A.T.O.M STEM Academy Monthly News

December Edition

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December STEMtastic News

Hope all had a Thankful November! In November, we had a chance to see one of our STEM scholars represent MLK well on RPS LIVE! Please see below for pictures and information about that scholar. Also, in November, we asked our STEM teachers to mention a daily STEM Connection to help scholars better understand how STEM directly relates to just about everything. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are the key elements that drive our STEM Academy and we want all of our scholars to be empowered to pursue a STEM career of their choice.

To extend our scholars' understanding, we challenge you (their parents and/or guardian) to question them daily about their learning and more specifically, how STEM relates to what they're learning. For example, please have them explain to you "What is in our STEM logo?" Lastly, in November, we introduced the opportunities outlined in the after school enrichment program, NextUP! Please see the below attachments for information about the NextUp program.

We appreciate your partnership STEM families and we understand how important this African Proverb is for our students, "It takes a village to raise a child." I want you to know that we are in this together and we want to support you and your scholar in any way possible.

Speaking of support, parents we want to call on you once more...as of recently, we have delved deeper into our attendance data and we noticed that some of our scholars are experiencing significant absenteeism. Please remember, when scholars are missing days from school, they are missing valuable instructional time. Please see the flyer below titled "Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow" for information on the effect of "Good School Attendance."

Just so you know, report cards were mailed and should be at your doorsteps by the end of this week. If you do not receive them by 12/4, please call the school for assistance.

Key Dates for December:

  • December 2nd (Wednesday)- 6th-grade Technology Swap Out
  • December 9th (Wednesday)- 7th-grade Technology Swap Out
  • December 16th (Wednesday)- 8th-grade Technology Swap Out
  • December 21st to January 1st: Winter Break

Lastly for any questions and/or concerns relative to the A.T.O.M STEM Academy, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Smith directly. You can reach my work cell phone at 804-835-4505

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"Swap Out" Technology and Materials Pick-up Day

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 10am-3pm

1000 Mosby Street

Richmond, VA

Attention STEM Families:

If you have a scholar(s) who has been patiently waiting to exchange their tablet for a Chromebook, the wait is over...On 12/2/2020, MLK will be hosting a tablet "Swap Out" session at MLK (door 11) from 10 am to 3 pm for all 6th-grade students. Yes, that's this Wednesday!!! In addition to swapping out tablets for chrome books, we will be giving out materials for reading and math. We also have supplies for students that need them.


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STEM and 6th-grade Student of the Month celebrations: Alexzander Morton and Keviyon Woodson

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Spotlight on Mr. O (October''s Teacher of the Month)

Due to the Hustle and Bustle of the holiday season, we didn't get a chance to recognize our October Teacher of the Month. Shout out to our Teacher of the Month, Mr. Dwayne Dick (Mr. O). You are appreciated for your commitment to excellence!

Mr. O is a role model and a servant leader to our Titan scholars. He consistently exemplifies our MLK core values of Respect, Responsible and Kind to ALL staff, students, and our MLK community. Thanks for your service, Mr.O!

Mr. O's most impactful quote is "Successful people add value to themselves, significant people add value to others."

#IamKing #YouAreAppreciated

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Spotlight on Mr. Moore (October's Staff of the Month)

Due to the Hustle and Bustle of the holiday season, we didn't get a chance to recognize our October Staff of the Month, Mr. Arsenio Moore. You are appreciated for your commitment to excellence!

Mr.Moore is dedicated, reliable, and a true TITAN at heart. He leads by example as he models positivity and a winning attitude as he moves throughout MLK. Thanks for all that you do, Mr. Moore.

Mr. Moore's most impactful quote is from the world-renowned Golden Rule, which states "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

#IamKing #YouAreAppreciated

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What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Our STEM Academy fosters a love of these four disciplines by integrating them into our content areas. STEM focuses on hands-on and relevant learning experiences for our students. It engages students and helps establish connections between the school, workplace, community, and the global economy. Each lesson ties directly into the curriculum and focuses on the 5C’s of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking, Citizenship, and Communication. Students model the Engineering Design Process by Asking themselves what is the problem, Imagining possible solutions, Planning materials, Creating a prototype, and thinking of ways to Improve through redesigning.

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Below is a list of our STEM Partners (click below to access our partner's calendar):

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Please remember No Cell Phone, Hangout chats, or ZOOM Chats during class

We need all students to follow MLK's cell phone policy. Students should not be using their cell phones or any other communicative app/device during instructional time unless it is a part of the teacher's lesson. At MLK, we aim to provide every student with a world-class education and we cannot achieve this if students are occupied texting or chatting during class. Thanks for your assistance with this.

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We are here for our students, families, and community! We want to continue to strengthen our family and community partnerships for the well being of our scholars.