CAST STEM Principal's Weekly Update

October 22, 2021

CAST STEM families,

Our scholars are persistent, innovative and hard working. Congratulations, you have reached the end of the first 9 weeks grading period. We are very proud of you!

I spoke with every student on campus today about our responsibilities as good citizens. We talked about our commitment to taking care of ourselves, our classmates, and our campus. We expect students to rise to meet our expectations and to grow to know their own strengths. As a CAST STEM family, we use our strengths to grow, support our team and support our dreams.

We have a CAST STEM pup friend named Liz. Liz is in training and comes to campus to learn how to be around students and our fun noise while learning to support the Edmonds family. She is pictured at right.

Have a great weekend!

In gratitude,

Ravae V. Shaeffer

Proud Principal, CAST STEM HS

#WeAreCASTSTEM #WeAreSouthwest


Girl Empowered Event Success

Thank you to all the of the McAuliffe, McNair, Resnik and Scobee girls that came to the Girl Empowered event. We had so much fun learning with you!

Cyberpatriot Competition

College and Career Day at University of the Incarnate Word

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Applications are OPEN for the Class of 2026!

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CAST STEM Calendar Highlights

Click the calendar image to review on our website.


  • October 29 - Fall Dance
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Senior Pictures and Fall Pictures for 9th-11th

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Stay Connected

Join Remind for CAST STEM High School:
Text to #81010, in the message type @caststemh

Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Shaeffer

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Opportunities for Scholars

H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B.

Notre Dame: Virtual Event

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Click here for more details:

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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.

Palo Alto College Advising Schedule

Thank you, Mr. Fernando Acevedo, PAC Advisor, for coming to campus this week.

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PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association)

Join PTSA today! PTSA strives to make every child's potential a reality. Join by October 15th to get connected. is a mobile-friendly website where anyone can easily join our PTA using a credit or debit card. Our dues are $10 and the website charges a $1.50 processing fee.

Please contact with your contact information if you want to join our PTSA but are unable to utilize this website and would like us to work with you on a different way of joining.

Dress for Success at CAST STEM!

We appreciate that you wear modest clothing that shows that you are ready to learn and ready to work. We expect you to wear clothing that covers your body and protects you when working in our laboratory spaces.

Weekly Spirit Days:

Wednesday - CAST STEM Spirit - wear your CAST STEM spirit shirt!

Thursday - Professional Dress Day - dress for your future career.

Friday - College or Career Spirit - wear your favorite college or career shirt.

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.