The Comet's Tale  
April 14, 2017
Chalk it up to fine art
On April 6, ASTEC Art Teacher Ms. Bailey Lowe took a group of middle school and high school scholars to the annual Montmartre Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival in Chickasha.

The festival  features hundreds of artists of all ages creating wonderful works of art in chalk. Participants  receive a 6-foot square of pavement in which to create their original piece of artwork. Up to four artists can work on each square.

ASTEC had two Comet teams, one made up of middle-schoolers, the other high-schoolers. 

" Although it was incredibly messy, the Art Clubbers who participated in the  Chalk Festival this year had a lot of fun!" Lowe said. "I was impressed with their team work and their completed chalk designs."


DonorsChoose.org helps fund classroom needs
"Let's Hear it for History!" is the name of Ms. Angela Dormiani's most recent DonorsChoose.org fundraising campaign. Dormiani has used DonorsChoose successfully several times over the past few years and deserves kudos for thinking creatively about how to fulfill her hopes for her students. 

On her current DonorsChoose campaign, Dorimiani writes, "My students need headphones to use in class for lessons I create that cater to their various learning styles, such as visual and auditory. I teach with a lot of videos and video lectures I record."

Her goal is to raise just over $300 and the campaign ends June 21. 

 
Dean receives scholarly surprise
When Dean Lisa Seay attended the state Technology Student Association Awards Assembly on April 7, she planned to work on making contacts for state funding for ASTEC's middle school Project Lead The Way program

Imagine her surprise to see some very familiar faces!

ASTEC Scholars Miguel Payan (the young man center in the photo) and Pablo Soto (the young man right in the photo) were there with MetroTech, and were doing very well!  Pictured, Miguel accepts the first-place trophy for 3D CAD Architecture, and Pablo accepts second-place. 

Both Miguel and Pablo were also part of the second-place team for Architectural Design.  

Both students will be traveling to the National Conference in Orlando, Florida this summer to compete in these events. 

Ideas for keeping students engaged at the end of the school year 
For ASTEC faculty's weekly professional development this week, Ms. Dormiani compiled a list of great activity ideas to keep students engaged through their last days before summer break. The presentation was called "Creative/Critical Thinking & End of the Year Activities and Projects: How to keep students engaged until the end." 

Here are a few of the creative lesson ideas you can incorporate into your students' last days of school for the 2016/2017 school year.


Let the kids teach the class.

Split the class into groups and assign each a specific topic you studied this year. Give them time to go over their topic and invent a good review activity, which they have to grade. You assess them on whether they get their facts straight and how effective their review activity is.

Host a talk show or “expert” symposium.

Imagine an Oprah-style show on bullying or school violence as a way to discuss The Chocolate War. Or a discussion on “Great 20th Century Achievements in Science” featuring Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Stephen Hawking – all portrayed by students. Put students in groups and have them research their topic, write a script on it, and present their show to the class.


Take this time to get involved with a cause that is meaningful to you or your students.

Students can write letters to government leaders, organize fundraisers, or create pamphlets or flyers addressing a particular issue. You can build off world events, tackle an issue you read about during the year, or just ask students what issues matter to them.

Unsure of what your students can do? Why not have them research ways that people their age can make a difference? Create a binder or website that lists volunteer activities or causes that welcome the support of younger people – it can be a resource the entire community can benefit from.

Have students write letters to themselves.

Ask your students to write themselves a letter, reviewing the year and making “resolutions” for the next school year.

Give them some prompts to write about: one thing they are proud of from this year, one thing they would like to do differently next year, one thing they want to remember, and so on. You can either mail these letters to your students just before the start of the next school year, or make arrangements with their next teachers to distribute the letters at the start of school.   
Graduation is around the corner 
About 95 ASTEC seniors are approaching their final days of high school. They're gearing for their senior prom (Party Like Gatsby!) to be held April 22. 

