presidential awards for excellence in math and science teaching


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The Texas Education Agency is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2010 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are now being accepted. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This year the PAEMST program will honor  school teachers (grades K-6). The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.  

To apply, teachers must first be nominated for the award. Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by someone else (e.g., principals, teachers, parents, or other members of the general public). Once nominated, teachers will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online application. The application deadline for  school teachers (grades K-6) is May 1, 2010.

 The following are eligibility criteria for nominees. They must:

  • teach mathematics or science at the K-6th grade level in a public or private school;
  • teach in one of the 50 states or the four U.S. jurisdictions; 
  • hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; 
  • be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, and teach at least 50% of the time;  
  • have at least 5 years of full-time, K-12 teaching experience prior to the 2009-2010 academic school year; 
  • not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category. 

Recipients of the award receive the following:  

  •  A citation signed by the President of the United States;
  • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities;
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.     
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PTO Events February 2010

Valentine’s Dance: Feb. 5th (4-6 p.m.).

**Donations: if you can donate, please leave your donation of soda or water at the front desk for the PTO.

**Volunteer: if you would like to volunteer at the dance, contact Lisa Rankine.



The Westview PTO loves Box Tops! You can turn them into the office, first period teacher or to the school store on Friday if you want to purchase something with them. Our next deadline: Feb 19th .

black-T-shirtWe need a Spirit Items Coordinator. If you all know of any person who would be good for this, let us know.

Minutes Join us at our next PTO meeting : Wednesday February 3, 2010 @6:30 PM @ WMS Library

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Westview PTO Minutes – Feb 3, 2010

I. Welcome @ 6:30 PM

  • Officers Present
    • Diane Harvey Anderson
    • Lisa Rankin
    • Arlie Pfeifer
    • Catherine Cook
  • Administrators present
    • Ron Gonzales
    • Rosa Munoz
    • Alyssa Blanchett

II. Officer’s Report

  • Secretary minutes by Arlie Pfeifer read and approved
  • Treasurer’s Report by Diane Harvey
    • $1428.71 in bank
    • Petty Cash
      • Spirit items: $21
      • School Store $86.04
      • Cash box $11.00
    • New forms designed for recording expenses

III. Administrator report

  • Additional technology has been provided by PISD
    • 5 new computers for GAME Intervention Classes
    • 5 New computers for CARE Intervention Classes
    • Computer Lab on wheels (15 computers & more) for Special Education Classes
  • Funding received for a Mariachi Group
    • Terry Caso, teacher for 40 students
    • Instruments to be provided
    • Wed and Thurs rehearsal days
    • They performed at the TAKS night, 2-2-10
  • Students have completed TAKS release tests
  • AVID – 3rd year for program for students in the middle academically
    • Support provided during the school day
    • Additional funding through Susan Dell Foundation for teachers
  • Sixth grade night had a great response from incoming students

IV. PTO Business

  • Dance Feb 5, 4-6 PM – Lisa to coordinate
    • Posters are up
    • Sell pizza, drinks, candy, flowers
    • Decorations, balloons that flash, etc
    • Another email to be sent for sodas and water
    • Set up begins at 3PM – AVID kids to help with set up
    • Volunteers 4-5 people signed up
  • Teacher Appreciation for Feb 19
    • Michelle Johnson
      • Needs candy and granola bars donations by the Feb 17th
      • Puppy Chow recipe to be sent by Alyssa to Michelle
      • Staff count is ~100
    • Teacher Appreciations for Apr 16 and Jun 3 to be determined next meeting
    • TAKS Teacher support
      • First of TAKS testing days is March 3rd
      • Donations needed such as fruit, pre-packaged snacks, etc
    • Spirit Items – Esme Tapia has resigned
      • Need volunteer to direct
      • Soccer, Track and Golf seasons upcoming
    • School Store
      • More people needed to help sell on Friday at lunchtime
      • Pride Time begins 2-19
    • Website
      • Updated after each PTO meeting
      • Event page to list donations and volunteers
      • Link to Box Tops website, e.g. lottery to win money for the school
        • Turn in Box Tops by Feb 19
        • Other fundraising opportunities with Office Depot, Target, etc
      • Teacher Nomination for best teacher
        • Catherine to research whether middle schools qualify
    • CATCH – Lisa March 10 6-7:30 at WMS
      • Vendors with information
      • Games, apple-tasting testing
      • Bake Off with recipes
      • Email with specifics to be sent
      • Need Volunteers
    • T-Shirt Report
      • Pam Boerst relocated and resigned
      • Kelli Saldana to be T-shirt coordinator
      • Many t-shirt sizes left to sell

V. Other Business

  • Potential Speaker, Sean Redecker, counselor
    • Possible topics
      • Gaming addiction: Fact or Fiction?
      • One Pill Too Many: A Parent’s Guide to Helping their Children stay Clean and Sober
    • Discussion involved types of incentives for attendance, refreshments to serve at event
  • Cougar Graduation Celebration Lockdown
    • Donate $100 in budget for this year
    • Motion passed

VI. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM
VII. Next Meeting Wed., March 3 @ 6:30 in WMS Library

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