A message from the Principal: As we transition to a new year, an important development has been growing the vision for Louisa Boren STEM K-8. A vibrant, living vision inspires, guides, defines priorities, and sustains collaboration. Back in November, the …View full post
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Many of you saw Principal Ostrom’s comments in the Owl Post this morning about the staffing adjustments that are impacting many of Seattle’s schools. It is hard to know how to react when we are without definitive information to act on.
Last week, SPS announced staff cuts at 25 elementary schools across the district, including 5 West Seattle Schools thus far. To organize a collective community response a group of over 40 parent leaders got together over the weekend and discussed the issues facing many of our neighboring schools. Families are upset and want to take some action. I know many of you will want to do the same. The group’s primary goal is to stop the current staff cuts.
The immediate issue is the staffing cuts that are impacting kids all over the city and close to home in West Seattle, maybe even at our own school. The bigger issue is the lack of adequate funding for our public schools.
Want to take action now? Make your voice heard:
- A “bake sale” has been organized in part by our Advocacy Chair Shawna Murphy. The “SPS Half-Baked Sale, to protest staff cuts” will be held at the John Stanford Center for Education Excellence on Tuesday, October 13 from 11-1pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/413137362226564/
- Schmitz Park Parents have organized a rally for the same time at the John Stanford Center for Education Excellence on Tuesday, October 13 at 4pm.
- Email the attached letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or print, sign and mail it if you prefer. Post on social media with the hashtag #kidsnotcuts.
We will keep our community informed when there is more information to share.
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Your Donations Help Fund STEM Literacy – Help us meet our goal of $35,000
Discussion about STEM education is often fraught with false choices. Recent assessments of students nationwide show them struggling with science. The same assessments show that two thirds of fourth graders are not reading proficiently in this country.
So should we invest our limited PTA resources in supporting critical reading skills or put that money towards STEM subjects? The truth is, we must do both.
Our emerging scientists and engineers can’t comprehend complex texts if they can’t read. Literacy is not just the ability to read and write. True literacy includes critical thinking, active inquiry, and reasonable and creative response.
Despite the profound importance of literacy, the district does not fund literacy resources sufficiently. While we were provided with some books when we opened three years ago and some resources for our middle school roll up this year, almost all of the books we have added to the school library since have been paid for by your donations to the PTA and book fairs.
Here are the facts:
- Next year Arbor Heights will move into their new school and they will take 10,000 library books with them.
- To fill ¾ of a shelf of books at the library costs approx. $1000
- Last year we were able to provide the library with $3,000, which enabled the purchase of about 150 books.
- The $10,000 we were able to provide our Librarian Mary Bannister this year will buy about 500 new books.
Can you imagine the time and resources it will take to fill our library with 10,000 more books? We need your help!
In addition to our shared library each classroom has its own-leveled library for shared reading and classroom instruction. Many classrooms have very few books and several are not at grade level. According to Mary Bannister, “most of the libraries that would be considered approaching adequate belong to the individual teacher, not the school. Each primary classroom has around 100 or so titles that were purchased by the school and PTA. Where I see the most need is intermediate classrooms. “
Ideally our state and our school district would more adequately fund education, which includes appropriately filled libraries. We voted on and passed a resolution in our PTA meeting last week asking the state to abide by its constitutional requirement and paramount duty to fund education. Until that day – it takes the support of our community to hold up our school and our kids. Together we can help to provide the supplies they need for the education we want them to have.
You can donate today at the link below:
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Are you “All in for STEM?”
Did you know that each Monday morning our kids sit together as a community at assembly and start their week off by proclaiming they are “All in for STEM?” It’s pretty amazing to hear them all say it together and see them work hard every day to live it as they learn and grow together.
This is only our 4th year as a school and our first year as a middle school.
Today and over the next few weeks we are asking the family of our students at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 to be “All in for STEM” too.
This first fundraiser of the year is our Direct Give. State and local funding is terribly inadequate to support the vision for our school and provide the level of services, support and materials we want for all of our students.
