Sunshine STEM Academy Newsletter

January 11, 2016

Message from Principal

Dear Sunshine Community,


I hope you had a wonderful winter break! I wish a happy and a productive new year to the Sunshine STEM Academy community.


Our students are ready to get back into the rigorous schedule of 2nd Semester. I would like to invite you to our school wide events and competitions including International Night, Spelling Bee, National Geography Bee, Jr FLL Robotics Scrimmage. Please read through the newsletter for more information.


I wish you have a great week!


Sincerely,


Murat Cetin, Head of School

mcetin@SunshineSTEMacademy.org

Enrollment for 2016-17 Begins

We are excited to share many wonderful aspects that make Sunshine STEM Academy an exceptional choice. Families will meet our team and learn about the school’s mission and philosophy, as well as, our academic and extra-curricular programs.


  • January 30: 2pm – 4pm: Open House
  • March 15: Application Deadline
  • April 30: Enrollment Deadline



School Tour Schedule: Tuesdays;

1:00 PM: School Tour
1:30 PM: School Presentation by the Administration


Please visit our Application Process page to learn more about Admission.

Sunshine STEM Academy Hosts Open House on Saturday, January 30

Sunshine STEM Academy Private School invites parents to attend our open house on Saturday, January 30th, beginning at 2:00 PM



Sunshine STEM Academy is very excited for the 2016-17 school-year which includes an innovative STEM curriculum, array of clubs and academic teams to encourage students to develop into better scholars and citizens.


For more information, please visit http://openhouse.sunshinestem.org/

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3rd Round of MOEMS Math Competition Completed on January 12th

We have completed the 3rd Round of the MOEMS Math Competition on January 12th.

Sunshine STEM Academy Students Begin Coding Lessons in Computer Class

The Code.Org is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of programming.


All Sunshine STEM Academy students have started Code.org coding lessons.


Students have been enjoying the coding lessons a lot!

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Study Island-MAP 2016 Winter Results Alignment & MAP Learning Path

We would like to inform parents that MAP Learning Path (for grades 3-5 only) on Study Island is now aligned to MAP Winter 2016 test scores. Please encourage your child to complete the MAP Learning Path lessons before next MAP Test administration which is MAP Spring 2016 .


Please login to portal, scroll down, and then click orange color External Resources button. Study Island button will appear underneath the category buttons. (Please see screenshots below)


Please contact Mr. Duzyol at tduzyol@sunshinestemacademy.org if you have any questions.

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Khan Academy Math Lessons are Aligned to MAP Winter Scores

Similar to Study Island, the list of Khan Academy Lessons (for all grades) on our Portal is now aligned to MAP Winter test scores. Please encourage your child to complete the Khan Academy Math lessons before next MAP Spring 2016 Test administration.
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Schoolwide Spelling Bee Competition - January 15th

Our School-wide Spelling Bee competition (for grades 3-5) will be held on Friday, January 15th.


We hope to see parents at the school!

Schoolwide National Geography Bee Competition - January 22nd

Sunshine STEM Academy is exciting to host the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee preliminary competition on January 22. The National Geographic GeoBee is a school, state, and nation-wide competition created by the National Geographic Society. Each year, thousands of students throughout the United States participate in this exciting contest, which is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works.


Students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. With a top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes—the contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Sunshine STEM Academy students in fourth and fifth grade will participate in the preliminary competition on January 22. Students will be presented with a variety of geography related trivia questions. The top-performing student from the preliminary competition will be presented with a medal and certificate. As the school-wide champion, this student will represent Sunshine STEM Academy in the state-level competition, April 1.


For more information on the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee, including practice questions, please visit www.NatGeoBee.com or check out the app at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/apps


If you have any concerns regarding participation in the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee, please contact our GeoBee coordinator, Ms. Hewett at ahewett@sunshinestemacademy.org

Sunshine Offers College Mentorship Program for 5th Grade Students

Sunshine STEM Academy offers College Mentorship Program for our 5th grade students.


We offer this program to all of our 5th grade students. Please complete your enrollment by Wednesday, January 13th.


Please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/166hwcfOJJWxmikg3kwCJV39J1QQMAF1pjbG9bUgXL60 to access enrollment form.


CMP Student meetings will begin on Saturday, January 16th.

Middle School Presentation

Sunshine STEM Academy will offer middle school grade starting 2016-17 school year. We would like to invite our 5th grade parents to Middle School Presentation which will be held on January 14th, 2016.

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Inclement Winter Weather Conditions

As we are getting into that time of year when wintery precipitation can cause school cancellations or delayed school openings, we’d like to remind you to listen to local radio or TV stations for any advisements. Sunshine STEM Academy will communicate school closing, due to inclement winter weather via the Sangha App. Parents, please download the Sangha App to follow up our announcements and school events.

Important Dates

Please see upcoming important days below. Please mark your calendar for our upcoming events.
  • January 5: First Day of Second Semester
  • January 14: Middle School Presentation
  • January 15: School-wide Spelling Bee Competition
  • January 22: School-wide National Geography Bee Competition
  • January 22: International Night
  • January 30: Open House
  • February 6: Regional Spelling Bee Competition (Hosted by Sunshine STEM Academy)
  • February 20: Jr. FLL Robotics Scrimmage (Hosted by Sunshine STEM Academy)

Video of the Week: Sunshine STEM Academy students learn coding in Computer Class

Sunshine STEM Academy students learn coding in Computer Class

Photo of the Week: 5th Grade students completed Atom projects

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