STEM Updates

October 2021

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

We are moving full steam ahead this month at STEM with many opportunities for students and families to get involved with school. Partnerships between families and school are a key ingredient to a student's academic success. Participating in clubs, activities, and project presentations is a great way for families to view all the great things happening here at school each day. Please take a few minutes and look over all of the upcoming events and mark your calendars for a great month here at STEM!

Shannon Davidson


UT Permian Basin STEM Academy



UTPB STEM Academy is offering COVID-19 testing at no cost for students and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while at school. This testing uses Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided by the state and federal government. Students under 18 years of age must have written parent consent for testing to be completed. If you wish to give your consent for COVID-19 testing using the BinaxNOW test, please read and complete this form.

Upcoming Events

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

02 Cross Country Track Meet Sherwood Park 5pm

02 SAT Boot Camp (Green’s FB 011)

04-08 STOMP Out Bullying Week

06 Elementary Icee Pop sale

07 No One Eats Alone

07 6th-12th grade Science Club (see flyer below)

08 Fall Picture Day

08 Fall Admissions Application Workshop 12:30pm

08 Mr. Vann the Science Mann 7:30am Blacktop

09 Car Show (Founder’s Parking Lot)

11 Student/Staff Holiday


14 Cross Country (XC) MOPS Championship

15 Mr. Vann the Science Mann 7:30am Blacktop

18-22 Homecoming Week (see flyer for dress up days)

21 6th-12th grade Science Club (see flyer below)

22 Mr. Vann the Science Mann 7:30am Blacktop

23 UTPB Homecoming Game Grande Stadium

25-29 Red Ribbon Week (see flyer for dress up days)

29 Mr. Vann the Science Mann 7:30am Blacktop

29 Rockhounds STOMP Out Drugs

29 Storybook Parade


05 Campus Clean Up

February 2022

04 Peace, Love, & STEM—Coliseum

March 2022

13-17 Washington DC Trip (6th-12th grade)

*All events are subject to cancellation or change

From Ms. Villarreal

Click the pictures to view Ms. V's newsletters.



To celebrate STOMP Out Bullying week, Ms. Enriquez and Ms. Gunn have planned a "No One Eats Alone" event. This event is for students only and is not replacing lunch. Students should still bring a lunch.

If you would like to donate items for this event, please contact Ms. Enriquez or Ms. Gunn.

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Destination Imagination!

4th-12th grade students:

Destination Imagination or DI is coming back to STEM! This extracurricular is highly competitive and only open to 4th through 12th graders at this time. If your student is interested in being a part of a STEM DI team, you will need to fill out the Google Form to express your interest AND READ THE INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENT ATTACHED. Please review all the eligibility requirements listed in the document and fill out the Google form if interested. Only those that have filled out the google form will be invited to tryouts!

Can't wait to see the creativity, teamwork, and performances this year!

INFORMATIONAL FLYER CLICK HERE (review before filling out the form)

Google Form LINK HERE

Candice Sikes


Instructional Coach/ Mathematics Specialist

District Testing Coordinator

NHS & Destination Imagination Sponsor

P: 432.552.2584

Catered Lunch Options

Click below to order lunch for your students. Beginning next week, there will be lunch options Monday-Thursday! Go to our website under the Parent Resource tab to order!

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Elementary Updates

Dear Parents,

October is a fun filled month with a lot of activities and celebrations for our scholars. Every Friday Mr. Vann, our STEM robotics teacher and science enthusiast, performs science demonstrations for our Elementary students on the blacktop beginning at 7:35 am. Come early to school so you won't miss the fun and excitement.

On Wednesday, October 6, we will be selling icee pops to elementary students during lunch. If your child would like to purchase one, please send them to school with $1 on the 6th. Additionally, we will have our annual Storybook Character Parade on Friday, Oct. 29. Please have your child dress up as their favorite book character and bring their book to school. Scholars will share their book with their classmates and present a "teaser" for the book by reading a favorite passage to their classmates. This event is internal only meaning we will not be having guests watch the parade. Homecoming, Stomp Out Bullying, and Red Ribbon Week are also part of this month's festivities. Please see the flyers for specific information on all these events.

Tutorials in Kinder through 5th are in full swing. I wanted to remind all Elementary parents to park and walk to the gate when you pick up your child from tutorials. Elementary children will not be allowed to walk to the parking lot unaccompanied by an adult. This is to ensure the safety of our young scholars. We are also very aware that HB 4545 requirements may be confusing at times. If you have any questions regarding HB 4545, please do not hesitate to give me a call and I can answer any of your questions.

We are also beginning to have many elementary students arrive past 7:50 am. Remember that instruction begins at 7:50 am and students should be in their seat at 7:50 am so they do not miss out on critical instruction. We look forward to another great month of partnering with you in ensuring the best education for our young scholars!

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 432.552.2588

Fax 432.552.2581



Elementary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in elementary classes? Click the document below.

Secondary Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The focus for this month’s newsletter is our high school students. This month ALL of our students will be taking a college readiness exam in some form. Our 9th grade will be taking TSIA. This exam will qualify our students to take different dual credit courses with the university. Our 10th graders will be taking the PSAT exam which is a practice to prepare them their actual SAT. Our 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. This exam has the potential to qualify our students for the prestigious honor of being a national merit scholarship recipient. National merit scholar qualifiers allow students to be registered for several different university/college scholarships. Lastly our 12th grade students will be taking the actual SAT. This exam can qualify students for exemptions at the college/university level. Some colleges also use SAT scores as a cut mark for entry.

We believe our students are more than capable of doing their best. We ask that you encourage your learner to get to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast on October 13 so they are prepared to do their best. If you have any questions about college readiness exams named above please reach out to Mrs. Miller – Enriquez or Ms. Gunn.

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




High School NHS News

The newly elected officers are already in full swing planning a productive and service-filled school year! I would like to highlight some NHS-sponsored activities that are occurring over the next couple of months on our STEM campus so that you can be on the lookout to participate.

  • October NHS Chapter Meeting - Thursday, October 14th, 7:00 am in Mr. McMillan's - Chapter meetings will occur on the second Thursday of each month. All members are required to attend monthly meetings. Membership fees will be collected this month ($10 for the year)
  • Campus Cleanup Event - November 5th (see flyer attached) NHS will participate in the City of Odessa Fall Sweep Event to clean up and beautify the STEM campus. One hour after school on November 5th - Help us give back to our school and city!
  • Reminder: Communications come through the STEM NHS canvas page and a Remind will be sent when new items are added and/or updated.
  • 15 community service hours are due each semester (forms and information can be found on the STEM NHS Canvas page)

Questions or concerns? Feel free to contact Mrs. Sikes through the Canvas inbox or at

Candice Sikes


Instructional Coach/ Mathematics Specialist

District Testing Coordinator

NHS & Destination Imagination Sponsor

P: 432.552.2584

Secondary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in secondary classes? Click the document below.

Cross Country Schedule

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School Hours

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2021-2022 Grant Applications

Below are links to the grants for which STEM is applying.

Plans for Federal Funds


ESSER III (ARP) Community Feedback and Input Survey