Monthly Archives: October 2015

Minutes 10.11.15

MASSE events for the rest of the semester:
  • High School Math Contest: Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: MASSE volunteers are needed to help proctor and grade. This is a great experience to have if you want to be a high school math teacher.
  • Math and Science Night at Ray Miller Elementary: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-7 pm
    • If you are interested in helping out with either of the above events (and haven’t already signed up), please contact president Katharine Siemer (
  • Bowling night with SPS in November – watch for later updates on this event!
  • Be on the lookout for a movie night with the movie Stand and Deliver. There is a
    possibility that this will be sponsored by the School of Math and Science.
  • MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference is Dec. 4-5 in
    Columbia, MO. More information can be found here

    • Registration is $20 for students before Nov. 20 (It goes up to $30 after Nov. 20).
  • NSTM (National Science Teachers Association) regional conference is Dec. 3-5 in
    Kansas City, MO. More information can be found here.

    • Registration is $35 for students Saturday only, $65 either Thurs. or Fri. only, and $90 for the whole weekend if you register before Oct. 26. (Again, the price goes up the longer you wait to register.)

To get into the MAE program, it is recommended that you attend a professional
conference. These are a great opportunity to learn more about education in your field and get ideas for your classroom. Plan to register before these deadlines if you would like to go! At the next meeting, we will talk about carpooling with the MASSE members who will be going to the conferences.

MAE Requirements

Some of the required experiences to get into the MAE include tutoring, grading, substitute teaching, attending professional conferences, and working with kids over the summer. You must have some of these experiences to get into the MAE, and all of these if you are
applying for a full-year teacher-of-record internship.

Don’t forget to visit Dr. LaGrassa (math) or Dr. Pareja (science) with your academic plans at least once a year and preferably once a semester. They will help you stay on track to apply for the MAE.

We also discussed capstones. Capstones are a research-based project required for
graduation that students usually complete during their senior year. The requirements vary greatly by major, so feel free to talk to your advisor if you have any questions!

Registration, a couple of notes:
  • If you need an override for a science course or a math/stat/cs course, go to the
    department office for that subject area. They will direct you to the right form you need to fill out. (Go to the department office, not the professor!)
  • Make sure you get cleared for registration by your faculty advisor.
  • Talk to Ms. Berkowitz in the education department before enrolling in ED 388 or 393/394. She will need to have your academic plan on file before you can enroll in these classes.

If you have a question about any of these topics, feel free to contact one of the following people:

Our next meeting is Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 pm in VH 1140. It will be the teacher panel meeting, which is always very informative.

Have a good midterm break!