The STEM Parents Group is sponsoring this year’s first “Dessert and Discussion” meeting on October 6, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the SHS/STEM Academy library. The guest will be Tracey Bromley Goodwin who will speak about “Navigating Organization.” Mrs. Goodwin spoke to an enthusiastic audience last year on this topic, and will cover many issues ranging from time management to messy backpacks. Her talk will be very helpful to parents of middle school students. I have invited Mrs. Goodwin to speak to the STEM faculty this week to gather suggestions and ideas that will also be shared with parents the evening of October 6. Mrs. Goodwin is an experienced and trained Life & ADHD Coach, a parent in Sandwich, and a graduate of Sandwich schools. This will be a very informative and interesting evening and all STEM parents are welcome to attend.
The first meeting of the robotics club is Monday, September 28 in A109 from 2:00-4:00 PM. This year the swimming pool is available for the ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles) that the students will be building. Mrs. Lavelle wrote that, “Students will learn how engineering principles such as machine design, hardware, software coding, motors, circuits, and sensors are used and incorporated to control robots.” She also promises that starting this year one of the teams will be ALL GIRLS! If there are any questions please contact Mrs. Lavelle at email@example.com.
The following is a message to STEM students from Mr. Shewchuk:
“MATHCOUNTS is a competition series that is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math and would like to be challenged. If you would like to represent your school in this math competition, please give your name to your math teacher and plan for a quick 15-20 minute meeting after school next Wednesday, September 23 in Room C243 with Mr. Shewchuk.”
Several clubs in the STEM Academy will begin next week. On Monday, September 21, Mr. Duffany will advise the new Chess Club and will meet in A307. Mrs. Fudala will continue as advisor to the Environmental Awareness Club and her first meeting is Thursday, September 24 in A204. A new STEM Art Club will begin on September 29 in A103. Both art teachers, Ms. Mills and Mrs. Ganju, will be the advisors. Sign-ups are now available for the Robotics Club with Mrs. Lavelle in her room A109. The fee for clubs is $80. A student may attend as many clubs as he or she wishes for one fee.
This Monday, September 21, 2015 is Picture Day for STEM Academy students. Students will be given the envelopes in their advisories tomorrow. Please fill these out and be sure that the student brings it to school on Monday.
Parents should download their child’s schedule from Powerschool for Open House night on Thursday. We will not be providing printed schedules. Also a reminder that STEM parents are invited to an earlier meeting at 6:30 in the auditorium to hear about counseling services and the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.
The STEM Parents Group is sponsoring our first “After-School Snack Shacks” this week. Students will have the opportunity to socialize after school, purchase a slice of pizza, and play a board game with their friends. There will also be free popcorn for the students. The events will take place in the cafeterias for 7th graders on Wednesday, September 16 and 8th graders on Friday, September 18 from 2:30-3:30 PM. Now that classes are underway the STEM Academy students have a safe and fun place to go after school. My thanks to all the parents who helped organize these events.
Open house for the STEM Academy is Thursday, September 17 from 7:00-9:00 PM. All STEM parents are invited to gather in the auditorium at 6:30 for an informational meeting on counseling services and the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Student schedules are available online at Powerschool, and parents are asked to follow these schedules.
Mr. Barry Clifford had to postpone his presentation to the STEM Academy this morning. He will be addressing the students about his undersea research and adventures this Thursday at 10:00. We are all looking forward to his talk.
The STEM Academy welcomes the following new teachers to the school:
7th grade mathematics – Mr. Michael Negron
Mr. Negron was a permanent substitute teacher in STEM last year and is now a full time member of the staff. He has his Master’s degree in business administration and brings extensive experience to his math classes.
8th grade science – Mrs. Betty Hyde-McGuire
Mrs. Hyde-McGuire comes to STEM from the Dennis Yarmouth School District where she has taught 7th grade science and served as the department chair. She has a Master of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction, but also has studied music and music therapy.
8th grade mathematics –Mr. Michael Senzapaura
Mr. Senzapaura graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has done graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was the Valedictorian of his MMA graduating class in 2012 and has worked for many organizations including the National Marine Fisheries.
All of these new staff members bring an eclectic background to the STEM Academy where interdisciplinary work and studies are a major part of the curriculum. Our students will benefit from their collective expertise and enthusiasm.