Did you miss the recent auction or forget to sign up for a particular item before the volunteers whisked it away? Here’s your chance to get three great items or sign up for four different experiences! Learn more …
This Spring, our kids will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child. …
K-5 STEM is experiencing exciting changes and growth. For the 2015-2016 school year, STEM will roll up a 6th grade as part of our three-year K-8 Transition. Join us as we build an innovative and inspiring K-8 STEM program! Read …
Our 4th Grade classes are raising funds for Islandwood environmental camp! Register today to have a Parent’s Night Out (or stay in!). Movie, pizza and games- sounds like fun!
When: Friday, February 13th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Why: This is a fundraiser to help the fourth grader go to Islandwood (a week long science camp).
Cost: $30 for the first child, $10 for each additional child. This event is only available to students at K-5 STEM.
What: Games, pizza served by fourth graders, movies, popcorn and fun! Feel free to bring your sleeping bag and pillow.
If you would like your child to join us please fill out the bottom section of this form. Please turn the form in to Ms. Newton’s box (located in the office). We will accept the first 35 students to attend the event.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/05/islandwood-fundraiser-parents-night-out/
What started as a new year warm up quickly morphed into a all-consuming Engineering, problem-solving and team-building experience for Mr. Gluck’s class!
The parameters were simple (and, per usual, intentionally vague): using the materials available, construct a path for a tennis ball to follow. Together, they planned the assessment tools by which they would measure success. The class assigned point values to all materials (with a quick lesson in drawing 3D shapes). They then developed the scoring criteria: completed projects would be measured in length, height, time taken for the ball to travel, and of course STP (Smooth, Tight, and Pretty, as all well-fabricated structures should be).
The planning stage included a variety of loops, jumps, and the occasional ring of fire, all of which quickly fell to the wayside as the students realized that creating a direct path would be difficult enough! After about a day and a half of construction, one team asked another if they could combine their projects in a Voltron-esque attempt to take the top prize. This conversation quickly spread around the class, and soon enough the class was facing an entirely different challenge. With each of the four groups focusing on one side of the square, the students committed to building a singular structure that would allow the tennis ball to travel in a full circuit around the classroom.
Summary: Watch the video, and pass it along. We’re doing amazing things here and we like to show off.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/02/05/the-machine-mr-glucks-classroom/
During the months of October to December, 5th grade students at STEM engaged in a study of landforms. Specifically, students used large-scale models of landforms to investigate the effects of surface run-off (from rainfall) on watersheds. What they discovered is that unstable soils, or soils lacking vegetation, will erode more rapidly than soils stabilized by native vegetation (see video below).
So when an opportunity arose two weeks ago to put their newfound discoveries into action, STEM 5th grade students worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation to plant native trees and shrubs on a hillside just south of the school on Delridge Way SW (see photos below). Their efforts both beautified the neighborhood and improved the soil/plant ecosystem.
Mr. Parsley and Mr. DesAutels are very proud of the work their students did in this science unit. There is no greater joy for a parent or teacher than to see learning transferred to a real-world application. Thank you 5th graders and parents who supported this event.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/26/5th-grade-science-theory-to-practice/
We wanted to share with you a few more ways that you can shop and earn for our school!
Box Tops: Earn cash for our school simply by clipping Box Tops for Education coupons from hundreds of participating products. Drop off your coupons in the Box Tops collection box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.boxtops4education.com/Default.aspx.
Labels for Education: Labels for Education is a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work towards a common goal – earning “free stuff” for K-5 STEM! By collecting UPCs and beverage caps/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products our school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise. Bring your labels to the Labels for Education box in the main office. Learn more at http://www.labelsforeducation.com/.
West Seattle Thriftway: We are collecting West Seattle Thriftway receipts. Please drop them off in the donation box in the main office. 1% of the purchase price of every item you buy is returned to our school!
Reminder: BoxTops and L4E boxes are INSIDE the main office!
Also consider these options:
With the eScrip program you can earn money for our school every time you swipe your credit and/or debit cards! Escrip (Safeway/Bartells) earned our school $80 in November. Visit our eScrip page for more information.
This Spring, our kids will be taking the new Smarter Balanced tests which are replacing the MAP tests for evaluations. This format has marked differences from the MAP tests, and being informed is the best way to support your child.
Below, you will find an overview presentation that Mary Bannister and Julies Schmick presented to the PTA in January. Take a look!
More information, resources, and access to practice tests can be found on the SPS website.
Last month brought forth many requests from teachers and staff for things the District doesn’t cover- and we were able to make many of their wishes come true! Creating a school where teachers and staff have the resources they need to teach and work effectively make for a better learning environment- and we can all agree that great learning is our #1 priority at STEM!
Here’s a short list of how YOUR donations were used to support our school:
New headphones for the library computers- kids are often listening to different programs making it a noisy experience! Nice and quiet now…
New hula-hoops for the playground- kids are tough on those toys outside!
A new wireless microphone for Mr. O to use during assemblies. This allows him to walk all around the gym instead of being tethered to the speakers- and allows him to to interact more fully with our kids. AND, last but not least….
A full classroom starter set of VEX IQ robots for Ms. Schmick and our 3-5th grade (and 6th!) programmers!
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/07/direct-give-dollars-at-work-update/
All classes (excluding Sphero) are open to more participants. Several classes need more students to be held: Design Time with Pacific Science Center, Tennis, Hoops K-1, iPad LEGO Animation: Impossible Worlds 2, Hoops 2-5, and Hip Hop/Jump Rope.
If you already know which classes you are interested in, your registration prior to the deadline is appreciated as it gives our coordinators as much time as possible to finalize class lists. Please contact email@example.com with any questions, interest in being a Parent Volunteer or to request information about scholarships.
Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2015/01/05/enrichment-class-enrollment-ends-wednesday/
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 – MLK Day (no school!) Where: WA State Capitol (transportation available!) Why: Because legislators hear more about chickens and no taxes than they do about funding education.