641-3594.
- If you would like to present a session, but have not submitted
a session proposal form, please contact one of the Hubs or other
sponsors listed above and request a form.
- Preregistration fee: $15.00 per person (includes lunch and
- On-site Registration Fee: $20.00 per person (does not include
lunch and refreshments)
Career Cluster Mathematics Training
- to be Offered Spring 2003
- As a result of a partnership agreement among the State
Department of Education, Center of Occupational Research and
Development (CORD), and AT&T, thirty teachers form the Central
Midlands Career Partnership, the Piedmont Tech Prep/School-to-Work
Consortium, and the Aiken Tech Prep/School-Work Consortium will
have the opportunity to receive career cluster mathematics
training during the spring of 2003. The classes will be held at
the USC Aiken, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and are
scheduled for January 17-18, February 21-22, and March 28-29. The
participants will be 25 career and technology education teachers
and five secondary mathematics teachers from the following
counties: Abbeville, Aiken, Edgefield, Fairfield, Lexington,
Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Richland and Saluda
- The purpose is to enable career and technology education
teachers to incorporate additional/higher mathematics concepts
into classroom instruction and determine a process necessary to
align career and technology mathematics requirements to state math
standards. This course allows both academic mathematics teachers
and career and technology teachers an opportunity to work together
so that career and technology courses can support mathematics
achievement through context and problem solving. Infusing
mathematics skills into the career and technology areas is
necessary to improve students' mathematics foundations, improve
scores on state assessments, and increase the number of students
taking advanced mathematics at the secondary level.
RPSEC Welcomes New Staff Members
- The Center would like to welcome two new staff members, Susan
Huntley, Student Programs Coordinator and Elisabeth Schussler,
Student Programs Specialist.
- Susan Huntley has a Masters in Education and has been teaching
since she was 17 years old. She has worked as an instructor in a
variety of settings including classes on media modeling, GED
preparation, equestrian, self-defense, SAT Verbal, and wilderness
living skills. Ms. Huntley teaches a variety of student programs
including Animals with Backbones and Sound-sational Activities.
About her brief experience at the RPSEC Susan saus, "So far, it
has been exciting, challenging, full of variety and never
- Dr. Elisabeth Schussler is a botanist with a wealth of
experience in environmental education and love for children. She
has designed and directed informal science education programs
which include teaching young people the ecology of wetlands and
how to protect such valuable resources. Since Dr. Schussler joined
the RPSEC staff, she has demonstrated her creativity,
adaptability, and knowledge of science and mathematics. She is
unsurpassed in flexibility and cooperation.
- Both new Student Programs staff members share the enthusiasm
and commitment of the RPSEC to deliver quality science,
mathematics and technology education to CSRA citizens. Welcome
Natural Resources Science, Mathematics, and
Engineering Education Program
- A cooperative effort of the Department of Energy,
the USDA Forest Service, and the University of South Carolina
- The Natural Resources Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
Education Program (NRSMEEP) has been providing the CSRA community
with high quality programs which promote a better understanding of
our natural resources. Over the last nine years over 100,000
student visits occurred on the Savannah River Site where science
and math skills were enhanced. We have offered 100 teacher
workshops with over 1000 teachers representing in excess of 100
schools from 16 counties across South Carolina and Georgia.
Additionally, over 11,000 adults have participated as chaperones.
The majority of this effort has been funded by the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) through the US Forest Service Savannah River
(USFS-SR). Unfortunately the DOE and USFS-SR have indicated that
it will not renew our funding when the current budget ends in
August of 2003. Our spending has been reduced enough to stretch
the budget, enabling us to provide a limited program for the
2003-2004 school year. Additional funding through outside grants
is continually being pursued.
- Most of the students, teachers, and parents we serve are from
Aiken, Richmond, and Columbia County School Districts. Request and
proposals for funding have been submitted to each of the three
school districts. In the request, each district is asked to
provide enough funding to support one of the three instructors
salary, benefits, and operating costs. Many of you support this
program and will support our effort to maintain the integrity of
NRSMEEP by acquiring funding from the local school districts. If
you are in support of NRSMEEP, please let your school board know
that you support this funding request. If you feel that the DOE
should continue funding the NRSEEP program, please write your
local, state, and congressional legislators and carbon copy the
DOE, or write the DOE directly and send a copy to the
- United States Department of Energy
- Mr. Jeffrey Allison 703-A
- P.O. Box A
- Aiken, SC, 29802
- This year we went to all-day programming. This allows much
more time to carry out the lesson and make the students more
accountable for the learning. Teachers have been very pleased with
this change. Please submit your applications soon for next year if
you want consideration.
