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December 2019

Save the Date!


  • Monday, December 2: Students return from Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, December 13: Midterm Exams Begin (Grades 7-12)

  • December 18-20: Early Release Days (12:00 dismissal)

  • December 23-January 3: Christmas Break

  • January 6: Teacher PD Day (No school for students)

  • January 6 - January 31: Application window for 2020-2021

  • January 7: Students return from Christmas Break

  • Saturday, January 25: Junior Class Ring Ceremony

Midterm Exam Schedule

Students in grades 7-12 will take midterm exams beginning December 13. The exams count as 25% of their semester grade. Please be sure your child is in attendance for these exams. If your child's teacher assigns a project that will count as an exam grade, please be sure that your child completes this project. It will also count as 25% of the semester grade.


Midterm Exam Schedule


  • Friday, December 13: 5th Block
  • Monday, December 16: 3rd & 4th Block
  • Tuesday, December 17: 6th & 7th Block
  • *Wednesday, December 18: 1st & 2nd Block
  • *Thursday, December 19th: 8th Block (Students will report to 8th block first)
  • *Friday, December 20th: Make-Ups


*early dismissal day

2020-2021 New Student Application Window: January 7-31, 2020

The application window for the 2020-2021 school year will open on January 7, 2020 and will close on January 31, 2020. If your child is currently enrolled in STEM, you DO NOT need to reapply. This window is only for students who wish to enter our school next year.


The application will be available on our website, sma.pcpsb.net. Please share this information with interested families. Seats are VERY limited and interested families are strongly urged to apply before the window closes.


Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA and a clean behavior record.

Friendly Reminder - No Nut Products on Campus

The holiday season brings lots of delicious treats; however, many of those treats pose a very serious threat to some of our students. Allergic reactions can be triggered by both direct and indirect contact. These reactions can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is very important that students do not bring any items containing peanuts and/or tree nuts onto campus.



Click here for a list of snack suggestions.

SMA Sweatshirts Now Available in STEM Office

We now have a limited number of SMA sweatshirts in the office available for purchase. These are the same sweatshirts that are sold at Don's Sportsman. The sweatshirts are $20 each.

Friendly Reminder about Approved Outerwear

As the temperatures drop, we would like to remind everyone of the approved outerwear.

  • Only STEM Magnet Academy sweatshirts are allowed. If your child does not have a school sweatshirt, they may wear a uniform-approved jacket.
  • Jackets, if not school official, must be solid purple, gray, black, or white. No “heather” or Sherpa jackets. Logos on jackets must not exceed 2x2.
  • Solid purple, gray, black, or white leggings may be worn under skirts or jumpers.

School District Attendance Policy

Due to the increasing number of unexcused absences, we wanted to remind parents of the school district's attendance policy. Our curriculum is very rigorous and it is difficult for students to bounce back from unexcused absences. If your child is NOT sick, please be sure they are at school.


Legislative Act 745 requires a student’s parent or legal guardian to enforce school attendance. A student is considered truant (habitually absent or habitually tardy) after the fifth unexcused absence and/or after the fifth unexcused tardy within any school semester, which is a violation of state law punishable by a court of law.


It is parish policy that doctor’s excuses from a physician, obituaries for the deaths of family members, or other certified documentation to be submitted to the school within three days of returning after an absence. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. Please be advised that a written note is necessary to have a child make up missed work, but does not always guarantee that the absences will be excused.


Let us work together to ensure that your child gets the best education possible.



Attendance Tips for Elementary Parents


Attendance Tips for Middle/High School Parents

Upcoming: Junior Class Ring Ceremony

The junior class ring ceremony will be held in the SMA gym on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Students must arrive by 3:00 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer & Chaperone Policy (IMPORTANT)

  • The school district is now requiring all volunteers, including field trip chaperones, to undergo a background check PRIOR to being able to volunteer for school activities and participate in field trips. All volunteers must also have a signed confidentiality agreement on file.
  • Fingerprints must be done at the Louisiana State Police headquarters. The Louisiana State Police headquarters is located at 7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Click here to download the full volunteer packet & State Police forms.
  • We truly appreciate and value all of our volunteers! Please remember that these steps are being taken for the safety of your child(ren).