The athletes are ready to receive their coveted letters at the All Sports Banquet on April 28. And our senior Comets are busy having senior portraits taken, sending graduation announcement and trying on caps, gowns and honor cords.

Eighth grade Promotion is May 9. 

The Senior Banquet will be held May 5 at the Will Rogers Theatre and Commencement Ceremonies will be held May 12 at First Presbyterian Church. 

GE Summer Science Academy
accepting  nominations

If you or someone you love is a student between eighth and eleventh grades who has a passion for science, math and technology, here is an opportunity for a great summer experience, free of charge. 

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is now taking nominations for student candidates to attend the 2017 GE Summer Science Academy. This program is a partnership among OSSM, the GE Foundation, and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science.

The GE Summer Science Academy will be a week-long STEM-focused academic summer camp consisting of exciting, advanced classes taught by OSSM’s renowned faculty with special activities and presentations by GE engineers.

It will take place July 24 through July 29 on OSSM’s downtown Oklahoma City campus. The program is being provided at no cost to students thanks to the STEM Empowers OK grant from the GE Foundation. Ideal candidates are students from underserved groups such as minorities, rural school districts and low-income families. 

For more information about the Summer Science Academy, visit http://www.ossm.edu/summer-student-workshops  

Yearbook Angels still needed
ASTEC's amazing donors and supporters have come through with flying colors so far in our goal of providing every senior with a yearbook. So far, a little more than half of our seniors will have a free yearbook to remember their years at ASTEC. 

But, the ASTEC Yearbook class is still seeking Yearbook Angels to help provide a yearbook for each and every ASTEC high school senior. 

Yearbooks are $50 each and you can sponsor a book for an individual senior of your choice, or for any senior. 

Yearbook ads are a great way to show support
Get your business some positive attention while supporting ASTEC's yearbook class by buying an advertisement in the 2016/2017 yearbook. 

Whether you want to make a full-page splash or keep it simple, there is an ad size for you and your budget.


For more information about purchasing a yearbook ad, please call Heather Warlick at (405) 947-6272 or email yearbook instructor Justin Perkins at jperkins@asteccharterschools.com. 
Edibles and Activities 

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April 17 to April 21, 2017

All meals include fresh fruit. All breakfast meals include milk or juice and cereal as a choice.
All lunch meals include milk or water and salad bar.

Monday 

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy

 Lunch: Chicken Alfredo, Green Beans, Breadstick

Tuesday

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza Flatbread

Lunch: Beef Soft Taco. Mexican Salad, Spanish Rice, Chips and Salsa

Wednesday

Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin, Trix Yogurt

Lunch: French Dipped Sandwich, Carrot Sticks

Thursday

Breakfast: Pancakes and sausage  

Lunch: Baked Potato Bar, Boneless Chicken Wings

Friday 

Breakfast: Breakfast Taco

Lunch: BBQ Chicken Flatbread, Baked Beans


Mark Your Calendar!

April 14 to April 22, 2017

Friday, April 14
High School Soccer Match
ASTEC  vs. Crooked Oak -
Girls at 4:30 p.m., Boys after  1301 N Portland Avenue,
OKC, OK 73107

Monday, April 17
High School Soccer Match
ASTEC vs. Santa Fe South High School
Girls at 5:30, Boys at 7:30 p.m. 
1301 N Portland Avenue,
OKC, OK 73107

Thursday, April 20
Art Mentorship Program with [ArtSpace] @ Untitled
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ms. Lowe will take select art students

 First Tee Golf from 3:30pm to 5:30pm (see Mr. Patterson for more details)

High School Soccer Match
ASTEC  vs. McLoud High School  Girls at 5:30, Boys at 7:30 p.m. 1100 W Seikel Blvd,
McLoud, OK 74851

Saturday, April 22 
High School Prom
8 p.m. to midnight
Will Rogers Theatre
4322 N Western Avenue,
OKC, OK 73118