November 17, 2017
ASTEC Scholars First in Earn and Learn Program
ASTEC Scholars became the first IT paid internships in the governor’s Earn and Learn program. Congratulations to our Dell Scholars: Falon Robinson, Corina Mejia, Juan Ruiz, Jeremiah Anderson, Brenda Olveda and Mayra Viezcas. Thank you to our partners Dell Computers and OSU/OKC. This is just the beginning!
StuCo Attends State Convention
Fifteen Student Council representatives attended the 77th Annual OASC (Oklahoma Association of Student Councils) State Student Council Convention, hosted by Broken Arrow High School on November 11th, 12th, and 13th. Our scholars engaged and bonded with about 1,800 delegates from all over rural, suburban, and urban Oklahoma. President Brandon Lopez & Vice President Miguel Payan were our voting delegates this year, and helped campaign to get their choice elected to State President and Vice-President. Each representative attended a series of leadership sessions involving the presidential address, powerful world-renowned speakers, and presidential campaign presentations. On Saturday night, they attended a mixer with inflatables, carnival rides, laser tag, and tons of activities! On Sunday night, they went to a futuristic-themed dance. 

“All-in-all, they had a stellar weekend and have retained so much to bring back to ASTEC,” said Student Council Sponsor Justin Perkins. “Experiences like these are ones that makes for memories that last a lifetime! It's a pleasure to watch them thrive in such an environment! This was the first time away from home for a few of them! We'd like to thank Broken Arrow HS for creating a fantastic weekend!”

We are so proud of our Student Council! They do great work both at ASTEC and in our community -- we know these lessons in leadership will last a lifetime!
Crew Takes First in Regatta
Last weekend our scholar athletes competed in our Fall Youth Rowing League Regatta on the beautiful Oklahoma River. Our ASTEC A crew won 1st Place for the second season in a row, and our ASTEC B crew took 3rd PLACE! This is the first time in ASTEC rowing history to have two boats medal in the Grand Finale! ASTEC A team is lead by Mayra Viezcas​ and our ASTEC B team is lead by Estephanie Martinez. 

“This season we struggled with the loss of our seniors last year and re-working our new line-ups, so it was definitely a tough road to the competition,” said coach Danny Porter. “However, we had three beautiful emotional races with stellar results! You'll notice our shirts are pink for this season. Our Boathouse partner who trained me and worked with us for the last five years is moving home to Boston. She's known for her love of pink clothing and hats so our team requested to change our color for her last season at the Boathouse.”

Congratulations to the following team members:
ASTEC A Rowing Team: Marya Viezcas, Jose Gallegos, Pablo Soto, Kathy Nguyen, Fernando Vargas, Lesli Guzman, Leslie Isaula, Angelica Castillo and Edgar Cardenas

ASTEC B Rowing Team: Estephanie Martinez, Maxwell Jones, Luis Lopez, Yvette Rivera, Anastasia Martinez-Flores, Riccardo Alvarado, Jacob Lopez, Miriam Arredondo and Omar Avila​
Community Partners
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Food Pantry Available Now for ASTEC Families
Raising a family can be very costly! We know many families often find their cupboards bare and could use some help with pantry items. With the help of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, we provide pantry items weekly to families. If you are in need, we urge you to fill out a short form and take advantage of this helpful program. Please see our Student Activities Coordinator, Mr. Perkins, for more information. You can choose to have your scholar pick up the food or parents can pick up from the school.

Also, from November through February, the OKC Thunder is going to host 4 family shopping sprees for Food for Kids families. ASTEC will be nominating families who are involved in our Food Pantry for this Food for Kids event! For more information, please email Justin Perkins at studentactivities@asteccharterschools.com
Clubs and Activities
Blue and Gold Sales
The technology department is holding their Blue and Gold Fundraiser! Scholars who have already began to collect orders and are excited as the middle school tech classes are having a competition to see who can sell the most Blue and Gold! The grade that sells the most will be granted E-status for a day and enjoy lunch out in the mall!

If you would like purchase Blue and Gold please see any Middle School technology student or let Ms. Woodward, Mr. Maker, or Mr. Dickinson know you need to place an order. This fundraiser will go until November 20th and you will receive your order the week after Thanksgiving Break! Thank you for your support!

2 ½ lb. rolls of Sausage = $7
3 1/2 lb. packages of Bacon = $17
5 lb. bags of chicken tenderloin fritters = $21
MS Basketball Teams Compete in Tournament

Our middle school girls and boys basketball teams are participating in the second round of the Destiny Christian Tournament. The Lady Comets fell short 12-21 but had our best outing of the year. They will play for 7th/8th place Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

The boys won 20-18 and will be playing in the consolation championship Saturday at 3:45 p.m. All games are being played at Destiny Christian School ( 3801 SE 29th St., Del City, OK ).
A Great "Crafternoon"
Middle School Student Council and Ms. Urbina's Trash to Art Club recently hosted an after school craft party. Approximately 100 scholars joined in the fun! Ms. Urbina says this activity was inspired by reading about 'process art' -- creating art for the experience, not for the outcome. As well as the positive benefits creative freedom has on learning structured subjects and the effects a moment of art has on the brain for hours after the art is done. The scholars created Thankful Monsters that stand on upcycled water bottle lids, branch snakes, beaded bracelets and paint chip leaves for a Fall tree.

"Shout out to my friends who have given me gobs of beads, pompons, yarn, string and ribbon," said Ms. Urbina. " It was great fun for all and an experience I'm sure we will want to repeat."
Counselor's Corner
November is American Diabetes Month. Find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by visiting the Oklahoma State Department of Health website:  diabetes.health.ok.gov

  • In 2014, about 351,880 Oklahomans 18 years and older were diagnosed with diabetes.
  • American Indians and African American adults have the highest percentage of diabetes
  • In 2014 nearly one in every four seniors was diagnosed with diabetes
  • The percent of the adult population with diabetes is higher than in the US
  • The death rate for diabetes is higher than in the US
MS/HS BasketballmSchedules
'Comet Spirit' is in the house!
"It's a Great Day to Be a Comet" is a phrased coined by our beloved Coach Miller. Now it's also a catchphrase on our official ASTEC Comets Water Bottle! The best news? This inspiring bottle only costs $3 and supports ASTEC!

Need a USB Wall Charger? Show your school spirit for only $5. How about a stylish white USB drive BRACELET or some Comet Ear Buds for some hi-tech bling to show your Comet pride?

Contact Activities Director, Justin Perkins at jperkins@asteccharterschools.com for more information about our new Comet Spirit Pop Up store!
Food for Thought
"Fighting Hunger...
Feeding Hope"
If you have a student you feel is chronically hungry, please email Jperkins@asteccharterschools.com or call (405) 947-6273 .
Thanks to the help of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, ASTEC students who are chronically hungry can get help. The program provides food for students who might otherwise not have food in the evenings and over the weekend when they cannot eat at school. The pantry will open the first week of September. We are so proud to provide this amazing service to our ASTEC families!
ACT & PSAT Prep Courses
Don't forget!
Edibles
Mark your Calendar
November 17
PreACT
OSU-OKC
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

November 18
HS All-Sports Day
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

November 21st
Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22-24
Thanksgiving Break
No School

Thursday, November 30
Photo Retake Day

December 4-8, 2017
ASTEC Book Fair

December 4
Blood Drive
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