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December 8, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 8, 2012

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago. 

25 years ago

Dec. 8, 1987

A group of science teachers in Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango counties wanted to make their jobs easier by sharing ideas and problems, and brainstorming. So they formed a local chapter of Science Teachers Association of New York State.

After a year of existence and 70 members, they are hoping to get more local science teachers to join.

The Catskill-Leatherstocking Chapter of STANYS is especially looking for elementary school science teachers, who are faced with meeting new Regents Action Plan requirements in a subject they may never have taught, said Frances Hess, a Cooperstown High School earth science teacher who started the local chapter.

The chapter’s next meeting will focus on toys that demonstrate scientific principles, which can be used in the classroom, said Pam Sturtz, current president of the chapter, and a science teacher in South New Berlin.

Ms. Sturtz teaches science to grades 7-12 and said the organization has helped her keep up-to-date with the wide variety of subject matter she has to teach. “Sharing ideas can save you a lot of trouble,” she said.

Ms. Hess said she got involved with the state organization because she wanted hints on how to be a more effective teacher. “I felt isolated in a rural area and I thought other teachers around here needed the same support.”

50 years ago

Dec. 8, 1962

Ever try to call Oneonta High School Principal Charles A. Belden a few minutes before the end of the school day?

If you have, you know you can’t get him.

He’s out doing one of the very small but not so small jobs required of the Oneonta High School principal — the “bus watch.”

Mr. Belden explained that school buses moving in the high school playground would represent a serious hazard if both city and bus students were let out of school at the same time.

The solution to the problem is to let the bus student out first, and then city students after the buses have gone.

That’s where the “bus watch” comes in. Somebody has to make sure the buses have all gone before the city pupils are allowed to go.

Mr. Belden is the man with the job.




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