CAST STEM Principal's Weekly Update

November 7, 2021

CAST STEM families,

We had a wonderful week at CAST STEM. We honored those we have lost with an ofrenda in the front lobby (see picture). Our seniors took senior portraits, learned about FAFSA from Palo Alto College Connections team, received college advising from the San Antonio Education Partnership, took the ASVAB exam, and networked at the CAST Network job fair. Three students earned an invitation to work with the CAST Network as interns this year. We are very proud of all of our scholars and leaders.

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors took fall pictures this week and 9th grade families attended a Graduation Requirements meeting to design their path to graduation.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hansel and Gretel and the SA BEST Robotics team who performed this week. Next week our first ever Academic Decathlon team competes in Sinton, TX. Good luck to all of our scholars!

Please review this newsletter all the way to the end as we included scholarship opportunities, career planning and college access resources for FAFSA/TAFSA.

Have a great week!

In gratitude,

Ravae V. Shaeffer

Proud Principal, CAST STEM HS

#WeAreCASTSTEM #WeAreSouthwest


CAST STEM Calendar Highlights

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  • November 9 - STEM Extravaganza for families, 5:30-7:00 @ Legacy HS
  • November 12 - Women in STEM with Caterpillar
  • November 13 - Academic Decathlon Competition, Sinton
  • November 16 - SWISD College Fair, Legacy HS
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Southwest ISD College Fair

H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B.

Baumberger Endowment Scholarship


1. be a graduating senior (Class of 2022) of an accredited (TEA) high school within Bexar County,Texas.

2. have resided in Texas for at least ten (10) years by August 1, 2022.
3. achieve a minimum total score of 1080 on the SAT using the Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math scores only, or composite of 22 on the ACT.
4. rank in the upper one-half of high school graduating class (your high school MUST be an openly ranking high school in order for you to apply.)
5. be unable to attend college without financial assistance.
6. plan to attend a state-supported or non-denominational college or university within the State of Texas.
7. be of good character.

All information is due by midnight February 15.


Do you need a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form for your driver's permit?

VOE is a form that you submit to the DPS when you are applying for a learner's permit or license. It is signed by your school administrator to verify that you are enrolled in school, attending 90% of classes in the semester prior to your application, and that you have been awarded credit for each class you took in the semester prior to applying for your license. If you need to obtain this form, please download and complete the following form and drop it off at CAST STEM. Please be sure to drop it off 24 hours in advance of when you need it. Mrs. Shaeffer will verify your attendance and credits before signing the VOE.


Dress for Success at CAST STEM!

We appreciate that you wear modest clothing that shows that you are ready to learn and ready to work. We expect you to wear clothing that covers your body and protects you when working in our laboratory spaces.

Weekly Spirit Days:

Wednesday - CAST STEM Spirit - wear your CAST STEM spirit shirt!

Thursday - Professional Dress Day - dress for your future career.

Friday - College or Career Spirit - wear your favorite college or career shirt.


Financial Aid Saturdays with Alamo Colleges College Connections

Would you like some help with completing FAFSA or TAFSA? Log into the Alamo Colleges zooms with College Connections.
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COVID Vaccinations for ages 5-11

The FDA and CDC have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. Appointments are required only for children 5-11 years of age to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at our Vaccine Center at Wonderland of the Americas. People 12 and older do not need an appointment and can walk-in to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Click the picture to sign up for an appointment.

An adult family member or guardian must accompany the child to provide written consent for the vaccination. Proof of age is required.

Please provide an email address to receive an email confirmation for your appointment.


PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association)

Join PTSA today! PTSA strives to make every child's potential a reality. Join by October 15th to get connected. is a mobile-friendly website where anyone can easily join our PTA using a credit or debit card. Our dues are $10 and the website charges a $1.50 processing fee.

Please contact with your contact information if you want to join our PTSA but are unable to utilize this website and would like us to work with you on a different way of joining.