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

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 FEBRUARY 5 - 9, 2018 
Principal's Message
2018-2019 Registration for Classes-Time Sensitive
The 2018-2019 Course Request Form and the 2017-2018 Advanced Placement vs Non-AP/Honors Course Expectations and Agreement Form are both due no later than Friday, 2/9/18. If you have any final questions, please contact your scholar's academic counselor as they will assist you with any questions related to graduation requirements and/or the registration process, course selections, etc.
Molly Touran    mtouran@lwsd.org        (Students with last names beginning with A through I)
Jessica Strange  jstrange@lwsd.org        (Students with last names beginning with J through N)
Kelly Wescott    kwescott@lwsd.org       (Students with last names beginning with O through Z)
 
  Second Semester Finals for T-STEM Students (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors only)
Please note these final exam dates.  We do not give early finals Thank you.
June 15, 2018    Finals in Periods 1 and 2
June 18, 2018    Finals in Periods 3 and 4
June 19, 2018    Finals in Periods 5 and 6
 
For Seniors:  Semester finals are the week of June 4 th.  Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for June 13 th with a 4:00pm start time.
 

Congratulations to Senior Scholar Neha Hulkund!!
 
 
 
Neha has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search -the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. More than 1800 students entered the competition this year. Neha's work: The Application of Machine Learning Algorithms for Epileptic Seizure Prediction and Detection Using EEG Data. Her work is featured in Science News for Kids
 
GO STEM!!
Last chance to order yearbooks - order now!

The final window for yearbook orders began January 31. Purchase available online on parent access or at the office by cash or check made out to LWSD. ($50)
Volunteers needed
Sign up now to bring treats for the Freshmen Lock-in camp event. on Friday, February 9. Follow the link for more information and to volunteer:

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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 
Early Bird Discount ending soon - ACT NOW!

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.
 
MAKE SURE YOUR KID GETS TO BE PART OF THE FUN!
 
Note that Grad Night is sponsored by Tesla STEM PTSA. It is not an official school or ASB activity.
 
PRICING:
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.
 
SIGN UP TODAY!
 
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
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.
 
DONATIONS/SPONSOR A STUDENT
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 gradnight@teslastemptsa.org

Tesla STEM PTSA Contributions
 A huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a monetary contribution to Tesla STEM PTSA!  Your donations made it possible for PTSA to grant almost $20,000 to Tesla STEM HS for the following:
 
  • Iris fluorescent microscope which allows students to visualize fluorescent protein tags on cells
  • Spanish periodicals to enhance student learning
  • Books for the counseling resource center
 
Your contributions also helped fund events such as the BBQ/Movie Night and Reflections art contest as well as provide support for students in need due to financial hardship.
 
Tesla STEM PTSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Donors may use their canceled check and/or  PayPal verification as a receipt for their tax records; please confirm with your tax advisor.  If you require a receipt from Tesla STEM PTSA, please contact  treasurer@teslastemptsa.org.
February 23 - Chipotle Fundraiser to support Prom
Come to Chipotle at 17875 Redmond Way Suite 170 in Redmond on February 23 between 4:00 - 8:00pm, show this flyer and 50% of your purchase will be donated toward Tesla STEM Prom.
Lost and Found

The lost and found is already accumulating... lots of water bottles, lunch bags, and clothing.  Please have your students look through the mass and claim their items by February 14 th .  Anything left at the end of school on February 14 th  will be tossed or donated to charity.  
Attention Eastlake High School Sports Students
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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  info@teslastemptsa.org .  The application deadline is March 1, 2018.
Attention Class of 2018: LWPTSA Council Scholarships Available

LWPSTA Council is pleased to announce its 2018 Student Scholarship Program for graduating seniors! There are 14 scholarships  available for $1,250.00 each; these are the categories:
 
·              8 Merit scholarships  - 2 per Learning Community* 
·              2 Education scholarships
·              1 Perseverance  scholarship
·              1 Turn Around  scholarship
·              L.E. Scarr 2 year  scholarship, technical or vocational
·              1 At -Large scholarship
 
* LWSD students not attending one of the four neighborhood high schools apply for merit scholarships based on residence; so if a you live in the boundary area for Lake Washington HS, your Tesla STEM student will be considered for one of two Lake Washington Learning Community merit scholarships.
 
Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be awarded per student.   Click here for more information and to download aapplication. Completed applications are due April 18th; early applications are welcome.

LWSF News
The Lake Washington School Foundation (LWSF) has a lot of news about opportunities to support our students and other events.

 

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.

 

EVENTS:

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 info@gfsevents.org today to become a table captain, corporate sponsor, or attendee.


 

GRANTS:

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: http://www.lwsf.org/events.html

 

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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