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Building History

Louisa Boren Junior High School opened in September 1963. On that day, the school welcomed 800 students in grades 6 through 9, and had 40 teaching stations. The mid-century modern building was designed by famous Seattle architecture firm Naramore, Bain, Brady …

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Discover STEM K-8 Walk through STEM K-8 hallways and you may see spiders hanging from the ceiling, boats docked on counters, and technical drawings on walls. Look for interesting materials on shelves or in stacks, and the places student work …

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Newsletter Archive

Owl Post May 11th, 2015 May 4th, 2015 April 27th, 2015 April 20th, 2015 April 6th, 2015 March 30th, 2015 March 23rd, 2015 March 16th, 2015 March 9th, 2015 March 2nd, 2015 February 23rd, 2015 February 18th, 2015 February 9th, …

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Positive Discipline

STEM is a Positive Discipline School. Positive Discipline works to develop mutually respectful relationships. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive. The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline …

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Project Based Learning

We follow Project Based Learning (PBL) principles using tools and resources from The Buck Institute for Education (BIE).  The Buck Institute for Education is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, …

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Mrs. Bilanko's K/1 Class.

School Vision

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Emerging Vision  Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Scholars: Grow 21st Century readiness in a community that values equity, sustainability, and the whole child. Develop rigorous STREAM skills to ask and answer audacious questions Use Project Based Learning …

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Strategic Plan – 2013 through 2018

Five-Year Strategic Plan April 23, 2013 West Seattle STEM Elementary School (originally K-5 STEM at Boren) was established in September of 2012 in response to community input regarding the need for STEM education at the Elementary level in Seattle Public Schools.  West …

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Bilanko Students


STEM K-8 has a mandatory school uniform and dress code policy. We believe our uniform for learning will help students be proud members of this learning community. We also ask that, in accordance with SPS policy, all students “dress appropriately for school in …

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What is STEM?

STEM stands for four key areas of focus: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics The term was first coined by Judith Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Division. This approach to education is designed to revolutionize …

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