Everything you need to know for the first week back.

Drop Off

Drop-off begins at 7:20 am

Classes begin at 7:50 am

Drop-off Zones: STEM has 2 designated student drop-off zones (see yellow arrows). Students being dropped off at the Founder's parking lot will walk on the designated sidewalk to the crosswalk (see green arrow). STEM staff will be located at both drop-off zones.

Parent Park & Walk Zones: STEM has 2 designated parent park & walk zones (see red circle). Please utilize these areas for parking and walking your students only, these zones will not have STEM staff to directly monitor student safety.

Elementary Students will go to the small multipurpose room at the back of Building 102 (green door) from 7:20-7:40 am. They will be dismissed to their first class or picked up by their teachers.

Middle School Students will go to the large multipurpose room in Building 200 (blue door) from 7:20-7:45 am; they are dismissed to their 1st-period class at 7:40 am.

High School Students will go to the Founder's Courtyard from 7:20-7:45 am; they are dismissed to their 1st-period class at 7:45 am.

Dismissal & QR Codes

The first week of dismissal usually runs a little slow with everyone learning the process. Please be patient with us as we all (students, parents, teachers) work through the system.

How to pick up your student(s):

Walk-Up - Parents are welcome to park and walk up to the main entrance gate. A STEM teacher will be at the gate to scan paper QR codes. Walk-up students will be the first to be released; they will meet parents at the gate.

Drive-Up - K-8 Parents will form 2 lines in the main STEM parking lot for dismissal. Please have your paper QR codes ready to be scanned as you enter the parking lot. Students will go to the lane and cone designated by the system and displayed in their classrooms. If a student is late to dismissal, we will ask the parent to move their vehicle out of the dismissal line into a reserved spot so that we can do a recall. This allows us enough time to locate your child and keep the traffic moving.

Drive-Up - 9th-11th Parents will drive up to the Founder's Building for High School pick up if they are ONLY picking up high school students. If you were issued a family QR code, pick up all of your students from the K-8 line. Please have your paper QR codes ready to be scanned.

Student Walkers: All requests for walking must be made to the appropriate principal using the attached form.

Student Drivers: Only high school students with signed permission forms and a UTPB parking permit will be allowed to drive home. High School students taking younger siblings home will be dismissed to collect their “littles” at 3:15 pm. Again, both students require a completed release.

Boys and Girls Club: All elementary students going to the Boys and Girls Club will be picked up from their classrooms and taken to the after school room. Students in 6th-8th will be dismissed from their classes to go to the after school room.

QR Codes:

QR Codes were distributed during Meet the Teacher and Orientation. If you did not receive your QR Code, you could stop by the main office to pick it up, or you could email Jenn Melgoza (melgoza_j@utpb.edu) for Elementary or Kathy Holloway (holloway_k@utpb.edu) for Secondary.

Dress Code and Uniforms

Dress Code

  • All shirts must be STEM shirts.
  • Jackets must be STEM jackets or solid STEM color jackets (orange, black, grey, white)
  • Any style bottoms are acceptable as long they are long enough. Fingertip length shorts.
  • Students need to wear tennis shoes for PE class. As you can imagine, sandals and flip flops are a safety hazard when students are expected to run, jump, and do agility skills.


  • If you ordered uniforms before July 15 and did not pick them up during orientation or meet the teacher, they will be delivered to the students on Monday.
  • If you ordered uniforms after July 15, they will be delivered to the school on September 15 then delivered to the students.
  • If you need to order uniforms, you have until August 31st to have them delivered on September 15. https://www.cuttingedgead.com (You will need to scroll down to the bottom of their page and click on the UTPB logo.)
  • General rule - order your shirts by the end of the month to receive your order by the 15th of the following month.


Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast before school every day. STEM offers a grab-n-go breakfast for purchase ($1.50) in the Large Multipurpose Room (building 200, blue door) from 7:30 to 7:45 am.


