Our new 7th graders got the year off to the right start with an exclusive day just for them. On Friday, August 17th, West Lake STEM held the 7th Grade Orientation for the largest one-day-early crowd we’ve ever had. New 7th graders got a chance to meet old and new friends, explore the building, and, most importantly, figure out those tricky lockers. Every teacher or staff member who interacted with them expressed how sharp this new group of 7th graders (the Class of 2024) seems to be. We’re excited to have them at West Lake STEM!
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We need your help getting the word out. Unfortunately, we have an unexpected opening on our math department as one of our new hires needed to withdraw last week. We are anxious to get the very best replacement for your students. The opening has been reposted at https://www.graniteschools.org/hr/employment-opportunities/.
If you know of any excellent math teachers who might be interested and qualified for the position, please refer them to this posting. Share this with as many people as you can.
Some basic info to share: West Lake STEM is a rather exciting project that focuses on teaching the core standards with the project-based learning approach common to the math, science, engineering, and technology fields. We have a new staff, we launched the first one-to-one Chromebook-to-student deployment, and we’ve just completed a $4 million remodel of the building.
Additionally, Granite increased its teacher salaries by over 11% last year to become the highest paid district in the valley. In addition, our school offers opportunities to earn an additional $10,000+ through programs associated with our Title I and SIG status.
We are excited for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year at West Lake STEM Jr. High, and we are looking for highly motivated individuals to help us make this school year a success for our students and staff. If you are interested in an hourly position on the West Lake Team, please sign up for an interview. Spread the word!
West Lake teachers are already starting their home visits for next school year. At West Lake, we like to take the opportunity to meet with as many students and parents as possible in their home to get to know them a little better and to get to know what their hopes and dreams are in life and in school. If you haven’t had your home visit yet, but you’d like to help us get it scheduled, please email Mrs. Mitchell in the front office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Lake Summer STEM Camp will take place from July 30 – August 9. This two-week program will have many great activities, field trips, and learning opportunities for you and your friends. The program is reserved for all incoming 7th graders and 8th graders. There is a $10 fee for participation, and lunch will be provided each day. For more information, check out the FAQ page and the West Lake STEM Camp Facebook page.
The Greatest Show is 2018’s installment of the M-Games and focuses on helping each and every student set a personal best on the end-of-year SAGE test. The event is broken into two parts. Part 1 runs from February 15 to March 21. Part 2 runs from March 21 to May 19.
We kick off the games by having each student review his or her performance on the end-of-year SAGE tests in Language Arts, Math, and Science over the last three years. Based on those numbers, students set a personal-best goal.
To prepare to achieve a personal best, students work on a weekly progress chart designed to help them perform to their best abilities. Students keep organized through a daily use of their personal planners, enhance their reading fluency and comprehension through daily reading, increase their math fluency through IXL practice, keep organized with weekly binder checks, and meet school expectations to be curious, respectful, accountable, and zero-quitting. Each Thursday, students summarize their performance on these five indicators using the attached Google Form.
Students who complete at least four of the five indicators in the week are eligible to participate in the week’s M-Games reward activity.
Not only do the M-Games focus on a student’s personal best, but they also set the stage for our school’s personal best. By setting a school best on two of the three indicators (Language Arts, Math, or Science), students qualify for the M-Games STEM Rising Festival on May 18th. If the goal is achieved, students will have their choice of twenty-four different activities during each of the five periods that include games, a movie in the auditorium, teacher-generated activities, a color battle, and a dance in the gym.
The second half of the M-Games: Greatest Show involves our final reviews and the moment of truth . . . the SAGE test itself. For the final reviews, students team up to participate in language arts, science, and math competitions.
Their scores are posted each day on posters in the hallway to show which teams and which classes are doing the best. The winning classes for each grade level earn a donut party, and the winning teams earn up to 1000 STEM CRAZY points at the Mustang Market.
The M-Games: Greatest Show review tournament leads directly to the actual SAGE test that we have prepared for throughout the entire year. SAGE testing takes place over eight sessions beginning April 17th in which we will be on a special testing schedule. The entire school will spend the first hour and fifteen minutes working on their SAGE test on these eight days before resuming their normal five-period schedule.
The SAGE testing is a special opportunity to prove to yourself just how much you’ve grown through your hard work this year, and we want to make this experience feel special. The following two slides describe some highlights of our SAGE testing plan.
Some of the most worthwhile incentives during SAGE testing are the Progress Charts, the QR Code Mystery Motivators, and the M-Games MVP Recognitions. Each of these are meant to reward students for their efforts to work their hardest to set a new personal best on the SAGE tests. The QR Code Mystery Motivators are particularly fun because they contain a mystery prize that you can redeem during lunchtime the very day you receive it.
That’s it! That is all you need to know about this year’s installment of the M-Games. It’s all about preparing yourself to set a new personal best. We’re proud of the work you’ve done this year, and we’re excited to see that hard work pay off. Good luck in this year’s games! We look forward to this being, quite literally, the Greatest Show!
As many of your are anxiously awaiting the posting of the Legally Blonde parts, we have an unfortunate delay to announce. Although the parts have been designated, we’ve had a last-second hold up with the playwright that is prohibiting us from being able to announce them. Unfortunately, we are not sure when we will have this resolved, but we will provide an update at the first of next week.
We are so proud of the great efforts of all our students in the auditions, and we can’t wait for this year’s musical!
Congratulations to the new members of the West Lake STEM Dance Company. We’re so pleased with everyone’s efforts. Thank you for putting yourself out there and giving it your all.
Here are the new members of this year’s Dance Company.
Ain’t No Sunshine When You’re Gone! We’ve missed the students and teachers of West Lake, and we’re so excited for the start of school in a few weeks. Remember, every student attending West Lake STEM for the 2017-2018 must fill out the summer-time registration. You can do the whole thing on your phone. Link to www.westlakestem.org/registration