Week of 09/23/2019
TESLA STEM High School
PTSA Newsletter
9th grade Parent Meeting - Wednesday SEPT 25th 6:30 - 7:30
We hope that you enjoyed meeting your child's teachers and learning more about the student experience at our Curriculum Night last week. As a follow up, the Counseling Department will be hosting a 9th grade Parent Meeting on September 25th, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Commons areas. Topics covered will include: strategies for high school success, supports for your new high school student, communication with teachers, monitoring/checking grades, and any other topics you would like to discuss (please note this is a parents-only event).
Your T-STEM Counseling Team
Sept 25th - Snacks needed!
Tesla STEM HS counselors are requesting snacks for an event for the freshman class on Sept 25th. If you would like to contribute, please sign up for an item below and label with “9th grade parent night” then drop off in the school office on Wednesday,sept 25th.
Thank you!
SAT Test Prep
The Tesla STEM PTSA is sponsoring a SAT Test Prep Course which will be held at Tesla STEM High School in October and November. It's targeted to Juniors and others who are taking the SAT Test this school year and want to prep for it. 
More details can be found here:  http://teslastemptsa.org/Page/Programs/SAT-Prep-Course  
Free SAT and ACT Practice Tests
The practice tests are now full. But we will be contacting people on the waitlist if space becomes available and/or if we acquire a new room. 
Details on theses tests can be found here:  http://teslastemptsa.org/Page/Programs/ACT-SAT-Practice-Tests
SAT and ACT Talk
The presentation from the SAT and ACT Talk at the Membership meeting on September 11, 2019 is available now. You can access it here:  http://teslastemptsa.org/Page/Programs/SAT-Prep-Talk  
SAT/ACT & College Admissions Test presentation
When: October 9 th
6-7pm (10 th  graders and parents)
7:30-8:30pm (11 th  graders and parents)

Where : Tesla STEM High School
This event is run by Tesla STEM High School. Please contact your Counselor with any questions. 
Tesla 10 th  and 11 th  grade families are invited to attend a presentation  by Compass Education Group’s Senior Director, Matt Steiner, to learn about the use of standardized tests in the college admission process. Topics will include:  test scores’ role and weight in college admissions, why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely, debunking the most pervasive myths about testing and admission, the relevance of Subject Tests at elite colleges, and sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep.   Please note that 10 th  and 11 th  grade presentation times are staggered in order to give relevant and specific exam timelines per grade level.   Our school’s invitation and a copy of Compass’ comprehensive Guide to College Admissions Testing are available at:    https://www.compassprep.com/schools/tesla-stem/
Student Opportunity - Join us on an Educational Tour to Panama!
This is NOT a PTSA sponsored event.

Is your child interested in an interdisciplinary, educational tour in Central America this summer?
Join Spanish teacher Katy Allen-Schmid to learn more about the student STEM trip that she's leading with Education First Tours to Panama! From working alongside practicing scientists on a wetland conservation project to visiting a local research station on the Caribbean coast, students will learn about how the incredible engineering feat of the Panama Canal impacted the surrounding ecosystems of this Central American oasis.
Here’s what will be covered during the meeting:
● Where and when we’re going
● What we’ll see and do
● Travel logistics
● How your child can earn academic credit
● Flexible payment options that keep the trip affordable
Ms. Allen-Schmid will also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Can’t wait to see you there!
Please note: This is a private, EF tour; this is not sponsored or supported by the school or PTSA.
T issue donations needed!
Please consider donating tissues to Tesla STEM. They can be dropped off at the main office. Thank you!
T issue donations needed!
Calling all creatives!  Reflections is an National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts and ideas, develop artistic literacy, and discover a love for learning. Students may submit their works of art in one or more of the following 6 categories listed below:
- Categories : Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, and Music Composition
- Entry Forms and Rules/guidelines can be found on the Reflections board near the office
- Submit entries to Ms. Schaeffer’s room #220
- Deadline is Friday, November 1st
Winning entries advancing to the District level will receive special recognition and have the chance to advance to the State and National PTA rounds. Last year we had 6 entries advancing to State. Let's try to top that this year!
Questions? Contact Carol Lelivelt  cslelivelt@gmail.com
Join PTSA!
PTSA is the largest national child advocacy association. Demonstrate the importance you place on education and supporting our school community by joining today! Click here to learn more.
Carpool Connection
Looking for a carpool? Check out the Tesla STEM Carpool FB page .

*This is NOT a PTSA or school sponsored program. The Tesla STEM Carpool FB page is a bulletin board for families looking for a carpool to connect.
ASB Events
Remind your student to check the ASB calendar posted in the school or check the Tesla STEM HS website for student organized activities.

ASB announcements are included in this publication if submitted by the students with staff approval.