STEM Academy Newsletter

August/September 2022

A message from our principal:

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!

I am Katie Louie, the very proud principal of this amazing school! We are so excited to welcome back our returning students and welcome for the first time MANY new students to the STEM Academy! We hope you have all had a wonderful and restful summer. At SVT, we are all committed to preparing our students to pursue THEIR passions!

We are gearing up for a great year and look forward to seeing everyone on September 8th. Our theme this year is SHINE ON! We are excited to see all of the many ways our students will shine with their impact on our school and local communities. It never ceases to amaze me what our students can do and I know this year will be no different. We want our students to shine in their academics, but also in their character and behavior. Together we can shine a bright and positive light on our community!

This newsletter will serve as our August & September information platform and we will be sure to send updates if/when they are available. Please be sure to keep an eye on your text messages, emails, and our Facebook page for updates and information.

Enjoy your last couple of weeks before school officially starts. We cannot wait to have you all back!


Katie Louie

Upcoming Dates:

Freshmen Welcome - 8/31/22

New 10th & 11th Grader Open House - 9/6/22

First Day of School - 9/8/22

Picture Day - 9/13/22

PTO Meeting - 9/13/22

Game Night 6PM - 9/16/22

Rocket Camp! - 10/1/22

T-2-4 College & Career Fair - 10/4/22

Progress Report #1 - 10/11/22

PTO Meeting - 10/11/22

PSAT Test - 10/12/22

Back to School Night - 10/13/22

LID - No School for Students - 10/14/22

Mini Design Challenge Begins - 10/19/22

Game Night 6PM - 10/28/22

College Planning Night - 11/8/22

Veterans Day - No School - 11/11/22

Progress Report #2 - 11/14/22

Half Day - 11/23/22

Thanksgiving - No School - 11/24/22

Winter Break Begins - 12/21/22


You will notice some adjustments to our daily bell schedule for the 2022-23 school year. These changes allow us to offer more flexibility to student schedules, allow students to interact with peers across grade levels, and enjoy each other’s company with one lunch! We will have consistency in start and end times for classes with common passing times and things will appear much cleaner for our students and families in PowerSchool. We are excited to start this new bell schedule. Please note that our classes start at 7:50 AM daily; we do not have late start Thursdays.

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We are so excited to welcome our new 9th graders! Please check your email for more details, but plan on joining us on August 31st to meet new friends and start getting acquainted with SVT! Students come at 5:30 PM. There will be a parent/guardian meeting at 6:15 PM with an ice cream social for both 9th graders and their parents/guardians at 6:45 PM. We look forward to meeting you!
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NEW STUDENT OPEN HOUSE for 10th & 11th Grade STEM Academy:

If you are an incoming 10th or 11th grade student at the STEM Academy, come and meet some of our leadership students and make sure you are ready for the first day of school! We hope you can stop by on September 6th!
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Check out our online store at We are excited to offer a way for you to choose your own styles, designs, and colors in our SVT merchandise this year. We are also excited to see what some of our students come up with! Happy shopping!!

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Check the link below for more information for nutrition options and meal prices at SVT.

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Student & Family Engagement Center Back-to-School Resource Fair

Thursday, August 25, 2-5pm

612 S. McDonald Road, Spokane Valley 99206

The CVSD Student & Family Engagement Center is excited to be hosting their second annual Back-to-School Resource Fair! We will have over 20 different community member/vendors showcasing their organization and providing resources for families and students. There will be swag, important information, food, clothing and much more! Students will also receive free school supplies and a backpack to start the new school year! Sign up below.

FREE Backpack, Supplies, Sports Physicals, Hair Cuts, Clothing & More!

  • Free vaccination and sports physical appointments
  • Free haircuts for students from Paul Mitchell Beauty School
  • School supplies and backpacks
  • Back-to-school clothing
  • Hygiene products
  • Public library access
  • Diaper bank supplies
  • Sweet Treats Mobile food truck from Spokane Valley Partners

Plus access to:

  • Local dental, vision, health and mental health well-being
  • Local support groups
  • Parenting classes
  • Family counseling
  • Health Insurance
  • Rental and Energy Assistance from SNAP

Bike raffle, door prizes and more!

FREE to all CVSD families and students!

Sign Up for the Resource Fair

Questions? Email


Students only need basic supplies to start the year. A more in-depth recommended list can be found on our website, but teachers will let students know what they will need in each class. Chromebooks will be provided at the start of the year.
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Shuttle busses to SVT from RHS, CVHS, and UHS are available! Students should ride their neighborhood routes (see details on CVSD webpage) to their nearby high school and then catch the shuttle to SVT. Shuttles will leave each morning from the high schools at 7:25 AM and will depart SVT at 2:05 PM daily. Please note that on Thursday mornings, students must provide their own transportation to their local high schools as we do not have late start.

Route numbers for shuttles are listed here:

CVHS Shuttle Bus: AM is 201 on M/T/W/F and Thursday AM is 202. PM bus is 216.

RHS Shuttle Bus: AM is 201 on M/T/W/F and Thursday AM is 202. PM bus is 201.

UHS Shuttle Bus: AM is route 212. PM is 208.

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Have a skill or ability you’re willing to share with our students? Have a jobsite that would be an awesome field trip? Willing to be a project mentor for our students? We need YOU to help our students get the most from their education. Please fill out our Google Form to get on the list for staff to see.

All school volunteers need to complete the CVSD Volunteer Registration process prior to being able to help us out at school. This includes class visits, Game Nights, school activities, etc.

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