JJSE science teacher to join scientific expedition to Antarctica: JJSE science teacher Amber Lancaster was selected to participate in PolarTREC–Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating, a program administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and funded by the National Science Foundation. Amber will join a scientific field expedition team in Antarctica from March 5 – April 15 and participate in hands-on research as part of the team. When she returns, she will share her experience and knowledge with her students and the public. Amber has already started preparing for the trip and is spending the first week of February in training in Alaska.
JJSE teacher wins 2011 Best App Ever Award: JJSE science teacher Glen Botha created an app for Android phones called Teacher Aide Pro. This app allows teachers to take attendance and maintain a gradebook on their phone, as well as send texts/emails to parents/students to notify about tardies/absences and missing assignments. Now the app is so popular among teachers that it has won first place in the 2011 Best App Ever Award competition (Best Teacher App category). This school year, Glen has been sharing his app-developer expertise by teaching JJSE students an elective seminar on how to design their own apps for mobile devises.