Prestwick STEM Academy

Prestwick Profile Community Vol. 19

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home Tuesday, December 8th with all students in grades K-8. This 2nd quarter is rapidly approaching an end in the next two weeks. If you have concerns regarding grades please speak with your learners to ensure all work has been turned in and what areas they can target in the next two weeks.

Mark your calendars

Dec. 8th- 6 wk Progress Reports Go home

Dec. 8th - 2nd and 3rd Winter Concert Showcase @6:30 pm

Dec. 15th- K and 1st Winter Concert Showcase @ 6:30 pm

Dec. 15th- Party Bus Trip for Big Kahuna Fundraiser Winners

Dec. 16th- WIN Gifted & Talented Showcase @ PSA 6:00-7:00 pm

Dec. 17th- Early Release Grades 6-8 (sack lunches picked up at breakfast for these grades)

Dec. 18th - Early Release for K-8

Dec. 18th - K- 5 Class Parties

  • Kinder - 8:45 am
  • 1st - 8:45 am
  • 2nd - 9:00 am
  • 3rd - 9:00 am
  • 4th - 9:00 am
  • 5th - 8:45 am

Final Exam Schedules 6-8

Students absent on any day are responsible for coordinating makeup of exams with teachers as they will be part of the final calculation of their semester grade.

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Project Based Learning: The Role of the Teacher

Below we want to debunk a misconception you may have heard about the role of teacher during Project Based Learning.


1. The teacher doesn’t teach in a project based learning model. On the contrary, the teacher is the most vital aspect of the learning model. Unlike a whole-group, direct-teach classroom where it might be argued that the teacher (as the conveyor of information) could be replaced by a virtual or online solution, in the Engage Learning Model, the teacher role is crucial; there is no substitute for a responsive, highly qualified teacher who understands the standards and the content and can model the soft skills every day.


The teacher designs standards based, challenging, relevant learning experiences. The teacher reinforces the protocols and models the communication skills, collaboration skills, creativity, and professional ethics that students need to acquire for college and career readiness. The teacher asks questions to guide student thinking and problem-solving in response to observed needs. The teacher provides small group workshops to teach students information essential to the challenge. The teacher evaluates student mastery of the standards on a daily basis and provides valuable feedback. The teacher models and teaches the critical thinking necessary to properly critique student’s research questions, resources, project plans, solutions and processes. Finally, the teacher is the leader of the classroom and creates the systems and the environment that support a successful learning process.


Prestwick STEM Academy is fortunate to have a science and social studies staff that continues to grow in their role as fantastic PBL facilitators.


Source: 5 Common Misconceptions of the Engage! Learning Model © Engage! Learning Inc. 2014

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