For more information on upcoming events, visit the Tesla STEM PTSA calendar page.
Updated Calendar Items

JAN. 15 - No school - MLK Jr Day
JAN. 24, 25, 26 - First Semester Finals (subject to change if we have weather-related make up days)
JUNE 4 - 8 - Senior Finals
JUNE 13 - Graduation
JUNE 15, 18, 19 - Second Semester Finals (subject to
 change if we have weather-related make up days)

Please Note:  We do not give early finals.  Please plan accordingly...thank you!!

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WEEK OF JANUARY 8-12, 2018 
Principal's message
One of our core elements here at Tesla STEM High School is our Problem Based Learning (PBL) Internship Program.   Per our school publications:  Internships allow our students to take those connections made in their STEM courses and use their knowledge and skills in real time with the experts and professionals in specific STEM fields. By experiencing this industry readiness factor as they work with STEM professionals, our students can gauge their personal readiness as they plan for college, graduate school, and professional careers.

Spiration (Olympus) Corporation

For this PBL Internship our scholars, working with Internship Lead Professional Mr. Brandon Shuman and multiple engineers, are focused on using the engineering design process to develop a prototype for a specific medical device. Olympus is the world market leader in endoscopes, and our student group is fortunate to work with Mr. Shuman and the product development group in Redmond.  Project deliverables:  The students design, build, 3D print, and present a working system capable of holding the bronchoscope for doctors. 
One of our Tesla STEM High School deliverables is creating learning environments that enrich the mind, spark the imagination, and ignite intellectual risk taking.  We do this not only on campus but in our community and business settings at large.  This assists our students in becoming thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators.
Application and Choice School Lottery Season
Tesla STEM High School's Information Night was held on December 6, 2017.  We had a full house and more!!  If you know a student/family who is interested in attending Tesla, please share these dates with them.  Additionally, this information is posted on the LWSD website.  Thanks!!
Applications available online: December 11, 2017
Applications due: January 19, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.
Lottery held at district: February 1, 2018
Notification to families: February 7, 2018
Acceptance deadline: February 21, 2018

Important Dates
  • January 15                        MLK Day - No school
  • January 24-26                  First Semester Finals; no early or late finals given; school out at noon

From LWSD:
We Value Your Feedback
Each year, the district invites parents and community members to provide feedback on general school and district questions. The survey is anonymous. Schools and the district use this information in planning for the future and in continuous improvement processes.
This year's survey is now open: tell us what you think! Please click here to take the survey. The survey will be open through January 19.
The district also surveys parents on specific programs and planned strategic work: that survey will open in February.

Bonds and Levies

LWSD will host four Community Open Houses on the Bond & Levies. Here are the details for those meetings:
  • Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Redmond High School
  • Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Washington High School
  • Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Eastlake High School
  • Wednesday, January 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kamiakin Middle School
FBLA needs your help!
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is in need of your help! We are looking for local businesses and professional community members to judge student's business projects, presentations and role plays at our winter regional conference.   
FBLA's mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
In February, students from 20 high schools throughout King and Snohomish counties will come together and compete to secure their place in the State Business Leadership Conference.
West Central Regional Conference
Date: 2/5/18
Time: 7:30am-12:30pm
Location: OCC- 9900 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052
FBLA offers more than 60 events for students to compete in. Click the below link for a full list! If there is a particular event you are interested in judging based on your interest and expertise please do share in your response!
If you are or anyone you know may be interested in participating please reach out directly to Angela Stone for more information and to secure your position!
Happy New Year!
Angela Stone
206-548-6373 (cell)

November and December Staff Birthday Celebration - Desserts Needed!
happy_birthday_cupcake.jpg Please sign up to bring the desserts to celebrate the birthdays of our staff members for the months of Nov/Dec. Please use the following link::
Students recognized for artistic achievements

Congratulations to the following students for their winning Reflections entries at our Council Level.  Their artistic entries will  move onto the state level of Reflections Art Program.

Victoria Alkin  - Award of Merit - Music Composition - "Crossing the Horizon"
Maia Matsushita - Award of Merit - Literature - "Per Aspera Ad Astra"
Jessica Singh - Award of Excellence - Literature - "Gold Flowers"
MacQuarrie Thomson - Award of Excellence - Photography - "Within Reach-It's All Relative"
Muyan Zhou - Outstanding Interpretation - Visual Arts - "The Distance Between Us"
Lina Chai - Award of Excellence - Visual Arts - "You Can't Reach Me"
WSPTSA// Game Development Competition
This competition is open to students grades 9-12 attending a school with a PTA in good standing, so all Tesla STEM HS students are eligible to participate.  Students work individually or in a group of up to 6 students to create a computer game based on this year's theme: Gravity.  If your T STEM student is interested in participating, you must complete the  Intent to Submit  form by January 15th, 2018.   Final project submissions are due March 15, 2018 and will be judged in the following areas:  Game of the Year, Arts and Animation, Game Design, Programming (code), and Audio Design.   Last year, two of our Tesla STEM students were selected as  2016-17 Competition Winners !

