SNHS Teacher Testimonials

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Jill Levasseur
Colchester, CT

“This valuable resource provides students with up-to-date science information, while its educator resources offer fully developed lesson plans that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These lessons are engaging, challenging and on track with our curriculum.”

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Kehkashan Khan
Chicago, IL

The pandemic has made me a more efficient remote teacher as I have had the opportunity to find innovative ways to engage my high school students. One of the resources I find extremely engaging and informative is Science News, the articles are not just well written but also student and teacher friendly. I pride myself on being a teacher who is always on the lookout for material that supplements my learning objectives. Science News, print as well as digital versions have been a great teaching and assessing tool this semester.

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Josh Underwood
Maysville, KY

“While science is ever changing and articles are produced everyday, it can be difficult to find articles on level with the students so that they can keep up with these advances. Science News has been a tremendous help in that they have current information written in a way for my students to be able to follow along. While I appreciate that many of the laws discussed in science classes have been established for many years, I feel that this connection to the modern day is essential in making truly science literate citizens and you are making that possible for us.”

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Nate Raynor
Mescalero, NM

“Every Wednesday we use Science News in both of my science classes (Biology and Chemistry). We are 100% online learning, and I have to email my students articles from the journals. I let them select two articles to read and report out to the class about what they read and how it impacts their lives. They seem to enjoy most of the articles that they select. It’s a win win for both myself and my students, because they get to read about what they see on TV some times.”

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Terri Billingsley-Tobias
Augusta, IL

“I use the classroom resources weekly and they have been a big part of our remote learning program. We are a small rural school in an area with a poverty rate of 60%. Your contribution to our classroom has helped make science more accessible to students in a community where science literacy is desperately needed. The classroom resources are very well organized and remote learning friendly. The articles are engaging and students enjoy the lessons. They have made my job much easier.”

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Rebecca Turner
Fairview, PA

“My students enjoy using the Science News resources, and I feel that it is particularly important in this time for them to know that good, sound science is being done. The SNHS staff has been great this year about providing resources that can be used in the remote environment. About 1/3 of my students are fully online and another 2/3 are in a hybrid set-up where they come twice a week. With this challenging set-up, the resources available have been very helpful to reach the diversity of students.”

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Kate Eisele
Gallatin Getaway, MT

“I use Science News extensively with my 9th graders, who give weekly presentations on “Science in the Media”. The subscription has been a great tool so that students can access current information about scientific discoveries, without needing an internet connection. I also share a few copies around the school in the teachers lounge to help keep my colleagues informed about interesting scientific developments.”

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Cindy Morley
Indian River, MI

“The information found in Science News is cutting edge and covers a wide range of topics that students (and staff) find interesting and engaging. Our school has a large population of at-risk students, and many of them have little (or no) reading materials outside of school. It is so nice to be able to set the hard copies out for students who want to take them home. I keep a bookshelf full of old and new issues, and I think every student can find a topic that resonates with them in some way.”

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Kelly Moeller
Lake Crystal, MN

“We love getting the issues of Science News at school. The magazines are used in a variety of ways; sometimes a particular passage is chosen because it matches the curriculum in the classroom, other times students are allowed free choice on their reading and pair up with someone whom read the same article to share what they learned or thought, sometimes students do a ‘show and tell’ with others that did not read their article in an exchange of information. There are such a fantastic assortment of articles to peak the interest of a variety of students and there are articles of varying length/vocabulary level so that everyone can participate! Science News discussions are some of the students most memorable activities from the year!”

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Rhonda Hill
Columbus, NC

“My students are struggling readers and by practicing with Science News they are able to build their reading skills as well as gain information about current events in the STEM areas. It has been beneficial in building their confidence to participate more actively in their science classes, as well as sparked interest in career areas they had not previously considered.”

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Brianna James
Belgrade, MT

“It is so amazing that the students have an opportunity to read reliable and current science information and use that information to supplement their learning on the topics in the classroom. The students love that they can always find something that interests them in Science News. The articles are helping students to develop a passion for science and learn the relevance in their daily lives.”

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Karisa Boyer
Joplin, MO

“Getting copies of Science News definitely helps my students see not only what the latest research is but also helps them figure out what research topic they want to investigate. My other students also enjoy looking through the magazines. Additionally, I save the news articles and try to connect them to whatever topics we are discussing in class. Finally, I also share the articles with fellow coworkers.”

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Brian Dempsey
Acton, MA

Science News is an important part of a student’s journey as they embark on discovering questions which interest them. Students often feel overwhelmed by the volume of information available on the web and many scientific articles are too advanced for high school students. Science News translates the latest developments in science for a teenage audience, and I love there are digital activities linked with them.”

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Kim Cochrane
Fitchburg, MA

“As the librarian, I distribute the issues to multiple departments, not just the Sciences – each discipline can find something interesting to share with their students. Now that we are fully remote until the new year, having the engaging articles and inspiring stories to share has hooked more of our teachers. Each of our 10 copies is snatched up right away!”

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Melissa Kowalski
Put-in-Bay, OH

“We have received magazines for the past few years and students continue to enjoy the information within them. I have students complete a project called “This Month in Science” where they read, summarize, and reflect on articles from the magazine. I believe it is crucial in this age of misinformation for students to be able to have easy access to valid science news.”

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Michelle Wyatt
Columbia, SC

“We have a research STEM magnet at our school, and Science News is one of the students’ primary resources for finding project ideas. Moreover, the lexile level and engaging writing style make current topics in science much more approachable to all students and teachers.”

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Rebecca Aumiller
Toledo, OH

“Both the digital and hard copy is used by several teachers in the building. The Special Education Teachers utilize the hard copy the most. It is difficult for the teacher to have current science topics to use as lessons. SNHS fills that void.”

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Mark Vondracek
Evanston, IL

“We use Science News almost daily as our opener in classes, to see what the current research is in all fields of STEM. Students choose what is most interesting to them, and we can quickly get the gist of what new discoveries are being made that often will affect their lives and future.”

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Jennifer Grivins
Eaton Rapids, MI

“I am able to use the magazines, articles and website to bring cutting edge science and technology to my students. We use the articles to learn more about what is happening in the world of science and as a springboard to brainstorm ideas to investigate for our school science fair research. Science News truly is an invaluable tool.”

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Stephen Lochiatto
Chelsea, MA

“We share your magazines with several other classrooms, the content is relevant, articles are concise and the enjoyment of Science News is obvious in the faces of the hundreds of students over the years on whom your sponsorship of Science News has had a tremendous positive impact!”

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Tanya Godfrey
Goose Creek, SC

“Teaching has definitely changed and having access to these amazing, short, science articles in paper (for traditional) and virtual (for my blended students) has been awesome.”

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Dori Hess
Canton, OH

“We may live in a digital world, but today’s youth can’t turn down a hands on copy of a magazine with beautifully colored pictures…I wish you could be here to see how excited they get on the days that I meet them at the door and hand them a magazine.”

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Maria Zeitlin
St James, NY

Science News magazine is a big hit with my students who are curious and eager to learn about current topics in science.”

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Edwina Kinchington
Pittsburgh, PA

“I use Science News in High Schools often in my classroom because of the highly relevant and readable content. Science News is a wonderful resource.”