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  • 03 Jan 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meeting place still to be announced.  Time:  10 AM - 3:oo PM.  Please pass along to all KATS Board Members.  Thanks, Dixie

  • 02 Jan 2017 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Norman E. Schmidt (Tabor College) announces the 2017 National Chemistry Olympiad open to high school students.  High school teachers nominate students for a statewide test.  Nominations are due by January 15, 2017.  Contact normans@tabor.edu  or visit the national web site for details.  --rb

  • 30 Dec 2016 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National WWII Museum is looking for 28 5th-8th grade science teachers from across the country who want to spend a week in New Orleans learning how to teach hands-on minds-on science connected to WWII history. The cohort will spend a week in July in New Orleans, with workshops at the Museum, and a day and a half at the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Materials Research Institute. Travel, room, and most meals are paid.

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  • 23 Nov 2016 11:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Laura Leis, a fifth grade science teacher at Smoky Valley Middle School, Lindsborg, was presented a $500 check as the statewide winner of the 2016 Wendell G. Mohling Foundation Scholarship Award at the USD 400 School Board Meeting on November 14th.  The check was presented by the scholarship award founder Carol Mohling and chair of the foundation, Kay Neill.

    The $500 award is given annually to a Kansas science teacher to be used to increase professional development by attending a national or regional National Science Teachers Association Conference on Science Education.  Mrs. Leis completed an application essay to vie for the award, and has chosen to attend the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles on March 30-April 2, 2017.

    The scholarship foundation was started by Carol Mohling in honor of her husband, Wendell G. Mohling, after his death ten years ago.  Dr. Mohling was a former Kansas Association of Teachers of Science President and NSTA President, and was well known for his environmental education classes and outdoor lab that he designed as a teacher at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.  Dr. Mohling’s vision was for Kansas science teachers to experience the excitement of attending a national or regional conference.The Foundation honors the memory of Wendell Mohling by awarding a $500 scholarship to one Kansas teacher of science annually.  Their website, www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com, explains that Dr. Mohling knew from experience the personal and professional benefits gained by attending conventions.  As a teacher, he also knew the financial burden of finding the money to attend conventions.

    The award also provides Mrs. Leis with a membership for the year to the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS).  This membership will provide her with numerous statewide opportunities for professional development.


  • 23 Nov 2016 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Veteran science teacher Lu Bitter is hosting a science fair in Pratt, KS from 8:00 am to noon on Thursday, December 15 and has 90 entries, but only 4 judges so far. She would welcome 8 more judges. Lunch is provided and the day will surely provide a wealth of ideas and an opportunity to visit with some fine science students and motivated science teachers. Retired teachers are especially welcome. You can contact Lu at lu.bitter@usd382.com. The event will be held in the ACE building, the old high school.

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