For information and general rules, please visit the  WSPTA Game Development Competition webpage.

WSPTA Scholarships

Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, so Tesla STEM HS graduating seniors are eligible.  Click here  to learn more and to complete the online application.  The name/number of our PTA is:  Tesla STEM PTSA 2.8.105.  You do NOT need to be a PTA member to apply, however if you are a member and need assistance finding your PTA membership number, please email .  The application deadline is March 1, 2018.
SAT Prep Class
Tesla STEM PTSA has partnered with Paragon Tutoring to offer SAT preparation classes starting on February 27, 2018

What: Test Preparation for the SAT exam on May 5, 2018
Who: Recommended for Juniors and Sophomores
When: First recommended practice test will be held on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 9:00 am at the LWSD Resource Center. The first class session begins on Feb 27, 2018 at Tesla STEM HS.
Space is limited to 25 students.
Price: $375 per student, which includes 8 2-hour group sessions, 4 proctored full length SAT practice exams, materials, and coaching.
What Will I Get: Main goal of the course is confidence. You will know the format of the SAT, what the SAT covers, and how to approach the questions presented.
Sign-Up:  Please register online at .  Required information:  Student's first and last name, Student's current grade, Parent(s)' first and last name(s), Primary Parent email and phone number.

For more information, please contact Anjali Myer, VP Programs.

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is excited to share the inaugural edition of  IMPACT UPDATE, the Foundation's e-newsletter.
LWSF has a lot going on and encourages you to be a part of it!
  • our year-end campaign ZERO BALANCE, which aims to erase student lunch debt in the LWSD;
  • urge parents and students to register for our next FIND YOUR FIT event, occurring on January 31, 2018, at Lake Washington Institute of Technology; and
  • remind everyone to save-the-date for our SPRING FOR LEARNING luncheon on March 27, 2018, and invite interested parties to contact us to become Table Captains, Corporate Sponsors, or attendees.
Grad Night registration is NOW OPEN!

Grad Night is an all-night celebration which starts immediately following graduation in June. It is the last time our Tesla STEM High School students will be together as a class and is intended as a safe alternative to private parties.  Students are whisked by bus to two separate private venues for a night they won't forget with tons of activities, dancing, entertainment, food and prizes.
Note that Grad Night is sponsored by Tesla STEM PTSA. It is not an official school or ASB activity.
Early Bird:  $175.00 (until February 9, 2018)
Regular:     $195.00 (after February 9, 2018)

Note: These prices apply, if paid by check. There is a small processing fee for online sales to cover our costs: $4 for Early Bird tickets (for a total of $179) and $5 for Regular Tickets (for a total of $200).
IMPORTANT: Scholarships are available.  Please contact your student's counselor if you would like to request assistance.   We don't want the expense to be an issue for any student.
Two ways to purchase:
Online: Tickets can be purchased online OR
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By check:  You can bring a check to the school office or mail it to:
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Tesla STEM High School
4301 228th Ave N.E.
Redmond, WA 98053
The envelope should be marked "Attn: Grad Night". Make checks payable to "Tesla STEM PTSA". Please put your student's name, phone and email on the check.
If you would like to make a donation to support Grad Night or to sponsor a student scholarship, visit the Grad Night site and donate via PayPal.
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For more information, email us at

Advocacy News

Save the Date: Focus Day is January 29

This year's WSPTA Focus Day will be held January 29, 2018. Both Focus Day and Advocacy Week (January 29-February 5) will be all about connecting with legislators to advocate on WSPTA priorities. Look for more details in early January and on the  WSPTA Facebook page.
PTSA is here to help!

Tesla STEM PTSA believes that financial need shouldn't be a barrier to students fully participating in the Tesla STEM HS curriculum. To support that, the PTSA has partnered with the school counselors and Principal to provide scholarship funds to students in need.
Families who need help with fees and supplies are encouraged to contact their counselor at STEM with their requests.
Confidentiality of such requests is strictly maintained - requests are considered by the school and no one at PTSA knows the names of the requestors. 
Please don't hesitate to contact the counselors, if PTSA can help.
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