STEM News, March 2020

What's going on at STEM Academy?


STEM Families,

Building a sense of community - STEM Family. That is what February was focused on. And that sense of 'family' really shone through during our STEM Signing Events this month!

Ask the students and they will give you their honest opinions. That is what I love about our kids! And when we looked to restructure STEM Contract Signing Night, it became evident that the students had a lot that they wanted to say about it! They wanted to focus on making sure that our newest STEM family members would be able to get a true feel of our program, and of how we value one another. Although the flavor of our two Signing Days were a bit different, both the middle school and high school students played pivotal roles in helping everyone feel welcome and excited about coming to STEM Academy!

It is such a blessing to be able to serve your family, and to get to know your student. I adore each one - all 779 of them! We know that you have a choice about where to send your student, and we sure are grateful that you entrust your most precious beings - your children - to us!

From our STEM family to yours,

Jennifer Jensen, M.Ed.


UPCOMING EVENTS - Districtwide

March 9 - 13th: Rest & Re-energize!

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STEM Academy News

Students Shine at ARASE Competition

On February 21st - 23rd, STEM students competed in the Alamo Regional Science Fair at St. Mary's University. They were among over 400 students who presented a project within the Greater San Antonio Region. All three students did very well and placed in their respective categories:

7th Grade - Vincent Kalisky & Cristian Aguilar (5th Place)

7th Grade - Miguel Smiley (Broadcom Masters Award, State Qualifier)

8th Grade - Daniel Quijano & Aidan Underwood (1st Place, State Qualifier)

8th Grade - Kelly Schwabe, Elizabeth Alexander & Angelika Ochoa (2nd Place, State Qualifier)

9th Grade - Emmett Decker (Mathematics, 2nd Place, State Qualifier)

10th Grade - Matthew Mills (Computer Science, 2nd Place; plus a Special Recognition Award, State Qualifier)

10th Grade - Vanessa Martinez (Microbiology, 5th Place)

Texas State Science & Engineering Fair will be held at Texas A&M in College Station on March 27 & 28. Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done, and good luck in the next round! You make #neisdstemproud!

STEM Academy - Middle School News

STEM Academy College & Career Day

Friday, March 6th, 8-11:30am

5426 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX

Students will get to hear from business and higher education professionals as they begin dreaming about their future careers.

Parents, if you are employed in a STEM field and might be interested in sharing your passion with our students please contact Mrs. Caballero.

Shark Tank - 6th Grade PBL Showcase

Thursday, March 26th, 12-7pm

5426 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX

The 6th grade students will showcase their adaptations and inventions in our annual Shark Tank showcase. This is a great time to come and hear all of the amazing things our students dream up. If you are available, I hope you will make time to come! More information is forthcoming.

STEM Academy - High School News

STEM Student presents at STEM Conference

February 29th, our very own 9th grade STEM student, Emmett Decker, presented to STEM professionals. He discussed how the PBL approach inspires innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Thank you, Emmett, for being a terrific STEM Ambassador and for inspiring leaders from across the country. You make #neisdstemproud!

CyberPatriot Team - Mayor's Cup Luncheon

Students that participated in CyberPatriot were invited to the Mayor’s cup Luncheon at the Omni hotel on Saturday February 29th. Our students were treated to a college fair and wonderful lunch which included guest speakers Lt. General Timothy Haugh, Commander, 16th Air Force and Air Force Cyber and Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Pictured: Michael Perez, Caden James, Enrique Luna, Chris Sanders, Roberto Rojas Perez, Nathan Lynch, Jared Sokol, Reid Boulet, Itzel De Leon , and Maddie Fuentes. Not pictured: Coach Candace Rauschuber

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LEE Drill and Dance Tryouts. WE WANT YOU! Come tryout for the LEE High School JV Darling Drillers and Varsity Royal Rubies! Our Parent Tryout Meeting was on Wednesday, February 19th, but it is NOT too late to sign up! If you would like more information sent to you via email

Drill and Dance Tryout dates are March 17-20, 2020 and incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to tryout. For more information see attachment for the tryout flyer and/or please feel free to contact the Drill & Dance Director Mrs. Alanis at OR 210-356-0873. See you at Drill & Dance Tryouts!

Junior PBL to Fiesta Texas - Permission Slips DUE!

Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30pm

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

We need to get an accurate head count of those students who have permission to attend the Junior trip to Six Flags.

Parents, we need your help! If you are able to accompany us on this trip, please let a member of the Junior teacher team know, or contact Ms. Mesa in the STEM Office.

FRC Robotics Competition

Thursday, March 12th, 6:30am to Saturday, March 14th, 10pm

2551 Texas 337 Loop

New Braunfels, TX

Good luck, Rosbots!! We know that you will represent STEM well, and that you are #neisdstemproud!!

If you haven't seen this competition in action, you are missing out! If you have some time, please stop by to support our team! ...ROSBOTS 5572...

Dance/Drill Tryout Clinic

Tuesday, March 17th, 4pm to Friday, March 20th, 8pm

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

If your student is interested in being on a dance or drill team, this is their opportunity to tryout!

Good luck, students!

10th Grade PBL Field Trip: Pacific War Museum

Wednesday, March 18th, 9am-2pm

940 West Highway 290

Dripping Springs, TX

The students will get to experience what technology was like during the Pacific War, and will examine the inner-workings of museum displays.This information will be invaluable as they seek to have a better understand of the advancement of technology and its impact on history.

11th Grade PBL Field Trip: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Thursday, March 19th, 9am-2pm

17000 W IH 10

San Antonio, TX

The students will get to see how science and mathematics go hand-in-hand as they explore roller coaster physics! This information will be used to assist students in designing their own theme parks where the show off their understanding of math and science.


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