We chose Direct Give so that each dollar you spend goes directly to the school. We do not ask our students and families to sell products or gather pledges. Each donation is tax deductible, and many employers will match donations, increasing your gift to our school and community.
In the next decade, almost all of the 30 fastest-growing jobs will require some STEM skills . Science, technology, engineering and math provide the foundation for a strong future. STEM learning is a game changer; an opportunity; it offers up unlimited potential if we can bring our school’s vision to life. I believe that being “all in” means working everyday to cultivate the community we envision that values equity, sustainability and the whole child.
This school is still in the process of making this vision a reality piece-by-piece, dollar-by-dollar every day. This is only our 3rd Direct Give and our goal is to raise the same $35,000 we raised last year. It can’t happen without your support.
The funds will help acquire supplemental materials that support STEM literacy, Project Based Learning, and our Louisa Boren STEM K-8 vision. Imagine tools, construction materials, and a wide variety of books, scientific instruments, software, training and support. Let’s engage children in learning how to build a sustainable future!
I invite everyone in our community (including friends, neighbors and relatives) to give what they can today. Every dollar makes a difference.
Thank you for your support and being one of the building blocks for an amazing future.
1. The 30 fastest growing occupation 2008-18, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010
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Please join us at the next PTA meeting on Thursday October 8th, at 6:30 for a discussion facilitated by the newly formed Advocacy Committee about what we can do to advocate on the state level for fully funding our schools.
We will be presenting a resolution drafted by The Network of Excellent Washington Schools which calls our state officials to act quickly to comply with our state Supreme Court’s order in the McCleary case. (If you haven’t heard of McCleary feel free to study up-or we can fill you in!)
The Network has called upon all the PTA’s in our state to adopt this resolution calling for fully funding education promptly. Review the resolution here: Paramount-Duty-Resolution-for-Organizations [PDF]
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If you would like to be a parent volunteer or need information about scholarships please contact email@example.com
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Help improve our school’s appearance! Weekly weeding and trash clean up efforts will begin this Friday. Please join Jen Greene every Friday throughout the fall from 2:30-3:30pm to clean up our school’s landscape beds. Please bring gloves, weeding tools, and a bucket. Steady rain cancels. For more information, email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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There are many great before and afterschool classes to choose from! Participants are selected on a first-come-first-served basis. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment, so please consider registering as soon as possible to ensure that programs can run.
If you would like to be a parent volunteer or need information about scholarships please contact email@example.com.
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Registration Opens this Sunday, 9/20!
Do your kids want to drum or play tennis, Build Robots or cook, jump rope or join a full stage production of Grease? We have an amazing line up of classes for our Fall Enrichment. Many of our teachers are hosting classes this year including a lunchtime Glee club. There is a fee for classes and students must be registered ahead of time.
Look for information to come home with you kids and check the PTA website Sunday 9/20 for online information and registration.
Scholarships are available. If you have questions contact our Enrichment coordinator Linnea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welcome Back Owls and Welcome new families!
I am so excited to get the new school year under way.
The PTA board has lots of ideas for how to get our community together, to celebrate, learn and meet new friends. We’ll need your input and energy to make it all happen.
I have been thinking a lot about what the PTA does, the real intention and what I hope it stands for. I believe it is here to bridge the gap, if one exists, between families and school. The PTA is an organization formed to facilitate connections and provide support. We do this with the funds provided by the community we serve, all of you and it is your input that keeps the PTA moving forward.
We are a new school; this is only our fourth year and we have already accomplished so much. As I think about the year ahead I am reminded of a quote by a favorite poet Antonio Machado that goes, “Traveler, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk.” I hope you will join me on the path this year to bring STEM K-8’s growing vision to life.
- Our first PTA meeting was moved to Wednesday, September 23. We will be talking about the year ahead.
- Like our Facebook page, check our website often and make sure the school office have the best email address to reach you, it’s the primary way we communicate.
- Our Fall fundraiser is almost here already, our Direct Give will kick off in October, let me know if you are interested in helping organize.
