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Ornithology- Songbirds & Waterfowl August 26, 2015

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The state songbird of Mississippi, the mockingbird

The state songbird of Mississippi, the mockingbird

Songbirds belong to the class of perching birds this group contains some of 4,000 species found all over the world, which contains a vocal organ that communicates the whereabouts and identity of an individual bird. Waterfowl are birds that use water sources, mainly wetland areas as their habitat and food source. Waterfowl are good swimmers because they have webbed feet and they are also known for their migratory behavior. This week we will conduct activities to explore the life strategies of both these birds.

VII Science Olympiad – Water Olympics! August 19, 2015

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Now that you have just a little taste of the way scientists think and reason, we will be diving straight into using the scientific method! We will also be talking about water and the properties that make it so special. Our discussion on water will be brief however, as we will then be using these properties to compete in several water-based events, our Seventh Annual Science Olympiad! Although these events will be water-based, we are not planning on getting soaked. Come prepared to learn and participate in a little healthy competition.

Welcome to the Starkville Science Club!! August 12, 2015

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Welcome to all our new and return members! This Tuesday, August 18th will be our first Science Club meeting of the year! As always, we will build on skills each week beginning with reviewing the scientific method. On Tuesday, we will formulate hypotheses to try and solve mysteries. Much like detective work, we will gather clues and evidence to draw conclusions! See you then!

The 2015 application period is now closed August 3, 2015

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Our new members will be notified Monday, August 3rd by 5pm. Please remember, this is a highly competitive group. If you do not get accepted this year, please try again!sc_clubcat

The Starkville Science Club is Now Accepting Applications for the 2015-2016 School Year! July 1, 2015

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The Starkville Science Club is now accepting student applications for the 2015-16 school year. Students entering 4th or 5th grade may apply now until July 31st. Applicants will be notified on Monday, August 3rd regarding their membership status. The Science Club is a 38-week long after-school program that meets every Tuesday from 3pm-5:30pm at Ward-Stewart 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:

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE: Application Form for 2015

Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2015 until July 31, 2015

•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

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. Students may be contacted for a personal interview.

•Students will be notified on Monday, August 3rd of their acceptance.

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.

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 means 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 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

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 (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. The Science Club is an academic year-long commitment. 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 325-0590 or jessica.tegt@msstate.edu

A parent/student meeting will be held in the Henderson cafeteria on Friday, August 14th at 5:30pm. Our first student meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, August 18th.

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