May 06, 2016 - Vol. 65

Happy Mother's Day Weekend from everyone at GMS STEM Academy!

Go 6th grade Genetic Engineers!

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Upcoming STAAR Test Dates:

Monday, May 9th: 6th Grade Math

Tuesday, May 10th: 6th Grade and 7th Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 11th: 8th Grade Science (7th Grade STEM Students)

Dell laptops arrive May 24th!

On May 24th, any student who has a district provided device must bring their chromebook, charger, and case to school. These items will be exchanged for Dell laptops during class that day.

Attention, 7th Grade parents:

Our 7th graders need parent volunteers on May 18th from 9 am to 2:30 pm. to chaperone the "Walking Tour of Grapevine". If you can help, please let Mr. Hannon know.

Join us for the GMS STEM Booster Club End of the Year Picnic BASH!

When: Sunday, May 22 from 3 pm - 6 pm

Where: Pickering Park, 1901 N. Kimball Ave in Grapevine

The Booster Club will be providing grilled hot dogs and water.

Watch for the link on the GMS STEM Booster Club website for more information and for an opportunity to sign up to bring food items,

STAAR Review Tutorials Available:

For 6th grade Math: STAAR tutorials through the student's online text book at Username: GCISD email ; password: Math1234!

What can my child do this summer? Try Think Through Math Splash.

While students eagerly await the start of summer vacation, teachers and parents know that it can also be the beginning of the “summer slide.” Researchers say that the average child loses 1.8 months of math skills over the summer break and that it can take teachers 3 to 6 weeks of teaching to get it back. To help your children maintain all of their hard-learned math knowledge, Think Through Math is kicking off the 2016 Texas Summer Math Splash THINK Challenge to keep children engaged while building math skills and self-confidence. - Texas Education Center, 2016

See think flyer for information on how to register.

Need Math support for your accelerated student? We recommend the Middle School Summer 2016 Bridge Program.

If your student has struggled this year in either 6th or 7th Accelerated Math, we recommend they enroll now in the Middle School Summer 2016 Bridge Acceleration Program. In this course, students have the opportunity to strengthen their skills so that they are better equipped to succeed next year. For more information go to this link on the GCISD Secondary SummerPrograms information website (there is a link to register through Skyward on this website):

Check out this cool summer camp offered by the SMU Lyle School of Engineering:

Enjoy a creative environment for learning the fundamentals of engineering at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering Summer Camps. Follow this link to learn more:

There is still time to register for the Spanish CBE

For our native Spanish speakers, we recommend taking Credit by Exam for foreign language credit. Please see this link for more information on registration.

We need your help to plan for GMS STEM Academy 2016!

As we add 8th grade to our STEM Academy at GMS, it is important that Administration knows if your student will continue at GMS STEM Academy next year. This is especially important as we place additional students into this program. Please take a minute to answer the follow survey to help us determine the needs for next year. Please fill out the survey by the end of this week. Thank you!

It's Never Too Late To Be a Booster!

If you haven't already, please consider joining the GMS STEM Booster Club. It's as simple as completing the membership form (English or Spanish) and returning it to GMS.

To see what our booster club is up to and to get more information on membership and volunteer opportunities, please go to

Let's Keep in Touch!

To receive important information and announcements, sign up with your STEM Academy Classrooms using "Remind".

For 6th grade, TEXT to 81010:

  • @gmsstem6 (GMS STEM 6th grade)
  • @stem6thg (GMS STEM 6th grade ELA)
  • @SciSTEM (GMS STEM 6th grade Accelerated Science)
  • @6mathstem (GMS STEM 6th grade Accelerated Math)

For 7th grade, TEXT to 81010:

  • @trimgms (GMS STEM 7th grade ELA)
  • @channo (GMS STEM 7th grade Social Studies)
  • @gms7stemm (GMS STEM 7th grade Accelerated Math)
  • @7stemsci (GMS STEM 7th grade Accelerated Science)