Elementary (grades K-5)
  • All elementary students will eat in the Small Multipurpose Room, Building 102 (green door).
  • Bring your own lunches.
  • There is limited seating inside. Weather permitting, parents will eat outside with their students.
  • Peanut Free Lunches

11:10 - 11:40: Kindergarten and 5th grade

11:45 - 12:15: 1st grade

12:00-12:30: 3rd Grade

12:20 - 12:50: 2nd Grade

12:35 - 1:05: 4th Grade

Secondary (grades 6-11)

  • All secondary students will eat in the Large Multipurpose Room, Building 200 (blue door).
  • Bring your own lunches.
  • This room has 2 microwaves for student use.
  • Students in grades 10 and 11 will have open campus lunch, but make sure permission forms are signed. Students will not be leaving campus without the forms. (Permission forms attached below.)
  • Parents can only bring food to their own student.

Outside Food Vendor Information (this is optional for students):

Tuesdays and Thursdays: MCM Elegante (order info coming soon!)

Wednesdays: Bubba's (Ordering Info) (Beginning September)
Ordering Link: https://forms.gle/2T2cd4FwYE7fF4Qv8

Fridays: Chick-fil-A (Ordering Info)
Ordering Link: https://forms.gle/Pkx7imKBARWvCt566

Secondary Schedules (grades 6-11)

All Secondary Schedules are posted in parent portal ... https://txsuite.esc18.net/tc068803/login.aspx

Request for Schedule Changes:

If you need to make any schedule changes please complete the following google form https://forms.gle/uf7XoDnsR63rJu6PA or email our counselor Jaimie Miller at miller_ja@utpb.edu with any questions .

Monday Morning:

Middle School students will find their 1st period class posted on the wall of the Big Multipurpose Room. They will be given a paper copy of their schedule in their 1st period class.

High School students will find their 1st period class posted on the wall of the Foyer in the Founder's Building. They will be given a paper copy of their schedule in their 1st period class.

Student ID's for Secondary Students (grades 6-8)

6th - 11th graders will wear student IDs, this year Lifetouch is providing them for us {for FREE} using last year's Fall picture. If your student is new or didn't have a picture taken last year, then they will take a picture at school (this was set-up during Student Orientation, if you missed, then it will be taken during the first week of school).

When we have Fall pictures with Lifetouch in September, they will print all new IDs with the current picture! They can provide these because parents purchase Fall and Spring pictures (and they also give a portion of the sales back to the PTO to support the school!) Its a win-win situation for everyone, Thanks for supporting our school and Lifetouch :)

Student Devices

IPADS: Kinder- 3rd grade
  • IPADS will be sent home after the 1st week of school.
  • Cases are strongly encouraged!
  • All damaged devices from the prior year must be taken care of with the school before the 2019-2020 device is issued to the student.
  • Insurance- see below

Chromebooks: 4th-11th grade

  • Chromebooks will be sent home during the 1st week of school.
  • All damaged devices from the prior year must be taken care of with the school before the 2019-2020 device is issued to the student.
  • Insurance- see below


Insurance is strongly recommended as the cost to replace a device is between $220 - $300. We are happy to announce for the 2019-2020 school year we were able to form a group policy with a lower out-of-pocket rate that will allow the school to maintain the policy and file claims on the students' behalf making the process much easier for parents. The insurance will be available for purchase starting the week of August 19th. You will need the device and the serial number when purchasing the insurance. Please be watching for the flyer with the links.

Packets Going Home

We will be sending home a packet with every student during the first week of school. Please complete the packet and return as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the forms please don't hesitate to call the school. The forms will include:

  1. Electronic Agreement for both Parent and Student
  2. Acknowledgment of Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
  3. Socio-Economic Form

How to Report a Student Absence

All absences will be reported via email to stemattendance@utpb.edu.

  • Section 25.085 of the Texas Education Code states that a child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided, unless exempted by law. Students must be in attendance 90% of the school's instructional days to receive course credit.
  • In order for us to properly record the reason for your child's absence, we ask that you supply a note each time your student is not in session, this includes partial day absences as well.
  • When reporting an absence use an e-mail address on file for a parent/guardian.
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