INSPIREational News

May 2016

Congratulations CCS STEM

Coltrane-Webb Elementary, Patriots Elementary and Central Cabarrus High STEM programs have been deemed Distinguished STEM Schools on the Model Level! This is the state’s highest rating for STEM schools. JN Fries was already established as a Distinguished STEM School during the 2015-2016 school year.

To receive this honor, each program completed an arduous application process outlining its STEM teaching and learning practices. Eighteen schools applied for the designation; only eight were selected for site visits. During site visits, judges toured classrooms, reviewed student work and participated in a panel discussions of students, parents and business partners. Judges walked away impressed with the rigor and talent within our STEM programs. DPI representative Tina Marcus stated during the visit, "That this is the only program like it in the state and should be a model for other districts."

Our STEM schools will be recognized on June 2nd in Raleigh.


Summer Dates to Remember

May 6th - Last day to sign up for STEM Curriculum Writing

June 13-14 - STEM Curriculum Writing (PES only)

June 20-23 - PBL Training (R.Brown & Beverly Hills)

June 27-30 - NASA STEM Summer Camp

July 11-14 - STEMersion

August 1 - STEM Curriculum Writing/Ed Camp (Everyone @ J.N. Fries)

August 2 - STEM Curriculum Writing (Everyone @ individual schools)

August 3 - STEM Curriculum Writing (CWES, JNF, CCHS)

August 4 - STEM Curriculum Writing (CWES, JNF, CCHS)

Published Authors

CCS STEM Students have been working hard in Mr. Maletta's English classes. Check out the work some of the published blog posts, written by our students. Leave them a comment to encourage them as they continue working on their ELA skills.

This PBL was a Hole In One!

STEM Juniors at Central Cabarrus designed a golf course for "Sphero Golf"

ELA Classrooms Embrace Engineering

After writing concrete poems, students at JN Fries used the engineering design process to build 3D models to display their work. Check out the amazing work our kids are doing!

Children's Day

Students at Coltrane-Webb celebrated Children's Day by participating in STEM activities from around the world.

Science Olympiad

Coltrane-Webb hosted the 2nd annual Science Olympiad competition for Cabarrus County. Students were awarded medals for events and the team placed 2nd overall. Congratulations Cougars!

NC Science Festival

Students and families participated in this year's NC Science Festival. Teachers hosted several science activities throughout the school. Families moved from room to room, investigating, coding, building, and having fun!

Math 24 Tournament

Over 80 4th and 5th grade students put their math fluency to the test in this year's math 24 tournament. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated.
2 SciGirls Animation

Brenda Eason

K-12 STEM Coordinator

i3 INSPIRE Grant Project Director