STEM News, December 2019

What's going on at STEM Academy?

DIRECTOR'S DIALOGUE

STEM Families,


And just like that - November is another month closed and in the books! But what a great month it has been! From getting to hang out with our fellow STEM classmates, to qualifying for nationals, to mentoring elementary students, to venturing out for PBLs, our students have been really active and involved. And we could not do what we do without the support of our outstanding family members. Thank you for your support as we work hard to provide students with meaningful and memorable opportunities as they discover their futures!


As you know, we are in the midst of lottery season. As you visit with friends and family members this holiday season, if you learn of anyone who is looking for the right niche for their child I hope that you will encourage them to apply for STEM Academy. We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year through our STEM website. Applications for the lottery will be accepted until midnight, January 27, 2020. Current STEM students do not need to re-apply. However, if your current STEM student has a sibling who would like to join the STEM family, you must apply to secure a seat. All applications are due by midnight on January 27th.


Thank you for allowing our STEM family to serve yours!

Jennifer Jensen, M.Ed.

Director

UPCOMING EVENTS - Districtwide

12/23 - 1/3 Winter Break

1/6 - First Day of 2nd Semester

STEM Academy - Middle School News

6th Grade Enchanted Rock Excursion

On Wednesday, November 20th, 6th grade students were challenged to navigate their way down to mock base camps using group-designed avalanche structures. At each base camp the avalanche structures were put through a variety of tests to see if they would withstand the elements that occur on Mt. Everest. One camp had a wind test, another had a pressure test where a 5 pound weight was dropped on it (to simulate an avalanche) and another camp had them going across a ladder over a crevasse. Avalanches are a problematic occurrence on Everest and the driving problem was for them to design a soundly structured model of an avalanche shelter.

7th Grade PBL - Survive & Thrive

Our students wowed the audience with their out-of-the-box thinking! We appreciate the support given to our students as their products were judged by Council Members from Castle Hills and Balcones Heights on November 8th! Thank you for investing your time in the lives of our students as they reach for great heights and dream big! You make STEM proud!!

Coat Drive

National Junior Honor Society, Students Offering Service and Nimitz/STEM Student Council have organized a coat drive to benefit families in our local community. Every Friday in December, there will be a drop off location to receive donations of gently worn coats. Would you please consider helping us keep someone warm this winter?

STEM Annual Field Day - November 21st

Grade level teams went head-to-head on this team building day! Such fun, and such great memories were built as we took a pause from our normal routines and spent the day getting to know one another better. We could not have done this without the help of our parent volunteers! Thank you for supporting us through your donations, and for being there!

STEM Scholars Adventure Club

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 8:30am-2pm

3903 North Saint Mary's Street

San Antonio, TX

Zoology and a behind the scenes look at the various careers available when working at the Zoo.

Nimitz/STEM Fall Dance

Friday, Dec. 6th, 3:30-6pm

5426 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX

STEM MS CyberPatriot Competition

Friday, Dec. 6th, 9am-2pm

10401 Frontage Road

San Antonio, TX

FTC League Meet #2

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 8-10am

5426 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX

STEM Academy - High School News

10th Grade Market Day PBL Showcase

Market day is the culminating event of this interdisciplinary Project Based Learning (PBL) unit combining coursework from AP World History, Pre-AP Chemistry, Pre-AP English II and Pre-AP Algebra II. Students specifically examined the available natural resources, particularly metals, in their region in order to make the product and successfully profit from the sale of the product. At Market Day, each team had a booth with a model of a product that they created, and a short video commercial. Each team was given "money" to purchase goods from other booths at the market. Thank you, parents and central office staff, for coming to visit us and give feedback about our products! You make STEM proud!!

Imagining What the Future Holds!

Our 12th grade students ventured over to our higher education partner, the University of the Incarnate Word, in order to learn what it takes to graduate classes in college. In our effort to keep our students "Ahead of the Curve" we want to make certain that all students exit our program having been prepared to dream bigger than they ever thought possible. This is one of those opportunities. Thank you, Ms. Muire, and UIW Professor Lourdes Fortepiani, for organizing this worthwhile event for our seniors! You make STEM proud!!

STEM’s Annual Field Day-November 22nd

Those who play together, stay together!

Setting our grade level assignments aside, this all-out friendly competition amongst our high school students was second to none! Students had a great time supporting their teammates, challenging their opponents, and laughing with teachers and our fantastic parent volunteers! Once back on campus the final showdown was -- a spelling bee?! That's right - plot twist!! And the winning team is pictured to the right. Great job, guys! Thank you to Lenny's Subs & Great American Cookies for your generosity! A special shout-out to the Grade Level Team Leaders and Mr. Smiley for pulling this event together! You make STEM proud!!

STEM Gear - Order Yours TODAY!

Nothing says that you are proud to be part of a community than a shirt! And you can get one for your student today!! STEM Gear Order Forms were sent home with your high schooler the week of November 18th, and we have revamped our offerings based upon student input. All orders are DUE on December 2nd, with an option to pay upon delivery. Please place your order today to show you that you are #neisdstemproud! If you would like to place an order but don't have the order form, please email Ms. Mesa at mmesa@neisd.net.

NOTE: Delivery Date/Payment Due Date - December 18th

9th Grade PBL Showcase

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 9:30am-5pm

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

STEM HS CyberPatriot Competition

Friday, Dec. 6th, 9am-2pm

10401 Frontage Road

San Antonio, TX

FRC Mock Kick-Off

Saturday, Dec. 7th, 8am-6pm

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

11th Grade PBL Showcase

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 9am

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

Final Exams 12/17 & 12/18 - Regular Dismissal

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 8:45am

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

Final Exams 12/19 & 12/20 - Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 8:45am

1400 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

STEM REFERENCE TOOLS

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2019-20 School Calendar

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Regular Start & Dismissal Times

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NEISD Testing Calendar

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Staff Directory – MS

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Staff Directory - HS

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