STEM Updates

August 2021

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

This summer has flown by and soon our hallways will be filled with students once again! We are so very excited to start a new school year and welcome back our students to full-time face-to-face instruction. Our focus and our goal this year is to provide an innovative and exceptional learning environment that will prepare each student for a successful future! We are so very grateful to have the support of amazing parents in this education journey. Please remember the best way to stay connected to the happenings here at STEM is to check your emails daily, read the monthly newsletters, follow us on social media, check your student's Google Classroom or CANVAS, and check Parent Portal (Ascender) weekly for updated grades. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Shannon Davidson


UT Permian Basin STEM Academy

Back -to-School Virtual Meeting

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Upcoming Events

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.


02 6th Grade and new MS Student Orientation 10am

02 MS Balloon War 11am

03-09 Teacher Professional Development

06 Elementary Meet the Teacher 6pm

06 Junior (11th grade) Door Decorating Event 9am Founders

10 Senior Sunrise Stonehenge 6:45am

10 First Day of School

10 Cycle 1 begins

10 Kinder Breakfast 8:30am

12 Cross Country Tryouts 2:45pm Blacktop

13 DI Dance 6pm-8pm Blacktop

20 **CANCELLED** Secondary Open House 6pm

23 Fall Dual Credit Start Date

27 NHS Elections

31 Last Day for Senior Pics (for no sitting fee)

Check out our website!

Our website has tons of information! Our homepage has all of the past newsletters posted. In the Parent Resources part of the Parents tab, you'll find school supply lists, links to uniforms, the Parent Portal, student device information, catered lunch links, the school calendar AND so much more!

Hot lunches can be purchased from the Eleganté twice per week and from Chick-Fil-A once per week.

To go to the website click the picture below or type in your browser.

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

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Frequently Asked Questions

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STEM Cross Country

Great day!! We are so excited for our 3rd Cross Country season! If you are interested in trying out, I would recommend you start practicing now. The tryout course is 1 mile!

Thank you!

Coach Mathis

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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.

Boys and Girls Club

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Elementary Updates

Dear STEM Family,

I am so excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! Hopefully, you were able to join us during our virtual welcome last Tuesday. If not, here are a few reminders for Elementary that will lay the foundation for a successful and happy year.

  • Homeroom teacher
    • Class rosters are placed outside the main building this week from 8:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Meet the Teacher
    • August 6 from 6 to 7:30 pm
    • Bring School Supplies
    • Grades 1-5 will be a come and go
    • Kinder will be by appointment (see email from homeroom teacher)
    • See PTO for QR codes
    • See Nurse to drop off medicines
  • School Days
    • M-Th: 7:50 to 2:15 pm
    • Friday: 7:50 to 12:00 pm
  • Lunches
    • Closed lunch meaning no outside visitors at this time
    • Send with a healthy sack lunch and water or order from a vendor located on our website
  • First Day of School
    • Grades 1-5 begin at 7:50 am
    • Delayed start for Kinder at 8:30 am
      • Kinder breakfast with muffins and juice
      • See Mrs. Enriquez if you would like to donate
    • All elementary students will walk to class without parent/guardian
  • Morning Drop Off
    • Staff arrives at 7:20 am
    • Gate opens at 7:30 am
    • Be in seat ready for instruction at 7:50 am
    • K-2 parents use inside lane to let children out of car by sidewalk.
    • If park, you must walk your student through the parking lot to the gate.
  • Communication
    • Take Home folders/binders
    • Planners
    • Google Classroom
    • Parent Portal
    • Email
    • Always contact your child's teacher first
  • School Supplies
    • See pdf of school supplies in this newsletter
    • Drop off at Meet the Teacher
    • If unable to attend Meet the Teacher, send with your child on first day of school
      • Reminder that on the first day of school, all elementary students will walk to class unaccompanied by a parent/guardian
  • After School Care
    • See the flyer from Boys and Girls Club (This will be off campus and not housed at STEM.)

Thank you for choosing us as your educational partner. We look forward to a great school year filled with hands-on project based learning.

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 432.552.2588

Fax 432.552.2581



From Mrs. V

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Building Bots Camp

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Secondary Updates

Dear MS/HS Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the end of the season. This summer has seemed to fly by faster than I would have liked. The start of school is always an exciting time for educators, me included. There is so much optimism for what lies ahead. This year is no different.

This month’s newsletter I would like to spend an opportunity to give thanks to everyone this summer who came up for the three separate work days. We had a work day in June, and two in July. One of the things about working at a small school is that there is always a shortage of staff. During the summer the custodial staff are pulled to work on student housing, and we only have one grounds/maintenance person (shout out to Andrew our grounds person for all his help this summer). With a shortage of staff our students ALWAYS stand in the gap. This summer was no different. Our second work day we had about 20 people here on campus helping with moving/cleaning at the Founders building. I am continually humbled by the giving spirit of our students, and the families that joined in to assist. Thank you all for helping to get Founders ready for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. #TeamSTEM

A special thanks is also due to our STEM-PTO. While we were moving Founders around, PTO provided donuts, pizza, and water for our workers. Thank you PTO!

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




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School Hours

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2021-2022 Grant Applications

Below are links to the grants for which STEM is applying.

Plans for Federal Funds


ESSER III (ARP) Community Feedback and Input Survey