STEM Updates

April 2022

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

On Tuesday night the ECISD Board of Trustees, in a unanimous vote, approved the performance agreement with the STEM Academy. The partnership will officially begin this coming Fall 2022. The partnership allows the school to continue to have autonomy over the model of the school, the curriculum, and keep leadership and teachers in place. We are very excited about the additional ECISD services and extra-curricular activities that will be offered to our students through the partnership. We hope you all will join us on April 14th, at 6pm for a virtual Town Hall meeting to learn more about the upcoming partnership.

Shannon Davidson


UT Permian Basin STEM Academy

Upcoming Events


01 Adopt-A-Senior

01 Senior Meeting

04-08 Flowerpots for Mom (Kinder)

05 English I EOC

07 English II EOC

08 Senior Banquet

08 Medieval Fair 9:30am (6th grade)

08 STEM Board Meeting 9:00am

08 State Robotics

10-12 STEM HS STuCo State Trip

12 DEAR Day

14 Senior Fun Day

14 Egg Drop: Mesa Deck, picnic on blacktop (1st grade)

15 Student/Staff Holiday

18 Bad Weather make up day/SCHOOL IN SESSION

18-22 National Volunteer Recognition Week

21 Pickle Pops (kinder)

23 Junior/Senior Prom

29 K-2 Reading Expo

29 eSports Tournament

*All events are subject to cancellation or change

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Orlando Trip Information



From Ms. Villarreal

Catered Lunch Options

Click below to order lunch for your students. Beginning next week, there will be lunch options Monday-Thursday! Go to our website under the Parent Resource tab to order!

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Elementary Updates

Dear Parents,

Dear Elementary Parents,

We truly enjoyed having you on campus for our Elementary Picnics and PTO Bookfair. Thank you for braving the weather and spending time to celebrate reading with your child. The weather should be much more amenable this evening at our Peace, Love, and STEM festival at the coliseum. We hope you are all able to join us for an evening full of fun family activities.

As we enter the final stages of the school year, please remember that your child should be in his/her classroom by 7:50 am every morning. Learning begins immediately and arriving late equates to a loss of learning. Additionally, please try to schedule doctor appointments for after school as every minute in class spent on learning matters. Let's continue to encourage our children to engage in their learning as Spring sports hit high gear and the closeness of summer is felt by all. Completing assignments and asking questions will enrich their learning experience. All their hard work will pay off and students will celebrate during our Field Day in May!

Best Regards,

Monica Elizondo, M.Ed.

Elementary Principal

The University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-William Butler Yeats

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Elementary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in elementary classes? Click the document below.

Secondary Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Dear Parents/Guardians,

April's newsletter is always a fun letter for me as the secondary principal. This newsletter touches on several events for secondary, a special student spotlight; but also a more serious topic as well.

The month of April has several events for our students in secondary. Our 8th grade student PBL earned enough money that they will be enjoying a hard earned trip to an afternoon movie. Please watch for communication for those students to attend the movie slated for April 22.

Our Seniors have the following events this month:

Senior Banquet and Prom (April 23). We also have two teams (Computer Science and Spelling) make it to regional competition in Abilene (April 22 & 23). We had three teams make it to state competition: Destination Imagination, Robotics (April 8), and Student Council (April 11 & 12).

One student I would like to spotlight in this months letter is Allison Barnes. Allison serves as our high school vice president, competes in several UIL events, Destination Imagination, and science fair to name a few. Last week Allison competed at the state science fair in College Station. She placed 2nd in the whole state in the category of Environmental Engineering. She designed a solar oven that could produce electricity. Our district is very proud of her.

On a more serious note, state testing is right around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to go over the requirements passed by HB 4545 in 2021 legislative session that UTPB STEM Academy is required to implement. HB 4545 was a law passed in June of 2021 that requires schools to provide accelerated learning for students that do not meet passing requirements on STAAR/EOC exams.

The accelerated instruction is required to take place after school or during the summer. Furthermore, attendance is required and is subject to compulsory attendance requirements outlined in Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.085. Students that do not attend are subject to being retained. We are not able to waive the accelerated learning requirements and attendance will be required to meet HB 4545 requirement.

The Texas Education Agency has several resources on their website available to parents. You can find a link here or ( As always, please reach out with any questions.

Great things are happening at the STEM Academy. I am glad to be a part of this team, and looking forward to fantastic things ahead.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




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Junior - Senior Prom

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Driver's Permit License

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Secondary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in secondary classes? Click the document below.

School Hours

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2021-2022 Grant Applications

Below are links to the grants for which STEM is applying.

Plans for Federal Funds


ESSER III (ARP) Community Feedback and Input Survey

Federal Report Card 20-21