Jun
02
2014

“STEM and the Whole Child” – Dr. McKinney’s Article in Washington Principal Magazine

Dr. McKinney was asked to submit an article for Washington Principal Magazine.  This is the beginning of the article that was published in Spring, 2014.

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My last writing of any substance, other than my weekly “What’s Happening at K-5 STEM?” emails, was my doctoral dissertation. When asked to write this article about hope, I found myself thinking in that dissertation writing mode again: How can I effectively communicate the degree to which our K-5 STEM school really does help students foster a sense of hope about themselves and their future? In structuring this article, I did a bit of research to uncover what the current thinking is on developing hope in children.

I uncovered several key themes that, loosely speaking, positively correlate with our experiences at K-5 STEM. What follows are examples of how we are “doing that.”… *

The full article can be accessed here.

 

 

*Washington Principal, Spring 2014

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/06/02/stem-and-the-whole-child-dr-mckinneys-article-in-washington-principal-magazine/

May
29
2014

MORE Volunteers Needed for Field Day – June 13

Friday, June 13

9:45am – 2:45pm

Ms. Gray has an exciting day of events planned for our students!  Many volunteers are needed to supervise stations.

Please use the SignUp Genius link and choose a time to help.

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9:45-10:45-K/1’s  - A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

11:15-12:15-2/3’s – MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

1:30-2:45-4/5’s  - MANY MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/29/volunteers-needed-for-field-day-june-13/

May
28
2014

ACTION NEEDED: K-5 STEM Math Curriculum is at Risk!

Dear K-5 STEM Families:

The Math Adoption Committee at Seattle Public Schools is recommending that ALL Seattle schools transition to EnVision math in September 2014.

What This Means to K-5 STEM
If the recommendation is passed without consideration of the dual-adoption of EnVision and Math in Focus (Singapore Math) as options for all schools, we may be stuck with an inferior math program for seven years. K-5 STEM at Boren currently has a waiver* that will allow us to continue using Singapore Math for two more years, but we do not know if another waiver will be granted after the current one expires.

We Need Your Help!
SPS needs to hear personal stories from families. Our students are thriving using Singapore Math. Our staff, teachers and BLT also support the continued use of Singapore Math. Tell SPS decision-makers why keeping Singapore as our math curriculum is important to you. You can help by sharing your family’s experience with Singapore Math:

  • How has your child been personally successful learning math via Singapore?
  • Have they achieved new heights in their learning?
  • Have they surpassed expectations and gained confidence?

Contact Seattle Public Schools Today
The vote is happening the first week of June (next week). Please write the school board in opposition to the Math Adoption Committee’s recommendation to implement the EnVision Math Program as the new math curriculum for all elementary schools in September 2014.

Please contact the following Seattle Public School Board members and staff by Friday May 30:

K-5 STEM PTA Executive Team

*Correction to Waiver footnote posted on 5/28: Our current waiver allows K-5 STEM to purchase the Singapore Math curriculum out of the operating budget. If Math in Focus is not one of the options, the school operating budget will have to continue to allocate funds to purchase Singapore Math materials as it has not been determined if there will be monetary credit given to K-5 STEM from Seattle Public Schools.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/28/action-needed-k-5-stem-math-curriculum-is-at-risk/

May
28
2014

STEM Spring Olympics Opening Ceremony

Olympics

Kindergarteners representing Egypt in the STEM Spring Olympics

The Opening Ceremony for the first STEM Spring Olympics took place on Tuesday morning.

Each class chose a country to represent, and every STEM student took part.

Olympics Vuvuzela

Mr. Gluck and his vuvuzela.

After the Parade of Nations, the classes sang songs from their countries, and the Olympic flame was lit.

Olympic flame

Watch highlights of the Opening Ceremony below (make sure you watch until the end). Complete Opening Ceremony, including songs, to come soon.

Spain

Spain

Japan

Japan

Jamaica

Jamaica

USA

USA

Scotland

Scotland

4th Grade Performance

4th Grade Performance

 

Dancing Too

Dancing Too

Kindergarteners Performing

Kindergarteners Performing

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/28/stem-spring-olympics-opening-ceremony/

May
27
2014

Family Game Night – June 4

FAMILY GAME NIGHT 

Wednesday, June 4, from 6 to 8pm

K-5 STEM Cafeteria 

Gameporium

We are excited to have Uptown Espresso & Gameporium get us to play “outside the box” and introduce us to cooperative board games, games of strategy, and games of chance! There will be games for all ages and game valets to teach us how to get started and into the fun!

Come try Hoot Owl Hoot, Forbidden Desert, Lemming Mafia, Mermaid Beach, or any of the many, many other games on hand.

This a free event with no dinner options provided. We hope to see you there!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/27/family-game-night-june-4/

May
25
2014

WSHS Parents’ Night Out is Cancelled

The WSHS Parents’ Night Out scheduled for May 30th has been cancelled.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/25/wshs-parents-night-out-is-cancelled/

May
20
2014

STEM Spring Olympics

STEM Spring Olympics

May 27, 28, and 29

Opening Ceremonies – Tuesday, May 27th – 9:30 AM

STEM Cafeteria

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Students at K-5 STEM will participate in the STEM Spring Olympics, which combines winter and summer Olympic events during three fun-filled days. To begin our Olympic celebration, we will have an opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 27th. The Parade of Nations will be in our cafeteria. Ms. Chutich will lead each grade level as they share songs from their chosen countries or regions. Please join us for this festive event!

The Olympic events will be held during PE classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The winter events will consist of bobsled, skeleton, speed skating, ski long jump, and curling. The summer events will consist of the 100m dash, 400m relay, basketball, soccer, and a long jump event.

Come out and support your son/daughter!

We need adults to supervise these events. Sign up to volunteer with Ms. Gray.

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Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/20/stem-spring-olympics/

May
20
2014

Circus Arts Performance (now moved to June 5th)

Thursday, June 5th 10 am – 10:45 am

Hallway in front of the gym

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All families are welcome to a morning performance of Circus Arts at STEM

Students have been practicing their circus art skills

(Unicycling, Stilts, Hula-hooping, jump-rope, cup-stack, flower stick)

in P.E. to qualify to be in this Circus Arts assembly on June 5th.

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/20/circus-arts-performance/

May
20
2014

Traffic Safety Meeting – TONIGHT!

School Traffic Safety Workshop at Southwest Library
Tonight,  6 – 7:30pm
9010 35th ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Concerned about safety and traffic on Delridge? 
 
Stop by this event to voice your concerns with decision makers.  Consider this as a ‘school board meeting’ for West Seattle school traffic safety concerns.   Those who come to speak will have greater weight.  To make an impact, stop by for a few minutes (with child in hand) and mention K-5 STEM at Boren and concerns about speed on Delridge. Together we can make things better and SAFER for our community!

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/20/traffic-safety-meeting-tonight/

May
19
2014

Calendar Events: Summer Playdates

sunSummer All-School Playdates

Come see old friends and welcome new families- a great time for all!

Lincoln Park playground (south end by the zipline)

 

Saturday, June 28 — 4:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday, July 13 –4:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday, July 27 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Saturday, August 16 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Back to School Bash!

Lincoln Park North End (by the wading pool)

Saturday, August 23 – 5:30pm-8:00pm

Permanent link to this article: http://k5stempta.org/2014/05/19/calendar-events-summer-playdates/

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