STEM Updates

June 2021

A Message from the Superintendent

We hope our STEM Family is enjoying a wonderful summer break! We are busy at work getting ready for an amazing upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Please continue to watch for communication from the school on upcoming events and important information.

No Remote or Hybrid Learning in 21-22

As a reminder, for the 2021-2022 school year STEM will not be offering remote or hybrid learning options, please make plans to have your student attend school daily starting August 10, 2021! Our learning day hours will remain Monday-Thursday 7:50-2:15pm and Friday 7:50-12pm. Students must report to school within the first 3 school days otherwise they will be marked as a no show and withdrawn.

Mask Mandate at School

Per the Governor's executive orders given in May 2021, schools will no longer require students to wear masks. If this mandate should change STEM will give notification.

STEM Shirts

2021-2022 all students will be required to wear an approved STEM/UTPB shirt. Please be on the lookout for communication from the school on how to purchase STEM shirts. We have some new designs this year that we are very excited about.

Shannon Davidson


Upcoming Events

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.

**COMING SOON** School Supply Lists.


07 New student enrollment


19 6th grade Middle School Orientation

20 9th grade Orientation

21 Summer Bridge for Reading by invitation

22 Summer Bridge for Math by invitation


10 First day of school!

10 Kinder Breakfast 8:30am

13 DI Street Dance

23 Dual Credit start date

Be on the look out for upcoming August events

Fish Camp Luau for Freshmen

Middle School Welcome Back Activity

Meet the Teacher (elementary)

Open House (secondary)

MS/HS StuCo and Honor Society elections

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How to Access STAAR Scores

This year, STAAR results will not be posted until JUNE 28th. STAAR results can show families and teachers how disruptions to instruction over the past year impacted learning. Next year, teachers can use results along with report cards and family input to create plans that support their child’s academic progress. Scores are for assessing learning levels only and are meant to show where your child is meeting grade-level expectations in each subject and where they may need additional support. Scores are grouped into four categories: does not meet, approaches grade level, meets grade level, and masters grade level.

Instructions for accessing your child's information are outlined below:

  1. Use this link to get started:
  2. Click the blue link labeled "Lookup Unique Access Code".
  3. You will enter your child's name and social security number to look up their access code.
  4. You will now return to the main link and enter the access code and birthdate.
  5. Scores will NOT be posted until after June 28th.

New Student Enrollment and Registration is now open!

  1. Complete New Student Enrollment in the Ascender Parent Portal.
  2. Book an appointment with us. You will need to bring the following documents: Student’s birth certificate, Student’s social security card, your driver’s license, the student’s immunization record, your proof of residency; this can be a utility bill, a mortgage or lease agreement, property tax document. The document must show a service or property address, not just a mailing address. A cell phone bill is not considered proof of residency. At your appointment, we will make copies of your documents and issue your student’s Parent Portal ID to get you started on Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year.
  3. Complete Online Registration.

Your student will not be cleared to begin school until these steps are complete. Do not withdraw your student from their current school until that time.

Again, at this time, please complete New Student Enrollment in the Ascender Parent Portal. To begin click on the link for a New Student on the login page.

Stone Tower Graphix will open the STEM uniform store for one month starting June 14th! The store will close on July 14th. This will allow plenty of time to get those orders out to you before school starts. The site will then reopen early August.

Thank You!

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Boys and Girls Club

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Health Department Immunization Clinics

PRE-K Clinic: June 22,23,24 from 8:30-11:30 &1:30-4:00 the fee will be waived and it will be walk-in. They are trying to minimize the registration process to only what is required by the state. On those dates we will be offering Dtap/Polio/MMR/Varicella/HepA but if we have a student missing more than those they will be scheduled to the reserved dates of June 28th and 29th. This way the clinic runs quickly and smoothly.

7th Grade Clinic: July 20,21,22 from 8:30-11:30 &1:30-4:00 the fee will be waived and it will be walk-in. On those dates they will be administering TDAP/MCV4 and offering HPV, but if a student missing more than those they will be scheduled to our reserved dates of July 26th and July 27th.

With COVID rules they will be waiting in a line outside and we will have runners checking paperwork prior to immunizations.

See the flyers below.

Elementary Updates

Dear STEM Family,

Thank you for your partnership this past year in educating your child. To continue the growth and progress your child made throughout the school year, please continue to have your child engage in reading and real world mathematics over the summer.

Reading to your child, having he or she read to you, and having your child read independently will not only help prevent summer learning loss but is also a great way to bond as a family!

Please check out the SMORE newsletters from our reading specialist, Bonnie Villarreal, for some great ideas. To help your child see how math is in their everyday life, shop, cook, and bake with your child. If you have a home improvement project have your child help and see how measurement and angles are involved in building. For more mathematics ideas, please see information from our district instructional coach, Candi Sikes.

Have a safe and happy summer! Before you know it, we will be greeting you and your child in August for the first day of school.

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

Office 432.552.2580

Fax 432.552.2581



From Mrs. V

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Secondary Updates

Dear MS/HS Parents,

What a year we just finished! Now that we are moving back towards a semblance of normalcy we are ready to make some plans. One of my personal goals this school year is to work with grade level team parents to enrich our students learning. I would like for the grade level parent committees to be made of 4-5 parents that are members of PTO. These teams would give our teachers in each grade level a group to request help for different activities.These teams will assist with different events from Middle School dances and welcome back events to High School dances and even Prom. Our students actively need parent support in multiple facets of learning. Please take a moment to join the team.

Please email me if you have any questions about how you can help.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




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STEM Summer Office Hours

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