Hillcrest STEAM Academy Newsletter
A Note from the Office...
1.) Our families truly value education, and this is evident in our attendance rates at Hillcrest STEAM Academy. You truly realize each minute of each day is valuable, and we appreciate that! Our attendance continues to be outstanding, and we aim to continue that each year.
2.) Family involvement also continues to exceed expectations. We welcome hundreds of families throughout the year for a variety of events, including family nights, a highly involved PTA, WatchDOGS, and so much more! Thank you for supporting Hillcrest STEAM Academy.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful family here at STEAM, and are glad you are a part of it!
-Hillcrest STEAM Academy Staff
Engineering Design Process
The Engineering Design Process is utilized at Hillcrest STEAM Academy. Students spend a lot of time planning, organizing, and researching various topics before they even begin constructing a project.
Check out this article, from TeachEngineering, which talks about the engineering design process.
As you can see, students spend a lot of time identifying needs, researching problems, developing possible solutions, and selecting a promising solution. This all takes quite a bit of time. Oftentimes, the students go through “productive struggle” and have to go back to the drawing board. This helps to build resiliency amongst all students.
Contact your child’s teacher for more information about engineering projects specific to each grade level.
As the weather is changing quickly, please remember to send your child to school in a coat, hat, and gloves. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. The students will not be allowed to stay in during colder temperatures unless there is a note from the doctor specifying that your child cannot go outside for recess due to medical reasons. We want to help every student stay healthy, and wearing a coat is an easy way to accomplish this. We will not take the students outside if there is thunder, lightening, or heavy precipitation.
Please remember that if your child is sick to notify the office. You can email us at email@example.com or call the school at (816) 348-1130. Our office hours are from 8:40-4:40. You can call outside of those hours and leave a voicemail to notify us of your child’s absence.
Thursday, Dec. 5th, 5:30-6:30pm
Hillcrest STEAM Academy
Friday, Dec. 20th, 9am
Hillcrest STEAM Academy
9:25-10:10 - 3rd Grade
10:15-11:00 - 4th Grade
11:05 - 11:50 - 5th Grade
11:55-12:40 - 6th Grade
1:05-1:50 - Kindergarten
1:55-2:40 - 1st Grade
2:45-3:30- 2nd Grade
Important Dates in December
5 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30pm
20 - Winter Parties
21 - January 6 - No School
The mission of Hillcrest STEAM Academy, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by
a culture of independence and collaboration
a global outlook based on a foundation of character
a focus on problem solving and critical thinking
- real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.