October 19, 2006
Merry Southgate / Agnes Pflumm Website
Today some of our fourth and fifth grade teachers (as well as me!) were invited to attend a Science and Literacy Workshop presented by Merry Southgate of Charlseton, SC. She was invited by Dr. Jawarowski, Associate Supt. of Instruction who took over the department formerly led by Dr. Kodad. Dr. Jawarowski had hosted Merry Southgate at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC-Aiken several years ago (roughly seven) and I was lucky enough to see this same presentation then (when I lived and worked in Aiken County.) Here is the website for the Agnes Pflumm series. I will be posting it on the Northside school’s website and on my RHSD3 Media Specialist Blog. Merry Southgate has also attended and presented at the state school library annual conference (SCASL) before, so I’d even had an opportunity to hear her there. If you did not get to attend today, there is a second meeting planned a the district office that will cater to the artsy side of her presentation, and this time fourth and fifth grade teachers will be invited along with the arts specialists from the district schools. I for one am going to request to be allowed to attend since Northside is an Arts Based Curriculum (ABC) school and an identified “Distinguished Arts Program” award recipient. I would love to see that part of the presentation, and apparently she has expanded and built on her presentation to have an increased emphasis on arts integraion, which I have not seen or heard before. She has also added two books to her series. I hope my principal can garner me this invitation. The site has lesson plans and downloadable activities to go with the books we received oday. Enjoy!