The following STEM events will take place during the 2019-20 school year:
Science Night for all students - date TBD
Science Fair for 4th - 6th grade students - date TBD - K-3rd grade students will participate as a class in the science fair.
STEM Santa Fe's 2019 STEM Pathways for Girls for 5th-8th grade female students at Gonzales on Saturday, October 5 - GCS PTA will pay student registration fees if requested. Click for more details and registration form.
We are currently seeking a STEM Club volunteer - please email us at email@example.com if you or someone you know is interested in being a STEM Club advisor one day a week after school.
2019-20 Science Updates
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) adopted new science standards that are effective this school year. The program is called NM STEM Ready! The district and school are in the process of developing a curriculum for the new standards. The LANL Foundation partners with SFPS to provide science kits to support the standards and curriculum at all SFPS schools. The LANL program is called ISEC but that name might change with the new standards. Teachers have expressed that the kits are time-consuming to set-up and clean-up. That's where volunteers come in. Teachers may request parent volunteers to join their class during science lessons. Parental involvement could also mean grandparents and any secondary caregiver. The goal is to involve primary and secondary caregivers as much as possible.
Ms. Durr (3rd-grade teacher) and Ms. Gaillour (4th-grade teacher) are the LANL Foundation ISEC coordinators at the school this year. Ms. Pino (4th-grade teacher) is the school's science fair coordinator this school year - the teachers' roles change each school year.
The district is also revamping Science Fair this year. The goal is to make the process less of an at-home project and more of an in-school project. The district has not shared any details with the schools yet so more information on that to come. PTA has contacted Chari Kauffman, the science coordinator for SFPS and asked that we be part of the conversation to provide a parents perspective. Please share your thoughts us at firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll share them with Chari at SFPS and our teachers.
2018-19 Science Fair
Gonzales Community School hosts an annual Science Fair each winter (dates vary each year) for grades 4-6. Students begin work on their projects in the fall and turn in a series of assignments leading up to the Science Fair in the winter. Each 4th - 6th grade classroom teacher will select the top 10 projects from their class to participate in the Science Fair.
The top ten science projects from each class are then presented and judged by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science. The Santa Fe Alliance for Science is a non-profit organization made-up of volunteers from the science community. First, second, and third place winners are selected, and the first and second place winners go on to compete in the Santa Fe Public Schools district STEM Expo (Science Fair). Winners of the STEM Expo (SFPS Science Fair) go on to compete at the state and national levels.
In addition to the annual Science Fair, GCS and SFPS are proud partners with the LANL Foundation, which provides inquiry science kits and curriculum support to our classroom teachers and students. We also offers students STEM Club in the Fall and Spring, which are supported by STEM Santa Fe. Visit Student Clubs for more information. Ask your child what they're learning in science!
Congratulations to this year’s Science Fair Winners. First and second place winners will continue on to to compete in the SFPS STEM EXPO on Friday, February 8. Good luck Gonzales scientists!
Get ready for the 2018-19 GCS Science Fair
Teachers will assign Science Fair Projects to students in 4th - 6th grades in late October/early November.
PTA purchases Science Fair Boards with monies raised throughout the school year. Science Fair boards will be given to students at the next Science Cafe on December 6, at 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Mr. Druva hosted the first Science Cafe on September 12, 2018 and the second science cafe is on December 6.
2017-18 Science Fair
Please share your feedback from the 2017-18 GCS Science Fair.