Ball Ground STEM Academy Newsletter

April 3rd-14th

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Important Dates!

  • 4/3-4/7 - SPRING BREAK!
  • 4/10 - Return from Break
  • 4/21 - Mother-Son Mania, 6:30-8:30PM See Flyer below for more information!
  • 4/24 - 4/28 - Milestones Testing for 3rd Grade...M,T,W-ELA, Th-Math, Fri-Make-Ups
  • 5/1-5/5 - Milestones Testing for 4th Grade...M,T,W-ELA, Th-Math, Fri-Make-Ups
  • 5/8-5/12 - Milestones Testing for 5th Grade...M,T,W-ELA, Th-Math, Fri-Science
  • 5/15-5/17 - Milestones Make-Up Testing
  • 5/15 - Field Day for Pre-K, KK, & 1st
  • 5/16 - Field Day for 2nd & 3rd
  • 5/17 - Field Day for 4th & 5th
  • 5/19 - Q4 TRIBE Day!
  • 5/22 - KK EOY Party, 9-10
  • 5/23 - Pre-K EOY Party, 8:30-9:30
  • 5/23 - 1st Grade EOY Party, 9:45-10:45 on the Big Field
  • 5/23 - 3rd Grade EOY Party, 11-12
  • 5/24 - 2nd Grade EOY Party, 9-10
  • 5/25 - 5th Grade Awards Ceremony 8-9, Final Walk immediately following around 9, Picnic Party on the Big Field after walk.
  • 5/25 - Last Day of School!
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Spotlight on STEM!

Mapping and map making can be a valuable tool for discovery and documentation. Led by STEM @ Georgia Tech Research Institute, BGSA leaders and District leaders met earlier in the year to work through an asset mapping protocol to determine next steps with STEM. The process provided a familiar and concrete form to present meaningful data and orient leaders with current STEM challenges. Leaders followed the four step process of identifying STEM challenges, reframing STEM challenges into “How Might We” statements, identifying solutions, to creating an asset map. Through this asset mapping, BGSA was able to reidentify post-Covid challenges for implementing its STEM vision, sustaining a STEM culture, and ensuring that teachers have the time needed to design rigorous and engaging standards-based STEM lessons.

STEM in Action!

STEM in Music Class!

Incorporating real-world learning, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students were treated to a visit from the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. Through the Fox In A Box program, students learned about important events in the Fox Theatre’s timeline and how those events intersect with key classroom lessons. Students learned about concepts relating to Social Studies, American history, economics, community building, technology, and the visual and performing arts. Ask your student what they learned!

Meal Accounts


The district is working diligently to ensure our cafeterias are running with a positive budget. We have seen a large increase in overdue balances since the pandemic and meals being free due to Covid-19 federal funding the last 2 years. In order to help the cafeteria work with families to keep these balances from becoming unmanageable, Mrs. Roulier has begun making phone calls and sending overdue balance letters to notify parents when their balances are over $25. If you are struggling to pay for your child's breakfast/lunch, please consider completing a Free/Reduced Lunch application online HERE.

Visit K12 PaymentCenter to add money to your child's breakfast/lunch account (or send cash or check but make sure it's in an envelope with your child's name, lunch number, and HR teacher). You can set low balance alerts on the website even if you choose not to pay online...highly recommended! You can also see what your child is purchasing each day (especially helpful if you are feeding your child breakfast at home and may not realize they are eating breakfast again at school).

If you have questions about your child's lunch account, please reach out to Kim Collett, Cafeteria Manager.

Thank you for your support!

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