The Weekly STEAM Blast

STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School

STEAM High Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars


STEAM High Uniforms Wednesday and Thursday, Friday - Class Colors for Assembly!

  • No School Tuesday 1/21
  • 1/22 & 1/23 - Uniforms Required
  • 1/24: Dress Down Spirit Day (Winter Sports and Recognition Assembly - Freshmen wear white, Sophomores wear blue, Juniors wear purple)
  • 2/5: STEAM High Composite Picture Day, Blazer Days begin - every Wednesday
  • 2/25: District-Wide ACT

STEAM High Attendance Reporting - Simplified!

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NEW FFSD Backpack Procedures: For ALL Secondary Schools, 2nd Semester

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STEAM High 2020-2021 Course Selection Process - Begins Soon!

  • Students and families have access to the STEAM High College and Career Planning Guide (CCPG) now! Follow the link below.
  • Students will meet with Ms. Blackshear (by Grade Level) the week of January 27tth.
  • Course Requests will be sent home for family review in February.
  • Students are encouraged to become COMPLETERS in their Pathways (1 year-long elective each year for most pathways).
  • Pathways now include: Biomedical Science, Business/Finance, Computer Science, and Engineering.
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2020-2021 STEAM High Admissions Process has Begun

Current STEAM High students do not have to reapply and are automatically reenrolled.

Current STEAM Middle students are automatically invited and do not need to apply.

Current FFSD Gifted students in grades 8/9/10 do not have to apply and are automatically invited to attend.

FFSD Students currently in grades 8/9/10 are invited to apply.

Non-public students who live in the FFSD boundaries are invited to enroll and then apply.


The application window is open now and will remain open through Feb. 14, 2020.

FFSD student site visit field trips will be held in late January for each FFSD Middle and High School.

Non-Public students and families are invited to tour our building on Fridays in Feb. - call for an appointment (314.506.9800).

Phase II of the application process will be conducted at the beginning of March.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance after March 20th, 2020.

STEAM High BLAZER DAYS: Starting on February 5th!

STEAM High Students and Families:

Do you have your STEAM High Blazer? Starting on Feb. 5, every Wednesday will be Blazer Day and Blazers will be a required element of Dress Code Checks every Wednesday.


On Wed. Feb. 5th we will have STEAM High Composite Photo Day. Students will be photographed in full uniform for a composite photograph of our entire student body. Composites and individual photos will be for sale through Interstate.


If you have not purchased your Blazer yet, please get up to Fischer's as soon as possible. There are 7 weeks before Blazer days begin. If you have not done so, order your blazer today!

Fischer's School Uniforms Store Hours - 1/6/20 - 6/30/20

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 AM - 6 PM

Wednesday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM

Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM

Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM

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Unique Partnership: 20 STEAM High Engineering Students Invited to join BOEING Explorer Post!

STEAM High has launched a partnership with BOEING, and 20 of our students have applied and been accepted into their Explorer Post program. This program is the foundation for many Boeing and STEAM High opportunities that will be available for our students as they matriculate through high school at STEAM High! Congrats to our STEAM High Explorers!

STEAM High Makerspaces are Open!

STEAM High is very excited at the transformation of two of our school workspaces into a clean and a dirty Makerspace. We are very excited to launch learning in our two new spaces. Through STEAM High's collaboration and partnership with the Challenger Learning Center, we are borrowing tools and gaining expertise from our friends' next door. Our friends have the opportunity to spread out in our facility and utilize our space as they train educators countywide in an effort to increase innovation, inquiry, and creation amongst our learners.



What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines. A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business. If you are interested in finding out more about laser cutters though, you could always take a look at someone like Boss Laser. They can provide different types of laser from home use to industrial ones. It might be worthwhile having a look at if you want to make your own makerspace at home as well. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking, Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups. There have already been some amazing success stories that have come out of makerspaces to date.

https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/

Maker Projects and Design Challenges

We are STEAM High & We Wear our Uniforms with PRIDE

STEAM High Responsibility Reminder Process:


  1. Students who are out of the dress code are issued a responsibility reminder for infractions #1-#4.
  2. Each student out of the dress code receives a Responsibility Reminder form to show their family.
  3. Each family also receives a phone call, made by our Office Professional Ms. Morice.
  4. After the 4th responsibility reminder, students receive referrals instead, are seen in the office, have consequences applied and a phone call home is made by the administrator who is seeing the student.



STEAM High Uniforms are a part of our STEAM Academy vision, are required daily, and dress code is enforced every day throughout the school day.


As the Weather Outside gets Cooler:


  • Students may wear a coat to school, but must put it in the locker upon arrival each day.
  • Every student has their own locker assigned to them - see Ms. Walbridge (Main Office) regarding locker assignments.
  • STEAM High students must wear the Blue Blazer if they are chilly or want to wear a jacket.
  • Other jackets (such as hoodies, windbreakers, denim jackets, etc.) do not meet the uniform code and must be put away during the day.
  • Students may wear an extra layer under their dress code shirt, such as Under Armor or Cuddle Duds. Extra layers should be without a hood attached.
  • Fischer's sells both long-sleeved polos and long-sleeved oxfords.
  • Thermostat temperatures have been raised throughout the school in response to student requests for a warmer learning environment.
  • Contact Dr. Crawford with questions or concerns related to cool weather uniform requirements.



HOW STEAM High Families can HELP:


  • Please talk with your STEAM High Student about uniform expectations
  • Reinforce the home-school connection by endorsing uniforms as an important part of the STEAM High school culture
  • Help your student prepare their uniform each day - ensure it is washed and ready
  • Familiarize yourself with all the aspects of uniform expectations as stated in the Student Expectations Code
  • Follow up with your student at home if they receive a dress code responsibility reminder
  • Contact school leadership to navigate any uniform difficulties your family might encounter

PBIS Rewards - Gearing up for second semester!

STEAM High is building a virtual economy called PBIS Rewards and it is designed to positively reinforce our school expectations. All students have a student ID with their QR code account link on the back. Students can earn positive reward points daily. Their PBIS rewards can be used to purchase incentives, such as healthy snacks, school supplies, and privileges. More rewards will be added as we build our options in our school store. The PBIS Store will be open every B day during second semester.


At STEAM High we are very excited to see our universals in action (Safe, Persevere, Responsible, Cooperative, and Kind) and to reward our STEAM High scholars for their focus and fidelity to these important traits.

STEAM High Messaging: What to Expect and When

Emails going to spam?

To eliminate the emails from going to your spam folder, please add ichoosesteamhigh@fergflor.org as one of your contacts.


Download the district APP on your phone for immediate notification of district messaging.

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100% Accountable: Teaching Students Responsibility

The 100% Accountable mindset teaches the importance of being responsible for our own happiness and success. Being 100% Accountable means deciding not to be victims of the past and recognizing that the future is not predetermined, so our lives are what we choose in the present moment and each one moving forward. In these lessons, we help students focus on recognizing our fears and excuses. This mindset is about the importance of breaking down barriers and taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions. It also allows us to free our minds and focus our energy on taking the critical steps towards our goals.

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