STEM Updates

December 2021

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

At this time of year it is only natural to reflect on the things we are thankful for. When it comes to STEM and our learning community there are so many things that come to mind to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the entire educational team here at STEM that come to school each day to help our students learn and grow. Teachers and staff who work well beyond their 40 hour work week to prepare engaging lessons, teachers and staff who go the extra mile each day to connect with each child, and teachers and staff who always put the students' needs first. I am grateful for each of you and your kindness and love you show to each child each day.

I'm also thankful for our STEM parents who have truly become our partners as we work together to prepare our students for success. I'm thankful for the parent supports at home, whether it be coaching your child through rough patches with friends or late-night homework sessions. I'm thankful for the awesome PTO parents who show up just at the right time to events to jump in and help. Parents are truly the key ingredient to a great school.

Finally, I'm thankful for all the STEM students! I'm thankful for the fun stories they share with us about their pets, vacations, and hobbies. I'm thankful for the opportunity we have to lead and guide these amazing humans who will soon be our leaders in the community. They are truly the highlight of each day.

I am blessed and honored to serve the STEM community and I wish you all a wonderful November!

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

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.


01-05 Campus Based Assessments

01 National Family Literacy Day

04 Science Club 6th-12th grade

05 Cycle 2 Ends

05 Vann & Green, the Science Team

08 Cycle 3 begins

08-12 Robotics Hockey Fundraiser

10 NHS Pickle/Popcorn Sale

10 NHS Study Session

11 NHS Meeting 7:00am McMillan’s

11 Veteran’s Day

11 FAFSA Night UTPB 2nd floor MPR

12 Vann & Green, the Science Team

12 Fall Picture retakes

12 Career Day

12 StuCo Friendsgiving 12:30pm

12 Jackalopes Hockey Game Sponsoring Robotics

(Ector County Coliseum)

17 Snack Attack

17 NHS Study Session

18 Zoo Crew

18 Science Club 6th-12th grade

19 Vann & Green, the Science Team

22-26 Thanksgiving Break

December 2021

03 Reading Expo - Grades 3rd - 5th

February 2022

04 Peace, Love, & STEM

*All events are subject to cancellation or change


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Friday, Dec. 3rd, 12:30pm

Founders Road

Odessa, TX

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From Ms. Villarreal

Click the pictures to view Ms. V's newsletters.


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,

Dear Elementary Parents:

School holidays are fast approaching and before you know it, we will be in STAAR season. Thus, it is imperative that your child attend school each and every day including Fridays. Although Friday is a shortened school day, important instruction is occurring which is vital to your child learning the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills specific to each grade level. Although we are a charter school, we follow all Texas laws pertaining to attendance including the 90% rule which says that each student must not miss more than 10% of the school year or risk being retained. Thus, please refrain from taking family vacations while school is in session.

Remember to check your child's take home folders and google platforms daily to ensure your child is completing all assignments including homework. Learning occurs only when students do the work. If at any time you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.

As always, I treasure our partnership and look forward to a strong Semester 1 finish. Thank you for choosing STEM.

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



Don't miss out!

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 end of the six weeks is fast approaching (November 5). Please make sure you are signed up for Ascender portal. Working together to stay on top of student assignments requires buy in from our parents. If you are having any difficulty please make sure and speak with Mrs. Aguirre in secondary office or Mrs. Flores in the district office.

The next item is our upcoming final exams in December. We will send out a the schedule after Thanksgiving break. Finals occur the week before winter break. Please make sure that your son/daughter are present for these important assessments.

The last item is for our high school students specifically. We are returning to our Winter Formal this year. Please watch for announcements the first week of December for our ALL high school dance. Students can see announcements in Canvas and hear them every morning at 7:40am. We will also be sending out emails with additional details. Hope to see all our high school students then.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




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Parents of Secondary Students:

In order to help our students have a positive and successful math experience, we encourage all students in 8th grade math and beyond to own a graphing calculator. A graphing calculator will be used in all 4 years of their UTPB STEM Academy math courses, and should also be more than adequate for any college level work after high school. We realize there is a cost involved but we’re hoping you see it as an 8‐year educational investment in your son and/or daughter.

There are several options for graphing calculators listed below. Any of the TI 84s or TI 83s will be more than adequate for our high school courses. We ask that any calculators labeled CAS not be purchased for school use, as these are not permitted for use on the STAAR test. These calculators can be purchased at many local stores like Office Depot, Staples, Target, or online at (see example in link below).

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Thank you,

STEM Academy Math Team


High School NHS News

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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.
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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