- Please reach out to me anytime with ideas or concerns email@example.com
- Much more to come…
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Many of us are pretty excited that the first day of school is finally here. Join us in the lunchroom after drop off for coffee and snacks. The delayed start of school does not make it any less emotional or joyous, so please join the STEM community to decompress, commiserate and be thankful.
Where: STEM Lunchroom
When: Sept. 17, 9:25am – 10:30am
Coffee, cream, sugar, cups, napkins will be provided. Feel free to bring something to share or just share your presence, all are welcome.
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We have postponed the PTA meeting which will now be held on Wednesday, September 23 6:30 – 8pm. As always the PTA provides childcare free of charge to all that attend. We would love to see you there!
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Still looking for childcare this week? We understand there are still spots open at Delridge, High Point, and South Park community centers as well as Jefferson just across the bridge. Links for registration can be found at the link provided below. No promise there is space available, but we want to provide as much information and support as we can.
We have also heard that CDSA at Sanislo still has some room. Contact information here: http://communitydayschool.org/locations/sanislo/
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Each year all families are required to fill out and sign paperwork for STEM K-8 and the school district. In past years these documents have been printed and sent home with students on the first day of school.
This year these documents are online and easy to fill out. Each student’s family/guardian needs to fill them out online, print them, sign them and return them to school.
The back-to-school packet is REQUIRED, so please go to the link below as soon as possible to complete: http://stemk8pta.org/form-hub/
We will be adding to this page as the school year begins as your one stop for all school forms and notifications. If you need help with translation or cannot find access to a computer or printer please contact the office at 206-252-8450.
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This was supposed to be a really different week of meeting new teachers and friends, our first school assembly, walking the long halls at Boren anticipating the new school year. Instead our teachers and staff walked the long sidewalk outside of Boren. We hoped this Friday would be a celebration of going back to school, instead many are not in a celebratory mood. It’s been a long week and we are so very appreciate of the support you’ve shown our teachers & community this week.
After long deliberations of the emotional and financial implications (brainstorming all the options available) we’ve decided to cancel the Back to School Bash 4.
Our community will have many other events where we gather in celebration, but for today we’ve decided to stand with our teachers. We will keep you informed on the strike, if your family wants to help, and for all the other upcoming events!
The Lincoln Park #5 Shelter is still reserved for Friday night, and if your family wants to enjoy a picnic with real owls and friends you are welcome to the space.
-B2SB4 Committee & PTA Team
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SEA AND SPS have been unable to come to an agreement. Teachers will be on strike Wednesday 9/9 and the start of school will be delayed.
If you want to come support the STEM teachers picketing they will be at Boren Wednesday and Thursday 8:30-3. We are supporting them with signs, our voices, our presence, and food! Sign up to bring something and we hope to see you wearing RED! This is only IF an agreement isn’t reached.
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SEATTLE’S ONLY DEDICATED STEM ELEMENTARY TO ADD MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS YEAR
West Seattle welcomes Louisa Boren STEM K-8
West Seattle, WA – September 8, 2015 – Only four years ago Seattle Public Schools’ option school K-5 STEM opened its doors offering Kindergarten through 5th grade. One of the only STEM dedicated (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) elementary schools in the Seattle Metro area, the school is adding a middle school, beginning with 6th grade this coming school year.
With the addition of a middle school and a permanent location in the Boren building in West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood, the school is now being called Louisa Boren STEM K-8.
“We are very excited to start our 4th year as Louisa Boren STEM K-8. We remain true to the school’s original goals of providing a strong STEM program rooted in project based learning, while our expanding vision is geared towards 21st century readiness in a community that values equity, sustainability and the whole child.” said principal Ben Ostrom.
STEM K-8’s 6th grade students will start this fall. Each coming year will add another grade, serving Kindergarten through 8th grade in the 2017-18 school year. Although current students ‘roll-up’ into the new middle school automatically, there is limited space for new enrollment as the school expands.
Louisa Boren was one of the Washington Territory pioneers and a founder of the city of Seattle. It’s fitting that STEM K-8 is located in the Louisa Boren building because Louisa herself loved science, particularly chemistry, botany and astronomy. “Liza” had a love of learning and a natural curiosity about the world.
