Greetings  From  the  President's Desk

     Hello South Dakota science teachers and friends of science!  We are finishing up another school year with its demands, joys, and frustrations. So much we wanted to finish at the end of this semester and so little time! Oh well; we can regroup over the summer and plan for a new year.
     On behalf of the South Dakota Science Teachers Association, I would like to congratulate with pride and honor our new Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching awardee for 2005. President Bush will honor science teacher Mark Farrand from Rapid City Central High School also SDSTA President (2004-2006) to receive the highest honor for teaching in these fields. Way to go Mark! You are a deserving teacher and we are proud that you are one of ours!
     As summer approaches and we clean our classrooms, here is my message to you from the words of a child in Minnesota: Peace begins in each person's HEART and then is passed on to the people they LOVE most. Then they pass it on un

time. Wildscreen promotes the conservation of nature and the appreciation of biodiversity and has been gathering images of wild species and wild places for 25 years. You can access the information via three new websites:;; and . For our high school chemistry teachers, you may download presentations from and for our 4-8 grade teachers, they may download clean air materials and lesson plans from select "For Schools."
     I will leave you with a quote from Aristotle "
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."
Enjoy your summer!

Micheline Hickenbotham

til EVERYONE has peace in their heart. (Patricia) May you all find the places and people that will bring that inner peace to you as you reenergize during the summer break!
     We also know that there are no breaks without some planning, summer classes/workshops and research of new resources for the upcoming school year. As you plan your summer calendar, mark the date for the SDSTA summer meeting scheduled for Monday, July 31 from noon to 2:30 PM in Rapid City at Mark and Marcy Farrand's home. Feel free to contact me for further information as we are also looking at possibly extending the meeting to a DDN format. My new cellular phone number is 605-645-1346. Among topics to be discussed at the meeting will be the revision of the SDSTA constitution and roles and functions of the officers. We will also share stories of some of our summer projects.
     In the mean time I leave you with some new websites to visit during your spare

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