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FIRST SCIENCE CLUB meeting — Mystery Solving August 16, 2017

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Science Club kicks off this Tuesday, August 22nd! Each week, there will be new material posted under the “Brainbuilders” tab that relates to our lessons. While completely optional, they will earn you Club Points (and cool prizes) and help get you ready for each week! When you arrive, you will get your snack and drink and start on your JCT (Journal of Critical Thinking) activity for the day. We will jump right into talking about what it means to be a scientist and how to solve mysteries. Every week will involve lab activities and outdoor activities (as long as the weather permits). This will be a good foundation for the year so that we can learn about dozens of different science topics and ask scientific questions in those areas. We are so excited for you to be part of our 10th year of Science Club, marking a decade of mystery-solving and investigation!

Welcome to Science Club 2017-2018!! August 9, 2017

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Congratulations, scientists! Your outstanding work has been noted, and you are now a member of the 2017-2018 Starkville Science Club! This is our 10th year, and we are thrilled you will be part of it. Throughout the year, we will post weekly updates on upcoming meetings and events on this site. Each week, Brain Builders will be posted. This extra work comes from each week’s topic and will help prepare you for our lessons. It is completely optional and can be turned in at any point during the year! This will also earn Club Points, which add up to fun prizes. Any schedule changes will also be found in our Schedule tab, though updates will also be sent through e-mail and Remind.

Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 School Year June 28, 2017

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The Starkville Science Club is now accepting student applications for the 2017-18 school year. Students entering 4th or 5th grade may apply now until Monday, July 31st. Applicants will be notified via email on Friday, August 4th regarding their membership status. The Science Club is a 38-week long after-school program that meets every Tuesday from 3pm-5:30pm at Sudduth Elementary. We also go on several field trips throughout the year and participate in additional programming such as camping trips and full-day events.

Application Process:


Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017 until July 31, 2017

Hand write an essay 4-6 sentences in length. Use your own creativity when creating the essay, but please include topics such as:

1) why you are interested in joining or returning,

2) what you would look forward to most as a member of the Science Club,

3) your favorite science topic,

4) what you hope to learn throughout the year

Don’t feel like you need to list questions 1-4 out and follow answer just those. We really are looking for a personalized essay so that we can get to know YOU. Your personal stamp on the essay is factored into our review process. Tell us about you and your interests in science!

Please don’t forget to fill out the contact information portion of the essay. Typed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted unless the handwritten letter is scanned and sent as an attachment.

•You must add your teacher’s name from the previous year. That teacher may be contacted for a short evaluation regarding attitude and effort. We do not consider grades in our selection process. Students may also be contacted for a personal interview.

•Students will be notified on Friday, August 4th of their acceptance via email. These notifications are typically sent around 5pm.

Applications can either be scanned and sent to jessica.tegt@msstate.edu or sent by mail to Jessica Tegt, Mailstop 9690, MS State, MS 39769.  MSU campus mail is also acceptable- Mailstop 9690. If you are out of town or unable to send applications following any of the previously mentioned methods, contact me via email before the 31st of July to discuss additional options. Inquiries past the application deadline will unfortunately not be considered.

Student Selection Criteria:

We are only able to accept 40 students into the Science Club each year and we typically receive more than 100 applications. This is not meant to be discouraging but it does mean for fairness to all applicants, that we adhere to stringent criteria when selecting our students. We have a four-person independent committee that reviews and ranks the applications. Students who were in the Science Club in fourth grade must re-apply in fifth grade. Prior history will be considered, but is not an automatic acceptance. Interest in learning about science is a must; grades and academic skill are not our top priority for selection. We are interested in students with a positive attitude, a good work ethic, enjoyment in learning new things, good cooperation, and respect. The below criteria is used to help in the selection process.

1) Addresses specific topics from the posted schedule and follow directions for application submission

2) Personal history with student in Science Club or YES! program- is the behavior and participation of the student a good fit with SC expectations?

3) A feeling of genuine interest in science (not that parent forced the application)

4) Doesn’t just list expectations as “having fun” or “going on field trips”

5) Application shows effort and creativity and gives us some idea of personality (must also be legible)

Time Commitments for Students and Family:

Please look over the schedule on our website (https://starkvillescienceclub.wordpress.com/schedule/) and ensure that our topics and the times that we meet align with interests and other extra-curricular commitments. We meet every Tuesday after school from 3:00-5:30 and take frequent field/over-night trips. We understand that active students and families are busy, however take into consideration any possible time conflicts. Frequent absences may result in dismissal from the Club in order for someone on the waiting list to have an opportunity.

It is both important and necessary for family members to be involved with helping our program thrive. We ask for support and assistance during overnight trips, and open communication with the members and instructional staff.

Financial Commitment:

We strive to keep costs low for families and students. However, budgets have become tighter in recent years and we would like to maintain our high level of programming. We serve snack every Tuesday after school and also use buses/MSU vans for transportation. We have entrance fees into Museums, parks, and zoos, and meals and lodging. We are asking that parents contribute $150 for the year to offset some of these costs. This also includes a t-shirt and banquet costs. If you are unable to pay the $150, notify the director and we will work on a scholarship application for your child. We do not want money to deter a worthy child from participating.

Do not hesitate to contact Jessica Tegt with any questions about the Starkville Science Club. She can be reached at 325-7262 or jessica.tegt@msstate.edu

A parent/student meeting will be held in the Sudduth auditorium on Friday, August 11th at 5:30pm. Our first student meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, August 22nd.



LAST LAST Science Club Meeting!!! April 27, 2017

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Since our meeting two weeks ago was cancelled, we will meet on May 2nd for our last official game of Capture the Sun! Then we will have our camping trip to French Camp as our 2016-2017 finale. It’s been a wonderful year, thank YOU for making it such a spectacular adventure!

LAST SCIENCE CLUB MEETING (Capture the Sun + Endangered Species) April 19, 2017

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We have had a fantastic year of meetings and field trips, and this week is our last Tuesday meeting for the 2016-2017 school year! We will be combining last week’s endangered species posters with a Club favorite, Capture the Sun! After this week we will have our awards’ banquet on Friday, April 28th and then our final trip to French Camp. We hope you have had a year full of learning and fun with us, and we will see you on Tuesday!