For more information on upcoming events, visit the Tesla STEM PTSA calendar page.
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 OCTOBER 8-12, 2018
Principal's message  

October 2, 2018
Principal's Message
The 2018-2019 academic year is starting out strong with a robust and focused group of STEM scholars. We will start highlighting students' work products and course specific Problem-Based Learning projects beginning mid-October. For now, below are some friendly reminders and some new items for your review. And thank you for being an incredibly supportive community. The Tesla High School Staff and Administration are humbled by your generosity.
If you are a returning T-STEM Family, you know the issues regarding Hwy 202. We are continuing to educate both students and families about the congestion, speed, and number of accidents on this stretch of road. In addition, there should not be any students walking, running, or biking on 202...nor should any of us be accessing Santana Trucking across the road as a turnaround. Traffic on the eastside is intense for all of us, and we (parents, students, faculty) are all having to leave earlier to get to Tesla on time daily.  Thanks for your cooperation; we appreciate it!! And...Be safe out there.
Closed Campus:
Tesla STEM High School continues to be a closed campus. Students may not leave campus during the instructional day without pre-arranged parent permission.
Communication Protocol at T-STEM:
We go directly to the source: If a T-STEM student has a question regarding an assignment, project, etc., then the student will need to email and/or talk directly to his/her instructor; if a student has an issue, the student discusses the problem with the teacher. If there is a need to further the discussion, the student will ask his/her academic counselor.
We attempt to solve the problem at one level before moving to another. If the parent and/or teacher feel that they are not resolving the issue, they may proceed to the next level, the student's administrator according to the student's last name.
  • Ms. Duenas - Students with last names beginning with A - P
  • Ms. Burt     - Students with last names beginning with Q - Z
Faculty utilizes office hours and/or email as communication tools. Instructors will make every effort to return emails within 48 hours.
National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars
Congratulations to our Tesla STEM Scholars!!
Tesla STEM National Merit Semi-Finalists:
  • Victoria J. Alkin
  • Alexia N. Friedman
  • Christine Lee
  • Hamsa Shankar
  • Sonika S. Tayade
  • Lauren E. Kim
Tesla STEM National Merit Commended Students:
  • Aditya Balasubramanian
  • Lauren Collyer
  • Benjamin Crandell-Malcolm
  • Alec Gilbert
  • Jevin Gu
  • Ritika Iyer
  • Kevin Jacobson
  • Kushal Kedia
  • Ryan Koshy
  • Rayan Krishnan
  • Yash Kulkarni
  • Andrea Lee
  • Amrita Narasimhan
  • Betty Park
  • Shrenik Peddibhotla
  • Shubhan Purohit
  • Adrienne Quan
  • Asskash Ramachandran
  • Tej Sathe
  • Sashwatha Shankar
  • Ila Sharman
  • Aashna Sheth
  • Pranav Sukumar
  • Thalia Tsai
  • Varun Venkatesh
  • William Wang
  • Griffin White
  • Claire Whiteside
  • Jeremy Yang
  • Eric Yin
Tesla STEM PTSA General Membership meeting

PTSA Membership Meeting
Wed, October 3 rd at 7:00pm
Join us at the PTSA Membership Meeting on Oct 3, 2018 @ 7 PM, LWSD Resource Center at Redmond Town Center.  Agenda items include:
  • Tesla STEM High School guest speakers:  We are excited to feature speakers who will talk about PBL internship opportunities for our scholars and how we can help support this invaluable program.
  • Paragon Tutoring and Princeton Revi ew will present on ACT and SAT prep courses
  • Standing Rules and Budget Approval
  • Election of Co-Treasurer
You do NOT need to be a PTSA member to attend.  Tip: to enter the building, use the doors adjacent to the parking lot (doors facing the street are locked after hours).  
Thank You to Staff Appreciation Volunteers! 

