High School Chemistry Committee, Spring 2013

Welcome to the new year.  There are many issues facing chemistry teachers across the country such as class sizes, budget concerns, and the need for more inquiry.  Those chemistry teachers searching for support for topics such as safety, resources, or laboratory facilities or other pertinent issues in the chemistry classroom should access the ACS Guidelines for Teaching High School Chemistry.  These Guidelines have been recently revised and serve as an excellent resource for almost any concern in a chemistry classroom.  These Guidelines can be accessed here.

The ACS Board is working on the formation of a National Chemistry Teachers Alliance.   Further questions are being researched by the National Board and we will keep you updated as things progress.

The new AP Chemistry laboratory manual is complete and ready as the changes for the course start next year.  The Instructor manual will be available as a PDF form from College Board in the near future while the student manual will be available for purchase.  AP teachers should attempt to attend a training session this summer or next year to gain better exposure to these changes.

Here are some of the many awards that have been given out in 2012. 

Ron Perkins was given the Outstanding Service to the Division Award.  Ron has contributed so much to chemistry teachers over his career.
Congratulations to the 2012 Award for Excellence in High School Teaching winners.  Special thanks go to Co-chairs Michael McGinnis and Frank Creegan and their committees for all of the hard work in promoting and selecting the winners.  The winners get a grant of $1000 plus travel money.  Consider nominating an outstanding high school chemistry teacher in your region for this award.

Here are the 2012 winners based on the Regional Meetings Committee reports from last year.

Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM)


Helena Buzin from Central Bucks High School South in Warrington, PA


Central Region (CERM)   


 Laura E. Slocum from University High School of Indiana, Carmel, IN


Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM)


Marianne Molendy Feller from Kennewick High School, Kennewick, Washington


Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM)


David Hostage from the Taft School in Watertown, CT


Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting (RMRM)


Lonna Schmick from Southeast High School in  Yoder, WY


Midwest Regional Meeting (MWRM)


Kathleen Dwyer from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in Maplewood, MO


Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRMACS)


Lynn E. Millikan from Saint Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, TX


Southeastern Regional Meeting (SERMACS)


Susanne M. Dana from Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA


The National James Bryant Conant Award goes to Stephen Radice from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.  Stephen will win travel expenses to the national ACS meeting in New Orleans and $5000.

Don’t forget some of the other benefits with a membership in ACS/Div CHED.  ACS sponsors Chem Club, many magazines, resources such as the Guidelines and meetings such as the Regional meetings and the High School Day at the national meetings.  There is a highly reduced rate for high school teachers to attend a national ACS meeting.  Consider attending when you have the opportunity.  The April meeting is in New Orleans and the September meeting is in Indianapolis. The ACS also sponsors the Hach Grants which provide grants to chemistry teachers to use in their classroom.   Another recent benefit provided by the DivCHED are their new Travel Awards awarded so winners can attend a national ACS meeting or a Biennial meeting.  There were many high school teachers that won awards this last year.

The next big conference event that will highlight high school chemistry education will be next summer when the University of Waterloo will host ChemEd 2013.  It is back at the place where it began in 1973 and will be held July 28 to August 1, 2013.  It is an opportunity for educators to share their teaching experiences, classroom innovations, and laboratory experiments at the largest conference in North America focused on high school and introductory chemistry. Go to www.uwaterloo.ca/chemed2013/ for additional information.  Please consider attending, presenting and sharing.

The 2014 BCCE (Greener on the Grand) will be held at Grand Valley State University in Western Michigan, August 3 - 7 2014.  The website  www.bcce2014.org  is already up and running.  Their presence at Penn State was apparent and the input they received from the high school participants, including the members of the High School Committee, was promised to be included in the planning of their high school program.

The High School Committee is always looking for suggestions so contact any of the members listed on the DivCHED website at www.divched.org.

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