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FOSS Science Information

NUSD Science FOSS Teaching Window Schedule

Aug 27, 2015 - Jun. 17, 2016


FOSS Science Teaching Window #1


Earth Science

Aug 27, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2015



FOSS Science Teaching Window #2


Physical Science

Nov. 30, 2015 – Mar. 3, 2016



FOSS Science Teaching Window #3


Life Science

Mar 7, 2016 – Jun. 17, 2016


Live Order Deadline: Feb. 24, 2016

Live Animal Delivery starts: Mar. 15, 2016 thru May 24, 2016


*Silkworm eggs should be started no later than March 22nd *

Subject to Change                                                                                                                          


SRT's SITE DAYS Room # Phone
Bryan Blattel Bunker M,T, W, THm F 15 x3132
Jess Smith



M, T, W, (1-2:30) TH, F

T (8:10 - 12:10)



Dana Wright



W (pm) TH

T, W (am) F





Husna Khan


T, W, TH,F



Lisa Landis



T, W, TH, F (am)

M, F (pm)





Rachel Bloom




M, T, TH, F (am)

M (pm), W





Diane Hoban IMC M, T, W, TH, F   x4218
Jodi Croce IMC M, T, W, TH,F   x4216


Site Management of FOSS Kits

Inventory and Replacement Materials for Teachers

  • At the end of the rotation, do an inventory of your kit using a new Inventory & Order Form. Fill in BOTH the “Have” & “Need” columns. Use the “Comments/Reason” column on the form to explain the need for replacement materials. ALWAYS INCLUDE THE KIT NUMBER.
    • Comment/Reason Examples:
      • Consumable item; 2 broke & 1 cracked, used all
      • Permanent item: 1 badly worn, broken, no longer works, leaks etc.
      • Kit is short materials upon first use (always check with SRT/Science Team first to see if the missing materials have been borrowed before requesting replacement materials).
  • Send ALL refillable bottles, containers and investigation bags back to IMC for refilling i.e.: fish food & plant food containers, vinegar bottles, bubbles containers, mock rock investigations, homemade soil, etc.
  • Depending on your site procedures, send the completed form to your SRT or directly to IMC. Keep a copy for your records.

Inventory and Replacement Materials for SRT/Science Team

  • The SRTs or Science teams will compile the inventory sheets (making sure the kit number is on each form) and send to IMC.
  • When requesting multiple materials for 1 particular module; fill out an Inventory & Order Form for the total number of items needed. Use “SRT” as the kit# and IMC will return items to the SRT.
    • Example:  You have 3 Wood & Paper Kits for your site. You can combine the replacement request of these kits onto one Inventory & Order Form. Use SRT as Kit # and items will be sent to the SRT.

Extra Investigation Ordering

  • SRT’s can order extra investigations from IMC (consumable or permanent) when needed; if a site has more than 2 classrooms per grade. Please write Extra in the space for the Kit number.


IMC personnel are available for questions or are willing to come to your site.  Contact us at IMC@newarkunified.org

FOSS Life Science Plant and Animal Consumable Request Forms

Ordering and Planning Information for Live Materials

Ordering & Planning Information

for Live Materials


When making your lesson plans; please note that delivery of your critters usually arrive from Niles Biological to the IMC on Tuesday’s after 1pm. We will then need to ready it for delivery, sometimes dividing an order to share with another teacher. Critters will be delivered that day or the following morning. You need to have your habitats up and ready for Tuesday delivery.


Coordinating with your grade level Staff and SRT’s at your site is greatly encouraged and appreciated. Please choose your critters & amounts needed with care to avoid waste.


When you have finished your investigations please call or email to arrange for a pick-up. Critters should be packaged/labeled and in your office by 8:30am for pick-up.


You may give fish away to students; as returned fish may contaminate our tanks. Otherwise; return them for disposal.


Butterflies & Worms are the only live materials to be released into the environment.


Please don’t hesitate to call or email; IMC@newarkunified.org  or  www.fossweb.com/CA/plant and animal care for more detailed information.

Using your Inventory Sheets as a Tool

When using your FOSS Kit for its 1st usage, it is very important to review the TE and the Inventory Sheets within the Kit carefully.

Be aware that you may need to allow more time to prepare the materials for some investigations.  Give yourself time to preview the contents of your kit.

As you’re working on the investigations, keep the Inventory Sheet available to record damages/ replacements needed / missing items/and items broken (marking item).

At the end of the rotation, complete the Inventory Sheet and fill in the “Comments/Reason” for broken or damaged materials being returned to IMC for replacement.

Using your Inventory Sheet as a check off list ensures all items are returned to the kit and refurbishment is completed. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by the SRT’s and the new Teacher using the Kit next.