Tesla STEM PTSA celebrates birthdays of the hard-working and dedicated Tesla STEM staff members throughout the school year. A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers who provided the desserts, snacks, and coffee in honor of those celebrating September and October birthdays!
Volunteer Opportunity - Internship Committee 

Thank you to Ms. Burt, Tesla STEM Associate Principal and to Mr. Perrin, Internship Liaison for their presentation on Tesla STEM's PBL internship-experience opportunities during the October 3 rd PTSA Membership Meeting. This program is an important and unique aspect of the Tesla STEM experience. The internship team is creating a committee dedicated to coordinating these opportunities for our scholars and to keep the program robust. If you would like to help or have contacts who may be interested in providing internship experiences, email
Your Donations to PTSA Support a Unique Education at Tesla STEM HS 

Did you know that our scholars get to use some really cool things funded by PTSA?
● 3D printers
● iRiS fluorescent microscope
● maker station
● subscriptions to Spanish language & current events magazines
● kilns
● much more!
How is this possible, especially considering some of the equipment is industry-level? It is all in thanks to the families who have donated to the PTSA over the years! We are also extremely grateful to the Tesla STEM families who have donated so far this year. And if you are still considering it, please don't hesitate. Your contribution is invaluable in making an impact on all scholars. It is easy to donate via the website: hover on 'Join PTSA', then go to 'Donate'. Please note, if you are a first-time user on the website, you will be prompted to create an account (it is free) before you can donate. It is only through your generosity that we will be able to continue to fund grants and offer programs benefiting our scholars. Thank you!
New Family Welcome Event  
Hosted by Lake Washington PTSA Council
Are you new to the area and have questions about our local school system? Join this event and learn how to navigate your way! Sessions are geared for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. Topics include: America 101, family activities & events in the Puget Sound area, and managing stress during relocation. Meet and learn from other PTSA parents in your community!

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 - 9 PM
Saturday, October 27, 9:30AM - 12PM
The same content will be offered both dates.
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052 
Questions? Email:
ACT Prep Course

Tesla STEM PTSA is excited to offer an ACT preparation course for students registering for the ACT exam on February 9
th, 2019.
What Paragon Tutoring  course includes 8 2-hour group sessions, 4 proctored full length ACT practice exams, study materials, and coaching
Who : Recommended for 11th graders
When :  First practice exam is Sat, Nov 17 at 9:00 am; first group session is Tues, Dec 4 at 2:45pm
Price : $385 per student, due by Nov 9th.
Why : Main goal of the course is confidence. Your student will learn the format of the ACT, what the ACT covers, and how to approach exam questions.
Registration link is available on the  Tesla STEM PTSA website .  Please note, this course  does not include  registration for the ACT .
Practice ACT and SAT - Additional Information Meeting  

Princeton Review will host an info meeting on Mon, Oct 8th at 7 pm at the LWSD Resource Center intended for students who took the free Practice ACT and/or SAT exam(s) through PTSA, but all including parents are welcome to attend. They will discuss what the test results mean and how to interpret them. Questions?
Email .
National PTA Reflections 2018-2019  
Theme -  Heroes Around Me
Attention T STEM Students:  Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! 
Is there a hero in your life who inspires you?  Do you know a courageous person whom you admire?  Perhaps you've read about someone who has made outstanding achievements which benefited other people?  This year's theme, "Heroes Around Me," calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts.
Submission guidelines and e ntry forms are available in the school office.  Deadline is October 26. Stay tuned for more information on entry forms and submission guidelines. Questions?  Contact
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News  
Are you looking for a way to serve your community and to also have a chance to support the Foundation?  Become an LWSF Ambassador!   Ambassadors help keep the lines of communication open between a school community and LWSF.   
View the flyer to learn more or contact Katy Philips at
First Dance

Pink Out
Oct 13: 7 - 10pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers in Bellevue.
Tickets on sale during lunch starting Oct. 8
Carpool Connection  
Looking for a carpool to and from school?
Check-out the Tesla STEM Carpool Facebook page.
Paper tissue donations needed

The school paper tissue supply is low.
Please consider donating some tissue to the front office. Thank you!  
Join the Parent Teacher Student Association

Support programs for student success at Tesla STEM HS - Join PTSA today!
You can fill out your membership form online and pay the membership fees and family contribution through PayPal.
Sign-up here.
Our students deserve our 100%!
Thank you for your support!
Tesla STEM PTSA online directory  

The PTSA has created an online directory. To add/edit your family's information in the directory, please Register to our website. The directory is great for contacting other parents for parties, carpooling, etc.  Make sure to add your student's name and grade so they can be easily found!
The directory is accessible to PTSA Members only. Join PTSA today!
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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