December 18, 2015

Welcome to the iSTEM Geauga newsletter!

iSTEMGeauga Early College High School Newsletter

Issue 15 - December 18, 2015

H a p p y  !

Please take time the next two weeks to enjoy your family and friends, and have a wonderful 

N e w  Y e a r ! 

Hours of Code

What an exciting day we had on Friday, December 18, 2015!  iSTEM'ers coded for TWO (2) hours!  Hardi Parvoti would be proud. 





iSTEM'ers presented to their employers on Thursday, December 17th and they were outstanding!  It is amazing how much these kids have grown (physically and mentally:)) in five (5) months.



Phase two of iSTEM is under construction!  Progress....


J-Term/Winter Break


J-TERM will be returning to school on January 4, 2016, and engaged in J-TERM.  J-TERM is a focused time on enrichment, remediation, and independent study. J-term will, therefore, meet the needs of the iSTEM'ers through a minimum of two of the following methods: 

  • is a two-week-long period of study (which continues into March/April) in which iSTEM students will have time to explore subjects "outside" of iSTEM, to discover new interests, and test their creativity in their own self-study which will follow a common rubric (the "i" in iSTEM) - see WINTER BREAK HOMEWORK for more information;
  • is a two-week-long period of study in which iSTEM students are provided remediation and guidance within their Google Classrooms in order to reach Mastery in each of the subjects;
  • is a two-week-long period of enrichment study (Shark Tank) in which iSTEM students work in the FabLab to Master the machinery and to create manuals (in layman’s terms) for each of the machines; or students will create, plan and direct future Nights of Discovery; and/or
  • is a two-week-long period of study in which iSTEM students work in an adaptable learning environment flexible to students’ needs of mastery learning and/or remediation. 
WINTER BREAK HOMEWORK (for J-Term prep):  What are you passionate about changing in the world?  What do you want to know more about?  What is something that you really like to use (or, better yet, hasn't been invented yet!), but know how to improve?  How can you be creative in presenting your information to an authentic audience (google slides, Prezi, iMovie, etc.)?  Who is your authentic audience?  Over winter break determine your self-study.  What do you want to investigate (original product, modify a product, address and issue, research a concept, personal expression concept)?  Have your idea and be ready to research when you return from winter break! 
  • Personal STEM projects...iSTEM Projects!...Perfect! They are personal "iSTEM projects!  We are one of the few that has taken up the idea of individual, term long research projects and our school name is perfect for it!  I think this, when it is well done, will really be a feather in your caps and will produce some excellent dispositions in our iSTEM 'ers!  Shouldn't you have time to study what you want to study while in school?!?
  • Students may earn badges for their iSTEM Projects and which will become part of the reward/motivation.  The badge creation may also be a project/add-on for the enrichment group in the FabLab during J-TERM.
  • The final project will be due at the end of Spring semester and will be presented at Quest Research Night.  Additional time during school will be provided; however, much of this is done independently, outside of school.

Report Cards

Please note the change in grade reporting...Report cards will be sent home following J-Term, and NOT with your child on Friday, December 18, 2015.

iSTEM Store

iSTEM online store is now open!  Happy shopping...Click here to check out what's available...

Upcoming Events/Items To Be Thinking About For the Future

January 4 - 14 - J-Term
January 15 - a.m. Virtual Day
January 18 - No School, MLK Day
January 28 - Mentor/Company Shadow Day for students (VIA)

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