November 25, 2015

Welcome to the iSTEM Geauga newsletter!

iSTEMGeauga Early College High School Newsletter

Issue 12 - November 25, 2015

Happy Thanskgiving!

Take some time to express your thanks.  Happy Thanksgiving all!  Please have a restful break and enjoy your friends and family.

Mad City Money

A huge shout out to Miranda Puthoff at the Lake County Educational Credit Union for their donation of time to iSTEM.  On December 9th they will come to iSTEM and our iSTEM'ers will participate in Mad City Money!  

Mad City Money is a 2.5 hour simulation for high school students. Each participant receives an “about me” sheet that contains: an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse; some will be single; and some will be single parents.

Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There’s a mall for wants and, of course, a credit union for financial services. The Fickle Finger of Fate randomly visits each participant during the simulation and distributes unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses. 

Participants use debit cards for their purchases and must balance both their debit card registers and their budgets.

Session objectives
Each participant will:
     • Practice budgeting as an adult with realistic circumstances.
     • Identify and experience the consequences of poor decisions.
     • Develop good judgment regarding spending and making a budget.
     • Understand that budgeting is a necessary step in good money management and that it isn’t difficult.

Winter Fun

Looking forward to Winter Fun on December 18th at iSTEM
More information to come...If interested, 
buy/order your Hour of Code shirt to be worn on December 18th, BY DECEMBER 4th here....

AIR Testing

AIR testing dates (English 1, Algebra 1, and Biology) are as follows...
Wednesday, December 2nd
English Language Arts AIR test - (2 sessions, all students) - 1st session, 8:30 - 10:15 a.m.; 2nd session, 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, December 4th
Biology AIR test - Mrs. Walunis's 2nd Block, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Monday, December 7th
Algebra AIR test - Ms. Wright's 1st Block, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

More iSTEM News

  • The Values in Action field trip that was scheduled for Tuesday, December 1st has been cancelled.
  • Second semester Tuesday Student Shadowing Days at iSTEM are currently being scheduled.  Register your child here:

Upcoming Events

November 25, 26, 26 - Thanksgiving Break

December 9 - Mad City Money 
December 10 - iSTEM Board Meeting, 9am
December 16 - METS meeting, 6-7pm
December 18 - 9am, Report Cards are printed and sent home with the students.
December 21 through January 1 - winter break
January 4 - 14 - J-Term
January 15 - morning Virtual Day, the Ohio STEM Learning Network to iSTEM for teacher Professional Development
January 18 - No School, MLK Day

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