STEM Updates

March 2021

Governor Abbott's Executive Order

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott announced a new Executive order, effective March 10th, lifting the mask mandate in Texas. The Executive Order also states that public schools will operate under the guidance of TEA. TEA is scheduled to give further guidance to superintendents this week. UTPB STEM Academy also falls under UTPB and UT System. UT System will also be giving updates and guidance regarding the Executive order later this week. STEM will update families as soon as possible if any changes to our current protocols are made.

Upcoming Events

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.


04 Spring Pictures

05 Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development

08-12 Spring Break

16 STEM Town Hall 6pm via MS Teams

15-19 STEM Re-enrollment

19 Kona Ice $3 snow cones benefitting the 2021 Senior Class

19 Middle School Carnival 6pm-8pm (see flyer below)

20 Under the Stars 9th/10th grade Dance (see flyer below)

22 Elementary Family Picnic K-2 (see flyer below)

24 Elementary Family Picnic 3-5 (see flyer below)

22-26 Book Fair SmMPR

26 Adopt a Senior



08 Senior Signing Day in the Gym 6pm

24 Junior/Senior Prom

30 Senior Banquet


14 Top 5 Breakfast

25-27 BOAT RACES!!

28 Kinder Celebration morning at the Wagner Noel

28 2021 Senior Graduation! 7pm at the Wagner Noel

2021-2022 STEM Application

**This is not re-enrollment for current students**

The 2021-2022 NEW Student Application is now available on our website at:

This application is only for NEW students who are not currently enrolled in the STEM Academy.

Siblings who are currently on the waiting list MUST fill out an application.

Please share the application link with your family and friends so they can apply.

For currently enrolled STEM students, the 2021-2022 Re-enrollment Form will be sent out the week following Spring Break.

Congratulations, Ms. Williamson!

On March 2, 2021, Ms. Williamson was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Aaron Estes Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for excellence in teaching Texas history.

As recipient of this prestigious award, Ms. Williamson's endorsement has been submitted to the state level for the final round of judging. Ms. Williamson received her award, a framed Texas map, and other items for the classroom at the Annual Toast to Texas at the Haley Library and Research Center.

In addition, Ms. Williamson will have access to the chapter's Traveling History Trunk. The trunk contains dozens of hands-on history items that help bring history alive. Join me in congratulating our very own Ms. Williamson!

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Mrs. V's Leap into Literacy

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Counselor's Corner

STEM Family,

The 2020 year has brought upon us many challenges as not only a nation but as a STEM community. During this time, I am thankful to be part of such a strong STEM family. Many of our students need basic necessities such as shoes, socks, underwear, food, glasses, school supplies, hygiene materials, etc. Many people do not realize that we as a school provide families in need with these supports with no additional funding. This is why we need your help. Please donate to the UTPB STEM Academy counseling fund, your money will supply students with these basic needs. Also, know that your money will go to families who have come across hard times with Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas presents, and coats for the winter season. I appreciate all your generosity. Please reach out to our PTO at and let them know you would like to donate to the Counseling Fund.

Thank you,

Jaimie Miller, M.Ed


Kinder-8th grade Yearbooks!

All orders due by March 27th!


Click below to sign up for volunteer opportunities!


PTO is now on Remind. If you would like to join our volunteer group please text @32667b to 81010 to join.

This will help us get the word out faster when the school needs volunteers. We appreciate everyone who has volunteered already!

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Secondary Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

February has flown by. After 17 years in this profession I never cease to be amazed at how time flies by. Spring break is right around the corner and then a quick wrap up for the year. This month in the newsletter are some basic reminders as we enter the end of the year.

The first item that I cannot overlook is the amount of support/help that was shown this past weekend to our campus. We had 40+ volunteers show up for the NHS work day. Our Outdoor Classroom is coming to completion and its all due to the support of parents/students/faculty. With the weather warming the students will love sitting outside during lunch.

As a gentle reminder for our high school students, next week while our campus is on spring break, our DUAL CREDIT students are NOT. The university will not be on spring break. Students need to maintain progress on their courses.

As we move in to the last few months students should watch for leadership opportunities. We will induct a new class to NJHS/NHS, new officers for Student Council (MS & HS), and begin planning for groups like Robotics/Yearbook/DI. Students should consider participating and running for office in these groups.

This year has truly been monumental. We want to finish these last three months with a strong finish. Please keeping pushing towards the finish line. Let us know how we can best support your learner.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




Elementary Updates

Dear Elementary Parents,

The month of February was filled with celebrations in every grade level for Black History Month. Below you will find what K-5 did to honor and highlight the contributions made by Black Americans throughout history.


Kinder scholars read about two prominent Black Americans, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars learned about the critical roles Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. played in the equal rights movement and the inspiration each gave to all peoples of our nation.

First Grade:

Mrs. Bow’s students studied Dr. Mae Jemison, an astronaut, engineer, physician, and dancer whose motto was “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations!”

Ms. Campbell’s homeroom studied Frederick Douglass and wrote about what they found interesting about him and what they would do if they could talk with him today.

Mrs. Griffin’s scholars read about Ruby Bridges, compared, and contrasted what her first grade yeas was like with their own first grade year.

Second Grade:

Second grade celebrated Katherine Johnson, a famous African American mathematician, who helped get Apollo 11 on the moon. Students read Counting on Katherine and then had a STEM challenge to design a space capsule that could land softly and safely.

Third Grade:

Scholars studied 16 prominent Black Americans whose contributions made the world a better place. Each student created a collaborative mural puzzle piece of the contributions. Pieces were put together to create a grade level mural.

Fourth Grade:

Fourth graders learned about a different Black Hero every day M-F during the month of February. Scholars wrote short biographies and drew pictures of the heroes they chose.

Fourth graders also learned about the history of spoons as musical instruments using curriculum created by the National Museum of African American Music.

Fifth Grade:

Fifth grade scholars read a book each day and learned about a prominent Black American and the impact he or she has had on all of our lives. The image below is a snapshot of the interactive google slide where fifth graders learned about each individual.

Best Regards,

Monica Elizondo, M.Ed.

Elementary Principal

The University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-William Butler Yeats

Office 432.552.2580

Fax 432.552.2581



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Technology Update!

Service Tickets:

Service tickets need to be submitted online at: Once a ticket has been submitted and verified, the student can be issued a loaner device while the school issued device is being repaired. The student/parent will be responsible for ensuring the loaner device is returned in the same condition it was issued, as loaner devices are NOT covered by insurance.

Broken Device Payment Information:

If your student has a broken device (beyond insurance repair), payment will be required to be made to the school before a replacement device is issued. Payments for devices can be made online at:

Examples of Non-Covered Claims:

STEM Academy Approved Calendar for 2020-2021

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STEM Office Hours

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