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Texas Teacher Marcy Whited Recognized for Innovative Farmersville Intermediate School Outdoor Lab

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 11, 2011 Jean-Yves Chever, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Americas, OHAUS Corporation, announces that Marcy Whited, a teacher at Farmersville Intermediate School, in Farmersville, TX, has won the 2011 Gustav Ohaus Award. Whited played an integral role in the development, fundraising and implementation of the Farmersville Intermediate School Outdoor Lab, which provides a hands-on approach to earth science and measurement skills education.


For nine years, Whited has provided energetic, practical education, designing a science curriculum that requires active participation instead of simply reading and testing. The Outdoor Lab, outfitted with rain gauges, anemometers and thermometers, allows students to read and record changes of specific units of measure including temperature, rainfall volume and wind speed. It also allows for valuable earth science lessons, as students create landforms to witness erosion, while also burying and unearthing objects to observe decomposition. The students utilize OHAUS balances to compare soil mass, density and porosity, as each measurement is a valuable component of the earth science curriculum.

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Beat the Budget Blues: Indulge in The Texas Science Teacher Journal

Thu, 04/14/2011


Inside this issue of STAT's official academic journal, the Texas Science Teacher :

  • A Message from STAT President Joel Palmer.
  • Confusing Language for Science and Mathematics Studentsby Sandra S. West and Sandra T. Browning.
  • Enhancing Science Knowledge through Proven Instructional Strategiesby Gloria Gresham, et. al.
  • Science-Fair Scorecard of Dallas/Fort Worth Area Independent School Districtsby Ramesh S. Hegde, Ph.D.

Subscription to the Texas Science Teacher Academic Journal is for STAT Members only.  You must be logged in to view the journal.   

If you cannot remember your password, click the "request new password" link below the login box to the left of the main page at

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Awesome and Artful CAST 2011 Programming Announced!

Tue, 04/12/2011


Enjoy The Art of Science while taking in a performance of gravity-defying human energy!  Cirque Imagination will perform at the CAST Opening Reception on Thursday, November 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm.  



Beginning May 1st, we will open extra-early registration at $115 for the full conference (short courses and extra sessions will be available August 15th).   

We are doing this to help your districts send you to CAST using any leftover money from last year's budget.  In these uncertain times, we want to give you as many opportunities to attend as possible!



We're partnering with Senator Royce West to introduce the Royce West Science Teaching Scholarship, a new program designed to send teachers to CAST!   

Senator West will address the STAT membership at the CAST Opening Reception to honor contributors and recipients of this new scholarship.   

Education has always been a priority for Senator West, who presently serves on the Senate Education, Higher Education, and Finance Committees. Visit his State Senate Profile to learn more about his political career in Texas.

If you wish to contribute to the scholarship, visit the Sponsorship Page, or call the STAT office at 512-491-6685 for more details on how to get involved!

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Member at Large Ballot

Fri, 04/08/2011


We need your votes for Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Please cast your vote by choosing three names out of the six below you would like to serve on your executive board. Send the names to


 Denise Hill, Texas A&M University, Chair of Teacher Education

 Deidre Parish, Secondary Science Coordinator for High Schools, Frisco ISD

 Sharry Whitney, Secondary Science Supervisor, Lewisville ISD

 Marinne Dobrovolny, Science Specialist, Region 17 ESC

 Susana Ramirez, 8th Grade Science Teacher, PSJA ISD 

 Kiki Corry, Project WILD Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife


View their bios and position statements HEREVoting will end on Friday, May 6, 2011.



The Science Teachers Association of Texas is joining together with seven other Texas education associations to ask for revisions to HB 500.  This is a coalition of 25,000 people in various capacities in school districts across the state.  


View the full details our proposed revisions.


We hope to revise  End of Course examination accountability, and the transition from the TAKS to the STAAR.

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Your New STAT Officers Have Been Chosen!

Tue, 04/05/2011

The results are in!  Thank you for your votes.


President: Ross Ann Hill, Idalou ISD


President-Elect:  Sharon Kamas, La Porte ISD


Past President: Joel Palmer, Mesquite ISD 


Vice-President:  Donald Burken, Spring Branch ISD


Treasurer:  Terry Ward, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD


Secretary:  Jo Anne Jackson, Lubbock ISD


The new officers will take their positions on June 1st, 2011.

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Get a Jump on It: CAST 2011 Housing Now Open!

Tue, 03/29/2011

Book Your CAST 2011 Room @ the Housing Site!

It's never too early to make sure you have a warm place to rest your head during CAST!  Visit the Housing Site today to book your room within the block at discounted STAT rates.  Be guaranteed transportation to the convention center and stay at our host hotel, the Sheraton Dallas! 

Member At Large Nominees Needed!

STAT Membership approved the 2011 version of the Bylaws via online voting.  Now, we need your help to find nominees for our new Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Fill out the Nomination Form, then submit a short bio and mission statement to:  Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 6th.

Submit Articles for the May STATellite

We know you've had an eventful year.  Now that it's coming to a close, submit an article for the May issue of the STATellite.  It's the perfect opportunity to sort out all of your school year's tensions and triumphs.  Final articles are due by May 1st.

Submit editorials, articles, and news to  Articles should be a maximum of 2 single-spaced pages in length, and may be edited before publishing.  Pictures are strongly encouraged.  Please attach them directly to your email.

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Join the worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: March 22 - April 6

What: The Globe at Night Campaign

When: 8pm to 10pm local time, March 22 - April 4 northern hemisphere; March 24 - April 6 southern hemisphere

Where: Everywhere

Who: Everyone

How: See

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Teachers: Apply To Be Recognized For Natural Resources Education

San Antonio, Texas – The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation and San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. announce the opportunity for two deserving teachers to be recognized for their contributions and earn a financial award for their school in the amount of $2,500.  This $2,500 school “scholarship” will be awarded to the school in recognition of the winning teachers’ use of innovative techniques and curricula to promote natural resource literacy among their students.

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Two Days Left: Make Sure Your Vote is Counted!

Tue, 03/22/2011


Bylaws Ballot and Officer Elections Still Open 

We've put the latest STAT Bylaws amendments on the web, but you've only got TWO DAYS left to vote!   

Visit the Amendment Site to get started.

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Show 'em What You've Got: Submit Your CAST Proposals Now!

Wed, 03/09/2011

The Time is Now to Submit CAST 2011 Proposals

The proposal site is up and running, and we're ready for your very best submissions for CAST workshops, short courses, and field trips.  Hurry and be one of the first to submit!   The proposal site will close May 6th.  Visit the official proposal site to enter your proposals today. View the proposal rubric to get an idea of how they are graded, and email us with any questions or comments concerning the website or your proposal. Please remember to login using your STATweb user name and password.  If you have forgotten your password, you may request a new one under the user login box to the left of the screen on  

Bylaws Ballot and Officer Elections Open

We've put the latest STAT Bylaws amendments on the web, and we're asking you to cast your vote "yea" or "nay" for the changes.  Visit the Amendment Site to get started. Your new STAT officer nominees have been chosen.  We've got a great crop of candidates this year and we're expecting it to be a close race, so visit the Election Page to cast your ballot today.  Remember: You must be logged in as a member in order to submit votes on either of these items!

Officer voting closes April 1, and Bylaws Amendment votes are open until March 24.  Don't hesitate:  log in to exercise your rights as a STAT member today!