Louisa Boren’s legacy continues today. Not only in the city of Seattle and the brave pioneering spirit she engendered, but also in her hard work supporting the women’s suffrage movement and her advocacy for Chinese workers settling in the area. Read more about Louisa Boren.
Arbor Heights Elementary school currently shares the Boren site for the second year while their school is built and ready for students in Fall 2016.
More information can be found at:
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Dear Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Families:
Hello and welcome back to a new year at Louisa Boren STEM K-8! We are meeting, planning, and working overtime to lay the foundation for an amazing school year. STEM K-8 has a special community of staff and families that come together to create a unique school experience.
Our journey towards K-8 is not without some growing pains. The additional coordination involved in adding staff, developing new plans, and obtaining a plethora of instructional resources has me behind on communication. There are many exciting things happening! A few ways to keep in the loop:
1. Bookmark the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 and STEM K-8 PTA websites (they overlap and contain a wealth of useful information).
2. Make sure your email address is accurate and updated in the school information system (check and fill out the data verification forms you receive at the beginning of the school year). You will receive the PTA/School newsletter (Owl Post) weekly and other updates via School Messenger that use that email address.
3. Bookmark my school blog at principalostrom.wordpress.com and follow @PrincipalOstrom on Twitter. Both are linked to the school and PTA website and combined school/PTA Facebook page (at Louisa Boren STEM K-8), and share news, ideas, and developments as they happen.
Some key information regarding the new year:
A. STEM K-8 Start and End Time:
9:25 am and 3:40 pm (they remain unchanged).
B. Pick up/Drop off/Parking:
Supervision is provided starting at 9:10 am. Please do not bring your child to school before 9:10 am as there is no supervision.
For Morning Drop off and Dismissal: Students may be dropped off or picked up in the designated zone on the west end of the playground. Parents may pull into the drop off/pick up zone and supervisors will direct children accordingly. When in the pick up line please remain in your car. We will bring your child to you. Parents wanting to walk and pick up their children may park in the visitor parking section of the parking lot, or the park and walk section designated “School Load and Unload only” along Delridge. Students may not be dropped off on Delridge to walk to the playground.
To respect instructional time in a building serving more than 800 students, after the first day of school we ask that parents pick up and drop off outside (or in the office for late arrivals) rather than at classroom doors. On the first day of school students and parents may go directly to classrooms.
There is now a crosswalk and flashing lights that make it permissible to park on the west side of Delridge and walk your child to the playground/school. For safety reasons students may not be dropped off on either side of Delridge to walk to the playground. Parents must walk from those parking spots to drop off/pick up their children on the playground. FYI—During school hours/flashing lights driving faster than the posted speed limit will incur a hefty camera-recorded ticket!
C. Classroom Assignments:
Due to changes in FERPA regulations, classroom assignments are no longer posted publicly. Classroom assignments were shared on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm. We are looking at a mechanism to email assignments to families on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Either way, on the first day of school there will be staff and volunteers available to share assignments and families may walk students to new classrooms.
D. A few Upcoming Events:
September 9: First day of school decompression coffee hour!
9:25-10:30am meet with other parents and school principal Ben Ostrom to celebrate/decompress.
September 11, 5:30-8:00 pm: 4th ANNUAL STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter 5 & picnic tables 60-84 . Stay tuned to school/PTA Facebook page for updates Be there or be
September 17, 6:30-8:00 pm PTA meeting. Come to the first PTA meeting of the year to discuss STEM K-8’s developing mission, science and PTA enrichment, and more! There will also be a Uniform Swap – bring uniform items that don’t fit anymore and exchange them for ones that do.
September 24: Curriculum Night and Open House (times TBD)
E. Arbor Heights Co-location continues for one more year!
We have another year to collaborate with Arbor Heights’ staff and families. The co-location of both schools in the Boren building for two years continues to create a number of benefits and opportunities for both schools! I am enthused to continue working with Principal Collins and the Arbor Heights staff and community to create a positive learning environment and experiences for our children.