- Teacher Workshops Spring & Summer
- 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 803-725-0070
- GLOBE Refresher and/or Certification (K-12) (www.globe.gov)
(Wednesdays) January 15, 22, 29, 2003 (Free Teacher Resource
- Training protocols on January 15th: Atmosphere &
Hydrology; 22nd:Soil; 29th:Landcover and Biology. Global Learning
and Observations to Benefit the Environment or GLOBE is an
international program. Students collect data around and near your
school and share it with scientists via internet. This is an
excellent application of math, science, and computer skills.
- Project Wet (K-12) Tuesday, February 25, 2003
- This workshop delivers some great student activities involving
aquatic study topics. Many of the activities could be done in the
classroom without an outdoor water study site. We will do
activities which relate to the science and math standards. Free
guide is given to all participants!
- GLOBE Training and Certification (K-12) (www.globe.gov)
Monday-Friday, June 2-6, 2003 (Free Teacher Resource Kit!)
- Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment or
GLOBE is an international program. Students collect data around
and near your school and share it with scientists by internet.
Includes portocols in atmosphere, soils, hydrology, land cover and
biology, as well as computer training. This is an excellent
application of math, science, and computer skills.
- NRSMEEP will pay for substitute teachers. Workshops will be
held at the Savannah River Site or the Audubon at Silver
- Celebrate Christmas in the
Planetarium with "'Tis The Season"
The annual holiday season favorite, "'Tis
The Season" will be showing at the Dupont
Planetarium during the month of December. Shows will be on
Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. This
seasonal planetarium show has become an annual favorite for many
of our patrons. If you have come before, plan on visiting again
and make this special planetarium show an annual event. If you
have never seen this show, you must plan on attending so that you
can see what you have been missing.
- 'Tis the Season traces the development of many of the world's
endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the
winter season. The show also recounts the historical, religious
and cultural customs practiced during the time of the winter
solstice. Guests will see a few winter constellations and learn
how the orbit of the earth around the sun causes seasons to occur.
And, of course, we explore some possible astronomical explanations
for the "Star over Bethlehem".
The National Engineers Week Committee presents
- SEPUP for Middle School Science
- Sponsored By:
- Westinghouse Savannah River Company
- The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center &
- Friday January 24, 2003, 8:30 AM &endash; 3:30
- Limited Space: 20 participants! FREE SEPUP Solutions
& Pollution Module!
- Lunch is provided by WSRC, and for more information
please contact Calvin Morrow at (803-952-6805).
Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Program
- The TSMDP would like to recognize once again the Westinghouse
Volunteers for their participation in the STRAND (Scientists with
Traveling Resources and Neat Demonstrations) Program. With their
dedication they were able to touch the lives of over 20,000
students in over 197 classrooms across the CSRA during the
2001-2002 school year. The STRAND program is available to all
teachers in the CSRA. If you are interested in requesting a
visiting scientist please log on to: http://rpsec.usca.edu/travelingscience
- The Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Program
currently has over 350 kits available for checkout. The kits range
in form from FOSS (K-6), STC (K-6), Museum to Go, CBL, Math and
Science to Go, various teacher created kits and numerous other
materials and resources. For a complete searchable and sortable
listing of available kits please log on to: http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/travelingscience.
To schedule an information session for teachers at your school,
please contact John Hutchens at 803-641-3474 or email@example.com
The Ruth Patrick Science Education
Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for educators. The
Center encompasses the CSRA HUB, CEET, Dupont Planetarium, and
NRSMEEP. If you have any information that would be beneficical to
the audience of this newsletter, or would like to be added to the
mailing list, please contact the Editor, Cindy Sparling,
at (803) 641-3594 or CindyS@usca.edu.
Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is March 1,
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of South Carolina.
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Center of Excellence in
University of South Carolina
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