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Tutoring is Tuesdays at lunch.

If this time does not work for you, please let me know so we can arrange a different time.

2017 Discoveries in Geosciences (DIG) Field School Participant

Triceratops Rib

This summer I was 1 of 20 teachers accepted to the DIG Field School that is run by paleontologists at the University of Washington. I found my first micro-fossil, helped dig up a Triceratops, jacketed a Hadrosaur femur, saw the T-Rex Tuft Love site and had deep conversations with some of the paleontologists in their field. I can't wait to bring in micro-fossils for my students to identify this year!

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Crystal Davis

Free USC Young Women's Leadership Conference for High School Girls

Students can register independently of having a teacher chaperone :)


A free day-long program designed for high school girls who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in politics and civic engagement.


8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday – October 21

Radisson at USC

Sponsored by the USC Unruh Institute


Space is limited. Advance registration required by Oct 19.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


The conference is an opportunity for young women from across Los Angeles to come together and hear from women in office, female community leaders, and to connect with USC students and each other.


This year, we are excited to be offering a set of workshops to help the young women hone and develop leadership skills as well. The workshops include:

• Your Personal Mission Statement: How to Craft your Message, and Who to Tell it To

• From Issues to Action: How to Use Your Voice to Inspire Political Action

• Running for Office: Understanding Power and the Political Process

• Social Media for a Cause: Effective and Appropriate use of Social Media


Attached is the flyer.  For young women to register, go to:


For further information or questions, contact:


Ali Bissonnette

Deputy Director

Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics


University of Southern California

Social Science Building (SOS) B15

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0035

Tel: (213) 740-3161

Mobile: (909) 289-6309

2017 and 2007 Earth Watch Senior Fellow and Scholarship Winner


This summer (2017) I was invited to be a Senior Fellow for the EarthWatch Expedition Climate Change, Huckleberries, and Grizzly Bears in Montana. As a Senior Fellow I implemented lessons for other teachers on the expedition and helped them create lesson and community action plans to take back to their classrooms. 


In the field we conducted field research and studied huckleberries, an important food source for Grizzly Bears and other organisms, as they fatten up for the long winter ahead. To date there has been very little research on Huckleberries and scientists know little about where they grow and how susceptible they are to changing conditions. This is of particular importance as climate change is shortening winters, causing droughts, increasing temperatures, etc. There has already been an increase in a number of bear deaths due to traffic collisions and the current thought is that this may be due a decrease in food linked to climate change. This study will help scientists better determine what the effect of climate change will be on huckleberries and how this will impact local populations such as Grizzly Bears.


For more information check out the blog here


High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open

The High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open at:

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants.

Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer. During the online course, students will investigate space exploration challenges by creating technical drawings, solving math problems, and participating in discussion forums with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas certified teachers guide students through the online curriculum and grade their work. After a competitive review of online material completed and submitted, selected students are invited to Johnson Space Center. Throughout this six day trip, participants will work with NASA mentors to complete engineering design challenges and plan a mission to Mars. Students will be briefed on the past, present, and future of space exploration by NASA engineers, scientists, and special guests while touring NASA’s facilities.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit the HAS website at:

If you are interested in sharing this opportunity at your school or organization we have included the following promotional material that can help:

HAS Brochure

HAS Poster

HAS PowerPoint Slide

You can also learn more about the program by viewing “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Los Cerritos Wetlands (2 sites)

"Nature Walk & Habitat Restoration" @ Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve

When: 2nd Saturday of every month, 10am – 12pm
Get Directions

(562) 570-3100

Description: Habitat Restoration at the Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve! Please wear close-toed shoes, work clothes and we'll provide water but you need to provide the container. Contact Cris for more information: or check out the following websites:


"Adopt a Wetland" at Golden Shores Marine Biological Reserve

When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am – 12pm

Get directions

Meet by the Catalina Terminal on 101 Golden Shore Drive

401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802

Help keep one of two Long Beach Los Cerritos Wetlands pollution-free and earn Service Learning credit!  The estuary is a critical food source for migrating birds and is a nursery for coastal fish. Sponsored by the Port of Long Beach and the Friends of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  All equipment and snacks are provided!

Contact Cris for more information: or check out the following websites:


30 Min Monthly Beach Clean-ups - Belmont Shore

Meet the 3rd Sat of the month at 10am at 1 S. Granada Ave at Ocean Blvd, Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach of trash and debris. Free parking.  You are welcome to show up by yourself or with your group.  Bags, gloves, snacks, drinks provided! DOOR PRIZES!   


Belmont Pier Cleanup: 1st Sat. of each month, meet at the parking lot,


Colorado Lagoon Restoration

Join us from 10am to noon EVERY SECOND SATURDAY. 

Location: 5119 E Colorado St, Long Beach, CA 90814Service Learning hours. Participate in activities such as native plant restoration, wildlife counts, coastal clean-up. Wear appropriate shoes and sun protection.


El Dorado Nature Center - SATURDAY STEWARDS

Join us from 10am to noon 1st Saturday of each month

Location: 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Gain Service Learning Hours and help the environment! Come and help with the restoration and cleanup of our wonderful nature center. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and wear sun protection. Rain cancels. For more information, contact Erin Kelly or Brooke Davis @ Pre-registration is required (562) 570-1745