F. Uniform Expectations:
STEM K-8 is a uniform school (yes, for middle schoolers too)! Uniforms were adopted to build community, decrease inequalities and distractions, support safety, and many other reasons. Visit the STEM School Website for full details on uniform expectations and guidelines. A uniform closet exists to support families requesting financial assistance to meet uniform guidelines, and also address short term needs.
G. Welcome to New and Returning Staff:
STEM K-8 welcomes several new staff members, and some staff changed assignments and last names. K-8 expansion and class size reduction money alone meant adding three new staff. We were fortunate to add some outstanding educators to support our students and further our vision. Names in italics are new to STEM K-8. Make sure to search them out and introduce yourselves.
|Kindergarten||Whitney Mebane (formerly Cook), Alicia Ciocca (formerly Hardman)|
|1st||Lisa Sweeney, Jessica Broadland|
|2nd||Jodi Williamson, Soheyla Nur, Joseph Roicki|
|3rd||Sunny Graves, Kristen Colby, John Castilleja|
|4th||Deborah Giza, Mo Newton|
|5th||Ro Gluck, Lauren Martin|
|6th||Craig Parsley, Travis DesAutels|
|Specialists||Gretchen Gray, (PE), Julie Schmick (Technology), Marie Nelson (Performing Arts), Mary Bannister (Library)|
|Special Education||Katie Griffith (Resource), Shamsah Rahim (SM4). Clara Hanson (SM4), Mary McDaniel (SM4)|
|Instructional Assistants||Ronald Adams, Hayward Coleman, Greg Wolf, Craig Rankin, Caroline Ong, Jasmine Johnson|
|ELL||Lee-Chin Chua,teacher; Maria Asuncion, ELL IA|
|Counselor||Renee Davis (.5 Counselor)|
|Office||Cindy Baca, Patti Bunting|
|Assistant Principal||Kim Noble (.5 AP)|
|Custodial Engineer||Tom Zech|
|Lunchroom Manager||Lynn Ferguson|
Hopefully we will be starting school on September 9. Pay attention to media on the evening of September 8 and have back up plans in case there is a strike by Seattle Education Association members. Teachers and classified staff are our most vital employees, and hopefully a labor stoppage will be avoided and/or resolved quickly. If there is a strike, school will not be open.
Many good things are happening! STEM K-8 Staff gathered August 31 to work on year-long planning with the Next Generation Science Standards. On Sept. 1, 2, and 3 staff participated in SPS training, and also worked at STEM preparing to roll out Singapore math again, school priorities, planning, and room set up. We will have much to share and celebrate in the weeks ahead. Thank you for joining me and STEM K-8 Staff to create a powerful learning community filled with scholars who are aspiring, creating, and expecting.
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Principal
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Drop off on the first day of school can be traumatic, emotional, heart-breaking, joyful, a complete relief. Come and share coffee, tissues and pastries and share the gamut of emotions with your STEM community.
When: First day of school, just after drop-off: 9:25am
Feel free to bring something to share or just share your presence.
Note: Arbor Heights will be holding their coffee in the Lunchroom just before us and they will likely have families there as well. Just look for familiar faces and some STEM colors to find our group.
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Are you interested in supporting your student’s classroom and teacher? Do you have a little time to get involved and would love to spend it focused on your child’s classroom? Becoming a Room Parent may be a job for you.
At STEM K-8 each classroom has a parent, family member or guardian who supports the teacher, communicates with families in the class and makes connections between the classroom and the PTA. It’s an important role, but it does not require that you are on site at school or present during school hours. Lower grades tend to require more time coordinating volunteers and providing parent support. Duties include:
- Creating a class list and communicating to parents about upcoming events and activities.
- Working with the teacher to assess volunteer needs and helping the teacher to get the volunteers they need. There are easy ways to do this online.
- Helping to support the annual PTA auction by helping with an auction project for each classroom.
- Responsibility with other room parent/s in your grade band for an event or activity.
- Various duties specific to your classroom and grade band.
It is a fulfilling role and provides the opportunity to get to know other families in your classroom and take on an important communication role. There is a lot of support and many past room parents to give you help and guidance.
