Eagle Express

January 2020

Save the Date!


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

  • January 7: Students return from Christmas Break

  • January 8-10: Senior Beta Convention (Grades 9-12)

  • January 16: Senior Cap and Gown Fittings

  • January 20: MLK Day - No School

  • Saturday, January 18: Pirates, Princesses, and Parents Family Dance Party

  • Saturday, January 25: Junior Class Ring Ceremony

  • January 28: Senior Pictures

  • January 28-29: Elementary Beta Convention (Grades 4-5)

  • February 1: Playground Build Date

  • February 3-4: Junior Beta Convention (Grades 6-8)

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2020-2021 New Student Application Window: January 6-31, 2020

The application window for the 2020-2021 school year is currently open 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 is 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. Applications will be accepted for grades 3-12.

Pirates, Princesses, and Parents Family Dance Party

Student Council will host a Family Dance Party on Saturday, January 18. Ticket and T-Shirt order forms will be sent home on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Each order form has a different due date.


T-Shirt Orders are due on January 9th at noon. This is a firm deadline since we must submit the order to the shirt vendor on the same date. Orders for t-shirts can also be placed online at tinyurl.com/smapay. The same deadline applies for online orders.


Ticket orders are due on January 16. Tickets are $4 each. Younger siblings of 3rd-5th grade students may attend. Tickets are required for everyone 3 and older. Tickets will be issued on January 17, 2020.

Beta Convention Information

Senior Beta

Depart - January 8th @ 12:30 p.m.

Return - January 10th @ 4:00 p.m.

*Parents should pickup students at 4:00 p.m. from SMA.


Junior Beta

Depart - February 3rd @ Lunch

Return - February 5th @ 2:15 p.m.

Deadline for outstanding balance is January 17th.



Elementary Beta:

Depart - January 28th @ 8:00 a.m.

Return - January 29th @ 2:00 p.m.

Deadline for outstanding balance is January 17th.

Dates for Seniors

Thursday, January 16, 2020: Graduate Supply House will be at SMA @ 10:45 to measure for caps and gowns. Payment ($95) for cap and gown rental, diploma cover, small tassel, graduation stole, and mini diploma is due on this date. Make checks payable to Graduate Supply House. Required for all seniors.


Tuesday, January 28: Senior Portraits for Yearbook (Required for all seniors)

All seniors must have their senior portraits taken for the yearbook through WestSide Images. These photos will consist of your drape or tux and cap and gown. The only thing you will need to bring is your senior ring (If you have one) & $25.

Females: wear a single strap shirt or sleeveless shirt under your uniform.

Males: wear a shirt without a collar (t-shirt) under your uniform.


Note from Photographer: Please do not fix your hair too tall or wide so the cap fits properly on your head. If you have any questions, Please call (225) 749-0099.



For a the full list of important senior dates that was issues earlier in the year, please click here. Seniors and their parents also need to make sure they are checking the LHS/SMA Class of 2020 Google Classroom (code: s5lklfh) and Remind group (code: @pcp2020) on a regular basis for important updates.

Playground Build Date: February 1, 2020

Thanks to a tremendous amount of school and community support, it is finally time to build our playground! Join us on February 1 as we team up to build a playground for the children at SMA.


We are seeking 25-30 volunteers who do not have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools; they just have to be enthusiastic, energetic, a team player, willing to work, and have fun, fun, fun! (And be at least 16 years of age).


Volunteers should arrive at 7:00 a.m. and stay until project completion time at approximately 4:00. We’ll provide breakfast and lunch. The build will happen rain or shine.


Thank you for your continued support in making this playground a reality!


Click here to volunteer now!

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.

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.

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).