Monday, November 3, 2008


At present we have over 35 members. The club is called the Ada High Science Club and will retain that name but the members have enthusiastically embraced the Biology Club as a new integral part. Our theme this year is the planets. Often our themes are derived from T-shirt ideas, and this year we mourn the lose of Pluto from planetary status. I have always held that the science club is open to all science interests, and over the 14 years I have been sponsor, we have dipped into all aspects of the sciences.

Our latest project is to renovate the garden by the school's front door. We have a mentor from the local university who is helping the students in teaching them how to do a professional garden and supplying the plants, tools and other resources for them to get the job done.

We are taking a field trip on November 15th (which happens to be National Recycling Day) to the Wakefield Inn - a local B&B and vineyard owned by our Family and Consumer Science teacher that is about 30 miles out in the country. The students will help in the vineyard, consume a 5 course buffet style dinner, play some games, and star watch with a local astronomy buff who will guide them through the constellations and Milky Way. We usually wait until after stargazing to have desert.

We are presently running a fund raiser with Little Caesar's Pizza.

Hmmm. I guess we are pretty busy! Later! Kay

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BioClub Advisers Meet at Charlotte NSTA

On Thursday, October 30, 2008, Judy Jones, Leann Iacuone, Amanda Lloyd (Leann's helper and Chemistry teacher), and George Sellers had dinner together at the NSTA conference. What a feast we had!! We also had a wonderful time getting to know each other, discussing our different BioClubs, and talking "shop".

Leann and George made plans for their groups to get together during the year (a field trip to study native plants and an end-of-the-year trip to the zoo in Columbia, SC). Judy and George discovered that they both have an interest in herpetology, and they made plans to attend the NABT Conference in Boulder Colorado next year to present a joint presentation on the use of herps in the classroom.

This is just one of the many benefits of being a BioClub Adviser--meeting and getting together with other advisers at national, regional, and state meetings!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hello from Laramie, WY

Hi everyone! We had our first Bioclub meeting last week at Whiting High School. Although only a handful of students attended, I believe Bioclub is going to be a hit. The students elected officers and tossed about a number of ideas for field trips and programs.

I have sponsored an on again/off again science club for the past five years. The students are excited about Bioclub because it is a national organization. I would love to have interactive conversations between my students and other students, as was suggested. Our math teacher is also acting as a sponsor.

Jennie Lawrence
Science Teacher, Whiting High School
Laramie, WY