Thanks to all the extra efforts by staff and families to share the amazing work of our students at the Art Walk! Many pictures of student pieces were tweeted @PrinciPalOstrom. Sign on as a follower to receive regular glimpses of STEM student and staff work.
5th grade families—K‐8 STEM will be your default assignment for next year. You don’t need to take any actions during the early enrollment period for your child to remain a STEM student. The K‐8 Design Team is plowing ahead, including examining our K‐8 Vision, planning curriculum, and visiting other K‐8 schools.
There is so much happening, it’s easy to forget some STEM basics. K‐8 STEM is a uniform school. All in 4 STEM notes under Scholars that STEM Scholars in uniform are serious about learning, not logos. Under Respect and Responsibility--Know uniform colors (black, white, navy, khaki) and dress code. Hats can be worn from and to the outside (including the cafeteria). Pullover sweatshirts and sweaters must meet uniform policy. Zip sweatshirts and jackets may be worn over uniform. If students are out of uniform, they are requested to go to the office to borrow from the uniform closet. You can find the complete dress code under "Uniform Policy" in the left hand sidebar of this web site.
There are many ways to stay connected with all the things happening at K‐5 STEM. Staff are experimenting with different forms of social media—Twitter, blogs, Facebook‐‐as mechanisms for professional learning, communication, and instruction. The privacy issues are complex; and broad school district policies sometimes have a hard time keeping up with the times. Making sure your child has an updated media release is helpful. If you are a Twitter user you can also follow @PrinciPalOstrom for regular glimpses of exciting work at K‐5 STEM. We are also working on updating connections with the PTA Facebook page and websites. Stay tuned for more.
This Spring, our students will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child. Below, you will find an overview presentation that STEM Librarian Mary Bannister and Technology Teacher Julie Schmick presented to the PTA in January. Take a look!
Smarter Balanced Presentation
More information and a practice test can also be found on the SPS website at: Smarter Balanced Assessments
Hope you all had a chance to spend time with family and friends during the holidays. In the crazy race of our working lives it’s easy to forget to slow down and value that who we are is as important as what we do.
Our new year is going to be filled with opportunities and hard work for children and adults. We are currently forming a K‐8 Design Team to guide planning and development for a K‐8 STEM. It will meet one or two times a month, and address issues ranging from vision to curriculum and schedules. If you are interested in participating, please email Wendy at email@example.com. The PTA board will be choosing approximately 6 community members that represent the demographic and grade level diversity of the STEM community to join staff on the Design Team.
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We’re glad to see your scholars back in school!
We are excited to announce that K-5 STEM will roll up to 6th grade next year!
There will be two 6th grade classes - our current 5th grade teachers, Mr. Parsley and Mr. DesAutels, will be our new 6th grade teachers.
A lot of hard work has already gone into planning the roll up, with much more to come. A Design Team will be formed in January.
Watch this space for more details on our K-8 development and for information on how to apply to be on the Design Team.
We would like to welcome anyone interested in our school to come and visit!