STEM Updates

March 2022

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

March is here and Spring is around the corner! I hope that during Spring Break you are able to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Once we return, we will be in the home stretch to the end of the school year and starting to think about the next school year.

At the end of March, the ECISD Board will vote on the potential partnership with UTPB STEM Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. It is our goal to update the community about the partnership in early April at a virtual Town Hall meeting. We are very excited about the opportunities this partnership could bring to our students. Please be watching your emails for important information regarding the partnership.

If you have any questions regarding the partnership, please let us know by emailing

Shannon Davidson


UT Permian Basin STEM Academy


UTPB STEM Academy is offering COVID-19 testing at no cost for students and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while at school. This testing uses Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided by the state and federal government. Students under 18 years of age must have written parent consent for testing to be completed. If you wish to give your consent for COVID-19 testing using the BinaxNOW test, please read and complete this form.

Upcoming Events


04 Adopt-A-Senior

04 Senior Meeting—Honoree Recording

04 Spring Pictures

04 Middle School Dance 6pm-8pm Blacktop

04 Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day

07 Returning Student Registration

07-11 Book Fair

08 Elementary Family Picnic K-2

09 Elementary Family Picnic 3-5

10 Springtime Market—5:30pm

11 Spring Cleaning—benefitting Seniors

14-18 Spring Break

22 HS UIL—Stanton

25 Peace Love STEM

24-25 HS StuCo Garden Social

31 Spirit Night at Mr. Gattis benefitting Seniors

*All events are subject to cancellation or change

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From Ms. Villarreal

Catered Lunch Options

Click below to order lunch for your students. Beginning next week, there will be lunch options Monday-Thursday! Go to our website under the Parent Resource tab to order!

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Elementary Updates

Dear Parents,

This semester has been incredibly busy here at STEM. In addition to family nights, benchmark testing, and project-based learning, our elementary students took the MAP Growth assessments for reading and mathematics in February. MAP Growth is an assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K-12 mathematics and reading. Please be on the lookout for the MAP Growth Family Report from your child's teacher.

After receiving the scores from our benchmark results in Grades 3-5, many of you have asked what you can do to help your child grow and improve. For math, please have your child work on their individual PIE in their ALEKS program. Research shows that students who complete their individual PIE do well on state assessments and are more prepared for the following school year. For reading, the best thing your child can do is read every single day including holidays and the weekend. For specific resources, please see Mrs. Villarreal’s SMORE. Completing classwork and homework every single day will help your child be prepared for the next day’s learning in all contents. I highly encourage you to have your child continue to read and work on ALEKS PIE over Spring Break to prevent learning loss.

I want to thank all of you who participated in our Family Literacy Night. We had great fun playing reading games, visiting the library, and getting a library card from the Ector County Public Library. Our next family event is next week when we have our annual Family Picnic and visitation of our book fair. We hope to see you all there. See flyer for more information.

Throughout the year we celebrate contributions made to the STEM field by all the diverse people who make up our great melting pot. During the month of February, our teachers highlighted specific contributions made by African Americans to celebrate Black History Month. A few examples of what was studied follow. Fourth graders focused on Black Women leaders such as Madam C.J. Walker, Bessie Coleman, and Dr. Mae Jemison. Second graders studied George Washington Carver while 5th graders studied Martin Luther King. Ask your child what they learned during Black History Month and celebrate with us!

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

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Elementary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in elementary classes? Click the document below.

Secondary Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The month of March is a real shift for all our students. It’s the beginning to the close of the school year in many respects. The conversations with students turn to end of year testing and performance, and to planning for next school year.

In February our students in grades 8-11 received a copy of their Personal Graduation Plans (PGP’s). These documents help students plan for their last few years of high school. This document is a requirement for students and parents to give input in class choice for the coming school year. In addition, PGP’s also help us plan for staffing based on student choices. In the current market, planning to hire teachers can be extremely difficult, so knowing our staffing needs helps us to be better prepared. Please make sure your student has turned in their PGP’s to the secondary office.

The next item to touch base on is related to Math instruction. Our students in grades 6-8 have been enrolled in an online math program called ALEKS. ALEKS is tailored to your specific students math needs. The program starts by assessing students’ knowledge of math concepts and build practice for the learner. Teachers will assign practice problems for students or allow them to do individual practice. Our middle school students should be working on this math every evening. Please help encourage them to complete their ALEKS practice.

Finally, Seniors don’t forget that this March 4 you will be recording your Honoree videos. Please use the script provided as a starting point for your 30 second recording.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




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Student Council Wins Big!!

During the District 8 Convention we were recognized in the following areas:

Pride & Patriotism (240 points - must have 215 for recognition, 225 to be considered for Sweepstakes)

DASH (240)

Energy & Environment (240)

Community Service:

We donated $5,377.50 in goods and monetary donations and completed 700 hours of service in our community.

State project:

We completed 21 projects directly related to the chosen state project and donated 442 hours of community service towards our state project.

We were selected as an Outstanding Student Council by surpassing the following criteria:

Outstanding Student Council Award

  1. A high school council must document meeting 21 of the 23 required indicators in the Minimum Standards category (begins page 10) and at least 25 additional indicators in the Outstanding Category (Begins page 13). (Each check box under “verification) equals one indicator documented.)
  2. Indicate each item in which criteria have been met by placing a check (✔ ) in the “documentation included” column of the form.
  3. Documentation may be recorded in the reporting field or as an attachment if needed/requested.
  4. Documentation of each indicator must be verified by the district to count toward recognition.

In addition, we also won the "Sweepstakes" award for meeting minimum requirements, being recognized as Outstanding, and surpassing minimum standards in our areas of focus (P&P, E&E, DASH, Comm Serv).

We were also elected to the position of Secretary for District 8 for the 2022/2023 school year!

And, finally, senior StuCo President, Savannah McKay, was selected to receive a StuCo scholarship for our district, and I was selected as the Student Council Sponsor of the Year.

Thank you for the support and guidance that you have given to our wee Student Council. We may be a small group, but we are mighty.

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Driver's Permit License

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Secondary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in secondary classes? Click the document below.

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

Federal Report Card 20-21