If you are interested please send an email to Gretchen Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHEN: Friday, September 11th from 5:30 pm – 8 pm
WHERE: Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter 5 & picnic tables 60-84
Park on the street (watch out to not park in a restricted ferry line) or in the long parking lot (first parking lot off Fauntleroy) and walk in.
WHAT: Food, friends and fun!
Please bring a potluck food to share, plates, and utensils for just your family.
STEM PTA will be providing hotdogs, veggie dogs, buns & condiments, water & lemonade.
Feel free to bring playthings to share (footballs, chalk, soccer balls, bubbles, jump ropes, etc.)
Volunteers would be much appreciated for BBQ duty and cleanup crew.
More info? Want to volunteer? Contact: email@example.com
Rain or shine – thunderstorms cancel – stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates
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SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Please bring cash or a check for $35 per STEM student (made out to STEM K-8) in an envelope on the first day of school. Write your child’s name & grade on each envelope.
All students will also need a backpack and a lunch box (if they are not doing school lunch).
Throughout the year teachers might ask families to donate specific items for their classrooms such as snacks, pipe cleaners, or more tissues in January!
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4th Grade Potluck/Social
When: Monday, August 31st @ 6:00 pm
Where: Fairmount Park field (north side near park).
Please bring a dish to share
No BBQ on site. Families please bring your own utensils/plates/drinks.
Tell all of your other 4th Grade STEM friends. Siblings are always welcome.
Bathrooms are available.
Any questions/concerns please contact: robingraham26@gmail.
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Principal Ostrom has been blogging! Read his update on the path to sixth-grade including a technology update and bringing in books for middle-school readers.
Hello 6th grade families! Hope you all are enjoying a summer of good books and towering construction projects that collapse spectacularly.
It’s been a fun July taking in some vacation time and getting balls rolling for our 6th grade start up. But before I share details, a few good ways to stay on top of updates are @PrinciPalOstrom via twitter, www.principalostrom.wordpress.com, and I’m working to create a direct link to the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Facebook page.
A short list of things that have happened recently on the path to 6th Grade:
- Kim Noble accepted a .5 position as the first STEM K-8 Assistant Principal!
- I tracked the arrival of 60 iPads from Apple to the school district warehouse for barcoding to Lincoln for formatting and setup and (soon) on their way to us! One can not imagine the complications involved in establishing a 1 to 1 program and getting the equipment here to start the year….
- Capitol programs allowed Mary Bannister to select $20,000+ books for the library for our new 6th grade!
- Capitol programs allowed me to select $9,000 worth of STEM-weighted books for two new 6th grade classroom libraries.
- We are at the final stage of approval for a fantastical $25000+ order of science and engineering supplies! Mr. Parsley and Mr. Des like to make lists! It’s been one full time job to turn them into quotes and another to get them approved. There are way-cool gadgets, science, and engineering materials.
- I ordered two full class sets of 6th Grade Singapore math texts.
- We are working on an order for musical instruments to support middle school band.
- I met with tech systems to negotiate the development of a 6th grade schedule that renegotiates traditional class times/courses. We determined that a two-hour Science/Engineering/Social Studies block could fit under a district-approved title of STEM Modeling. And that all of our electives except band will fit the title of Unified Arts. How we squeeze this into the SPS Powerschool electronic gradebook is going to be interesting….sometimes I call these things STEM problems and sometimes Creative Arts problems. We will all get to grapple with them!
- We are partnering with the Museum of Flight to offer Amelia’s Aero Club for 6th grade girls (more information is provided below). It’s simply an amazing opportunity! Later in August I will be sending out a Survey Monkey’s for feedback on a few different topics, including scheduling for Amelia’s Aero Club.
- In case you hadn’t heard, we will operate next year on the same schedule we had this year: 9:25-3:40, K-6th.
This list is just a sample of what has happened as we get ready for 6th grade. We are embarking on an amazing year!
A few dates to put on your calendars: 6th Grade Orientation—Sept. 2nd, 5:30-6:30 pm (yipes—that’s my daughter’s birthday), and First day of school–Wednesday, September 9, 9:25 am.
Visit the Principal’s Blog here.
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