STEAM Newsletter

September 2021

From the Office...

Hello STEAM Families,

September... the weather is slowly getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, and rituals of a new school year are becoming part of our routine. We are so glad that YOU and YOUR FAMILY are part of our STEAM family. We are thankful to have such an incredible school community.

This month, the newsletter contains information on a variety of topics, including our 1:1 initiative, student handbook, and a few other things.

We wish you well!

Dr. Roxanne Pearson - Principal

Dr. TJ Winkelmann - Assistant Principal

1:1 Device Updates

As you know, students at STEAM have a Device Fee for our 1:1 initiative. A technology fee has been applied to your child’s account. If you have already paid these fees for the current school year, you can disregard this information. The fee includes insurance for the device. The fees will be on a sliding scale, based on free and reduced lunch program status. The structure is as follows:

User Fee

Regular pay: $30

Reduced lunch: $20

Free lunch: $10

Payments can be made online by credit card in the Parent Portal. If the fee is not paid, your child(ren) will leave the device at school. Many questions can be answered on the Responsible Usage Agreement website. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Please contact the office with any questions.

Strategic Plan

We are excited to share our Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. This plan will help to guide us in the years ahead!
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September Character Trait - Self-Discipline

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Thank You

We wanted to take a minute to say Thank You to all of our families. Thank YOU for navigating the 2021-2022 school year with us as PARTNERS in education. We recognize we are having to overcome some hurdles. Please know that we appreciate your flexibility and patience you have shown us so far this year. We sincerely appreciate you support!

Breakfast/Lunch Reminder from Opaa!

Our School District, in partnership with Opaa! Food Management, is committed to serving quality, nutritious meals to students and staff. Like many other school districts, grocery stores, and restaurants across the nation, we are experiencing supply chain issues and a shortage of delivery drivers.

To inform your decisions about whether to pack a lunch or order school lunch for your children, we encourage you to check our menus daily, as these shortages will cause our menus to change often.

To review the menus, please download the BSD app on your phone and tap the Menus icon, or visit and the menus can be found on a pop up tab on the right side of the page.

Student Handbook

Most of the important documents and information related to STEAM can be found on the school website. For example, the Student Handbook for the current school year can be found on the left side. If you have any suggestions for enhancing the website, reach out to the office!

Social Media

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! We will continue to post updates throughout the year.

PTA Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 6pm


Feel free to join our Zoom meeting as we host our first PTA meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Important Dates in September


6 - Labor Day - No School

16 - PTA Meeting - Zoom (see link above)

23 - Papa John's Pizza Night

27 - No School - Staff PD Day

Our Mission

The mission of Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by

  • a culture of independence and collaboration

  • a global outlook based on a foundation of character

  • a focus on problem solving and critical thinking

  • real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.

Important Links