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!!

ASB Events

ASB events are advertised by students, for students.  

Please remind your student to check the ASB calendar posted in the school or look on the  Tesla STEM HS website  for the most current information. 

ASB may opt to send announcements to this newsletter for inclusion, but it is not their primary source of communication.

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WEEK OF JANUARY 15 - 19, 2018 
Principal's message
One of the core beliefs at Tesla STEM High School is that our young scholars can and will change our world. Our practice of
Global Stewardship, Solutions of the Common Good, is exemplified with Tesla's STEM Initiative, an ongoing partnership program that brings STEM education to districts with limited STEM resources. Earlier this past week, we had a student group lead this partnership work at Darrington School District in working with their middle school students.

Isaac Perrin, Anne Lee, Rayan Krishnan, and Fred Qin

These scholars planned and executed three 80-minute sessions: water quality sampling, water analysis, and micro-bit programming. Darrington middle school students worked with approximately 50 of our Tesla students for this all-day learning. Well done!!

  The energy and creativity of our students and faculty  ar e amazing. Last Friday, the Photography Club and Physics Clubs got together at 6:00 a.m. to take time exposures of steel wool sparks.  The students executed the plan with support from faculty sponsors Ms. Karen Schaefer, Photography Club Advisor, Mr. Peter Saxby, Physics Club Advisor, and Mr. Ron Large, Photography Advisor/Volunteer. The pictures are breathtaking!  

Senior Scholar Anne Lee has been selected as a 2018 Cameron Impact Scholar. See below.
It is a great pleasure and honor for me to inform you that Anne Lee, a member of your Class of 2018, has been selected as a 2018 Cameron Impact Scholar.  In earning this honor, Anne has distinguished herself in the areas of academics, extracurricular achievement, leadership, and service to others.
The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation is a private, family foundation which was established by the Bay Area philanthropist, Bryan Cameron, in 2015 on the principle of making an impact.  Through our four-year undergraduate scholarship program, we aim to provide ample support for extraordinary young adults who see their college education as a stepping stone toward a lifetime of contribution to the greater good.
The Cameron Impact Scholarship is awarded annually to 10-15 high-school seniors.  This four-year merit-based scholarship is intended to cover the full 'educational expenses' at the recipient's chosen collegiate institution.  Our scholarship is intended for those incomparable individuals who have the ability to make real, tangible contributions to their families, friends, and the greater society. ( Bryan Cameron Education Foundation )
Semester Finals
Please remember that First Semester Finals are scheduled for January 24, 25, and 26. School begins at 7:30; students take two finals per day; school is out at noon; buses leave right after school; continental brunch is scheduled in for all students. If your scholars ride the bus shuttles to their home high schools, please remember to pick them up accordingly. Thank you!! We do not give early or late finals.

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)

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.
Advocacy News
LWSD Bond and Levy Measures 

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is planning for three ballot measures to go before voters in the district on  February 13, 2018 : a bond and two replacement levies to fund important needs not funded by the state.

Learn more about a vote will impact our schools and our kids on the LWSD website:  2018 Bond & Levies 
The page has lots of great information about the issues and lists upcoming Open Houses to learn more about something.

And be sure to be registered to Vote.  Learn more about Voting on the WA Secretary of State Website

There will you will find a link where you can 
The Lake Washington School Foundation (LWSF) has a lot of news about opportunities to support our students and other events.

FAN OF MUSIC ARTS: This January, become a "FAN" and fund-a-need for music arts in local schools. Direct your support to the school or learning community of your choice below, or make a general donation to support LWSD's circulating instrument library. Learn more at:


COOKIES FOR KIDS: Throughout the month of January, $0.25 of each cookie sold at Chick-fil-A Totem Lake will be donated to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation! Share a catering tray with your coworkers, grab a bag of 6 for your family, or enjoy a single, freshly baked cookie made just for you on your next visit!


WHOLE FOODS BAG DONATION: Lake Washington Schools Foundation will be one of this quarter's Bag Donation recipients at Whole Foods Redmond. This means that when customers bring in their reusable bags for groceries, they have the option of receiving a five-cent credit (per bag) or donating five cents to the program recipients. This quarter's dates are January 1st- March 31st.



FIND YOUR FIT @ LWTech on January 31: Free and open to all Lake Washington School District families, this presentation, Q&A session, and tour will introduce the array of workforce-ready programs available at this vibrant local college. Free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A Totem Lake! Reserve your spot at:


SPRING FOR LEARNING at our annual benefit luncheon on March 27 at the Redmond Marriott featuring inspiring speaker Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and student MCs. Email today to become a table captain, corporate sponsor, or attendee.



REACH FOR SUCCESS classroom grant application will be available January 29. Learn more at our informational Q&A on FEBRUARY 13 from 12:30-1:00 pm at the LWSD Resource Center in the Hughes room. RSVPs appreciated at:

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

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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