CAST STEM Principal's Weekly Update

August 6, 2021

Week In Review

Hello CAST STEM families,


Thank you to all of the scholars that joined us for Summer Bridge this week. You worked hard, had fun and learned the CAST STEM Way! Please review some of the pictures from Summer Bridge - where our Scholars became Champions in leadership, scholarship and fun.


We are looking forward to the first day of school on August 23rd. In preparation for the new year, please remember that your email passwords were reset by the district at the end of July. Please use your birthdate to log back in and check your email. This is a good time to clean out your inbox.


Schedules will be live this afternoon. We do ask that you continue to be patient as we balance classes to maximize student success. Schedules may continue to change through the first 3 weeks of school. Please log in to Student Self-Serve or Parent Self-Serve to review your schedule after 5 p.m.


In gratitude,

Ravae V. Shaeffer

Proud Principal, CAST STEM HS

#WeAreCASTSTEM #WeAreSouthwest

Scholars Leading Scholars at Summer Bridge

Email and Self-Serve Passwords

Every year, student accounts are updated in our student information system. In some cases, your student email and self-serve account passwords may have been reset to your birthday. Please be sure to log out of all devices and use your birthday to log in, then reset your password to a more secure password. If you require more assistance, please contact our tech team through our website: https://sites.google.com/swisd.net/cast-help-desk/home

Do you need a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form for your driver's permit?

VOE is a form that you submit to the DPS when you are applying for a learner's permit or license. It is signed by your school administrator to verify that you are enrolled in school, attending 90% of classes in the semester prior to your application, and that you have been awarded credit for each class you took in the semester prior to applying for your license. If you need to obtain this form, please download and complete the following form and drop it off at CAST STEM. Please be sure to drop it off 24 hours in advance of when you need it. Mrs. Shaeffer will verify your attendance and credits before signing the VOE.


VOE FORM: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/forms/voe.pdf

Mayor's Fitness Council is looking for leaders!

We are in need of students to represent CAST STEM by serving as a 2021-2022 Mayor's Fitness Council Student Ambassador.

Application can be found here. The deadline to apply is August 31st.

Email Ms. Triplett if you apply.

Prep Days

Please review the schedule and join us at your assigned time. If you are unable to complete Prep Days at your assigned time, join us at the time that is most convenient for you.


When you arrive on campus, the front lobby is currently closed. Please enter through the gate on the bus stop side (closest to Dragon Field). Please wear your mask, sanitize your hands and maintain social distancing while on campus. We want to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Monday, August 9: 8:30-11:30 - 9th Grade Students Last Name A-L

Monday, August 9: 1:00-4:00 - 9th Grade Students Last Name M-Z


Tuesday, August 10: 8:30-11:30 - 10th Grade Students Last Name A-Z

Tuesday, August 10: 1:00-4:00 - 11th Grade Students Last Name A-Z


Friday, August 13: 8:30-11:30 - 12th Grade Students Last Name A-L

Friday, August 13: 1:00-4:00 - 12th Grade Students Last Name M-Z

Prep Days Map

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Prep Days Forms - Please download, review and sign the following forms to turn in at Prep Days.

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New Student Registration - Aug. 11-12

If you are a new student in Southwest ISD, please complete the registration process online here: https://southwestisd.teams.hosting/registration/#!login


Download the packet from our website at: http://southwestisdcaststem.ss12.sharpschool.com/parents/enrollment_packet


If you are part of the Southwest ISD attendance zone, please review your information in Parent Self Serve to ensure that we have correct contact information for your child(ren). Self Serve is located for parents here: https://southwestisd.teams.hosting/registration/#!login

CAST STEM Calendar Highlights

August, 2021:
  • 9 , 10, 13 - Prep Days (Register and prepare for 2021-2022)
  • 11, 12 - New Student Registration - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 23 - First Day of School


Click the calendar image to review on our website.

Southwest ISD Calendar 2021-2022

CAST STEM Technology Survey

SURVEY LINK: The purpose of this quick survey is to gain a better understanding of your technology skills and knowledge. Your responses will help the school understand how to use technology more effectively to benefit students at CAST STEM. There are no right or wrong answers. We would just like you to answer as honestly as you can. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.

College-Ready!

Free College Advising with Cafe College

Cafe College Website

College Advising is available to you by appointment. Student and parent events are offered throughout fall, spring, and summer. Review the website for this summer's events.

Community Events

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Mrs. Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer

Proud Principal, CAST STEM HS

Work Hard, Dream Big

Do one #SmallGreatThing every day!