A.T.O.M. STEM Academy Monthly News

March Edition: STEM Word of the Month is PURPOSE

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March's STEMtastic News

Happy March, STEM Families! March came roaring in with strong winds and rainy weather, but we won't let that stop our PURPOSE! In the A.T.O.M. STEM Academy, our PURPOSE is to engage our scholars with a rigorous and meaningful 21st Century learning experience. Our teachers work around the clock to provide our scholars with the best education possible. Speaking of education, it's only right that we relate the recent changes in the weather to the Earth's tilt. On March 20th at 5:37 am, Spring or the Vernal Equinox officially showed its face as the Northern Hemisphere tilted towards the Sun, resulting in more daylight hours and warmer temperatures. This is an exciting time of the year as we observe fresh growth and new hope! Please continue to encourage our scholars to SPRING up and show out in their studies.

March Madness:

  • Please check with your son or daughter to ensure that they completed the STEM Survey
  • National Reading Month (Read Across America on March 2nd)
  • Deaf History Month
  • National Nutritional Month
  • Women's History Month!!! We want to acknowledge all the women out there making history by affecting positive change within our scholars, community, and world!
  • March 5th: Dr. McShephard's presentation on Science (make-up date for BHM STEM Presentations)
  • March 18th: RPS Virtual History Fair
  • March 19th: Agile for Learners presentation featuring our STEM Scholar, Aamira Scott!!
  • March 19th: 6th-grade Student Recognition Ceremony; gold tickets were sent via email to qualifying students! Scholars enjoyed 30 minutes of fun with their teachers and peers
  • April 2nd: Half-day, class dismiss at 12 pm (the same as our Wednesday schedule)
  • April 5th-9th: School is closed due to SPRING BREAK!!!

We appreciate your partnership STEM families, and as previously stated, "It takes a village to raise a child." I want you to know that we are in this together, and we want to support you and your scholar in any way possible.

Below are MLK's 6th grade March Student Recognitions of the Month presented by Mrs. Menjivar!

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March's STEM Student of the Month goes to Chikia Valentine

We want to extend a HUGE shout-out to Chikia Valentine for being named MLK's A.T.O.M. STEM Student of the Month! Chikia was selected for this prestigious award due to her dedication and commitment to academic excellence! Teachers reported that Chikia is a pleasure to have in class and that she is always positive towards her peers and adults! Not to mention, Chikia strives for perfection on every assignment!! We are proud to announce that Chikia has maintained scholar roll for the entire school year!!! Keep up the AMAZING work!!!
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Also, we want to shout out our "Outstanding" and "Most Improved" STEM scholars

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Our 6th grade Student of the Month is Ariyanna Coleman!! Keep up the great work, Ariyanna! We are proud of you!

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Last, but most certainly not least, we want to recognize Aamira Scott for her participation in our Agile For Learners presentation!

On March 19th, Aamira Scott (pictured below) joined Mr. Barnes, Mr. Smith, our STEM Innovation Manager- Dr. Wright, RPS's Chief Director- Dr. Tracy Epp, and the state superintendent- Mr. James Lane, as we discussed the benefits of Agile and how it has impacted the scholars at MLK! During this presentation, Aamira represented the 6th grade STEM Academy well as she articulated how Agile has allowed her to collaborate with her peers in an organized and meaningful way!

In the below picture, Aamira is waiting patiently for the adults in the meeting to reflect during the presentation. Aamira and a scholar from Henderson Middle School represented both STEM Academies exceptionally well!

We are proud of you, Aamira!! Keep Making GREATNESS!!!

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Looking for something to do during SPRING BREAK, encourage your scholar to complete Ms. Baines's Monthly "STEM At HOME" Student Challenge

We want to extend a huge shout-out to Ms. Baines, one of our STEMtastic Science teachers at MLK! Ms. Baines went above and beyond to ensure that our scholars had a STEM challenge to complete at home. For the month of March, Ms. Baines recorded herself leading scholars through an "Estuary in A Cup" project to extend their understanding of fresh, salt, and brackish water. You are appreciated, Ms. Baines!!

Please challenge your scholars to complete this hands-on activity at home during SPRING BREAK!!!

Below is the link to access the video:


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It's that time of year again....NextUp Spring Session (April 12-June 10th) is open for registration!

Please see the below flyers for Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

CodeVA is offering fun and engaging sessions during SPRING BREAK, use the below link to register: https://www.codevirginia.org/events/

April 3rd: MLK 6th Grade Material Distribution- see the flyer below for more information!

Attention, to all of our males in STEM (SUMMER OPPORTUNITY AT Hampton University: June 21, 2021-July 9, 2021 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Hampton University is excited to continue hosting this free STEM program for our middle school students. We encourage all of our young princes to participate!

For more information about this program, please contact Hampton University/Program Manager at


To register, visit www.nacce.com/vil21regformboys.

To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.

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NextUp Online Registration

Click the button to access the NextUp portal to register your scholar for afterschool enrichment


A.T.O.M.STEM Families, please check-in with your scholar to ensure that they have completed the STEM Survey for the 2020-2021 school year. To access the link, click the above button.

A.T.O.M. STEM Website

Click the button to access MLK's A.T.O.M. STEM Website to find important updates, STEM Newsletter archives, and pictures of our State-of-the-Art SMART LAB.

Calendar Reminders

This Friday, April 2, we will have the same schedule as our Wednesday schedule (class will dismiss at 12 pm). The following Monday, April 5, is the start of our Spring Break, which goes through Friday, April 9. All schools will be closed during this time. Classes will resume on Monday, April 12. Families can pick up extra meals for the break at our normal meal distribution sites this week.
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Please remember No Cell Phone, Hangout chats, or ZOOM Chats during class

We need all students to follow MLK's cell phone policy. Students should not be using their cell phones or any other communicative app/device during instructional time unless it is a part of the teacher's lesson. At MLK, we aim to provide every student with a world-class education and we cannot achieve this if students are occupied texting or chatting during class. Thanks for your assistance with this.

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